Apple released iOS 14.5 developer beta 1 on Monday, February 1. The update includes a list of exciting features and changes, including support for the Xbox Series X and PS5 DualSense controllers, the ability to unlock your iPhone with Apple Watch, AirPlay 2 support for Fitness +, 5G support for dual SIM configurations and a redesigned software update page in Settings.
Apple released the new beta update, build number 18E5140j, just after 10 a.m. PDT, the company’s default release time for new developer updates. If you are not an iOS developer, you will not see this beta appear on your iPhone just yet. You have to wait for iOS 1
Apple seemingly re-released this update on Thursday, February 4, shipping an update for build number 18E5140k called “iOS 14.5 Developer Beta” to developers’ iPhones. That strange behavior could indicate that Apple wants a “do-over” for the iOS 14.5 beta, potentially fixing some critical bugs that the company considered too important to wait for another real beta update. We won’t know until Apple releases more information about the update.
Perhaps the biggest news with iOS 14.5 is support for Sony’s PlayStation 5 DualSense and Microsoft’s Xbox Core (aka Xbox Series X) controllers. These gamepads didn’t have iOS support yet, so PS5 or Xbox Series X users couldn’t use their new controllers in Apple Arcade on their iPhones or iPads. Of course, support is still limited to the 14.5 betas, so non-testers won’t be able to connect these controllers until Apple 14.5.
Good news for Apple Watch users: iOS 14.5 allows you to unlock your Face ID iPhone with your Apple Watch when wearing a mask. This option only appears on Face ID iPhones with a paired Apple Watch and requires you to turn it on manually. As long as this feature is enabled and your Apple Watch is unlocked, you only need a partial Face ID scan to unlock your iPhone.
This new update also enables 5G in dual-SIM iPhone 12 models. While the iPhone 12 series is ready for 5G, dual SIM was previously limited to LTE only. Once you update your iPhone to 14.5, you can take advantage of 5G’s improved speeds and performance on a single or dual SIM.
No Apple TV, no problem. With iOS 14.5, Fitness + users can now watch AirPlay Fitness + content from their iPhone or iPad to their AirPlay 2 compatible TV. This change is welcome in the Fitness + community, as iOS 14.4 requires you to have an Apple TV to use Fitnesss + on a screen larger than your Apple device. The only downside is that fitness information such as activity rings, exercise time remaining, calories burned, and burn bars will not appear on the TV and must be viewed on your Apple device.
Another new feature that strikes us is a revamped software updates page. With 14.5, you will now see a green check mark if your iPhone is up to date, with a new message saying “Your iPhone is up to date with the latest bug fixes and security enhancements.” You can also see when iOS last checked for a new update.
Thanks to the “second” 14.5 developer beta 1, we can also see what this screen will look like when there is a new update.
One minor change: Apple no longer includes a warning under the “Allow apps to request tracking” feature that apps that don’t ask for it will still try to track your activity. Why Apple omitted this sentence is unclear: Can apps no longer track you if you deny permission?
We know that iOS 14.5 is the first update that requires developers to ask for permission to track users across apps and websites. You can block those consent popups – and most of that tracking – by turning off the new tracking feature. While this feature was present in previous versions of iOS 14, only iOS 14.5 requires developers to stick with it.
The update follows last week’s release of iOS 14.4 for the general iPhone audience, including new camera, Bluetooth, HomePod and privacy features, as well as patches for three security vulnerabilities.
Release notes for iOS and iPadOS 14.5 Beta
The iOS & iPadOS 14.5 SDK provides support for developing apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices running iOS & iPadOS 14.5 beta. The SDK ships with the beta version of Xcode 12.5, available through Beta Software Downloads. For information on the compatibility requirements for Xcode 12.5, see Xcode 12.5 Beta Release Notes.
CoreAccessories: Known Issues
- Some vehicles cannot start CarPlay if the iPhone is set to share contacts via CarPlay. (71458958)
ExtensionKit: Known Issues
- Note and Reminder share extension does not appear in the share sheet when using Maps. (72879313)
Siri: Known Issues
- Sharing ETA and routes will cause an error and not be complete on CarPlay or iOS. (70440576) A temporary solution: Share ETA via Maps.
SKAdNetwork: Known Issues
- To receive postback from devices with iOS 14 or later, generate signatures with signature version 2.0 or later. Version 1.0 signatures will not result in a postback on iOS 14 and later, even with the advertised app installed and running. (71474331)
WebKit: New Features
- Apps and websites can now be attributed while maintaining privacy for ad clicks that lead users to websites. (70502338)
IOAVFamily: Known Issues
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation and later) and iPad Pro 11-inch and iPad Air (4th generation) cannot be connected to an external display via a USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter. (72618916)
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