Apple launches watchOS 7.4, iPad OS 14.5: Everything here is new for Apple Watch and iPad users

Apple has introduced a new software update for Apple Watch Users all over the world. The company has released watchOS 7.4This is the fourth major update to the watchOS 7 operating system released in September 2020.
The most important highlight of this watchOS update is that iPhone users can unlock the FaceID of their device even when the face mask is activated if an Apple Watch is running on this operating system update in conjunction with an iPhone run-in on iOS 14.5.
Secondary authentication is provided on the Apple Watch for this purpose.
Here are Apple’s full release notes with additional features:
watchOS 7.4 includes new features, improvements, and bug fixes, including:
– Ability to unlock your .iPhone‌ X and above with Apple Watch if you try to use face recognition while wearing a face mask
– Option to classify the Bluetooth device type in the settings to correctly identify headphones for audio notifications
– Ability to stream audio and video content from Apple Fitness + workouts to “AirPlay” 2-enabled TVs and devices
– Support for the EKG app on Apple Watch Series 4 or later in Australia and Vietnam
– Support for irregular heart rhythm notifications in Australia and Vietnam
With the iPad, the new features are more or less similar to the features the company introduced for iPhones with iOS 14.5.
iPad users get support for AirTag, new emojis, App Tracking Transparency and more.
Here are Apple’s full release notes with additional features:
AirTag and Find My
* Support for AirTag to track and find your important items like keys, wallet, backpack and more privately and securely in the Find My app
* AirTag can be found by playing a sound through the built-in speaker
* The Find My network of hundreds of millions of devices can help you find your AirTag even when it’s not around
* Lost Mode will notify you when your AirTag is found and you can enter a phone number to be contacted
Emoji
* Support for separate skin tones for each person in all variations of Couple Kissing Emoji and Couple with Heart Emoji
* New face emojis, heart emojis, woman with beard emoji
Siri
* Siri now includes more language options
* Incoming calls can be announced with Siri, including callers if you have your AirPods or compatible Beats headphones, and you can answer hands-free
* Group FaceTime calls are supported by asking Siri to provide a list of contacts or a group name from Messages to FaceTime
* Emergency contacts can be called by asking Siri
privacy
* With app tracking transparency, you can control which apps are allowed to track your activity across other companies’ apps and websites to serve ads or share them with data brokers
Apple Music
* Share your favorite texts with News, Facebook and Instagram Stories, and subscribers can play the snippet in Messages without leaving the conversation
* City maps show what’s popular in over 100 cities around the world
Podcasts
* Podcasts Show Pages have been redesigned to make them easier to listen to
* Option to save and download episodes which will be automatically added to your library for quick access
* The download behavior and the notification settings can be adjusted show by show
* Top charts and popular categories in the search help you discover new shows
news
* The redesigned News + tab allows Apple News + subscribers to quickly find, download, and manage magazine and newspaper issues
* All-new search experience to help you find relevant topics, channels, and stories
memories
* Ability to sort reminders by title, priority, due date or creation date
* Option to print your reminder lists
Play
* Support for Xbox Series X wireless controllers | S or Sony PS5 DualSense ™ wireless controller
Fitness +
* Ability to stream audio and video content from Apple Fitness + workouts to AirPlay 2 enabled TVs and devices
This version also fixes the following issues:
* Messages at the bottom of the thread can be hidden from the keyboard under certain circumstances
* Deleted messages may still show up in Spotlight search
* Messages may still not be able to send texts on some threads
* Mail would not load new emails for some users until the device is restarted
* iCloud tabs may not appear in Safari
* Turning off the iCloud Keychain can be prevented
* Reminders created through Siri can be unintentionally set for the early hours of the morning
* AirPods audio routing to the wrong device for auto-switching
* AirPods auto-toggle notifications may be missing or duplicated

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