Fun emoji-filled iOS 16.4 update also contains important security fixes

iOS 16.4 update

iPhone’s latest software update, iOS 16.4, is ready to download, bringing with it several fun and practical features, alongside important fixes. In addition to the update, Apple also launched Apple Music Classical, its standalone classic music streaming app.

As with all software updates, some aspects are more exciting than others, like the 21 new emoji available to play with. Included in the added emoji options are new hand gestures, animals, and symbols. One that will undoubtedly become a go-to response across chats and memes alike is a shocked-looking shaking head. A versatile emoji, you could use it to express horror, strong disagreement, or that you’ve just fallen out of a plane without a parachute.

Outside of the fun and games, iOS 16.4 also contains a lot of security fixes. Make sure you download and install the update to secure your device from vulnerabilities.

Aside from emoji and security, there are several things worth checking out in iOS 16.4. Voice Isolation now helps block out background noise when calling via cellular, not just internet-based calls like FaceTime. Plus, there are even more optimisations for Crash Detection, a feature that has had some growing pains along the way. Additionally, gamers can now connect Sony’s premium DualSense Edge controller via Bluetooth.

These are just tip-of-the-iceberg things, with Apple’s full update notes listing plenty more additions and revisions.

Apple’s iOS 16.4 update notes

As listed on Apple’s website, here are the main updates from the latest iOS release:

  • 21 new emoji including animals, hand gestures and objects are now available in the emoji keyboard
  • Notifications for web apps added to the Home Screen
  • Voice Isolation for phone calls prioritises your voice and blocks out ambient noise around you
  • 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
  • Visual Look Up is now available in New Zealand
  • 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 optimisations on iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models

To get the new update on your iPhone, open Settings>General>Software Update, and then follow the prompts to install the new software. Here are the compatible devices:

  • iPhone 14 (base, Plus, Pro, and Pro Max)
  • iPhone 13 (base, Pro, Pro Max)
  • iPhone 12 (base, mini, Pro, Pro Max)
  • iPhone 11 (base, Pro, Pro Max)
  • iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max
  • iPhone X and iPhone XR
  • iPhone SE (2nd and 3rd gen)
  • iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

If it’s been a while since you’ve updated, brush up on what’s included in previous major updates like iOS 16.1, iOS 16.2, and iOS 16.3.

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