iOS 16.4 Beta 3: New Features Public Beta Testers Can Try Now

Apple released iOS 16.4 beta 3 to public beta testers on Wednesday, about a week after the company released the second iOS 16.4 public beta. This third beta means that the wider unveiling of iOS 16.4 is probably just around the corner. Beta testers can now try out new iOS features, like new emoji and updates to Apple Books.

These features are only available to those who are part of Apple’s Beta Software Program, New iOS features can be fun, but we recommend downloading the beta on something other than your primary phone only in case the new software causes problems. Apple provides beta testers with an app called feedback. The app lets testers notify Apple of any problems with new software so that the problem can be addressed before general release.

Here are some of the new features that testers can find in the iOS 16.4 beta.

Apple ID and beta software updates

Text that reads You can sign in with a different Apple ID that is enrolled in the Apple Beta Software Program or the Apple Developer Program

The latest beta lets you sign in with another Apple ID to access other beta software.

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With the third iOS 16.4 beta, developers and beta testers can check whether their Apple ID is associated with the developer beta, the public beta, or both. If you have a different Apple ID, such as the one at work, that has access to the beta update, iOS 16.4 beta 3 also lets you switch to that account from your device.

apple books update

The iOS 16.4 Beta 2 update brings back the page-turn curl animation to Apple Books, it was removed in the previous iOS update. Previously, when you turned a page in an e-book on your iPhone, the page would slide to one side of your screen or it would disappear and be replaced by the next page. Beta testers can still choose these other page-turn animations in addition to the curl animation.

With iOS 16.4 beta 3, a new popup appears the first time you open Apple Books after downloading the update. It lets you change your page-turn animation, theme, and more.

31 new emoji

First iOS 16.4 beta software rolled out 31 new emoji for your iOS device, New emoji include a new smiley; new animals, such as moose and swans; and new heart colors, like pink and light blue.

9 new emoji arranged in a grid on a pink background: peapod, hair pick, goose, hand, smiley, gray heart, maracas, donkey, wifi signal

Some of the new emoji released in the first iOS 16.4 beta.

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The new emoji all come from Unicode’s September 2022 Recommendation List, Emoji 15.0.

apple podcast update

The first beta brings some changes to the way you navigate Apple Podcasts. You can now access subscribed podcast channels in your library. You can use Up Next to resume podcast episodes you’ve started, start episodes you’ve saved, and delete episodes you want to skip.

Preview Mastodon links in messages

Apple’s first iOS 16.4 beta enabled rich previews of Mastodon links in Messages. it’s good because Mastodon saw 400% growth The rate of new accounts spiked in December, so you may receive Mastodon links in messages.

Music app changes

The Kid Cudi album Man on the Moon artwork with track listing below

A small banner appears at the bottom of the screen when you choose to play the next song in Apple Music in the first iOS 16.4 beta.

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The Music interface has been slightly modified in the first iOS 16.4 beta. When you add a song to your queue, a small banner appears at the bottom of your screen instead of a full-screen pop-up.

See who and what’s covered under AppleCare

Starting with iOS 16.4 Beta 1, you can go to Adjustment To check who and which devices are covered with your Apple Care Plan, With iOS 16.4 beta 2, this menu will show you a small icon next to each device that’s covered by AppleCare.

Focus Mode, Shortcuts and Always On Display

if you have iPhone 14 Pro or Pro MaxiOS 16.4 beta 1 lets you enable or disable the always-on display option with certain focus mode, Shortcuts have a new option called set always on display In addition to the new Lock Screen and Set VPN actions were also added.

new apple wallet widget

You can add three new order-tracking widgets for Apple Wallet to your home screen with the first iOS 16.4 beta. Each widget displays your tracking information on active orders, but the widgets come in different sizes: small, medium, and large.

No active orders are displayed in the Apple Wallet widget

The medium-sized Apple Wallet order tracking widget takes up three tiles of space on your iPhone’s screen.

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more access options

A new accessibility option was also added in the first beta update. new option is called dim light, and can be found in Speed in the menu Adjustment, The description of the option states that video content that shows repeated flashing or flickering lights will be dimmed automatically. The video timeline will also show when the flashing lights will appear.

New keyboard, Siri voices and language updates

The first iOS 16.4 beta added keyboards for the Choctaw and Chickasaw languages, and new Siri voices for Arabic and Hebrew. Language updates have also arrived in Korean, Ukrainian, Gujarati, Punjabi, and Urdu.

There’s no word on when iOS 16.4 will be released to the general public. There is no guarantee that these beta features will be released with iOS 16.4, or that only these features will be released with the update.

For more, see how to become an apple beta tester, What’s included in iOS 16.3.1 And Features You May Have Missed in iOS 16.3,

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