Apple today released a new version of upcoming iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 updates to developers for testing purposes, with the new beta updates coming a few days after Apple released the first iOS and iPadOS 14.5 beta. This beta seems to be an update to the first beta instead of a second version.
iOS and iPadOS 14.5 can be downloaded via the Apple Developer Center or over the air after the correct profile is installed on an iPhone or iPad.
iOS 14.5 is the biggest update to iOS 14 to date, and introduces several important new features. First of all, Apple makes it easier to unlock an iPhone when you wear a face mask with a new “Unlock with Apple Watch” feature.
This option allows you to use an unlocked and authenticated Apple Watch as a secondary authentication method to unlock a iPhone along with Face ID. With this feature, you no longer need to enter a password or remove the mask to unlock iPhone. Both an iPhone running iOS 14.5 and an Apple Watch are required to use this, and Apple Watch cannot authenticate Apple Pay purchases, App Store purchases or unlock third-party apps that use Face ID.
The update also provides worldwide support for 5G in Dual-SIM mode on iPhone 12 models, so if you use multiple lines, both can now connect at 5G speeds. Until now, Dual-SIM mode was limited to LTE networks.
With watchOS 7.4, iOS and iPadOS 14.5 include AirPlay 2 support for Apple Fitness +, so Apple Fitness + subscribers can start a workout on an iPhone or iPAd and then AirPlay it to a compatible smart TV or digital box. AirPlay 2 supports audio and video, but it does not display on-screen training measurements.
PlayStation 5 DualSense and Xbox Series X controllers are supported on iPhone and iPad with iOS 14.5, and the code suggests that Apple will add joint account support for the Apple card in the near future.
iOS 14.5 is the update where Apple begins to require developers to comply with the app tracking transparency rules. Going forward, developers will need to request and receive your permission to access your random ad identifier and track your activity across apps and websites.
Apple has made design adjustments to the Apple News and Podcasts apps, plus there are new printing and sorting options in Reminders. There are new emergency alert settings, a horizontal loading screen on the iPad and tons of other minor feature adjustments described in our full iOS 14.5 features.