Earlier this week, Apple began distributing iOS 15.4, iPadOS 15.4, watchOS 8.5, MacOS Monterey 12.3, tvOS 15.4, and HomePod Software 15.4. Face ID can now unlock your phone with a mask on. For more information on the update, check out this page. iOS 14.5 originally offered Face ID with a mask for iPhone users with an Apple Watch, but now it’s available to those who don’t. However, the new Face ID only works with the iPhone 13 and iPhone 12 models, and it is slower and less secure than the older Touch ID system. So, we’ll call this a split victory.
After the OTA, iOS 15.4’s battery life seems to be the least of its problems, as more and more customers are experiencing concerns. iPhone 13 Pro Max can only last for a few hours. For example, an earlier iPhone 11 loses 80% of its battery charge in 24 hours with the screen on for just two hours. In addition to these and other reports.
There are exceptions, of course, and certain battery issues are to be expected after an upgrade. And while iOS 15.4 doesn’t appear to be a substantial update, it contains a remarkable 39 bug fixes. Still, these battery consumption estimates seem a little high. Apple may be using the maximum 120Hz ProMotion refresh rate more often than previously thought, according to some customers’ theories. Because the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max have ProMotion, this may be a logical explanation, but it cannot be the only one because other models are affected. Please let’s hope that these problems may be rectified asap.
While iOS 15.4 has some unfortunate bugs related to the battery, it also includes over one hundred brand new emoji from Emoji 14.0, one new voice option for Siri and the ability to provide time and date information offline. It also supports vaccine cards with EU Digital COVID Certificates and adds support for Italian and Chinese to the Safari web page translation. Finally, the Podcasts app has been improved, among other things.