iOS 14.5 is the next version of iOS. It won’t be a big update like iOS 15, but it will add a ton of new features and enhancements to existing ones.
Based on what we’ve seen in the public beta, these are the top five new features in iOS 14.5. There is a possibility that some will not appear in the final version, but that is unlikely.
iOS 14.5: release date
We don’t have an exact release date for iOS 14.5, but we know it will be coming soon. First, because it is already available in a public trial period. The second, and more important, because Apple has released a new version 14.x every month since the launch of iOS 14. iOS 14.4 landed in January, so we could see iOS 14.5 this month or early March.
New Key Features in iOS 14.5 for Your iPhone
There will be many improvements in iOS 14.5, but these five are the most interesting:
1. Support face masks for FaceID
Face ID worked more or less well until the Covid-19 skins pandemic. Logically it stopped working. iOS 14.5 fixes the problem, though only for Apple Watch owners.
From this version you can use the Apple Watch – previously unlocked – to unlock your phone. So you can simply pick up your phone as if you were going to use Face ID and it will unlock while the Apple Watch vibrates on your wrist to confirm it.
While the fix is fine, it opens up a potentially harmful security hole. And also, to make payments or perform other secure operations, you must continue entering your security code. Hopefully the iPhone 13 will rescue Touch ID because the vaccine won’t kill skins as soon as we think – and others will come in the future.
2. Choose the default music player
The iOS 14.5 beta brings good news: you can finally choose Spotify or any other app as your default music player instead of using Apple Music.
With iOS 14.5, the first time you request a song from Siri it will ask you which player you want to use. From there, that should always be the default music player, so you don’t have to specify it in each request.
We say it “should” do that because the beta version seems to have some issues and is not working consistently. Hopefully these problems are fixed in time for the final version of iOS 14.5 and that we can finally free ourselves from Apple Music as we freed ourselves from Apple Maps, Safari and other Apple apps back in the day.
3. Transparency in the privacy of apps
IOS 14.5 is also expected to include a great new privacy feature called App Tracking Transparency. This feature will force all applications (such as the infamous Facebook or Instagram) to request your permission before sharing any activity or data with other websites and applications of other companies.
This data sharing is often used for advertisements, with Facebook as the main culprit. With App Tracking Transparency you can choose not to do it if you prefer. Apple insists that users continue to have full access to applications whatever they choose. Hopefully that’s true because this is a breakthrough in everyone’s individual privacy.
4. Support for PS5 and Xbox Series X controllers
If you are a gamer, you will probably appreciate the new support for the PS5 and Xbox Series X controllers in iOS 14.5. It will be a very useful update for anyone who owns one of these consoles and wants to take advantage of its controls to play on iOS.
Also for Apple TV users – although the feature is not yet confirmed for tvOS, it stands to reason that it has it too.
5. Alertas crowdsourcing en Apple Maps
Although many of us aren’t going anywhere at the moment, Apple Maps has a very useful new feature in the iOS 14.5 beta: alerts for crowdsourcing, like Waze.
MacRumors notes that you can now report accidents, hazards, and road speed checks. If enough people report the same problem, a warning will appear for all Apple Maps users. With so many people staying home and still a beta, we still don’t know how well it will work.