iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 are shaping up to be the biggest upgrades to iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 since their initial release last September. Apple will introduce several major new features with the next update. Below is an overview of the top five features that iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 will bring to your iPhone and iPad.
Apple is expected to release iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 in mid-March. If you can’t wait until then, you can always install the developer or the public beta of the operating system. However, remember that the builds can be a bit buggy and you may experience random crashes and other issues. Until the arrival of iOS 14.5, discover the 5 main interesting features that it will add to your iPhone.
Cool new iOS 14.5 features coming to your iPhone
1. Unlock iPhone with Apple Watch
The biggest highlight of the iOS 14.5 update is that it adds the ability to unlock an iPhone using the Apple Watch. The pandemic has severely limited the usefulness of Face ID as it does not work while wearing a mask. This forces iPhone users to unlock their device by entering the device passcode, which can quickly become frustrating.
Apple is putting an end to all these problems for iPhone owners who also use an Apple Watch by using it as a second source of authentication.
2.200+ new emoji
The iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 update will also add over 200 new emoji characters. Apple will also update many existing emojis for better diversity. The headset emoji has also been updated to make it similar to AirPods Max. You can read more about all the new emojis in iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 at Emojipedia. Additionally, the update also adds support for emoji search in iPadOS 14.5.
3. Change the default music app
After allowing users to change the default email and browser app in iOS 14, Apple is going one step further and will allow iPhone and iPad users to change the default music app as well.
Using Siri, you can set Spotify, Books, YouTube Music, and one of the many other third-party music streaming apps as the default music app on your iPhone once iOS 14.5 arrives.
4. Transparency of application monitoring
This is a major new privacy feature that Apple will launch with iOS 14.5. To the end user, the transparency of application tracking might not seem like a big deal. However, if you’ve been following the rollout of this feature, you’ll know that this has led Facebook to openly criticize Apple and even claim that this move will be devastating for small businesses.
App tracking in iOS 14.5 will require that whenever an app attempts to track user activity on other apps and services for advertising purposes, it requests the required permission from the end user.
5. Safer Safe Browsing
Apple has improved tracking of fraudulent websites in iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 and proxies all requests through its own services to prevent Google from logging its IP address and other details. To be clear, Apple still relies on Google’s scam website database, but its own servers act as a proxy server for requests. For this reason, the Google server sees only the IP address of the Apple proxy server and not the user’s IP address.
Additionally, Safari in iOS 14.5 only sends hashed prefixes of the URL, or basically a “ hidden ” URL, to the phishing website checker. Since Apple uses a hash prefix, Google can never know which website you are trying to visit. Again, this might not have a big impact on usability, but it’s a step in the right direction for Apple to further strengthen user privacy in iOS 14.
iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 contain many other new features besides the five mentioned above. This includes support for “Hey Siri, Emergency Call”, support for multiple languages in Scribble for iPadOS 14.5, a new gesture in the Apple Music app, support for AirPlay 2 for Fitness +, etc.
IOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 release date
iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 are currently in Apple’s beta testing phase. While there is no word from Apple, iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 will likely be released in March. The release of the operating system could also coincide with the launch of new iPads, third-generation AirPods and AirTags.
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