Apple released iOS 14.5 developer beta 1 today, Monday, February 1. The update includes a number of interesting features and changes, including support for the Xbox Series X and PS5 Dualsense controllers, as well as a revamped Software Update page in Settings.
Apple released this new beta update just after 10 a.m. PDT, the company’s default release time for new updates for developers. However, if you are not an iOS developer, you will not see this beta appear on your iPhone just yet. You have to wait for the iOS 14.5 public beta 1, which we expect today at 1:00 p.m. PDT or tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. PDT.
Perhaps the biggest news with iOS 1
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 enjoy the improved speeds and performance of 5G on a single or dual SIM card.
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 an Apple TV to use Fitnesss + on a screen larger than 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 that reads “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.
As this is the first update with this revamped Software Update screen, we will have to wait for 14.5 beta 2 to see what this page will look like with a new update available.
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 try to track your activity anyway. Why Apple omitted this sentence is unclear: Can apps no longer track you if you deny permission?
We do know that iOS 14.5 is the first update that requires developers to request 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 public, including new camera, Bluetooth, HomePod and privacy capabilities, 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 a 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 higher) 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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