Apple iPhone users will get these features with iOS 15.4 beta
Apple has released the fourth beta of the iOS 15.4 to developers and is expected to officially release it at the spring event. The beta update has reportedly brought an updated Find My app, which offers anti-stalking alerts to AirTags and other Find My accessories, for iPhone users. The privacy concerns related to AirTags tracking has persisted for some time now.
The first beta of the iOS 15.4 added Face ID with a Mask feature, as well as improved 120Hz support on iPhones 13 Pro.
The Find My app in the latest iOS 15.4 beta also comes with new notification settings that let users change specific options for Find My and Tracking separately. With this update, Apple will now be able to inform users about which type of accessory was detected moving with someone (such as a pair of AirPods.)
The developer previews also now include a disclaimer that the smart-tags are linked to one’s Apple ID on activation. This disclaimer has been given in order to discourage malicious use of AirTags.
Tap to Pay on iPhone has also been detected on iOS 15.4 beta 2. The update will also bring a gender-neutral voice option for Siri. The beta update reportedly also brought up an interesting notification inviting users to opt in or out of submitting audio recordings made by their iPhones (for services including Siri) to Apple for its analytics.
This may seem strange as iPhone users were able to set these preferences back as far as iOS 13.2. However, the iOS 15.2 cancelled the Improve Siri & Dictation controls “for a small portion of devices”, reported Notebook Check.
In other words, audio recordings from some of users may have been sent to Apple without their knowledge or their consent. Now, this issue may addressed with the general release of iOS 15.4.
According to Cnet, the iOS 15.4 betas may also introduce new emoji, updates to Face ID and the long-awaited arrival of Universal Control. iOS 15.4 beta is now available to developers and public beta users. The official release is expected this spring.