New emoji will arrive in iOS 16.4 and macOS Ventura 13.3 [Updated]


New emoji will arrive in iOS 16.4 and macOS Ventura 13.3
The long wait for iOS 16.4 beta 1 is over. The same goes for macOS Ventura 13.3 beta 1, plus there are new OS updates in testing for many other Apple devices.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

Apple finally seeded to developers iOS 16.4 beta 1 and macOS 13.3 beta 1 on Thursday, followed by releasing public beta versions on Friday. The same goes for the initial betas of iPadOS 16.4, watchOS 9.4 and tvOS 16.4.

The wait for new betas has been much longer than usual. The last round of new prerelease versions was in mid-January.

The new betas bring in a collection of new emoji, an improvement for Apple Pencil, a better way for devs to work with betas, and more changes.

Apple finally begins beta testing iOS 16.4 and macOS Ventura 13.3

The full, public release of iOS 16.3, macOS 13.2 and all the other Apple operating systems came a month ago, with some minor changes. Then, mid-February brought a round of bug fixes and other tweaks.

Apple typically begins betas testing the next version of its versions OSs a day after the debut of the previous one. Not this time.

Instead, it made developers and the public wait nearly a month for the first betas of iOS 16.4, macOS 13.3, iPadOS 16.4, watchOS 9.4 and tvOS 16.4.

What’s new?

The coming updates will add support for Unicode 15.0 Emoji to many Apple devices. Those include a new way to express love, a shaking face, a donkey, a jellyfish and a flute.

And Apple is adding a new way to deal with betas. According to the release notes, “Beginning with iOS & iPadOS 16.4 beta, members of the Apple Developer Program will see a new option to enable developer betas directly from Software Update in Settings.”

iPadOS 16.4 adds a new way to deal with betas.
Go to Settings > General > Software Update > Beta Update.
Screenshot: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

Plus, Apple Pencil hover provides Tilt and Azimuth support. This feature is only available for the latest iPad Pro, though.

Cult of Mac compiled a full list of changes in iOS 16.4 beta 1 describing additional new features.

Initial betas of iOS 16.4, etc. are now available for all

On Thursday, these betas were only for those who pay an annual fee to be in Apple’s developer program. But that changed on Friday. Now anyone who signs up to be in the Apple Beta Software Program can download any or all of them and start testing iOS 16.4, macOS 13.3, iPadOS 16.4, watchOS 9.4 and/or tvOS 16.4.

The full non-beta releases aren’t likely for at least a month. They might wait until the new Mac Pro and 15-inch MacBook Air are introduced in March or April.


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