Apple’s iOS 15.4 upgrade could launch as early as mid-March, with a bunch of shiny new iPhone features. Here are the top three iOS 15.4 features you should look out for.
iOS 15.4 Keychain Update 1: Add Notes to Passwords
Apples iCloud Keychain is a very good password manager for iPhone, but it lacks many features of full-service options like 1Password. In iOS 15.4, that’s about to change, as Apple adds some major new features to Keychain.
The first is the ability to add notes to passwords. This means that once you’re on iOS 145.4, you can save security questions and other useful data to your keychain, all protected by Face ID security. Apple’s competitors already have this feature, but this iOS 15.4 upgrade sees Keychain catch up, making it a more valid option for iPhone users.
iOS 15.4 Keychain Update 2 – username should be saved with new default passwords
Keychain is useful because it works on all your Apple devices, but in the past it allowed you to save your newly created passwords without a username. This meant that the username was sometimes missing from your saved keychain data. This issue has been fixed in iOS 15.4, as the updated iPhone OS will require you to add a username before you can save, by default.
In iOS 15.4, Face ID will work while you’re wearing a mask
Sure, this iOS 15.4 feature is a bit late, but better late than never. Starting with iOS 15.4, you can open your iPhone while wearing a mask, without a watch. It won’t work in all scenarios, but you can pay with your iPhone when you’re in a store and wearing a mask.
However, there are security considerations, says Jake Moore, global cybersecurity advisor at ESET. “Multiplying the ways to open a device increases the risk of compromise. However, at least iOS 15.4 now looks around to determine who unlocks the iPhone, rather than allowing anyone wearing a mask to unlock it through the Apple Watch.
The new iOS 15.4 feature will improve the process, but using Full Face ID will still be the most secure way to protect your iPhone, Moore says.
Also of note in iOS 15.4
According to a report in cult of mac, iOS 15.4 will allow some iPhone users to download software updates over a 4G LTE connection for the first time. Until now, it was only possible to get updates on the iPhone 12 and 13 over 5G, but this change extends updates to people living in countries that cannot access a connection. 5G. Pretty cool.
iOS 15.4 is coming soon
There is a rumor Apple event in mid-March, and many people believe that the iOS 15.4 update will be released on iPhones then. So keep watching and come back to my page for more updates, including fixes for iPhone security issues.