The following are some of the most noteworthy additions to iOS 15 in this, the fourth major release.
A universal control system
Apple’s Universal Control software allows users to use other Apple devices as second screens, seamlessly transferring content from one to the other. In the beginning, this much-anticipated feature was announced as part of MacOS Monterey, but it was postponed until “this spring” after being delayed over the fall. iOS 15.4 beta included Universal Control, which was released as a public beta alongside the Monterey OS 12.3 and iPadOS 15.4 updates.
Because Universal Control is still in beta, expect some hiccups from time-to-time. Please note that not all devices are capable of using the feature.
For Universal Control to work, both devices must be signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID using two-factor authentication. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Handoff must be enabled on both devices for wireless use, and the devices must be within 10 metres (30 feet) of one another for the feature to work. The iPad and Mac shouldn’t be using the same cellular or internet connection at the same time. For USB use, you must have confidence in your Mac’s handling of the iPad.
Thanks to an update from Apple, it is now possible to use Face ID on an iPhone 12 or newer model while wearing a mask. Face ID requires you to be more precise with the angle at which you hold your phone because it relies on a smaller portion of your face to verify your identity.
It includes 37 new emojis in the new version. A melting face, a face holding back tears, a bird’s nest, coral, a lotus, a low battery, and kidney beans are among the other items that were revealed in the fall.
AirTags, which have come under fire for being used to stalk people, have received new safety-focused updates as part of the operating system update.
When you download and install iOS 15.4, you’ll notice that the emergency call shortcut “call with five presses” is no longer a default setting, but rather an option. The hold-and-press feature for the side and volume buttons is still enabled by design.