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iOS 14.5 Issues: Update now to fix transparency of app tracking and security flaws



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iOS 14.5 still seems to have at least one bug that Apple needs to fix.

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iOS 14.5 was released last week, with new features that let you do things like unlock your iPhone with Face ID while wearing a mask, stop apps from tracking you and choose from four different Siri voices (here is how to download iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 now). On Monday, Apple released versions iOS 14.5.1 and iPadOS 14.5.1, which fix an issue with the operating system’s new app tracking feature, along with two security vulnerabilities in WebKit, the release security notes said.

The issue involved one of iOS 14.5’s most anticipated (and, controversial for some) features, App Tracking Transparency – the ability for users to disable ad tracking within the apps they use (here’s how to set it up). Unless you explicitly consent to an app, it cannot use your data for targeted advertising.

Some users encountered an issue when they turned off Allow apps to track requests in Settings, but then didn’t receive prompts from apps after re-enabling them, according to Apple’s release notes. The update also fixes two security vulnerabilities in WebKit, the release security notes said.

However, the update doesn’t seem to fix another user-reported bug in App Tracking Transparency. To turn off app tracking, usually go to Settings, select an app and tap to turn off Allow apps to track. While this switch should be turned on by default in iOS 14.5, several people on social media reported that the option was turned off without being able to change it, 9To5Mac said.

Some people reported that logging out and going back to iCloud fixed the problem. A Reddit user reported that Apple confirmed it was a known issue and the company was working on it. CNET has asked Apple for comment, and we’ll update when we hear back.

These issues aren’t a big surprise – most new updates have a few bugs to fix first, which is why some people choose to please wait a few days to download. In addition, probably not every app has been optimized for the new version yet.

To update to iOS 14.5.1, go to Settings> General> Software Update. You should see iOS 14.5.1. Crane Download and install.

If you are not satisfied with iOS 14.5, you can roll it back to iOS 14.4, but that is neither easy nor safe. Otherwise you can check out every new feature in iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5.






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