If you have an Apple device, check your notifications: Apple has officially released updates for each of its major platforms. MacOS 13.3 and iOS / iPadOS 16.4 and WatchOS 9.4 updates include 21 new emojiimproved voice isolation for calls and some minor bugfixes.
For starters, the emoji keyboard includes five new animals, two new hand gestures, three new colorful hearts, and a handful of household items like a folding fan, a flute, and maracas. When you’re not spamming your friends with the new goose emoji, you’ll reap the benefits of more subtle updates. Cellular calls now have voice isolation, designed to block out ambient noise. The Duplicates album in Photos will now cross-check with images stored in iCloud Shared Photo Library to keep your albums clean. There’s even a new Accessibility feature that helpfully dims the screen when it detects flashing lights or strobe effects in video content, all in addition to a series of bugfixes that address screen handling issues. content for parents, accidental disabling of alarms and more.
Apple is also reintroducing the new HomeKit architecture drawn since iOS 16.2 and macOS Ventura 13.1 last year. At the time, users were reporting that some Siri commands weren’t working properly and smart home devices weren’t showing up properly in the Home app. Not only have these issues apparently been resolved, but Apple also notes that a pairing issue with Matter-compatible has also been resolved.
Ready to send new Emoji? You can try the latest operating system for yourself by going to your device’s settings app to update.