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Apple Set to Release iOS 15.4 Next Week

The latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 15.4 is planned for rollout next week. The update, which has been in beta since January, boasts numerous features designed specifically for improving the user experience.

One of the most significant features of iOS 15.4 is mask friendly face ID, allowing users to unlock their phones without having to remove their mask, a feature that was reported to work extremely well during the beta period.

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Apple are also releasing a new Tap to Pay feature, allowing users to use compatible iPhones as digital payment terminals, accepting NFC-enabled devices and cards. This is a massively powerful selling point for Apple, appealing to smaller businesses and merchants that previously would need to have used external card readers.

Other notable features include the incorporation of a 5th voice for Siri, which is confirmed to belong to a person from the LGBTQ+ community, 36 new emojis and additional safety features for Apple AirTags, which for those unfamiliar, are item tracking devices which are often attached to keys and wallets, preventing users from losing valuable belongings. The tracking capabilities of AirTags unfortunately make them perfect for stalking people. iOS 15.4 will include a popup notification that warns users against tracking someone’s location without their consent, a feature that builds off previous anti-stalking measures that Apple implemented in February.

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While no specific date for the updates release has been announced, rumors suggest that iOS 15.4 will be available as of March 18th, coinciding with the release of the Apple iPhone 13 and 13 pro ‘Sleek Green’ finishes.

iOS 15.4 will be available on all devices able to run iOS 15, which range from the iPhone 6S to the current iPhone 13. To check to see if your device is compatible with the latest Apple update, click here to view the full list.

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