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Apr 12, 2001

Apple today seeded the second betas of upcoming iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 updates to developers for testing purposes, with the new beta updates coming two weeks Apple released the first iOS and iPadOS 14.5 betas.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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 for crowdsourcing accidents and other info. This is available directly on the iPhone and in CarPlay.

iOS and iPadOS 14.5 add a new feature for choosing a default streaming music service to use with Siri. So if you prefer Spotify over Apple Music, for example, you can now choose Spotify as the default app 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.


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.


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.

Article Link: Apple Seeds Second Betas of iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 to Developers


macrumors newbie
Feb 16, 2021
I always see iPados Public betas, not the developer ones, tried to delete the profile and reinstall it, still showing iPadOs 14.5 Public beta 2, any solutions?
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macrumors 65816
Nov 6, 2020
I can't wait for the official release. Lots of good stuff is coming.

Hopefully we hear more about joint Apple Cards soon.
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macrumors newbie
Nov 2, 2020
Looks like Apple’s own Remote App has stopped working. Now have to use the Apple TV Remote in the Control centre.


macrumors 68040
May 28, 2008
Yay! Oh wait, can't do anything since we have no power, no water, no internet where I live in Houston. It was 42 degrees in the house this morning.


macrumors member
Feb 16, 2021
I cannot wait for the official .5 release
I stopped using betas on mobile devices because of the battery health impact over time - though I miss testing things.
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Apr 4, 2020
The end is near for Facebook 😊

Does this beta fix the green tint issue and app stutter when opening/closing apps from time to time.


macrumors regular
Dec 2, 2020
Boise, ID
Yay! Oh wait, can't do anything since we have no power, no water, no internet where I live in Houston. It was 42 degrees in the house this morning.
You need to strategically check the forum here to conserve phone battery 👍 Hope they get that all straightened out soon!


macrumors 68040
May 28, 2008
You need to strategically check the forum here to conserve phone battery 👍 Hope they get that all straightened out soon!

Fortunately we have a portable charger for that issue. Or we can go into the garage, put the cars in accessory mode and charge there without turning them on.
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