Apple released the third public beta for iOS 14.5 today, Wednesday, March 3. The update introduces a new ‘Items’ tab in the Find My app that references the company’s ‘AirTags’ rumors, a new Apple Watch icon when unlocking your Face ID iPhone with your watch, as well as minor UI updates.
This public update comes 21 hours after Apple posted developer beta 3, which was an event in itself. Apple has only posted the developer beta via a recovery image, which means developers cannot update OTA (over-the-air). The company then pulled the update completely, before quickly replanting it, this time with normal-functioning OTA.
In the release notes, we see Apple talking about requests for music, podcasts, and audiobooks, and says updated app selection dialogs are now available. This is the company’s first reference to a Siri feature discovered in the first beta, which allows you to choose not only the app that plays your audio requests, but also your default Siri audio player.
Apple has slightly changed the interface of the Maps submenu. There is now no line separating the time information from the rest of the options, and the illustration in the “Report” button is now black instead of white. In addition, the wording in the description of the “Unlock with Apple Watch” feature has been slightly changed and there is a new Apple Watch icon when you unlock your iPhone with your watch.
Public Beta 3 comes 15 days after the company puts developers in the second 14.5 beta, and two weeks after Public Beta 2.
Beta 2 has added more than 200 new emoji to iOS, in addition to Apple Music lyrics sharing, new Apple Music swipes, new shortcut options, including a screenshot tool, among other changes. At the moment, iOS 14.5 will introduce more than 30 new features and changes for your iPhone.
Release notes for iOS and iPadOS 14.5 Beta 3
- The iOS & iPadOS 14.5 SDK provides support for developing apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices running iOS & iPadOS 14.5 beta 3. The SDK ships with Xcode 12.5 beta 3, available from Beta Software Downloads. See Xcode 12.5 Beta 2 Release Notes for information on the compatibility requirements for Xcode 12.5.
- iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation and later) and iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation and later) can now be connected to external displays using the USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter. (72618916)
Siri: New Features
- Updated app selection dialogs are now available for requests for music, podcasts, and audiobooks. To make sure your app is set to participate in Siri app selection, see Improve Siri Media interactions and app selection. (74555773)
- You can now apply multiple sheet (isPresented: onDismiss: content 🙂 and fullScreenCover (item: onDismiss: content 🙂 modifiers in the same display hierarchy. (74246633)
- Drop locations are now accurate when using onDrop (or: delegate :). (74030674)
The keyboardShortcut (_ 🙂 modifier now works in UIKit lifecycle apps. (73792634)
Changes to pages that you provide to a TabView with PageTabViewStyle are now correctly reflected in the view. (65701336)
- You can now collect GPU performance counters in Xcode and Metal System Trace. (74165162)
The View Debugger no longer quits unexpectedly when viewing an app that contains custom shapes. (72300793)
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