While we don’t have a specific release date for iOS 16.4, Apple is aiming for spring, and Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says it’ll happen in the coming weeks. This means we could see an iOS 16.4 release date anywhere from late March to early April.
While not a full update, there are plenty of features that come with iOS 16.4 to keep iPhone fans happy until WWDC 2023 gives us our first look at iOS 17.
Apple has focused on a number of key improvements with iOS 16.4, including web push notifications and, of course, a new emoji list. But those are just the top additions; There’s much more to dig into.
Here are all the new features you can expect to see on your iPhone running iOS 16.4.
iOS 16.4 brings with it all the new emojis introduced with Unicode 15.0. These are the first new emoji characters in over a year and include 21 new ones. That number goes up to 31 if you factor in variations in skin color.
They include combinations of hearts, animals, food and some other graphics. Some of the highlights are the trembling face and the “talking hand” gesture. Once iOS 16.4 is up and running on your iPhone, you’ll be able to take advantage of Safari’s web notifications.
Just like with an application, the user can choose to receive notifications from the web browser. For example, you might receive notifications from a website, such as Tom’s Guide, when a new article is published.
To avoid ping attacks, only websites registered on the home screen are allowed to send push notifications.