Apple has launched the first public beta for iOS 15.4, iPadOS 15.4, and macOS 12.3, giving everyone the chance to try out two highly anticipated new features.

The public beta for iOS 15.4, which arrived for developers earlier this week, includes support for the new Face ID option that takes into account people wearing face coverings.

The feature allows iPhone users to “use Face ID with a mask” and select a version of the biometric security feature that targets the eye area to identify the device’s owner.

The job description explains: “Face ID is most accurate when set up for full recognition only. To use Face ID while wearing a mask, the iPhone can recognize the unique features around the eyes for verification.”

It’s been a long time coming for iPhone users who have struggled to use Face ID-focused features like Apple Pay while masked, but comes just as mask mandates are ending in many parts of the world.

For iPad and Mac users, there’s a special treat in the public betas of iPadOS 15.4 and macOS 12.3, although you’ll need both devices to really take advantage of them.

These releases finally kick off the long-delayed Universal Control, which, as the name suggests, allows control of a Mac and iPad with a single mouse/trackpad and keyboard. You can move the cursor over the two devices, with the iPad acting as an additional screen, while also allowing you to quickly move content between the two devices.

So you can illustrate on your iPad and quickly go to your MacBook and integrate it into your presentation. You can see Craig Federighi demonstrating Universal Control at WWDC last year, below. It also works if you use more than one Mac.

To get all the public betas, you need to sign up through Apple’s website. The Apple Beta Software program provides access to all public betas. You need to sign in with your Apple ID, install the relevant profiles on your devices and then install the update as you normally would.

Remember that you are installing a version of the software with incomplete features, so you can expect bugs and glitches that you may not see on the polished final releases.

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