iOS 14.5 is shaping up to be the biggest update to iOS 14 since its release in September last year. Apple will introduce several new features to the OS and enhance existing ones as well. If you are wondering when Apple will release iOS 14.5 to the public, read below.
iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 are both going to be major updates, which is why many people are excitedly looking forward to its release. Below is a quick look at some of the new iOS 14.5 features:
iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 marks the addition of over 200+ new emoji characters on the iPad and iPad Pro. The company has even updated the Headphone emoji to make it look similar to the AirPods Max. Other new emojis include a mending heart, new skin tones for couple emojis, and more.
You can read about all the new emojis in iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 over at Emojipedia.
Quickly Call Emergency
Apple will add an ability to contact emergency services quickly in iOS 14.5. The update will introduce a command, “Hey Siri, Call Emergency,” that will immediately call emergency services without delay.
The phone will show you a 5-second timer, which it generally shows before it contacts emergency services. You can cancel the call during this time.
App Tracking Transparency
With iOS 14.5, developers will have to comply with iOS 14’s app tracking transparency feature. App Tracking Transparency (ATT) gives users an option to allow developers to track, or not track, an app’s usage. The feature is set to roll out in the Spring of 2021, hinting that the update might get released in late February or early March.
There are plenty of other new features in iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5, including support for Xbox Series X/S and PS5 controllers, dual-SIM 5G support on iPhone 12, the ability to unlock iPhone with Apple Watch, and more.
iOS 14.5 Release Date
Apple has released eight beta builds of iOS 14.5 so far. The company rarely ever releases so many beta builds of a point release of iOS. iOS 14.5 public release was initially expected to happen in March, with Apple possibly holding an event on March 23 to announce the AirTags and new iPad Pro. However, that did not happen. Apple eventually confirmed that it is hosting its ‘Spring Loaded’ event on April 20.
Given the sheer number of beta builds of iOS 14.5 that have been released so far and Apple’s event on April 20, it’s clear that iOS 14.5 will be released to the public right after the event. While unlikely, another scenario could see Apple release iOS 14.5’s Release Candidate build right after its event and then release the same build to the public later in the week.
When do you think Apple will release iOS 14.5 to the public? What new features in the OS are you excited to try? Drop a comment and let us know!