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iOS 14.5 is likely to arrive later this month; the public beta is available right now. The latest version of the operating system includes new features that make it easier for you to unlock your phone while wearing a mask (as long as you also own an Apple Watch ($ 169 on Amazon)), which requires apps to request a user permission before tracking data and activity.
Here’s everything we know about iOS 14.5 so far, including when it will be generally available for download and what new features you can expect.
When is iOS 14.5 release date?
The latest version of Apple’s operating system, iOS 14.5, is now available as a public beta. This means that you can download it, but it may contain some errors, as Apple is still working on it before its final release. We do not recommend downloading any beta version of the device you use regularly.
Apple does not publicly announce when they will release a new version of iOS, but we can follow some clues. Since the developer beta for iOS 14.5 became available on February 1st, and the public beta shortly after, and releases come out about once a month, we can expect to see the final version of iOS 14.5 sometime in February.
How can I download the public beta of iOS 14.5?
If you want to download the public beta of iOS 14.5 and try some of the new features (again, we’d recommend doing so on a device you don’t normally use, as this may be incorrect), you must first sign up for Apple Beta -program. To do so, go to beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram and click Sign up. You must provide your Apple ID and password and accept the terms. Press iOS, and below Got started, click Register your Apple device. From there, you will find more instructions on how to do it.
When you are part of the program, you can go to Settings > Software update, and when you see iOS 14.5 Public Beta, tap Download and install.
How do I download iOS 14.5 when it is generally available?
Once released, you should be notified that iOS 14.5 is now available and ask if you want to download it. Or you can do the following:
1. To open Settings app.
2. Select General.
3. Press Software update.
Your device connects to Apple’s servers and prompts you to download and install the update. Follow the instructions to complete the installation. When the device restarts, it runs iOS 14.5. (Check out ours.)
Which devices are compatible with iOS 14.5?
iOS 14.5 will be compatible with all the same devices as iOS 14. In general, these include 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 iPod Touch ($ 135 on Amazon) (seventh generation). For .
What new features does iOS 14.5 include?
The latest version of iOS will provide several useful new features, including:
Use Face ID on Apple Watch to unlock iPhone – even when wearing a mask
Apple Watch owners will be able to choose a feature that allows youwhen your watch is on and unlocked, even if your face is hidden by a mask. The Watch will provide haptic feedback so you know the iPhone has been unlocked.
Set a default music player of your choice
Apple Music may no longer need to be the default music player. Instead, the first time you ask Siri to play something, it will list everythingyou have installed on your device. Just select which one you want to set as the default player, for example . The update was first discovered by Reddit users exploring iOS 14.5 beta and was reported Monday by MacRumors.
More than 200 new emoji
iOS 14.5 will include, including new skin color variations for popular emoji as kissing couples. You will also find new emoji such as hearts on fire, faces that exhale, faces in clouds and faces with spiral eyes. Changes have also been made to the emoji of the syringe, and blood has been removed to make it more appropriate to depict vaccines.
Stream Fitness Plus workouts with AirPlay
iOS 14.5 and WatchOS 7.4 will letdirectly to .
Transparency tracking of apps
iOS 14.5 includes privacy changes that require apps to request user permission before tracking data and activity. This is based on a change released in iOS 14.3, which lets you see.
Dual-SIM 5G global support
iPhone 12 users will soon have dual SIM support globally, which means you can take advantage of your phone’s physical SIM track and digital eSIM to have two service lines on the same phone. This support was previously only available in China.
Siri is updating
Siri will soon have the option to call 911 for you, with a message about “Hello, Siri, call emergency.” You see a countdown of three seconds, which gives you the option to cancel the request.
Console control support
With the update, Apple adds iOS and iPadOS support forand control so you can play games on your phone or tablet.
You’ll also find some design changes in the Podcasts, News, and Reminders apps.
For more, check out some of. And before you do any OS updates, .
Shelby Brown also contributed to this story.