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Apr 12, 2001

Apple today seeded a new version the of upcoming iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 updates to developers for testing purposes, with the new beta updates coming a few days after Apple released the first iOS and iPadOS 14.5 betas. This beta appears to be an update to the first beta rather than a second version.


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. Apple has also released iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 betas for public beta testers, with the software able to be updated with the proper profile from Apple's public beta testing website.

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 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.

The new 14.5 update appears to have fixed an issue that prevented downgrading to the release version of iOS and it addresses a bug that prevented Microsoft apps from being opened by some users.

Update: Apple has also made the new version of iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 available to public beta testers.

Update 2: There's also a new tvOS 14.5 update for public beta testers.

Article Link: Apple Seeds Updated First Beta of iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 to Developers and Public Beta Testers
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macrumors 68040
Jan 8, 2003
This is a sizable update. Really looking forward to it.

After this, would love to see Apple really focus on bugs for 6 months. The power of Apple is “it just works”--not bajillions of new features. That’s the trap Microsoft, Adobe, et al. fall in.


Mar 24, 2015
That was a fast update... I wonder what changed so quickly!
I'm downloading as we speak, but I get the feeling the privacy permissions weren't flipped on. I only found the NBA and Reuters app (read: the demo apps they used to display the feature) to really be displaying the permissions ask. I'll add an edit if that's not so.

EDIT: Nope - still don't see the privacy stuff come up unless its the NBA or Reuters.
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Mar 24, 2015
Do we know why Apple no longer uses the 14.x.x update format? I’m late to the party.
They still do. It's just a slight difference:

14.5 Beta 1 = Major iOS 14, minor 5 increment, Beta 1 for first beta revision
14.4.1 = Major iOS 14, minor 4 revision, hot fix 1

From what I've seen, Apple is still following this in their definitions upon downloading. They just won't say Beta X on the About.

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macrumors 65816
I'm sort of looking forward to it. iOS has become the achilles' heel to the iPhone when paired to AirPods Pro and Apple Watch. Under clear skies and calm seas, and if the planets are perfectly aligned, things work great. Make one false move or slide your finger in the wrong direction, and things' become chaotic and partially dysfunctional.
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macrumors 6502
Apr 20, 2010
Do we know why Apple no longer uses the 14.x.x update format? I’m late to the party.
They do.

14.0.0 - Initial major release.
14.0.1 - Bugfix release, no new features.
14.1.0 - Major update, new features included.
14.1.1 - Bugfix release, no new features.
14.1.2 - Bugfix release, no new features.
14.2.0 - Major update, new features included.

In other words:
X.0.0 - Major / yearly release number
x.X.0 - Major update with new features
x.x.X - Bugfix release, no new features


macrumors 601
Nov 28, 2013
I've just checked (was running 14.5 beta 1 already - I have the dev profile installed) and now it wants to download what it's calling "14.5 Public Beta". Clicking "learn more..." opens a blank screen. What a mess.

Downloading anyway :)


macrumors regular
Mar 24, 2010
Hopefully it fixes Outlook and Teams crashing when MDM'd from a company....damm annoying
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macrumors 6502a
Sep 25, 2013
Cleveland, OH
I've read on other sites, this fix the MS apps. Can anyone confirm if Peacock is working now? I'm waiting til I know before I install the latest beta...
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