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iOS 14.5 is likely to be released later this month; the public beta version is now available. The latest version of the OS includes new features that make it easier for you to unlock your phone while wearing a mask (as long as you also have an Apple Watch ($ 169 at Amazon)), and requires apps to ask for user consent before data and activity are tracked.
Here’s everything we know about iOS 14.5 so far, including when it will be generally available for download and what new features to expect.
When is the iOS 14.5 release date?
The latest version of Apple’s operating system, iOS 14.5, is now available as a public beta. That means you can download it, but it may have some bugs as Apple is still working on it before it’s finally released. We do not recommend downloading a beta on the device you use regularly.
Apple isn’t publicly announcing when it will release a new version of iOS, but we can follow some pointers. Since the developer beta for iOS 14.5 became available on Feb. 1 and the public beta shortly after, with releases about once a month, we can expect the final version of iOS 14.5 to be released sometime in February.
How can I download the iOS 14.5 Public Beta?
If you want to download the public beta of iOS 14.5 and try out some of the new features (again, we recommend that you do this on a device you don’t normally use as there may be bugs) you must first sign up for it beta software program from Apple. To do this, go to beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram and click Sign UpYou must enter your Apple ID and password and agree to the terms and conditions. Crane iOS, and under Get started, Click Register your Apple deviceFrom there you will find more instructions on how to do this.
Once you are part of the program, you can go to Settings Software update, and when you see iOS 14.5 Public Beta, press Download and install
How do I download iOS 14.5 when it is generally available?
When it is released, you should get a prompt saying iOS 14.5 is now available and asking if you want to download it. Or you can do the following:
1. Open the Settings app.
2. Select General
3. Crane Software update
Your device will connect to Apple’s servers and prompt you to download and install the update. Follow the prompts to complete the installation. When your device reboots, iOS 14.5 will be running. (Check out our
Which devices are compatible with iOS 14.5?
iOS 14.5 will be compatible with the same devices as iOS 14. Generally, this includes the iPhone 6S ($ 450 at Boost Mobile) all the way up through the iPhone 12, along with the iPhone SE ($ 85 at Back Market) and the iPod Touch ($ 135 at Amazon) (seventh generation). For the
What new features does iOS 14.5 include?
The latest version of iOS will bring several useful new features, including:
Use Face ID on your Apple Watch to unlock your iPhone, even if you’re wearing a mask
Apple Watch owners can sign up for a feature that lets you usewhen your watch is turned on and unlocked, even if your face is covered by a mask. The Watch provides haptic feedback to let you know your iPhone is unlocked.
Set a default music player of your choice
Apple Music may no longer be your default music player. Instead, the first time you ask Siri to play anything, allyou have installed on your device. Just choose which one you want to set as your default player, such as The update was first noticed by Reddit users exploring the beta versions of iOS 14.5 and reported by MacRumors on Monday.
More than 200 new emoji
iOS 14.5 will include, including new skin tone variations for popular emojis such as pillow pairs. You will also find new emoji such as heart on fire, faces exhaling, faces in clouds and faces with spiral eyes. Changes have also been made to the syringe emoji, removing blood to make it more suitable for displaying vaccines.
Stream Fitness Plus workouts with AirPlay
iOS 14.5 and WatchOS 7.4 allow itdirectly to
Transparency of app tracking
iOS 14.5 includes privacy changes that require apps to request user consent before tracking data and activity. This builds on a change released in iOS 14.3 that you can see
Dual-SIM 5G global support
iPhone 12 users now have dual SIM support worldwide, which means you can take advantage of the phone’s physical SIM slot and digital eSIM to have two service lines on the same phone. Previously, this support was only available in mainland China.
Siri now has the option to call the emergency number for you, with the prompt, “Hey, Siri, call emergency.” You will see a three-second countdown, giving you the option to cancel the request.
Console controller support
With the update, Apple is adding iOS and iPadOS support forand controllers so you can play games on your phone or tablet.
You will also find some design changes in the Podcasts, News, and Reminders apps.
For more information, check out some of theAnd before making OS updates,
Shelby Brown also contributed to this story.