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Apr 12, 2001

Apple today seeded the second betas of new iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 updates to public beta testers, with the new betas coming two weeks after the release of the first public betas and just a day after Apple provided the second beta software to developers.


Public beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program can download the iOS and iPadOS‌ 14.5 updates over the air after installing the proper certificate from the Public Beta website on an iOS device.

iOS 14.5 adds a new feature that lets you unlock your iPhone with your Apple Watch when you're wearing a mask, alleviating the need to use a passcode to get into an iPhone with Face ID when you have a mask on. Using this feature requires both iOS 14.5 and watchOS 7.4, and it is opt-in. It can be activated in the Settings app under Face ID & Passcode.


Dual-SIM 5G support is now available globally on iPhone 12 devices, so if you have more than one phone number associated with your iPhone, both lines can now take advantage of 5G networks. Previously, Dual-SIM functionality was limited to LTE in all countries except for China.

With iOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.5, and watchOS 7.4, AirPlay 2 support is available for Apple Fitness+, which lets a workout played on the iPhone or the iPad to be AirPlayed to an AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV or set-top box.

The latest PlayStation 5 DualSense and Xbox Series X controllers are compatible with the iPhone and the iPad after updating, and there's a new feature that lets Siri make an emergency call for you.


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. 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.


Though not in the update as of yet, iOS 14.5 has code that suggests Apple is adding Family Sharing functionality for the Apple Card, allowing multiple users to share a single card. iOS 14.5 is the update where Apple will officially enable App Tracking Transparency, so developers will need to ask for and receive a user's permission to track their activity across apps and websites for ad targeting purposes.

The second beta of iOS 14.5 adds new emoji characters, new Shortcuts, Apple Music tweaks, and more, with a full list of changes available in our beta 2 guide. A complete list of features in iOS 14.5 so far can be found in our iOS 14.5 guide.

Apple has said that iOS 14.5 will be released to the public in the early spring, so we can expect to see a launch at some point in March, with the spring season officially starting on March 20. Apple has also seeded a new beta of tvOS 14.5 to fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV users who are signed up for the public beta.

Article Link: Apple Seeds Second Public Betas of iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5
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macrumors 68020
Nov 9, 2015
Silicon Valley, CA
14.5 beta 2 comes with over 200 new emoji, collect them all it seems.

Note iPadOS 14.5 beta 2 now boots with either a landscape or portrait-oriented Apple logo depending on how you have the device positioned upon boot. A Magic Keyboard connection is no longer required to make the Apple logo appear in horizontal landscape mode.
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macrumors 6502
Jan 29, 2018
I’ve installed beta 1 and beta 2 on my iPad but I have yet to see one of those “ask not to track“ messages when I open an app like Facebook. Is that supposed to be working yet?


macrumors 6502a
Jul 20, 2012
Is there a list of changes?? That link doesn’t work for me. Downloading at the moment.

edit: working now nvm
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macrumors 6502
Dec 15, 2010
Halifax, UK
Airdrop from my 14.4 iPad to 14.5 PB1 iPhone has been flaky for me. Had to reboot phone to get it work properly again. It would say “waiting” for ages, then at some point I’d get a notification stating Airdrop had failed and did I want to save the photo to iCloud Drive
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macrumors 6502a
Jan 15, 2015
The last 2 or 3 running apps could show-up on the lock screen; appear when face unlock unlocks the iPhone. The quickest way to continue using an app after the screen locks.
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macrumors regular
Jun 30, 2010
I've had Beta 2 installed since yesterday and for those of you that was annoyed by the stutters and jerkiness when closing or switching apps, I think it's fixed! I haven't had it happen once so far.
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macrumors 6502
Oct 1, 2020
I don’t know if it’s just me, but the music app is awesome now! The sound seems much better!


macrumors 6502
Aug 16, 2009
I’ve installed beta 1 and beta 2 on my iPad but I have yet to see one of those “ask not to track“ messages when I open an app like Facebook. Is that supposed to be working yet?
Haven't seen it either, but maybe it just doesn't happen when you deactivate the tracking option in the privacy section in settings.


macrumors 68000
Sep 9, 2015
I’ve installed beta 1 and beta 2 on my iPad but I have yet to see one of those “ask not to track“ messages when I open an app like Facebook. Is that supposed to be working yet?
Those changes take effect this Spring. The software groundwork has now been laid out and the App developers are given some time to implement those changes.

I think one of the other most promising editions to 14.5 is the ability to report speed traps and hazards/accidents real time. Does this mean we can finally ditch Waze?

Suckfest 9001

May 31, 2015
what you mean by long term ios bugs?
Like bugs that have been around for months/years. Minor mostly but stuff like the whole mail preview freaking out when swiping down a notification in certain cases, or music app just being kinda trash in general and occasionally forgetting which album/playlist you were on or crashing mid album.

I just meant to say bugs that aren’t specific to this beta

Suckfest 9001

May 31, 2015
i understand the lag when loading pages, delayed notifications, lost of wifi and bluetooth connections.
Yeah I don’t think anything that was already kinda broken got worse in this release. But it’s always worth checking out the beta thread in the iOS 14 section as people are very vocal about their experiences there
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