At its first event in 2021, Apple announced a surprising new purple iPhone 12, the first new color for the device since its launch in the fall. However, one piece of important news slipped under the radar in the announcement: the purple iPhone 12 ships with iOS 14.5.
Apple did not specify this fact at its event. In fact, the company didn’t mention iOS 14.5 at all. Instead, the announcement came in a press release for the new iPhone 12, burying the lead for those of us software fans.
Unfortunately, the company hasn’t said when 14.5 itself will be available. The software may launch on April 30, the day the purple iPhone 12 hits stores. However, Apple could decide to release the software earlier, so we̵
This next major iPhone update didn’t come out of the blue – as of Feb. 1, Apple has beta testing 14.5, with the software going through eight different beta updates so far. Developers for iOS, as well as public beta testers, are all trying out the update now and are among the first to see new features such as support for PS5 and Xbox Series X controllers, updates to Apple News, Podcasts, Apple Music, over 200 new ones emoji and much more.
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