Apple has tacitly published the launch date for iOS 14.5, which will be introduced “from next week”. Apple has been testing iOS 14.5 in beta for a while now, so we know quite a bit about the features it will bring. Support for console controllers, including those from Xbox Series X / S. and PS5.
iOS 14.5 is a big step forward in terms of privacy as well. All developers, including Apple, must now let users know if their activity is being tracked on third-party services.
There’s also a new way to unlock your iOS device while wearing a face mask if you also have an Apple Watch. This is a much-needed feature even though you can’t use Apple Pay. It is possible to do this from the watch, however, so it won’t be a big deal for the Apple believers. It also gives you access to your phone to read messages, etc.
The unlocking of the face cover is also well protected by security features. For example, you can’t grab someone else’s iPhone and use it. Apple recognized this problem and the phone can detect a quick disconnection from the watch. Also, for security reasons, you need to use full face or passcode unlock on a regular basis.
The update also brings new emoji and Siri gets new voices. In combination with the new neural text-to-speech function, your iPhone’s personal assistant sounds better than ever. And crucially, it will be able to speak with more accents from more cultures than ever before. You may not have considered it, but this is a really big step forward for a large number of people who have not been on a voice assistant before.
Apple already has around 80% of users on iOS 14 and will no doubt hope for similar numbers after this update.