iOS 14.5 is the next version of iOS, and although it will not be as big an update as iOS 15, which is not expected to land in finished form before September, it is still set to add a number of new features and improvements.
We know this because iOS 14.5 is already in beta, so developers and members of the public have come up with all sorts of interesting additions.
Below we have highlighted the five best things we expect in iOS 14.5. It is worth noting that there is a chance that some of these things do not appear, as features in the beta will not come to the finished release, but we certainly expect most of them.
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iOS 14.5 release date
There is no news on exactly when iOS 14.5 may be launched, but we have reason to believe that it will come very soon.
There are a couple of reasons for that. First, it is already available in both public and developer beta, suggesting that it would probably come soon. But secondly and more significantly, Apple has launched a new 14.x version every calendar month since the launch of iOS 14, and iOS 14.4 landed in January, so we could see iOS 14.5 this month (February).
That said, iOS 14.4 started rolling out in late January, and the actual gap between new versions is on average a little over a month, so it could be towards the end of February or even the beginning of March when we get iOS . 14.5, but it is still only weeks away at the time of writing.
Five things iOS 14.5 will bring to the iPhone
We expect a bunch of updates as part of iOS 14.5, but below we’ve listed the five most interesting ones we’ve heard about so far.
1. Face ID masking support
Face ID was great until we all started wearing masks, but with iOS 14.5, Apple is doing well again, at least for Apple Watch owners.
This is because as long as the Apple Watch is unlocked, you will now be able to use it to authenticate your identity on your phone, which means you can simply raise your phone as if you want to use Face ID and it will unlock. , with a buzz on your wrist to tell you that your watch has lifted heavily.
While this will work to unlock the iPhone, it does not currently work for other things that depend on Face ID, such as authentication of purchases.
2. A standard music player of your choice
On iOS 14.4 and below, you are stuck with Apple Music as your default music player, but iOS 14.5 beta finally lets you change this.
The first time you request a song from Siri, it should ask which player you want to use, with Spotify among many others supported, and in the future it should always be standard for that player, so you do not have to specify with each request.
We say that it ‘should’ do this because the beta version seems to have some dental issues, and does not work consistently for people, but hopefully these issues will be ironed out in time for the finished version of iOS 14.5.
3. Transparency tracking of apps
iOS 14.5 is also expected to include a major new privacy feature called App Tracking Transparency. This requires that apps be licensed before sharing activity and data with websites and apps owned by other companies.
This data sharing is often used for ads, with for example Facebook using it extensively, but with transparency in app tracking you will be able to opt out if you prefer, and Apple insists that users still have full access to apps even if they do not choose this.
4. Support for PS5 and Xbox Series X controllers
If you’re a gamer, you’ll probably appreciate the addition of support for PS5 and Xbox Series X controllers as part of iOS 14.5. The Verge reports that this feature has been found in the public beta, and it should be a handy upgrade for anyone who owns one of these consoles, especially those who also use Apple Arcade.
This will no doubt be even more useful for gaming on an Apple TV, and although the feature has not yet been confirmed for tvOS, we expect it to be added to it soon as well.
5. Crowdsourced alerts in Apple Maps
Many of us are not really going anywhere at the moment, but for those who have a lot of use for Apple Maps, there is a potentially practical new feature in iOS 14.5 beta.
MacRumors reports that you can now report accidents, hazards and speed checks on your trip, and probably if enough people notice the same, a warning will appear on Apple Maps – but with so many people at home and the feature still in beta, it gets not enough use that it has been confirmed as far as we can see.