Apple’s iOS 15.4 upgrade could launch as soon as mid-March, along with a bunch of brilliant new iPhone features. Here are the top three iOS 15.4 features you should be looking out for.
iOS 15.4 Keychain update 1—add notes to passwords
Apple’s iCloud Keychain is a pretty good iPhone password manager, but it lacks many of the features of full service options such as 1Password. In iOS 15.4, that’s about to change, as Apple is adding a couple of major new features to the Keychain.
The first is the ability to add notes to passwords. This means once you are on iOS 145.4, you can save security questions and other useful data in your Keychain, all protected by Face ID security. Apple’s competitors already have this feature, but this iOS 15.4 upgrade sees the Keychain catching up, making it a more valid option for iPhone users.
iOS 15.4 Keychain update 2—username must be saved with new passwords by default
The Keychain is useful because it works across your Apple devices, but in the past it would allow you to save your newly created passwords without a username. This meant that your saved Keychain data was sometimes missing the username. This glitch has been fixed in iOS 15.4, because the updated iPhone operating system will force you to add a username before you can save, by default.
In iOS 15.4, Face ID will work while you’re wearing a mask
Sure, this iOS 15.4 feature is a little late, but better late than never. From iOS 15.4, you will be able to open your iPhone while wearing a mask, no watch required. It won’t work in all scenarios, but you will be able to pay with your iPhone when you are inside a store and wearing a mask.
However there are security considerations, says Jake Moore, global cybersecurity advisor at ESET. “Increasing the ways to open a device increases the risk of compromise. However, at least iOS 15.4 now looks around the eyes to determine who it is opening the iPhone, rather than allowing anyone with a mask on to unlock it via the Apple Watch.”
The new iOS 15.4 feature will improve the procedure but using full Face ID will still remain the most secure way of protecting your iPhone, says Moore.
Also worth mentioning in iOS 15.4
According to a report in Cult of Mac, iOS 15.4 will allow some iPhone users to download software updates over a 4G LTE connection for the first time. Until now, it was only possible to get updates on the iPhone 12 and 13 over 5G, but this change expands updates to people living in countries who can’t access a 5G connection. Pretty cool.
iOS 15.4 is coming soon
There’s a rumored Apple event in mid March, and many people think the iOS 15.4 update will be released to iPhones then. So keep watching out for it, and checking back to my page, for more updates including fixes for iPhone security issues.