Apple has released iOS 14.5 officially to the public as well as iPad Os 14.5 with a new update for apple watch and apple TV but I will summarize everything that you need to know in iOS 14.5.
Unlock Your iPhone with Apple Watch on iOS 14.5
The biggest new feature out of this update is the ability to unlock your iPhone when wearing a mask using your Apple watch. I wrote a full guide on how to get this working but to sum it up there’s now an unlock with Apple watch option that lets the iPhone use an unlocked an authenticated Apple watch as secondary authentication method when face ID cannot see your entire face due to a face covering.
this method of unlocking your phone generally works pretty well with most iOS 14.5 beta testers. it is a little delayed compared to standard face ID when your face isn’t covered which is obviously to be expected. unfortunately, you cannot use this feature when authenticating passwords or using Apple pay which is for security reasons you should understand.
Airtag Support with iOS 14.5
iOS 14.5 also brings airtags support allowing them to be tracked within the find my app. On the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12, there’s a precision finding feature that takes advantage of the U1 chip to provide visual, audible, and haptic feedback to guide you to a lost item.
New Emojis on iOS 14.5
There are also new several emoji characters in this latest update like the heart on fire mending heart exhaling face with spiral eyes face in the clouds and different gender options for people with beards.
Apple also removed the blood from the syringe emoji to give it a more neutral look. It can now be used for things like vaccinations and the headphone emoji now looks like AirPods Max.
New Siri Voices on iOS 14.5
Speaking of Siri, there are also new voices available to choose from. So feel free to check those out along with Siri now being able to announce incoming phone calls.
Apple Maps Crowdsourcing with iOS 14.5
Apple maps is getting a crowdsourcing feature for reporting accidents, hazards, and Speed checks along a route when getting directions. You can do this by tapping on the report button and then from here you can report an accident, a hazard, or if a police officer is out checking your speed. Crowdsource information provided by Apple maps users will be displayed in the Apple maps app offering an earlier heads-up at accidents and hazards that need to be avoided. There is also an option to send an ETA to someone through messages when either cycling or walking.
Airplay 2 for Fitness on iOS 14.5
iOS 14.5 also brings support for Airplay 2 for fitness plus subscribers out thereby allowing users to display workouts on a bigger screen via Airplay 2 enabled smart TVs or set-up boxes. Unfortunately, Apple watch metrics will not be displayed on the TV along with your workout time, calories burned, etc,
Dual Sim 5G Support for iPhone 12 Models
There is also new dual sim 5G support which is available for iPhone 12 models that support dual sim and T-Mobile customers now have standalone 5G network support options inside of the voice and data section in the settings app.
Improvements to smart data mode offer optimization.On 5G networks to improve data usage and extend battery life and 5G international roaming has also been enabled for supported carriers on iPhone 12 models.
Preferred Streaming Service on iOS 14.5
There is now an option to select a preferred streaming service when asking Siri to play songs. Siri will use that choice now whenever you make a request to play music, podcast, or an audiobook.
This is not a default music setting and there is no toggle to select a service that you want to continually use. Since there is no toggles, Siri will occasionally reask you for your response.
Podcast App Update on iOS 14.5
There are changes to the podcast app that Apple introduced with a new smart button that replaces the prior play button along with an updated interface that makes it easier to find and follow as well as listen to new podcasts.
Podcasts under shows are now prominently listed with episode descriptions and easier access to a resume button. Plus, the search tab lets you browse through different categories to find exactly what you’re looking for. There is also an option to save and download podcast episodes automatically adding them to the library for quick access and download and notification settings can be customized on a show-by-show basis.
And now when you want to follow a podcast you actually have the option to pay to help support the creators of your favorite podcasts.
These are just some of the major changes and features Apple has released in iOS 14.5. Just a quick summary for you but be sure to share this with others.