Apple releases macOS 13.3, iOS 16.4, watchOS 9.4, iPadOS 16.4, tvOS 16.4, HomePod 16.4

Today Apple released updates across all of their OSes. I’ve been running the betas and I have to say I’ve personally never seen my devices run more smoothly. I hope others find it works as well as I do.

Additionally, Apple also released macOS Monterey 12.6.4 and macOS Big Sur 11.7.5 for people who are unable to or are not yet ready to upgrade to macOS 13 Ventura. If your computer is eligible to upgrade to macOS Ventura but you need to remain on Monterey or Big Sur for now, go to the upgrade screen and below the button to upgrade to Ventura you will see a link for “other updates”. Also released was iOS 15.7.4 for iPhone 6s, iPhone 7, and the original iPhone SE. And iPadOS 15.7.4 for iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4, and iPod Touch 7.

Feature-wise there are actually quite a few little things sprinkled throughout:

  • Push notifications for mobile Safari if you add a website to your Home Screen
  • New emoji such as WiFi icon, angel wings, moose, donkey, jellyfish, maracas, ginger, folding fan
  • Third-party web browsers can add a website shortcut icon to your Home Screen
  • Voice Isolation can help block out ambient noise in calls (open Control Center while in a call)
  • Apple Care info includes data on all devices connected to your iCloud account
  • Enable or disable iPhone 14 Pro always-on display for specific Focus modes
  • Duplicate photos analysis also works in iCloud Shared Libraries
  • New Accessibility setting to dim the screen when flashing lights are detected in a video (on Apple TV as well!)
  • HomeKit Architecture upgrade to make Home Automation faster and more reliable (this was released previously but pulled because of problems)
  • Lots of changes to the Podcasts app
  • New actions in Shortcuts app such as toggles for Stage Manager, always-on display, Silence Unknown Callers, Night Shift, Shut Down, Restart, Lock Display, set AirDrop status, intercom announcements, VPN
  • 5G Standalone support for T-Mobile allows for faster speeds
  • 5G support in Turkey
  • Tweaks to Emergency SOS via Satellite, with service now available in Austria, Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg, and Portugal.
  • Adjustments to make it more difficult to accidentally dismiss an alarm on Apple Watch
  • Ability to easily install beta software updates

To update

Further help

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