Apple today released the second betas of iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4 to developers for testing, and while there aren’t as many new features as there were in the first betas, there are a few noteworthy additions and changes worth noting including Tap to Pay code and Face ID updates. Here’s everything you need to know.
Tap to Pay on iPhone
Apple added support for the “Tap to Pay on iPhone” feature in the second beta of iOS 15.4, which allows NFC-compatible iPhones to accept payments via Apple Pay, contactless credit and debit cards, and other digital wallets without the need for additional hardware.
Tap to Pay on iPhone is enabled in the iOS 15.4 beta, but it is not yet available for use because it requires third-party providers to add support. Although there are no visible signs of it to end users, there is a new “PaymentReceived” sound file and images that demonstrate the Tap to Pay interface.
Reward passes and refunds, according to the code, will be available with Tap to Pay.
Face ID With Mask
When using the new Face ID with a Mask feature to unlock your iPhone while wearing a mask, you may be prompted to “Look Down” to unlock your device. This will appear if you’re holding your iPhone below eye level, as the mask unlocking feature requires eye contact to work.
Digital IDs in Wallet
In iOS 15.4, Apple may introduce support for digital IDs and driver’s licenses. Although there isn’t much evidence for this at the moment, the feature is mentioned in the PassKit code.
It reads, “Find out when your driver’s license or state ID is ready to use and get important ID updates.”
Captive WiFi Network Support on HomePod
Apple is adding support for captive WiFi networks on the HomePod, according to graphics found in the iOS 15.4 code, allowing them to be used in situations where accessing WiFi requires a web portal or an additional sign-up step. Further, this is common in hotels, dorms, and other places where WiFi logins are required.
Well, that’s all we have here about everything new in iOS 15.4 Beta 2. We hope this helped you.
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