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Apple today seeded the third betas of upcoming iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4 updates to developers for testing purposes, with the new software coming one week after Apple seeded the second betas of iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4.

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Developers can download iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4 through the Apple Developer Center or over the air after the proper profile has been installed on an iPhone or iPad.

iOS and iPadOS 15.4 introduce some of the most significant changes we've seen in an update since iOS 15 launched. On the iPhone 12 and 13 models, there's now an option to use Face ID while wearing a mask with no Apple Watch required for authentication. It works just like Face ID, but it scans the area around your eyes when you're wearing a mask.

On iPad, iPadOS 15.4 brings the long awaited Universal Control feature. Paired with a Mac running macOS Monterey 12.3, Universal Control allows multiple Macs and iPads to be controlled with a single cursor and keyboard. It's a feature that works seamlessly after installing the updates, and it is simple and intuitive to use.

There are 37 new emojis with the addition of Emoji 14 characters, so you can now use emojis that include melting face, biting lip, heart hands, bubbles, beans, face with diagonal mouth, palm up hand, eggs, troll, low battery, coral, lotus, and more.

The second beta introduced support for the "Tap to Pay on iPhone" feature that is designed to allow NFC-compatible iPhones to accept payments through Apple Pay, contactless credit and debit cards, and other digital wallets, without requiring additional hardware.

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Tap to Pay on iPhone is enabled in the iOS 15.4 beta, but it does require third-party providers to add support, so it is not yet available for use. There are no outward-facing signs of it that are visible to end users, but there's a new "PaymentReceived" sound file and images that show off the Tap to Pay interface.

There are signs that Apple may be planning to roll out support for digital IDs and driver's licenses in iOS 15.4. There isn't a ton of evidence for this at the current time, but there was a mention of the feature in the PassKit code in beta 2. "Find out when your driver's license or state ID is ready to use and get important updates about your ID," it reads.

Other new features include full 120Hz ProMotion support for app animations on iPhone 13 Pro models, EU vaccine certificates in the Wallet app, the ability to turn off notifications for Shortcuts automations, keyboard brightness controls in Control Center on the iPad, an Apple Card widget, iCloud Keychain notes, support for adding custom email domains to iCloud Mail right on device, and a SharePlay option in the share sheet.

We have a full list of all of the features introduced in iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4 in our dedicated guide highlighting everything new in the update.

Article Link: Apple Seeds Third Betas of iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4 to Developers
 

Populus

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Can anyone see if the Face ID with mask setting is available for any iPad Pro model? It should be available for the M1 iPads at least.

I shouldn’t care honestly, mine is an A12X iPad, and I know this feature won’t be available for my device (because of the Neural Engine), but anyways it would be cool if they added it at least to the latest iPad Pro.
 
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Realityck

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Authentication​

Known Issues​

  • Signing in to an iPad is limited to apps in this beta.

FaceTime​

Known Issues​

  • On iOS and macOS, it’s possible to trigger taking a photo of a participant when in a Group FaceTime call. On iOS, this could occur when you tap the Grid button or the bottom-left corner of the screen. On macOS, this could occur when you click the Grid button or the top-right corner of the window. (88720303)

Health App​

Known Issues​

  • The Health app crashes when you attempt to onboard the Blood Oxygen feature from within the app. (87617635)

HealthKit​

Resolved in iOS & iPadOS 15.4 Beta 3​

  • Fixed: Error when attempting to add a EU Digital COVID Certificate from France, Ireland, or Singapore (88188243, 88157843)

Known Issues​

  • If Health sharing is skipped when setting up an Apple Watch for a family member, it can’t be enabled later. (87210981)

Home​

Known Issues​

  • Pairing of Thread accessories isn’t supported. (87959565)
  • Matter accessories with multiple end points might be unreachable in the Home App. (86170578)
  • Matter accessories may go to a “No Response” state after pairing with the Home App. (86497690)
    Workaround: Remove the accessory from Home, reset the accessory, and add it back to Home. If the issue persists, remove your home hub from Home and re-add it. If the issue continues to persist, remove the home hub and create a new one.
  • Adding a Matter accessory to a third-party app fails if an Apple Home doesn’t exist. (80341813)
    Workaround: Launch the Home App and create a home hub first.

iTunes​

Known Issues​

  • Purchasing or downloading content again from the iTunes Store and TV app might fail on some devices. (86772291)
    Workaround: Rebooting the device may resolve the issue.

Messages​

Known Issues​

  • A conversation transcript won’t scroll after viewing a photo in QuickLook. (87855403)
    Workaround: Back out of the conversation and then reopen it to restore scrolling.

Phone​

Known Issues​

  • Emergency SOS “Call with 5 Presses” is disabled for all users outside of India to fix an issue that caused this setting to unintentionally default for some users. (86189447)

Settings​

Known Issues​

  • In the Throughput Test results, the Idle Ping Latency is reported in incorrect units. For example, an actual ping latency of 123.32 ms is shown as 0.12 ms. (87599982)

StoreKit​

Known Issues​

 

Realityck

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FYI what was released today
  • macOS 12.3 beta 3 (21E5212f) - February 15, 2022
  • iOS 15.4 beta 3 (19E5225g) - February 15, 2022
  • iPadOS 15.4 beta 3 (19E5225g) - February 15, 2022
  • watchOS 8.5 beta 3 (19T5228d) - February 15, 2022
  • tvOS 15.4 beta 3 (19L5425e) - February 15, 2022
 

brilliantthings

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Can anyone see if the Face ID setting is available for any iPad Pro model? It should be available for the M1 iPads at least.

I shouldn’t care honestly, mine is an A12X iPad, and I know this feature won’t be available for my device (because of the Neural Engine), but anyways it would be cool if they added it at least to the latest iPad Pro.
*FaceID with mask
 

srbNYC

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Updating with IPSW still confuses me. If I try to update via my MacBook with my iPhone hard-wired (vs. OTA with my iPhone), will that be an IPSW update?
 

winxmac

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Updating with IPSW still confuses me. If I try to update via my MacBook with my iPhone hard-wired (vs. OTA with my iPhone), will that be an IPSW update?
If you use iTunes [Mojave and earlier] [latest Windows 10 release and newer and latest iTunes version] or Finder [Catalina and later] and use a downloaded IPSW then yes...
 

Wagbh

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Definitely feels like 15.4 is gonna be a rush job to meet the March event deadline
 

Shirasaki

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Can anyone see if the Face ID with mask setting is available for any iPad Pro model? It should be available for the M1 iPads at least.

I shouldn’t care honestly, mine is an A12X iPad, and I know this feature won’t be available for my device (because of the Neural Engine), but anyways it would be cool if they added it at least to the latest iPad Pro.
Face ID with mask on iPad has been DETERMINED by Apple as an unsupported use case scenario and thus will never be implemented. As such, no such feature on any and all future iPad Pros.
Well, guess time to check it out soon.
 
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