Starting April 26 Apple started rolling out its new iOS update 14.5 to the general public. Before now Apple was previously running series of testing of iOS 14.5 in for over three months ago.
Meanwhile with the release of the final version being rolled to the general public yesterday, there are a numerous reasons that would warrant you to update your iPhone right away.
However, before updating your iPhone to the latest version of OS, we highly encourage you to backup all your data as to avoid any loss of data. iOS 14.5 is available for all Apple’s iPhones already running iOS 14 (iPhone 6s or newer).
Some of the exciting new features to look out for is the support to unlock your iPhone with the Apple Watch while wearing a mask, 200+ new emojis, dual-SIM 5G support, new voices to Siri, and a Podcast and Music apps update.
Unlock your iPhone with the Apple Watch while wearing a mask
It’s been over a year Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and during this crisis, Apple did play a great role in helping out with the contributions it’s made towards the realization of the Covid-19 vaccines and many other efforts put in place by the company to safeguard it’s employees. Now the company is finally it’s users the ability to unlock their iPhones using the Apple Watch while wearing a mask.
With the new integrated feature on iOS 14.5 and watchOS 7.4 installed users can now be able to unlock their phones while wearing face mask.
How To Unlock Your Iphone while Wearing Face mask
- Simply open the Settings app on your iPhone, then look for the “Face ID & Passcode” setting.
2.Flip the toggle to On, that’s all. Your Apple Watch will be able to authenticate your iPhone as long as the following conditions are met:
- Face ID detects a mask
- Your Apple Watch is nearby
- Your Apple Watch is on your wrist
- Your Apple Watch is unlocked
- Your Apple Watch has a passcode enabled
More Emojis to express yourself
In the new iOS 14.5 Apple is introducing 200+ new imojis. For example, the headphone icon is now similar to the AirPods Max. The syringe emoji no longer have blood in it and it looks more like a vaccine syringe.
Notably, 200 out the 217 new emoji are focused on vastly expanding the combination of a couple with heart available on iOS.
Dual-SIM 5G support
iOS 14.5 introduces dual-SIM 5G support to your iPhone 12 lineup, as well as for the fifth-generation iPad Pro with Cellular connectivity.
Siri Gets New Voices and More Features
In this new update, the primary Siri voice is no longer female. Starting in iOS 14.5, the user has to choose Apple’s personal assistant voice.
Apple stated that the new voices were recorded to sound more natural, even with phrases generated by Apple’s Neural text to speech engine.
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The two new added Siri voices are only available for English speakers, but the company expects to expand them to more languages in the future.
In addition, the update includes new interfaces for typing with Siri as well as sending messages with the personal assistant. However, when you instruct siri to send a message, you can either dictate or write the message. Another thing to note is that Siri now has “call emergency services” feature.
Podcast and Music apps with new Design Interface
Some visual changes uncured on the Apple Music, Apple Podcasts thus has undergone a handful of small user interface changes. Now the background of a show comes with the cover of the podcast as similar as it happens on some Apple Music albums.
Again, It is more easier to play the latest episode or start a new podcast for the first time in the apple music app.
Apple is also preparing a subscription tier in the Podcasts app starting with iOS 14.6, which more update on that will be coming in our future publication.
Apple Music is also got some new features like swipe gestures in albums and playlists, new pop-over menus, and share song lyrics in social media.
App Tracking Transparency
iOS 14.5 also comes with the new App Tracking Transparency feature. This feature requires that all applications ask permission from users before tracking them across other apps and websites. For example, when a user opens the Facebook app, you’ll see a prompt message stating “this app would like to track you across other apps and services”. There will be two options from which to choose either to accept or decline the request: “Ask App not to Track” or “Allow.