On Monday, iOS 15.4 was released for iPhones, bringing with it a number of noteworthy enhancements. The 37 new emoji added to Unicode last year are among them. Seven new smileys and some extremely particular objects have been added to the upgraded emoji library. (Are you texting your pals about kidney beans? That now has its own emoji.) There are also some new gestures, such as two hands making the shape of a heart, which K-pop lovers will like.
Pictograms for pregnant individuals, a saluting face, and a variety of interracial handshakes are among the other prominent emoji. The full list of emojis included in Apple’s iOS update may be found below.
37 New Emoji Just Arrived With iOS 15.4 Update
- Disco mirror ball
- Low battery
- Identification card
- Heavy equals sign
- Liquid pouring out of a glass
- Mason jar
- Playground slide
- Ring buoy
- Melting face
- Face with open eyes and hand over mouth
- Face with eye peeking from behind hands
- Saluting half face
- Dotted line face
- Face with diagonal mouth
- Face holding back tears
- Rightward hand
- Leftward hand
- Palm down hand
- Palm up hand
- Hand with index finger and thumb crossed
- Index finger pointing at the viewer
- Heart hands
- Biting lip
- Person with crown
- Pregnant man
- Pregnant person
- Empty nest
- Nest with eggs
iOS 15.4 release date
On Monday, March 14, both iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4 were launched. According to Apple, iOS 15.4 will be preloaded on the new green iPhone 13, the alpine green iPhone 13 Pro, and the new iPhone SE.
How do I update iOS 15.4?
Go to Settings > General > Software Update > Obtain and Install to download iOS 15.4. The 15.4 update is more than a gigabyte, so make sure you’re connected to Wi-Fi to avoid chewing through your monthly data allotment.
Other iOS 15.4 features
AirTags, which have been in the spotlight amid stories of the devices being used to stalk people, will also receive new safety-focused improvements as part of the operating system update.
The emergency call shortcut “call with five presses” has been changed from a default setting to an option in the 15.4 updates, meaning the feature will not be enabled until you choose to enable it. By default, the hold-and-press option for the side and volume buttons is enabled.
SharePlay also received some changes, allowing some apps to initiate SharePlay calls directly from the app, rather than having to first initiate a SharePlay call and then launch the app. Developers will need to upgrade their apps as a result, so expect this feature to become available over time.
Another new feature in the update is the ability to use the camera to copy text from objects while in the Notes or Reminders applications. iOS 15.4 reportedly fixes a flaw involving recordings of Siri chats, as reported by ZDNet.
For more Apple news, check out our articles on using your iPhone as a payment terminal and Apple’s upcoming product lineup. Also, how does the iPhone SE 2022 compare to the iPhone SE 2020, and should you buy an older iPhone SE now?
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What is Universal Control?
Universal Control allows you to use other Apple devices as second screens, allowing you to smoothly move content from one to the other while only using one device. This much-anticipated feature was originally planned for MacOS Monterey, but it was postponed until “this spring,” according to a new timeline. Universal Control debuted as a public beta with the Monterey OS 12.3 and iPadOS 15.4 updates and was included in the iOS 15.4 beta.
Expect some bugs while using Universal Control because it is currently in beta. Also, keep in mind that the feature isn’t available on all devices. According to Apple, Universal Control is available on the following devices:
- MacBook Pro with Retina Display (2016 and later)
- MacBook Pro (2016 and later)
- MacBook Air is a laptop computer that has a (2018 and later)
- Apple iMac (2017 and later)
- Apple iMac (5K Retina 27-inch, late 2015)
- Apple iMac Pro
- Mini Mac (2018 and later)
- Mac Pro (2019)
- iPad Pro is a tablet computer that has a
- iPad Air is a tablet computer that has a (third generation and later)
- iPad (sixth generation and later) iPad Mini (fifth generation and later)
Notes from Apple on how to use Universal Control: “Both devices must use two-factor authentication to sign in to iCloud with the same Apple ID. Both devices must have Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Handoff enabled on and be within 10 meters (30 feet) of each other to use wirelessly. The iPad and Mac can’t possibly be using the same cellular and internet connection. You must trust your Mac on the iPad to use it through USB.”