Tuesday, Mar 15, 2022, 15:47 Software

iOS 15.4, iPadOS 15.4, & Other Updates Released

Another big round of updates has made its way to release as Apple ends a series of beta testing phases it began in January – with final releases for iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4, tvOS 15.4, and watchOS 8.5 finally available now. As is usually the case with new rounds of updates, the HomePod hasn't been left out either. Whereas the focus of previous updates was mostly maintenance and bug fixing, this round features some of the most broad reaching .x updates ever to hit Apple's line of extra portable devices. There are also some new improvements to tv- and watchOS. In the rest of this article, we'll summarize all of the changes for you.

The Most Important Updates To iPad- & iOS
  • Face ID on iPhone 12 and 13 can now recognize users with face masks on.
  • Universal Control allows users to control both a Mac and iPad with the same mouse and keyboard at the same time.
  • The iCloud Keychain now supports notes for saved passwords and no longer allows "passwords without usernames".
  • New voice profiles for US-English Siri.
  • "Visual Search" feature added to photo library, allowing users to search for recognized photo content such as specific types of plants and breeds of dogs.
  • Users can now upload vaccination passes to the Apple Wallet.
  • Tap to Pay allows users in the US to use their iPhone as a payment terminal.
  • The Podcast app has received several improvements and been given new filters.
  • It's now possible to deactivate notifications for personal automations.
  • Countless new Emojis have been added.


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tvOS 15.4 & watchOS 8.5
Those who take a magnifying glass to the newest version of tvOS will notice a new audio menu specifically for the AirPods, with new volume buttons, "Up" and "Next" – along with the option to connect to captive WiFi networks. The new watchOS 8.5 now supports digital vaccination cards and allows for subscriptions and purchases made on Apple TV to be confirmed directly via the smartwatch. In the official developer notes, Apple also documented the following bug fixes:

  • Face ID
  • Face ID while wearing a mask option on iPhone 12 and newer
  • Apple Pay and password autofill in apps and Safari can be used with Face ID while wearing a mask
  • Emoji
  • New emoji including faces, hand gestures, and household objects are now available in emoji keyboard
  • Handshake emoji allows you to choose separate skin tones for each hand
  • FaceTime
  • SharePlay sessions can be initiated directly from supported apps
  • Siri
  • Siri can provide time and date information while offline on iPhone XS, iPhone XR, iPhone 11 or newer
  • Siri now includes an additional voice, expanding the diversity of options
  • Vaccine cards
  • EU Digital COVID Certificate support in Health enables you to download and store verifiable versions of COVID-19 vaccination, lab results, and recovery records
  • COVID-19 vaccination cards in Apple Wallet now support the EU Digital COVID Certificate format
  • This release also includes the following enhancements for your iPhone:
  • Safari webpage translation adds support for Italian and Chinese (Traditional)
  • Podcasts app adds episode filters for seasons, played, unplayed, saved, or downloaded episodes
  • iCloud custom email domains can be managed from Settings
  • News offers enhanced discovery of audio content in the Today feed and Audio tab
  • Camera in keyboard can be used to add text to Notes and Reminders
  • Shortcuts now supports adding, removing, or querying tags with Reminders
  • Emergency SOS settings have changed to use Call with Hold for all users. Call with 5 Presses is still available as an option in Emergency SOS settings
  • Close-up in Magnifier uses the ultra-wide camera on iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max to help you see small objects
  • Saved passwords can now include your own notes in Settings
  • This release also includes bug fixes for your iPhone:
  • Keyboard may insert period between typed numbers
  • News widgets in Today View may not open articles when tapped
  • Photos and videos may not sync to iCloud Photo Library
  • Speak Screen Accessibility feature may quit unexpectedly within the Books app
  • Live Listen may not turn off when switched off in Control Center
  • Some features may not be available for all regions or on all Apple devices. For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:

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