Apple has rolled out the latest operating system for its mobile phones and iPads. iOS 16.4 is now available for supported devices and it brings with it some new emoji, voice isolation for voice calls, website push notifications and more. However, apart from the launch of iOS 16.4, the company has also just released its new classical music app which is available at no additional cost to Apple Music subscribers.
First off we have iOS 16.4. The new update comes with 31 new emoji. These include new colourful hearts, a goose, a hair prick, a flute and a “shaking head” face. There’s also a new hand stop sign which looks like an “I will block you” emoji. You can interpret this how you will.
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Take a look at some of the new emoji below:
As for the new voice isolation with calls, Apple has tweaked iOS 16.4 to prioritize your voice when making calls and block out ambient noise around you while on the phone. This will make for clearer phone calls and you’ll be able to hear the person’s voice much clearer than before. Apple already has this feature available in FaceTime calls but now it is rolling out to cellular calls too.
You will need to enable the feature when you update to iOS 16.4 though. To enable voice isolation on iPhone open the Control Center while on a call and tap on “Mic Mode”. You’ll then be able to choose Voice Isolation from the list.
The last big update for iOS 16.4 is the website push notifications. This update has been in testing for a while now and I have already covered it quite extensively here. However, in short, it allows websites to send your iPhone push notifications. This means news blogs can send you notifications when it posts breaking news and other sites can use this system to alert you of updates. It is basically the same as how desktop web browsers work but for iPhone.
Other iOS 16.4 features include:
- Duplicates album in Photos expands support to detect duplicate photos and videos in an iCloud Shared Photo Library
- VoiceOver support for maps in the Weather app
- Accessibility setting to automatically dim video when flashes of light or strobe effects are detected
- The keyboard now supports indigenous languages like Chickasaw and Choctaw. Plus, Apple has added support for transliteration for Gujarati, Punjabi, and Urdu keyboards.
- Fixes an issue where Ask to Buy requests from children may fail to appear on the parent’s device
- Addresses issues where Matter-compatible thermostats could become unresponsive when paired to Apple Home
- Crash Detection optimizations on iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models
- Security fixes for Safari 16.
Outside of iOS 16.4, Apple has also released its new Apple Music Classical app. You don’t need iOS 16.4 to download this app. In fact, it is available straight from the App Store here. The app is a classical music collection where users can listen to 5 million tracks at up to 192 kHz/24-bit hi-res lossless. The service is included in the standard Apple Music plan. However, there’s no ability to download music offline which is definitely not good. Hopefully, it will get support soon.