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iOS 16.4 Public Beta Launches with 5G Enhancements and New Emojis

February 20, 2023
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Software enthusiasts everywhere can rejoice! Apple recently released their much-anticipated beta 1 updates for iOS 16.4, watchOS 9.4, tvOS 16.4, and macOS Ventura 13.3 to the public. Allowing users to explore the newest features and capabilities of Apple software on a variety of their devices.

The latest iOS update adds several exciting new abilities and tools. Prime amongst them is the ability to enable push notifications for web apps, dozens of new emoji, new Shortcuts actions, an upgrade of Apple Music’s interface, 5G support enhancement, and more. Additionally, Apple also announced the coming return of the updated architecture for the Home app.

Similar to previous updates, users will be able to download these latest software offerings through their respective Apple accounts. If you’re already registered in the Apple Beta Software Program, then you just need to locate the update in your settings, go to General > Software Update, and start the download process. Depending on the device, the options will stem from the following builds:

• iOS 16.4 beta 1 (build number 20E5212f)
• watchOS 9.4 beta 1 (build number 20T5222g)
• tvOS 16.4 beta 1 (build number 20L5463g)
• macOS Ventura 13.3 beta 1 (build number 22E5219e)

After the download has completed, downloaders can quickly start discovering all the new features that come with this latest update. As of yet, we’re still uncertain of a release date for the full public versions of each update, but we’ll keep our eyes peeled.

So what exactly can people expect out of these updates?

When it comes to iOS 16.4, new abilities include the previously mentioned push notification feature for web apps and Shortcuts commands, allowing users to gain access to applications and automated routines. They’ll also get a host of new emoji characters (which is always exciting) as well as interface adjustments to Apple Music for a more user-friendly experience. The update also enhances 5G support, not just for the latest Apple devices but for many older models as well.

watchOS 9.4 was released alongside the other updates and brings its own special features to the table. Most notably, it brings integration with Face ID for user authentication and fitness tracking. Along with this Apple has also introduced a training health notification server, enabling users to create personalized fitness goals that are tailored to their diet very easily.

tvOS 16.4 injects some much-needed promotions and enhancements to video streaming capabilities. It allows users to stream up to 4K resolution on Apple TV and brings with it a new feature that lets you control playback quality and stability.

Finally, macOS Ventura 13.3 introduces a few adjustments to their already great desktop operating system. Amongst them are improved performance and optimization to various applications. The major addition being the Suspend and Resume feature, allowing users to resurrect their work sessions after a period of inactivity. These changes help conserve battery life while also allowing you to quickly access a project at any given time.

Users who are keen to try out the latest public beta software from Apple should make sure to register their devices via the Apple Beta Software Program webpage. A quick glance at the teams’ roadmap should give you an indication as to when further updates will arrive, providing users with the best of Apple software.

If you’ve already downloaded the update, keep an eye out for any changes or new features you might find. Once you’ve had some time to test the updates yourself, let us know what you think in the comments below.

In the meantime, our roundup section offers a comprehensive look at all the changes and features you can expect to find in iOS 16.4 beta 1, including improved Always-On display battery usage in the upcoming iPhone 14 Pro. We also discussed how Apple has made it easier for registered developers to install iOS betas, but got rid of the profile sharing feature in the process.

All in all, we’d like to say congratulations to Apple for their successful release of the iOS 16.4, watchOS 9.4, tvOS 16.4, and macOS Ventura 13.3 beta 1 updates to the public. We look forward to experiencing the full finished versions of these software updates very soon!

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