Hey Siri, What's New in iOS 14.5? The Top Updates For iOS & iPadOS 🀘🏻

Published by: Natali Solovyova

Updated: Feb 20, 2017

The biggest updates since the release of iOS and iPadOS 14 are now LIVE 🀩

Recently, Apple introduced exciting new features to iPhone and iPad that are available as a free software update. Here’s the list of the most notable ones:

πŸ”₯ Wearing a Mask? Not a problem!

Now there is no need to take off a mask or enter a passcode to unlock an ‌iPhone‌ when the feature is enabled. With iOS 14.5 and watchOS 7.4, just enable it in the Settings app by going to Face ID & Passcode and toggling on "Unlock with Apple Watch."

iPhone: How to use Face ID with a mask - 9to5Mac

Also, it has built-in security functions. The watch locks if you take it off and there is a need to enter a passcode again. A full Face ID scan or passcode is required to authenticate Apple Pay or App Store purchases.

πŸ”₯ No more tracking

With the App Tracking Transparency, the app asks for permission to track you across Apple devices. Two options are available: accept and decline. Just go to Settings > Privacy > Tracking and check the new privacy feature.

πŸ”₯ 5G support

iOS 14.5 introduces 5G Support in Dual-SIM mode on the ‌iPhone 12‌ models and adds support for the company's standalone 5G network for T-Mobile users.

πŸ”₯ Apple Maps Crowdsourcing accident

Apple Maps has a new "Report" button that is available on the ‌iPhone‌ and in CarPlay. It displays options to report an accident, hazard, or speed check.

πŸ”₯ Fitness at Home

With iOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.5, and watchOS 7.45, AirPlay 2 support is added to the Apple Fitness+ app.

Now workouts can be viewed on a larger screen by those who do not have an Apple TV. However, Apple Watch metrics will not be able to be displayed on the screen as well as activity rings, workout time remaining, calories burned, set length, and burn bars need to be viewed on the connected ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌.

πŸ”₯ ETA for Walking/Cycling sirections

For a walking or cycling route, there’s a new option available to send an Estimated Time of Arrival through the Messages app.

πŸ”₯ New Emojis

SAINT on Twitter: "iOS 14.5 New Emojis πŸ˜„ Apple is expected to release iOS  14.5, iPadOS 14.5 and tvOS 14.5 shortly!… "

Welcome new emoji characters such as heart on fire, mending heart, exhaling face, face with spiral eyes, face in clouds, along with different gender options for people with beards and skin tone mixes.

πŸ”₯ Siri improvements

  1. Siri intelligence feature. As soon as the update is installed, Siri will ask you what app you want to use. After tapping one of the options, it will become the default for future commands.
  2. ‌Siri‌ no longer has a female voice. At Setup, it is possible to choose a preferred ‌Siri‌ voice.
  3. Siri can announce incoming calls, dial emergency contacts and create Group FaceTime calls.

πŸ”₯ Expanded Controller support

Now, the latest PlayStation 5 DualSense and Xbox Series X controllers with the ‌iPhone‌ and the ‌ iPad ‌ are available for use. Just connect the controllers to the Apple TV with the tvOS 14.5 updates and have fun.

πŸ”₯ Battery recalibration

The update recalibrates the maximum battery capacity and peak performance capacity on ‌iPhone 11‌, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max. It addresses inaccurate estimates of battery health reporting.

πŸ”₯ Podcasts App changes

  • Podcasts under "Shows" are redesigned that is much easier in use.
  • The "Subscribe" language is replaced with "Follow" options.
  • Search tab lets users browse through different categories.
  • Podcast episodes can be saved and downloaded that allows automatically adding them to the Library for quick access.
  • Notification settings can be customized on a show-by-show basis.

Other new features provided with iOS 14.5:

πŸ”₯ AirTags support

With iOS 14.5, AirTags‌ can be tracked within the Find My app via sound and can be found through the ‌Find My‌ network by utilizing the iPhones, iPads, and Macs of people who are nearby a lost item.

πŸ”₯ Apple Music changes

These updates include lyrics sharing, new options such as "Play Last" and "Show Album", a new button to access a whole range of options for a song.

πŸ”₯ Reminders App changes

It can be sorted by the due date, creation date, priority, and title.

πŸ”₯ Apple News app provides a new Search tab

The News+ section has been redesigned with a "For You" feature.

πŸ”₯ Translate App updates

Now, the app has the ability to adjust the playback speed by long-pressing the play button when listening to a translation out loud.

πŸ”₯ Apple Watch iCloud Settings changes

Now it lets you choose whether or not to back up the Apple Watch to the cloud.

πŸ”₯ Beats Headphones & Belkin Wireless Earbuds support

You can find Beats Headphones & Belkin Wireless Earbuds can now be supported in Find My App

πŸ”₯ MagSafe Wallet improvement

It now has a stronger and more noticeable haptic vibration in ‌iPhone 12‌ 

πŸ”₯ Emergency Alerts settings

It is possible to disable an "Always Deliver" feature in order to not play a sound when the Volume/Ringer is silenced. But  Alerts for earthquakes, tsunamis, and other similar emergency alerts will cause your iPhone to sound, and alarm, according to Apple's code.

iPadOS 14.5 Features

iPadOS 14.5 release date, compatible iPads and every new feature on your  tablet | TechRadar

  • If your ‌iPad‌ is positioned horizontally, Apple logo will show up this way.
  • Search for a specific emoji is now available.
  • Scribble feature is compatible with German, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.
  • Apple uses Google's "Safe Browsing" database, which can allow Google to collect IP addresses in order to power the feature of Fraudulent Website Warning.
  • Extended PAC security provisions that are designed to make zero-click attacks more difficult to execute are included.

Excited now? Update your device with the new iOS then! It has to be a great ride and a new big chapter in Apple's history, so why not be a part of it? 😏

Natali Solovyova
Natali Solovyova

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