iOS 15.4 beta 2 (developers): what’s new?

iOS 15.4 beta 2 (developers): what's new?

A second beta version of iOS 15.4 has been available since last night. Same for iPadOS 15.4, tvOS 15.4 and watchOS 8.5. In addition to bug fixes, here are the important changes we have noted:

  • Tap to Pay: new tools available for developers to take advantage of a notable new feature. It’s about being able to transform the iPhone into a contactless payment terminal. Your iPhone will soon be able to be used to make you pay by credit card for example. A useful feature for professionals, self-employed in particular, but also small businesses and self-employed beginners
  • Driving license in Maps: some lines of the iOS 15.4 beta 2 source code mention the possibility of integrating the US driver’s license in the Maps app. This is a novelty presented during the introduction of iOS 15 in 2021, announced for 2022, but still not available on iPhone
  • Fixed an important privacy bug: Apple has permanently fixed a security flaw that allowed the company’s servers to receive audio recordings from Siri and Dictation, even if the user did not allow the information to be shared
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Find below the new features brought by the previous beta version of iOS 15.4:

  • Ratings : customization of the swipe gestures to the left or the right to for example create a quick note or take a screenshot
  • iPhone 13 Pro : access to 120 Hz is now more open to third-party developers
  • Resale : Apple seems to prepare a tool to scan iPhones for trade-inas noticed in the code of this beta
  • Face ID : can now be unlocked even while wearing a mask or glasses, with two options that are offered to the user (classic Face ID unlock or unlock with mask)
  • Universal command : the Universal Control tool is finally operational
  • AppleTV : choice of what appears in the section To be continued
  • iCloud Keychain : adding notes attached to your passwords
  • Keyboard : possibility to add a shortcut to change the brightness of your keyboard for iPad (Magic Keyboard) within the Control Center
  • emojis : 37 additional emoticons, also available on watchOS 8.5 and the other new OS iPad and Apple TV
iOS 15.4 emojis

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  • SharePlay : now accessible directly from Apple Music
  • AppleCard : new widget displaying balance and expenses
  • Cards : integration of vaccination certificates for COVID-19
  • Shortcuts : activate or deactivate the notification that appears when a custom automation is triggered
  • Email : adding custom domains from the iPhone (accessible to subscribers of the paid iCloud+ service)
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Note that tvOS, iPadOS and watchOS are also available in version 15.4b2, 15.4b2 and 8.5b2 respectively. Finally, a new beta version 15.4 of the OS for HomePod is also in order.

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