Apple is now rolling out iOS 14.5 for iPhone along with iPadOS 14.5 and watchOS 7.4. This is a fairly large update that brings many new features, but here is a quick review of some of them.
The most important new feature is that you can now unlock your iPhone with your Apple Watch if you have a mask on. A new option for ‘Unlock with Apple Watch’ has been added in the phone’s settings, which should cause your iPhone to unlock automatically if you have a mask on and also your Apple Watch. This feature requires that you have also updated to watchOS 7.4.
Another important new feature is transparency in app tracking, which allows you to control which apps are allowed to track your activity across other companies’ apps and websites for ads or sharing with data brokers. Once this update is installed, apps that need to track you must now ask for your explicit permission before they can do so, and with a single click, you can allow or deny them.
iOS 14.5 also adds support for AirTag. This includes enabling hardware features that allow you to track your AirTag device and also an updated Find My App to help you locate it.
Siri has also received an update with more voice options. There are now 14 different voices from different regions and genders. Siri can now also announce incoming calls and call names, and if you have AirPods or compatible Beats headphones, you can also answer hands-free. You can now also call your emergency contact using Siri.
iOS 14.5 also performs a recalibration of the phone’s battery. This shows the health of the battery more accurately and may take a few weeks to complete. This feature is only available on 11 Series iPhones.
iOS 14.5 features
Other enhancements in this update include new emoji, Apple Music sharing, new Podcasts app, redesigned News app, 5G connectivity enhancements, Xbox Series X | S and PlayStation 5 controllers and more.