iPhone users get READY! iOS 16.4 beta is here; New emoji, keyboard update, more | Mobile News

iPhone users get READY! iOS 16.4 beta is here; New emoji, keyboard update, more

Apple has released iOS 16.4 developer beta for iPhone. The update gets exciting new features such as new emoji, web app notifications, international language support for keyboard and more.

| Updated on: Feb 17 2023, 18:03 IST
From Airdrop, 5G in India to Freeform, check out what’s new in iOS 16.2
iOS 16.3
1/6 5G for India – Despite the rollout for 5G services in India, iPhones were among a very few devices left without support for 5G. That has changed with the iOS 16.2 update and users can now take advantage of blazing-fast network speeds, thanks to 5G options now being available. Users can select between always on and auto-switching settings for 5G.  (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
iOS 16.3
2/6 The Freeform App - The new Freeform app is a productivity tool which can be used by the iPhone users to add post-it notes, shapes, files, links, scans, photos and videos, audio, typed text, and more. Users can plan projects, brainstorm ideas, create inspiration boards, and more using the intuitive app.  (Apple)
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3/6 Apple Music Sing – If you enjoy singing along to music, then this latest feature could be a boon for you. Apple Music Sing introduces a karaoke-like option in the Apple Music app. It gives you the option to turn down vocals with the track playing in the background.  (Apple)
iOS 16.3

Always on Display- Currently only the iPhone 14 Pro models are available with the Always on display. With the iOS 16.2 update, two new toggles have arrived for disabling wallpaper and notifications when the always on display feature is activated, giving your iPhone a more subtle look.

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5/6 Change to Lock Screen - The iOS 16.2 update has brought Sleep Widget and Medication widget. The Sleep Widget utilizes data collected by the Health app and your Apple Watch to track your sleep cycle. It has also introduced shortcut actions to the Lock Screen including wallpapers for Lock Screen and set Wallpaper Photo.  (Apple)
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6/6 Airdrop - With the latest iOS 16.2 update, Apple has timed the AirDrop's ‘Everyone' option and restricted it to only 10 minutes once it is turned on.Once the iPhone user selects the ‘Everyone for 10 minutes', the AirDrop will turn off after 10 minutes and switch back to ‘Contacts only' to receive only media from the contacts.  (Apple)
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Know what’s new in the iOS 16.4 developer beta for iPhone. (Unsplash)

On Monday, Apple released the iOS 16.3.1 update for the iPhone devices. It was a minor update which was majorly pushed out because it addressed a high-risk vulnerability that affected its devices. But now, Apple is moving at an electric speed to bring more new features to its users. The iOS 16.4 developer beta has now been released. The new update brings some cool new features such as new emoji, web app notification support and keyboard update to add support for international languages including Punjabi, Urdu and Gujarati. Check the details.

Apple informed about the new iOS update by releasing a document where it highlighted all the new features, issues and workarounds in the developer beta version. It also revealed that the same has been released for iPadOS 16.4, which has also entered developer beta phase.

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Apple stated that it has added a direct method of enrolling into the Apple Developer Program. It stated, “Beginning with iOS & iPadOS 16.4 beta, members of the Apple Developer Program will see a new option to enable developer betas directly from Software Update in Settings”.

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iOS 16.4 brings new features

The biggest addition to come in the iOS 16.4 update will be support for new emoji. These new emoji are based on Unicode 15.0 which was introduced in September. Among the new emoji, the notable one's include a shaking face emoji, a pushing hand and an emblem that represents Sikhism.

Next is the keyboard which gets support for international languages. Among them, Punjabi, Urdu and Gujarati are the most notable ones, which give a significant boost to the keyboard's South Asian language support. In addition, Korean keyboard will have the autocorrect on by default and Ukrainian keyboard will get predictive text support.

There is also a WebKit update which enables notifications for web apps. This feature was first announced in the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2022. Now, users will see an option to subscribe for push notifications when they visit a website. These notifications will appear alongside other notifications in the app.

Apart from this, there are updates for Apple Pencil, Matter accessories, and a toggle for 5G standalone support.

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First Published Date: 17 Feb, 18:02 IST