Apple iOS 16.4 developer beta introduces fresh emojis, web app notifications, and other features

Apple has released the iOS 16.4 developer beta, which includes a number of updates to several of its software products, including Keyboards, MapKit, Pages, Numbers and Keynote, Passkeys and Authentication Services, Pencil, Safari Web Extensions, SKAdNetwork and StoreKit.

The new keyboard updates include support for the latest Unicode 15.0 emoji, the addition of autocorrect for the Korean keyboard for testing and feedback, and predictive text support for the Ukrainian keyboard. Gujarati, Punjabi and Urdu will also have transcription layouts.

Unicode 15.0 is the latest set of emojis that includes a variety of interesting symbols like shaking face, pink heart, moose, goose, donkey and more.

MapKit has received improvements to the performance of MKOverlay objects that should improve the user experience for those using the map and location-based service.

Apple has also developed a workaround for users affected by issues in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote when iCloud Enhanced Privacy Protection is enabled.

Passkeys and authentication services get new features like Passkey AutoFill in web browsers on iOS, a new AuthorizationController API for SwiftUI views, and a new WebAuthenticationSession API for web-based authentication flows from SwiftUI views. Several issues related to AutoFill and conditional mediation requests in web content have also been fixed.

The Apple Pencil has gained support for tilt and azimuth through the hover function, which improves the functionality of the accessory.

Another notable update Apple is bringing is the availability of manual and automatic software update support for Matter accessories.

Apple also introduced a new feature in iOS and iPadOS 16.4 beta that allows members of the Apple Developer Program to enable developer betas through the Software Update option in the Settings app.

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Safari Web Extensions added support for the modifyHeaders action type for declarativeNetRequest rules, persistent content scripts, and to store up to 10MB of data in memory. A previously existing issue where browser.webNavigation events were being raised for hosts that the extension didn’t have access to is also fixed in the latest update.

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