iOS 16.4 Brings New Emojis and Security Updates
The iPhone keeps improving with the release of the iOS 16.4 update. It adds new ways to communicate with others with 31 new emojis.
It also brings minor adjustments to existing apps and major security updates. Meanwhile, expect upgrades to your Mac with the macOS Ventura 13.3 launch.
We will discuss the list of 16.4 emojis. Then, we will cover the other new features for iOS and macOS.
What are the iOS 16.4 emojis?
Earlier, it was mentioned that iPhone users would receive 31 new emojis, which can be categorized into different groups.
The first category includes emojis related to food, animals, aquatic creatures, and nature. For example, the Hyacinth, Peapod, and Ginger emojis fall under the nature and food categories.
The new animal emojis consist of the Goose, Jellyfish, Donkey, Moose, and Blackbird. The second category consists of objects and symbols.
Within this category, you can find Light Blue, Gray, and Pink hearts and new emojis like the folding hand fan, hair pick, flute, wing, and maracas introduced in iOS 16.4.
If you need to refer to Wi-Fi or wireless connectivity, try using the new Wireless emoji instead of spelling it out.
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Additionally, the new Khanda emoji may be appreciated by followers of Sikhism, as it is a symbol of infinity in this Indian religion.
The third category comprises new emojis of gestures and expressions, like the Shaking Head emoji.
It replaces the acronym SMH (shaking my head) to express a variety of emotions, such as awe, anticipation, excitement, confusion, and shock.
Moreover, it can also indicate physical shaking, whether due to shivering from the flu or feeling dizzy after a fun roller coaster ride.
iOS 16.4 introduces the left and right hands positioned in a pushing motion. This versatile symbol can convey various concepts when combined with other emojis.
For instance, you could use the pushing hand emoji alongside the car emoji to show that you are pushing a broken car.
Alternatively, you could combine them to depict a high-five or place the shaking head between the shaking hands to express amazement.
The Pushing Hand emoji is also available in six different skin tones, bringing the total number of new emojis to 16.4.
What are the features of iOS 16.4 and macOS Ventura 13.3?
The latest Apple phone upgrade also enables voice isolation. The feature muffles background noises to ensure your voice is loud and clear during voice calls.
Also, the update improves the Photos app by letting it duplicate photos in shared albums. The app will tell you if you have duplicates in your friends and family’s albums.
The iOS 16.4 update also adds web push notifications to iPhones. Consequently, websites gain more permissions previously limited to apps.
For example, your phone may ask you to tap a website’s “subscribe” or “like” button. It may be useful if you want the AI chatbot ChatGPT as an “app.”
If you have an Apple Wallet, you may add three new order-tracking widgets. Each displays your tracking information on active orders.
The new Apple phone upgrade also has something new for iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max users. You may enable or disable the always-on display option for specific Focus Modes.
Scroll down to the bottom of the edit page when creating a new filter. Next, tap the Focus Filter and the Always-On Display buttons to enable or disable the display for that Focus Mode.
You will also love iOS 16.4 if you listen to podcasts. The Podcasts app gets new features like the ability to browse by season and filter episodes.
The Weather app gets VoiceOver support, and book-turning animation returns to Apple Books.
Apple also released a significant upgrade for the macOS with Ventura 13.3. Macs worldwide gain 21 new emojis, keyboard layouts, and accessibility features.
Like iOS 16.4, it adds VoiceOver to the Weather app and duplicate detection in the iCloud Shared Photo Library.
The Mac upgrade also adds Transliteration support for Punjabi, Urdu, and Gujarati keyboards. More importantly, the new macOS and iOS improve security.