iOS 15.4, iPadOS 15.4 and macOS Monterey 12.3 will be released next week, Apple confirmed along with the unveiling of its new devices, including the iPhone SE (2022), Mac Studio, Studio Display and the Greens of the iPhone 13 series. One of the most useful changes that iOS 15.4 will bring to users is the ability to unlock an iPhone with Face ID while wearing a mask. The new iPadOS and macOS versions, on the other hand, come with Universal Control to allow users to work seamlessly between an iPad and a Mac.
Apple said in his Notice iPhone 13 Pro Alpine Green and iPhone 13 Green would ship with iOS 15.4. The new iOS version will also be available for existing iPhone users starting next week, the company said.
The iOS 15.4 update introduces the new ability to unlock your device with Face ID while wearing a mask. The function has been in testing since the end of January. It’s also one of the most requested features as people struggle to unlock their devices when wearing a face mask.
Apple has tried to address the concerns by offering a faster way to unlock Face ID-equipped devices using passcodes while wearing face masks. Last year, the option to unlock Face ID with an Apple Watch was also enabled.
However, enabling facial recognition technology to work with face masks is something users have been anticipating since the COVID-19 pandemic began in early 2020.
The iOS 15.4 update will also bring an anti-stalking alert for AirTag, which was part of the updates Apple announced last month. It was spotted in the fourth beta version of iOS 15.4 a few weeks ago.
Apple also confirmed that iOS 15.4 will include a new Siri language option, expanded Visual Lookup language support, and a list of emojis.
In addition to iOS 15.4, Apple is bringing iPadOS 15.4 and macOS Monterey 12.3 next week. The new software versions will come along Universal Control that allows users to control iPad and Mac simultaneously with a single keyboard and mouse.
Universal Control was announced at WWDC 2021 in June. It was also expected to be part of the original release of macOS Monterey in October. However, Apple delayed this addition.
The Universal Control feature will initially be available as a public beta. The function uses Apple’s continuity to establish a connection between the iPad and the Mac. Both devices must also use a single Apple ID and should be within a few feet of each other.
The exact release date of iOS 15.4, iPadOS 15.4 and macOS Monterey 12.3 has yet to be announced.