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Apple has released iOS 16.4, the fourth major update to the iOS 16 operating system, which was first launched in September last year. The update comes two months after the launch of iOS 16.3, which added Security Keys for Apple ID.
One of the notable features of iOS 16.4 is the addition of 21 new emoji characters, including a shaking head, pink heart, blue heart, gray heart, donkey, moose, blackbird, goose, wing, jellyfish, and hyacinth, among others.
Additionally, the update includes Safari web notifications for websites added to the Home Screen, Voice Isolation for clearer cellular phone calls, the return of the Apple Books page turning animation, updates to Podcasts, new HomeKit architecture, and several other small changes and tweaks.
The update also includes several bug fixes, such as a fix for an issue where Ask to Buy requests from children may fail to appear on the parent’s device, and crash detection optimizations on iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models.
It is worth noting that iOS 16.4 and iPadOS 16.4 may be some of the last updates that we see to the iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 operating systems. This is because Apple is shifting its focus to iOS 17 and iPadOS 17, which are expected to be announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June.
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To download the update, eligible iPhone and iPad users can go to Settings, tap General, and then Software Update. It may take a few minutes for the updates to propagate to all users due to high demand.