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Apple today seeded the fifth betas of upcoming iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 updates to developers for testing purposes, with the new beta updates coming one week after Apple released the fourth iOS and iPadOS 14.5 betas.

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iOS and iPadOS 14.5 can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or over the air after the proper profile has been installed on an iPhone or iPad.

iOS 14.5 is the biggest update to iOS 14 to date, introducing several significant new features. First and foremost, Apple is making it easier to unlock an iPhone when you're wearing a face mask with a new "Unlock with Apple Watch" feature.


This opt-in option lets you use an unlocked and authenticated Apple Watch as a secondary authentication method to unlock an iPhone alongside Face ID. With this feature, you no longer have to enter a passcode or remove your mask to unlock your iPhone. Both an iPhone running iOS 14.5 and an Apple Watch are required to use this, and the Apple Watch cannot authenticate Apple Pay purchases, App Store purchases, or unlock third-party apps that use Face ID.

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The update also brings worldwide support for 5G in Dual-SIM mode on iPhone 12 models, so if you use multiple lines, both can now connect at 5G speeds. Prior to now, Dual-SIM mode was limited to LTE networks.

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With watchOS 7.4, iOS and iPadOS 14.5 include AirPlay 2 support for Apple Fitness+, so Apple Fitness+ subscribers can start a workout on an iPhone or iPAd and then AirPlay it to a compatible smart TV or set-top box. AirPlay 2 supports audio and video, but it does not display on-screen workout metrics.

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PlayStation 5 DualSense and Xbox Series X controllers are supported on the iPhone and the iPad with iOS 14.5, and code suggests that Apple is going to add joint account support for the Apple Card in the near future.

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iOS 14.5 includes a Waze-like crowdsourcing feature for reporting accidents, hazards, and speed checks along a route in Maps when getting directions.

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There's a new "Report" button available in the Apple Maps app that lets you tap to report an accident, hazard, or speed trap at your location in the Apple Maps app, which is a feature that mapping app Waze offers. This is available directly on the iPhone and in CarPlay.

There are several new emoji characters in the iOS 14.5 beta, with Apple introducing heart on fire, mending heart, exhaling face, face with spiral eyes, face in clouds, along with different gender options for people with beards. There are also new couple emojis that have new skin tone mixes.

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Apple removed the blood from the syringe emoji, updated the Headphone emoji to look like the AirPods Max rather than a generic set of headphones, and added a helmet to the rock climbing emoji.

In the Find My app, there's a new "Items" tab that's been added, which will work with non-Apple products like Beats headphones and Belkin's wireless earbuds that have been designed to integrate with the Find My app. Anything item tracking function that uses Apple's Find My API will be shown here right alongside your Apple devices, and the Items tab will also work with AirTags when those are finally released.

The iOS 14.5 beta addresses the green tint issue that some iPhone owners have been experiencing, with Apple confirming that the beta has "optimizations" to help with the issue.

"iOS and iPadOS 14.5 beta 2 includes an optimization to reduce the appearance of a dim glow that might appear at reduced brightness levels with black backgrounds," reads Apple's iOS 14.5 beta notes. For some users, there are improvements thanks to the optimizations, but for others, the issue still appears to exist, so Apple may have some further work to do.

iOS and iPadOS 14.5 add a new feature for choosing a preferred streaming music service to use with Siri. So if you prefer Spotify over Apple Music, for example, you can now choose Spotify as the app you want to use with Siri and all Siri song requests will go through Spotify without the need to add "on Spotify" to the end of Siri requests. This is a new Siri intelligence feature that works with music apps, podcast apps, and audiobook apps.

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iOS 14.5 is the update where Apple will begin requiring developers to comply with its App Tracking Transparency rules. Going forward, developers will need to ask for and receive your permission to access your random advertising identifier and track your activity across apps and websites.

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Apple has made design tweaks to the Apple News and Podcasts apps, plus there are new print and sort options in Reminders. There are new settings for emergency alerts, a horizontal loading screen on the iPad, and tons of other smaller feature tweaks that are outlined in our full iOS 14.5 features guide, which we've been keeping updated throughout the testing process. Apple says iOS and iPadOS 14.5 will be released in the spring.

Article Link: Apple Seeds Fifth Betas of iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]
 
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Kissmo1980

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Big yawn....
I guess we will see at least 1 more till the final update.

Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against getting excited about these updates but I am growing tired of this repetitive trend of the updates.
I am so happy I managed to disconnect myself from these frequent tests an updates and suffering constantly for the next one to come up to fix issues.

Anyway, it looks like getting closer to the final release and I am more excited about next iOS (I find this release super boring but it's a personal taste - no customization just cheap workarounds that make the iPhone look like a PowerPuff girl vomited on the HomeScreen)

Privacy looks great imo and may they push a nice release!
 
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Seriously? Still Betas? How big is this change??
It is not about how big, Apple is implementing a more serious testing process on software it releases ever since the buggy iOS 13... I think they should have started with iOS 11, that was even worst.

 
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Let's hope this fixes the Bluetooth issues people were having on previous betas of 14.5

If the Bluetooth issues are completely fixed, and battery life is not messed up, then I will jump directly onto 14.5
 
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Big yawn....
I guess we will see at least 1 more till the final update.
I am so happy I managed to disconnect myself from these frequent tests an updates and suffering constantly for the next one to come up to fix issues.
wondering why you bother to post in these beta release threads then. Doesn’t really bring anything to the table but trolling, no?
 
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tom.humphrey

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It is not about how big, Apple is implementing a more serious testing process on software it releases ever since the buggy iOS 13... I think they should have started with iOS 11, that was even worst.


Everybody on MacRumors: Why are there so many bugs! Apple should fix this before releasing updates!

Also MacRumors:

The average number of days between Major releases on iOS14 is a little over 26 so yes it is a valid question since we’re currently double that.
 
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It is not about how big, Apple is implementing a more serious testing process on software it releases ever since the buggy iOS 13... I think they should have started with iOS 11, that was even worst.

This means absolutely nothing. iOS 13 and 14 have been some of the worst public releases maybe ever. There are WAY more bugs in general including ones that go unfixed. A public beta should have allowed for MORE stable releases, not less.
 
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when 14.5 drops, a week later the entire internet advertising business model will come tumbling down as millions upon millions upon millions of iOS users click "tell app not to track me"
What a time to be alive
As it should. In 20 years of the modern internet era there was almost zero transparency on ads and how they track with those delicious cookies! Or how you browse something on Amazon and THATS ALL YOU SEE FOR DAYS all over sites plastered with ads. It's pathetic.
 
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Stevez67

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This means absolutely nothing. iOS 13 and 14 have been some of the worst public releases maybe ever. There are WAY more bugs in general including ones that go unfixed. A public beta should have allowed for MORE stable releases, not less.
Everyone's mileage varies with betas and updates. I guess your mileage kinda falls below the average.
 
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Everyone's mileage varies with betas and updates. I guess your mileage kinda falls below the average.
I've realized most people just don't care or don't notice some bugs. Literally every person I knew on iOS 14 had the messages keyboard delay bug. Apples own support site had over 10k people who said they had the same issue. It got fixed in 14.3 but that took near 3 month to fix what was a MAJOR bug.

The more features they cram in the more potential for bugs which is why they either need to skip iOS/iPad OS/Watch OS /TV OS 15 or make it ZERO NEW FEATURES and all about speed , stability and squashing the bugs. IF they need to add support for new hardware fine, add it.

The vast majority of people look at the iPhone 12 as a camera and slight design update. THATS IT. Thats what the average person sees. And they sold like hotcakes. No one cares the A14 is a 5nm processor. Side by side with the last 3 iPhones theres no perceptible speed difference.
 
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