Apple Seeds Second Betas of iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4 to Developers

Apple today seeded the second betas of upcoming iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4 updates to developers for testing purposes, with the new software coming two weeks after Apple seeded the first 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. Apple warns that the fifth-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro and third-generation 11-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ will not be able to update to iPadOS 15.4 beta 2 via IPSW, an issue that will be addressed in a later release.

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.

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.

Related Roundups: iOS 15, iPadOS 15
Related Forum: iOS 15

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Realityck Avatar
21 weeks ago
FYI this is what came out today

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tvOS 15.4 beta 2 (19L5419e) - February 8, 2022

[SPOILER="iOS & iPadOS 15.4 Beta 2 Release Notes"]
Important

iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation) and iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation) can only update to iPadOS 15.4 beta 2 from iPadOS 15.4 beta 1.

[HEADING=2]General[/HEADING]
[HEADING=3]Known Issues[/HEADING]

* iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation) and iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation) will not be able to update to iPadOS 15.4 beta 2 via IPSW, this issue will be resolved in a later release.

[HEADING=2]Authentication[/HEADING]
[HEADING=3]Known Issues[/HEADING]

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

[HEADING=2]iCloud[/HEADING]
[HEADING=3]Resolved in iOS & iPadOS 15.4 Beta 2[/HEADING]

* Fixed: Email address verification may not complete during the set up of an iCloud+ Custom Email Domain on iOS. (85192033, 87853890)

[HEADING=2]Health App[/HEADING]
[HEADING=3]Known Issues[/HEADING]

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

[HEADING=2]HealthKit[/HEADING]
[HEADING=3]Resolved in iOS & iPadOS 15.4 Beta 2[/HEADING]

* Fixed: Delay of verification of EU Digital COVID Certificates preventing them from being added to Wallet. (87893987)

[HEADING=3]Known Issues[/HEADING]

* EU Digital COVID Certificates issued by Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Cape Verde, North Macedonia, and Palestine currently can’t be verified or added to Wallet. (87243064)
* If Health sharing is skipped when setting up an Apple Watch for a family member, it can’t be enabled later. (87210981)
* Error when attempting to add a EU Digital COVID Certificate from France, Ireland, or Singapore (88188243,88157843)

[HEADING=2]Home[/HEADING]
[HEADING=3]Known Issues[/HEADING]

* 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.

[HEADING=2]iTunes[/HEADING]
[HEADING=3]Known Issues[/HEADING]

* 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.

[HEADING=2]Messages[/HEADING]
[HEADING=3]Known Issues[/HEADING]

* 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.

[HEADING=2]Phone[/HEADING]
[HEADING=3]Known Issues[/HEADING]

* 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)

[HEADING=2]Settings[/HEADING]
[HEADING=3]Known Issues[/HEADING]

* 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)

[HEADING=2]StoreKit[/HEADING]
[HEADING=3]Known Issues[/HEADING]

* When testing with StoreKit Testing in Xcode, the following APIs don’t work in the simulator: presentCodeRedemptionSheet() ('https://developer.apple.com/documentation/storekit/skpaymentqueue/3566726-presentcoderedemptionsheet'), paymentQueueShouldShowPriceConsent(_:) ('https://developer.apple.com/documentation/storekit/skpaymentqueuedelegate/3521328-paymentqueueshouldshowpriceconse'), and showPriceConsentIfNeeded() ('https://developer.apple.com/documentation/storekit/skpaymentqueue/3521327-showpriceconsentifneeded'). (85982859)
Workaround: Test these APIs using an iOS device.

[/SPOILER]

Important

iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation) and iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation) can only update to iPadOS 15.4 beta 2 from iPadOS 15.4 beta 1.
[HEADING=2][/HEADING]
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TheYayAreaLiving ? Avatar
21 weeks ago
Yay! Apple’s software team is working hard.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nrose101 Avatar
21 weeks ago
Looks like they fixed the bug opening the iTunes store from inside an app.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
inigou Avatar
21 weeks ago
Hope battery life is improved. My iPhone 13 pro max consumption is considerably higher in public beta 1
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Sara A. Avatar
20 weeks ago
Still no fix for the ipad storage category calculating indefinitely bug
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Rogifan Avatar
21 weeks ago
I hope this beta stops the random reboots on iPad OS.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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