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For months now Apple has been working on the next iOS update. Yes, we are talking about iOS 14.5 for iPhone and iPod touch devices, and iPadOS 14.5, said to be available by next week on April 26th, 10:00 hours Pacific time for its users with new features, including the all-new AirTags that will work only on devices running iOS 14.5 or later and iPad OS 14.5 or later.
Apple’s Upcoming iOS 14.5 – Highlights:
Last year with the announcement of the iPhone 12, iOS 14 was launched and just after that, a series of upgrades every month with bug fixes and new features were released. Yet people have been eagerly waiting for iOS 14.5. Want to know the reason?
Read further to know all about the heavily loaded features that iOS 14.5 will offer.
But before that here’s the list of iOS 14.5 compatible devices.
Devices compatible with iOS 14.5
|iPhone SE (1st & 2nd generation)|
|iPhone 6s Plus|
|iPhone 7 Plus|
|iPhone 8 Plus|
|iPhone XS Max|
|iPhone 11 Pro|
|iPhone 11 Pro Max|
|iPhone 12 Mini|
|iPhone 12 Pro|
|iPhone 12 Pro Max|
|iPod touch (7th generation).|
Why is iOS 14.5 important for iPhone users?
App Tracking Transparency, the controversial feature, protested by companies like Facebook and others will be released with iOS 14.5. With this feature being added to iOS 14.5 users will now have the control to automatically opt-out of ad tracking. On one hand, this feature will offer privacy to users but will impact the advertising business.
About this, in a blog post Apple said, “With the upcoming public release of iOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.5, and tvOS 14.5, all apps must use the App Tracking Transparency framework to request the user’s permission to track them or to access their device’s advertising identifier. Unless you receive permission from the user to enable tracking, the device’s advertising identifier value will be all zeros and you may not track them.”
Features Offered by iOS 14.5: –
AirTag, Apple’s small tracking device along with iOS 14.5 were also introduced. Using them users will be able to keep a track of and find the items. It will work with Apple’s Find My app and requires iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 14.5 or an iPad running iPadOS 14.5 or later.
Unlock iPhone with a mask using Face ID
With the new update, users can now unlock their phones with a mask on their faces. For Apple Watch users, it will be more convenient as they will be able to authenticate their identity and unlock Apple Watch. This means just raise your phone, you will receive a buzz on your Apple Watch and the phone will be unlocked.
If you think you can authenticate purchases too, sadly you are wrong. At present, the feature works just to unlock the phone.
Change in Music Player
Instead of the default music player now you can use your music player with the latest launch of 14.5. You can choose to listen to music, audiobooks, and podcasts on your preferred music player.
App Tracking Transparency
Now apps will need permission before sharing your data and activity with other apps and websites. With help of App Tracking Transparency, you can opt out of sharing your data and will still be able to use the apps.
Controller Support for XBOX & PS5
If you use Xbox or PS5 consoles with Apple Arcade, this revolutionary feature is just for you. The new iOS 14.5 update now supports the Xbox and PS5 controllers on your phone or tablet.
Changes SIRI Voice
Siri is accustomed to all the Apple users in a female voice (exception with a male one in few countries) but now there will be no default pre-selected voice and you can set the voice of your choice while setting up your phone for the first time.
Siri will now be more useful with the “Hey Siri, Call Emergency” feature which will connect you to 911.
iOS 14.5 will bring more than 200 emojis, some of them are heart on fire, faces exhaling, and faces with spiral eyes, and many more. Not only this, but also you will have the option of new skin tone variation.
Sounds too good, but how to get iOS 14.5? Don’t worry about it, we’ve got you covered.
How to Install 14.5
To install this new update, you will have to wait for the release. Once rolled out you can follow the steps below to download and install the latest iOS 14.5 update
Head to iPhone Settings > General> Tap Software Update.
When available you will get the new software update. Choose to download and install. Ensure you have a good Wi-Fi connection to download and enjoy the features of the new iOS 14.5.
This is not all, there’s more. We will keep updating you all about it as iOS 14.5 releases. Stay tuned with us to know more about the latest iOS 14.5 features. We hope you like the information, do share your feedback about the same in the comments section. We’d love to hear from you.