Music app changes

Music app changes
  • Playlists are now more compact in the library section
  • New icon for sorting playlists
  • Smaller animation when adding a song to the queue
  • Waveform animation has changed
  • Artist profile pictures are now visible at the top of the artist page
  • Account profile picture is now visible on every tab

Podcast app changes

Podcast app changes
  • New section called “Channel Shows”
  • Recently updated section now shows the exact time a podcast episode was released
  • Up next section now includes past episodes of podcasts you have listened to
  • Voice isolation feature added to improve call quality
  • 5G Standalone mode added for T-Mobile customers
  • Beta update dates now have a separate section

Voice isolation feature

vice isolation
  • Improves microphone quality while on phone calls
  • Available for cellular phone calls
  • Three options to choose from: standard, voice isolation, and wide spectrum
  • Once turned on, it stays on for future phone calls

5G Standalone mode

5G Standalone mode
  • Available for T-Mobile customers
  • Uses 5G for all cellular activity, including network connections

Beta update changes

Beta update changes
  • Beta update dates now have a separate section
  • Shows either developer beta or public beta
  • Apple is phasing out the profile method of getting betas.
  • If you have the developer beta selected, your Apple ID must be associated with your developer account.
  • Public betas can also be selected, and beta updates can be turned off.

Always-On Display Feature in Focus Mode

Always-On Display Feature in Focus Mode
  • In the focus settings, a new filter has been added for Always-On Display.
  • This feature allows you to turn Always-On Display on or off while in focus mode.
  • This is useful for avoiding distractions while working or recording a video.

Web Push Notifications for Web Apps

Web Push Notifications for Web Apps
  • Web push notifications are now available for web apps.
  • This means that web applications can now receive notifications just like normal applications.
  • These notifications are included in focus modes, allowing you to disable them when necessary.
  • In iOS 16.4, other browsers besides Safari can now add web application bookmarks.
  • This includes browsers like Chrome, Edge, and Firefox.
  • Bookmarks are now cleaner and higher quality.

Duplicate Detection in Shared Library

Duplicate Detection in Shared Library
  • The Photos app can now detect duplicates in the shared library.
  • If you have duplicates, you will see them in both libraries.

Changes to Shortcuts App

Changes to Shortcuts App
  • iOS 16.4 includes several changes to the Shortcuts app.
  • New actions include SetVPN, A Lock Screen Action, and Shutdown.
  • New icons and categories are available for shortcuts.
  • The Ask for Input action now has a new toggle for allow multiple lines.

Home Architecture Upgrade

Home Architecture Upgrade
  • iOS 16.4 re-releases the home architecture upgrade, which was previously pulled.
  • This allows users who did not update with iOS 16.2 to update their home architecture.

Changes to Apple Card Payment Screen

Changes to Apple Card Payment Screen
  • The buttons at the bottom of the Apple Card payment screen have been changed.
  • “Pay Later” is now “Schedule”, “Pay Now” is now “Pay”, and “Show Keypad” is now “Other Amounts”.
  • The screen after paying an amount has also changed.
  • Users can now add order tracking widgets of different sizes (small, medium, and large)
  • These widgets will show active orders made through Apple Pay cards in the Books app

Page Turn Animation in Books

  • A new section has been added in the Themes and Settings for the page turn animation in Books
  • The classic curl page turn animation has returned
  • Users can disable the animation if they prefer a slide or no animation at all

Accessibility Feature: Dim Flashing Lights

Accessibility Featur Dim Flashing Lights
  • A long overdue accessibility feature has been added
  • Users can now enable “Dim Flashing Lights” in the Motion settings to automatically dim video content that depicts repeated flashing or strobing lights
  • This feature is especially helpful for people with epilepsy or sensitivity to flashing lights

VoiceOver for Maps and Weather

VoiceOver for Maps and Weather
  • VoiceOver is now available for the Maps and Weather app for better accessibility
  • A glyph icon now appears next to the name of each paired device in the Coverage section of the General settings
  • The glyph icon also appears for AirPods, Apple Watch, and other paired devices

Glyph Icons for Apple Devices

Face ID Prompt is Bolder
  • The Face ID prompt in iOS 16.4 is now bolder and more round compared to the previous version

Verbiage Changes in Emergency SOS Settings

Verbiage Changes in Emergency SOS Settings
  • Warnings, alarms, flashes, and VoiceOver audio will be silenced when using hold and release or five button presses to place an emergency call
  • Emergency SOS via satellite now shows when the next satellite will pass

Number Format Options

Number Format Options
  • A new section for number format has been added in the Language and Region settings
  • Users can choose between three different number formats

VPN Configuration Improvements

VPN Configuration Improvements
  • A new sentence has been added to the VPN settings to explain that VPNs can be set up to control the routing of certain network traffic

Non-English Siri Voices

Non-English Siri Voices
  • New non-English Siri voices are now available for Arabic and Hebrew
  • The Korean keyboard now has autocorrect enabled by default
  • The Ukrainian keyboard now supports predictive text

Bug Fixes in Notification Cards and Matter Compatible Thermostats

Bug Fixes in Notification Cards and Matter Compatible Thermostats
  • The notification cards UI bug has been fixed
  • Matter-compatible thermostats are no longer unresponsive in the Home app
  • New crash detection optimizations for iPhone 14 Pro series

Improved Performance

Improved Performance
  • Improved performance compared to the previous version, iOS 16.3.1

Battery Life Improvements

Battery Life Improvements

Should You Update Now or Wait?

If you’re already on iOS 16, it’s a no-brainer to update to 16.4.There are plenty of changes and improvements, including new emojis and security fixes.

However, if you prefer to play it safe, you can wait a few days to see how the update is running for others.The RC build for iOS 16.4 has been available for a week, so there is a good feel for how it runs.

Conclusion

Overall, iOS 16.4 runs great and there are many new features and improvements to enjoy.

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