Apple seeds release candidate version of iOS 16.4 to developers
Apple has today seeded the first release candidate version of iOS 16.4 to developers, signalling that the update is nearing a public debut following the release of the first beta seed in February that saw the introduction of new emoji, Apple Podcasts improvements, the reintroduction of the HomeKit architecture that was previously pulled with iOS 16.2, and more.
iOS 16.4 will add 31 new emojis to iPhone, comprising of one new smiley face, three new colored heart emojis, and two new hand gestures, each with support for different skin tones.
The update will allow websites to send Safari push notifications to iPhone and iPad users, regardless of if they have an app on the App Store or not. It will mean businesses that don’t have apps would be able to share updates with customers easily through third-party push notification services.
Apple is making several updates for Apple Podcasts coming with iOS 16.4, including a new Channels menu, Up Next queue updates, enhancements to the way episodes are presented across Apple Podcasts, improvements to the Apple Podcasts experience in CarPlay, and more.
iOS 16.4 reintroduces the HomeKit architecture update that was pulled from iOS 16.2 due to bugs following its launch, 5G support for users in Turkey, a new Apple Music profile button, and more.