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iOS 14.5 release date, new features: Here’s what to expect

Apple released the latest version of the mobile operating system, iOS 14.4 on Jan. 26. Now, iOS 14.5 is likely going to launch later this month; the public beta version is available ahead of an unknown iOS 14.5 release date.

The latest version of the OS will bring new features and exciting improvements to the iPhone. While the company has pushed iOS 14.5 into beta testing for developers.

iOS 14.5 Release Date

iOS 14.5, the upcoming version of Apple’s operating system, is now available in the beta version. This means you can download it, but it may have some bugs and performance issues. People should avoid the beta version as Apple is still working on it before its official release. Downloading any beta on your device might bring troubles for your iPhone.

Apple has not publicly announced the release date of iOS 14.5, but we do have some insights. Since the developer beta for iOS 14.5 arrived on Feb. 1, and the public beta soon after, we can expect to see the final version of iOS 14.5  in the upcoming weeks.

Devices compatible with iOS 14.5

iOS 14.5 will be compatible with the iPhone 6S all the way up through the iPhone 12, iPhone SE, and the iPod Touch (seventh-gen).

New features in the iOS 14.5

The new iOS 14.5 will come with several exciting features:

Apple Watch iPhone Unlocking

With iOS 14.5 and watchOS 7.4, Apple is making it easier to unlock an iPhone when you’re wearing a mask. The new “Unlock with Apple Watch” feature allows the iPhone to use an unlocked and authorized Apple Watch as a secondary authentication method. With this feature on, you do not have to remove your mask or enter a passcode to unlock your ‌iPhone‌.

Default Music Streaming Service

Apple Music might not remain your default music player any longer. There’s a new feature in iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 that lets you choose a default streaming music service when asking Siri to play songs. When you ask ‌Siri‌ to play something in iOS 14.5, it will provide you a list of third-party music streaming services including the Apple Music app.

New Emoji Characters

iOS 14.5 will include several new emoji characters including heart on fire, mending heart, exhaling face, face with spiral eyes, in addition with different gender options for people. There are also new couple emojis that have new skin tone variations.

Stream Fitness Plus workouts with AirPlay

iOS 14.5 and WatchOS 7.4 allow AirPlay 2 support for Apple Fitness+, enabling Apple Fitness+ users to AirPlay their workouts to a compatible ‌AirPlay‌ 2-enabled device.

App Tracking Transparency

iOS 14.5 introduces privacy changes that will require apps to ask for user permission before tracking data and activity. If you do not allow an app to track you with a random advertising identifier, that app is not allowed to use non-Apple sanctioned tools to evade the rules.

Dual-SIM 5G global support

Dual-SIM global support means you can take benefit of the phone’s physical SIM slot and digital eSIM to get two services on the same phone. This support was previously only available in China.

Siri updates

iOS 14.5 has a feature that allows ‌Siri‌ to call 911 with a “Hey ‌Siri‌, call emergency” command, according to Rene Ritchie.

Expanded Controller Support

With the latest update, you can now use the PlayStation 5 DualSense and Xbox Series X controllers with the ‌iPhone‌ and the ‌iPad‌.


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