Apple released the first public beta version for iOS 14.5 today, Thursday, February 4. This update turns out to be the most important for some time now, with new features and changes such as support for PS5 DualSense and Xbox Series X controllers, the ability to unlock your iPhone with your Apple Watch, AirPlay 2 support for Fitness +, sort and print options for reminders, 5G support when using dual SIM, and more.
Apple released this new beta update, build number 18E5140k, at 1:00 PM PDT. This update follows the developer beta that Apple released three days earlier, as well as an updated version of that first beta, which we saw earlier in the day.
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Another big change for iOS 14.5 is the ability to unlock your iPhone with your Apple Watch. Both devices must run the latest updates (iOS 14.5 and watchOS 7.4) and will only appear on Face ID iPhones with a pair of Apple Watch. Once you turn on the feature manually, you can unlock your iPhone with just a partial Face ID scan, perfect when you unlock your iPhone while wearing a mask.
Other new features are:
- 5G connectivity when using a dual SIM configuration
- AirPlay 2 support for Fitness +
- Renewed software update page
- Ability to sort and print reminder lists
- Apps are now required to ask for your permission to track your activity in other apps and sites
- New user interface for podcasts
- New “Made for You” option in Apple Music
- New UI for Type to Siri
- New UI when Siri is asked to “make emergency call”
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.
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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