After Apple released iOS 16.4 for developers to test. Expect a general user update next week. Let’s see what new features are added in this version.

New Home architecture

Earlier, Apple released a new home page architecture in iOS 16.2, but it was removed shortly thereafter. Recently, this feature has returned in iOS 16.4.

But the new architecture information doesn’t add any new features. It’s designed to work with the Home app and HomeKit more efficiently and reliably.

new emoji

For those who like to use emoji, iOS 16.4 will add 21 new emoji to the cake.

  • Heart: Blue, pink, gray
  • Smiley: Shaking face
  • Gesture: Rightwards and leftwards pushing hand with 5 skin tones each
  • Animals: Donkey, moose, goose, wing, jellyfish
  • Nature: Hyacinth, pea pod, ginger
  • Items: Folding hand fan, hair pick, flute, maracas
  • Symbols: Baby, wireless

Web app push notifications

One of the big problems with “web apps” or web-based apps. When we add a web app to our home page, we will not receive notifications like when we install a regular app. In iOS 16.4, we solved this problem by using the HTML5 standard Web Push API to send notifications. But we have to turn on the permission like a normal app by going to Settings > Notifications. But the settings will only notify the web apps that we add on the home page.