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15 new features in iOS 16.4 you should try right away


iOS 16.4 release candidate
After you upgrade your iPhone, try these new features in iOS 16.4.
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Apple released iOS 16.4 on Monday, bringing significant changes and new features to its iPhone operating system.

Once you install iOS 16.4, the biggest point release of iOS 16 so far, check out these 15 features to try right away — including the new “high five emoji” combo.

Voice Isolation for phone calls finally coming to iPhone


Voice Isolation for phone calls finally coming to iPhone
Voice Isolation isn't just for FaceTime anymore.
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The Voice Isolation feature iPhone users have become accustomed to in video chats will soon expand to regular phone calls. It will make participants in these voice calls easier to understand.

This will be one of the major new features in iOS 16.4, which is expected in late March.

iOS 16.4 and macOS 13.3 likely will launch next week


iOS 16.4 release candidate
The iOS 16.4 release candidate means the full version should reach iPhones everywhere before the end of March.
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Apple seeded the release candidates for iOS 16.4 and macOS Ventura 13.3 to developers on Tuesday, signaling that beta testing for these upcoming operating systems is almost over. The same is true for the release candidates for iPadOS 16.4, watchOS 9.4 and tvOS 16.4.

These will usher in new emoji, a better way for devs to work with betas, and other changes.

iOS 16.4 beta 3: All the new features and changes


New emoji will arrive in iOS 16.4 and macOS Ventura 13.3
iOS 16.4 beta packs plenty of new features and changes.
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A week after the second iOS 16.4 beta dropped, Apple seeded the third build to developers. Unlike the first and second build, the third beta is light on changes.

You can find everything new in iOS 16.4 and iPadOS 16.4 beta 3 below. There’s also an archive of the new features spotted in beta 1 and 2.

Live weather, awesome astronomy and fun faces: Customize your iPhone’s Lock Screen in iOS 16


There are a lot of ways to customize the Lock Screen in iOS 16.
There are a lot of ways to customize the Lock Screen in iOS 16.
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iOS 16 brings the most radical change to the iPhone Lock Screen yet. In the new operating system, you can customize and totally transform the look and feel of your phone. If you liked the themed custom Home Screens people were putting together using Shortcuts and Widgetsmith, you’ll love the level of creativity you can express with customized Lock Screens in iOS 16.

Read on to see all the features of the new iOS 16 Lock Screen.

Nearly all iPhones run iOS 16 but only half of iPads have updated


Apple makes a multitude of changes with iOS 16.
iPhone users have adopted iOS 16 in large numbers.
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According to official data from Apple, 81% of all iPhones released in the past four years are running some version of iOS 16. That’s a vastly higher percentage than Android users have installed the latest OS update from Google.

But iPad users upgrade at a far lower rate than iPhone users. Only 53% of Apple tablets released in the last four years have iPadOS 16.

Track your medications on iPhone in the Health app


Don’t Skip Your Meds
Your iPhone and Apple Watch can help you track your meds.
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The Apple Health app on your iPhone will help you track your medications. It has a lot of advanced options for all kinds of medicine — you can set up schedules, log your activity and even get advice on drug interactions. If you can connect with your health care provider through the Health app, setting it up is incredibly simple. Otherwise, you can just scan the label on the bottle using the camera to import it.

Let me show you how to get started.

iOS 16.3.1 breaks Google Photos for iPhone but a fix is out [Updated]


iOS 16.3.1 update on iPhone with Google Photos logo on top
Google Photos app is crashing in iOS 16.3.1.
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Apple’s recently released iOS 16.3.1 and iPadOS 16.3.1 update broke Google Photos. Users complain about being unable to open the app after updating their device to the latest software build.

Update: A new Google Photos update rolling out through the App Store fixes the crashing issue on iOS 16.3.1. If you have already updated your iPhone to the latest iOS release, grab the Google Photos update from the App Store to resolve the issue.

Apple Pay Later could launch next month with iOS 16.4 [Updated]


Apple Pay Later
Apple Pay Later could finally be ready to launch.
Graphics: Apple/Rajesh

Apple Pay Later reportedly has entered beta testing among Apple’s retail store employees, signaling that the “buy now, pay later” service is nearing public release.

The move comes months after Apple announced the financing option at its Worldwide Developers Conference last June.

View saved Wi-Fi network passwords on iPhone and Mac [Pro Tip]


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It is easier than you think to view saved Wi-Fi passwords on your iPhone or Mac.
Graphics: Rajesh

Your iPhone automatically syncs the details of any Wi-Fi network you join with other devices linked to your Apple ID. Thanks to this handy feature, your Mac or other Apple devices will seamlessly join that network without you doing anything. And iOS also makes it easy to share Wi-Fi passwords with other people who are using iPhones or iPads. You can even turn your home’s Wi-Fi password into a QR code for easy sharing.

However, there will be situations when you need to retrieve a Wi-Fi password for sharing with friends who don’t use an iPhone. When that’s the case, follow the steps below to discover the password of a saved Wi-Fi network on your iPhone or Mac.