Apple iOS 16.4 Review: What You Need To Know

By Amit Chowdhry ● Mar 30, 2023

Apple iOS 16

  • Apple released iOS 16.4 this week. This is what you need to know.

Apple released iOS 16.4 this week. This is a major update to the major iOS 16 operating system.

This update features 21 new emojis and it also includes more enhancements, bug fixes, and security updates for your iPhone. The changelog specifies:

— 21 new emojis including animals, hand gestures, and objects are now available in emoji keyboard

— Notifications for web apps added to the Home Screen

— Voice Isolation for cellular calls prioritizes your voice and blocks out ambient noise around you

— Duplicates album in Photos expands support to detect duplicate photos and videos in an iCloud Shared Photo Library

— VoiceOver support for maps in the Weather app

— Accessibility setting to automatically dim video when flashes of light or strobe effects are detected

— Fixes an issue where Ask to Buy requests from children may fail to appear on the parent’s device

— Addresses issues where Matter-compatible thermostats could become unresponsive when paired to Apple Home

— Crash Detection optimizations on iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models

There are some subtle changes that were made that are worth mentioning.

Specific new emoji

The new emoji include: Shaking face, Pushing hand (both left and right), Pink heart, Gray heart, Light blue heart, Donkey, Moose, Goose, Wing, Jellyfish, Hyacinth, Pea Pod, Ginger, Folding Hand Fan, Hair Pick, Flute, Maracas, Khanda, and Wireless.

Voice Isolation

Apple iOS 16.4 has expanded the Voice Isolation feature to phone calls. This feature was previously available for VoIP calls and FaceTime. The Voice Isolation feature enhances the voice of the users and reduces background noise.

Podcasts app receives enhancements

With the new Podcasts app, podcast creators can use the Channels menu within the Library to list their podcasts in one location. This should help listeners discover more content from those sources.

There were improvements made to Up Next as well. When a listener plays an episode of a show before deciding to follow it, the episode will now remain in Up Next until the listener finishes it, marks it as played, or removes it. And new episodes from followed shows and recently saved episodes will appear at the top of the Up Next queue while episodes that listeners have started and older saved episodes will appear toward the end. Plus the latest episodes from recently followed shows appear at the start of Up Next. Also, episodes categorized with a “bonus” episode type will appear in Up Next.

AppleCare Coverage Status

iOS 16.4 makes it simpler to find the warranty status of their accessories. Under the Settings app > General > About > Coverage, you can see the warranty status of the Apple Watch, AirPods, Apple Pencil, and other accessories.

Better 5G Support For T-Mobile / Consumers In Turkey

The iOS 16.4 update offers 5G Standalone network support on T-Mobile in the U.S. This could enable the iPhone to reach speeds of up to 3Gb per second. Plus iOS 16.4 offers 5G support on newer iPhones.

Push notifications for Safari

The websites and apps added to your iPhone or iPad Home Screen would be able to send push notifications in iOS 16.4. And besides notifications, the shortcut of the website could display an unread notification badge just like regular apps. Developers would have to add support for Web Push notifications in Safari. Plus Apple will allow third-party web browsers to add website shortcuts to the Home Screen after tapping on the Share menu.

Order Tracking Widget

Apple iOS 16.4 features a new Order Tracking widget for the Apple Wallet app. And it is available in 3 sizes.

Satellite information for Emergency SOS

After using the Emergency SOS on the satellite on the iPhone 14 Pro on iOS 16.4 will see more details about the next satellite’s availability. So instead of seeing “Available soon,” there will be a more specific time display with the number of hours and minutes until the next satellite is available.

Apple Music improvement

Apple iOS 16.4 now has a Sort button for songs, artists, and albums so that you could list the songs based on that information when it was added to the library, or the release year.