Apple today announced that iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4 will be available to all users next week, following weeks of developer and public beta testing.

iOS 15.4 includes major new features for iPhone users, perhaps the most notable being the ability for users to unlock their ‌iPhone‌ using Face ID while wearing a mask. Apple said it was able to update the ‌Face ID‌ system to uniquely identify the area around a user’s eye and could use that information to unlock the device even while wearing a mask. The feature is only available on iPhone 12 and later.

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On iPadOS 15.4 and macOS Monterey 12.3, the most notable new feature is Universal Control. ‌Universal Control‌ was originally showcased at WWDC 2021, and despite Apple’s promise to retire the feature before the end of 2021, it had to postpone it until Spring 2022. ‌Universal Control‌ allows users to use a mouse and a keyboard on multiple Macs and iPads for a smooth user experience.

Apple said ‌macOS Monterey‌ 12.3 will also launch next week.

iOS and iPadOS 15.4 also include other new changes and features, such as 37 new emojis and laying the groundwork for “Tap to Pay on ‌iPhone‌”. Updates also include improvements to AirTags, the ability to add custom domains to iCloud Mail directly on device, and more. Release notes for all updates will be posted once the updates go live next week.

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