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Everything About the Latest iOS Update

iOS is the mobile operating system created by Apple, Inc. that is reserved to some of their devices, such as iPhone and iPad. Staying up to date with the latest version of iOS provides bug fixes, security upgrades, and new features, as stated by Apple. The new Apple update iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 is now available and among the innovations of the latest OS version there are Siri voice selection, app tracking protection, new emoji, and the ability to unlock the device using FaceID while wearing a mask. In this article, we discuss all the news and specifications of this new Apple update.

What is new in this update?

Unlocking your phone in a mask

Until now, unlocking your iPhone with FaceID while wearing a mask was possible but involved a rather long procedure. Now, if you have not only an iPhone but also an Apple Watch, you can unlock your smartphone using the facial recognition function without removing the mask. To do so, the smartwatch has to be on your wrist and unlocked. Put your hand with the Apple Watch close to your iPhone and simply look at your phone - the feedback from the Apple Watch will be established and the smartphone will be unlocked. The new feature works with the iPhone X (and newer models) and Apple Watch Series 3 (and newer).

Select a Siri voice

Woohoo! You can now choose your Siri’s voice! Previously, the voice assistant had a default voice, but now you can choose from several options when you first set up your device. New Neural Text to Speech technology in iOS 14.5 makes it sound more natural.

Moreover, Siri and FaceTime interact better by making calls to multiple contacts using Siri prompting. Siri can also now announce incoming calls through AirPods or compatible Beats headphones and supports calling emergency contacts.

Tracking protection

Additionally, iOS 14.5 introduces new features to protect user privacy with App Tracking Transparency (ATT) technology. An option has been added to prevent apps from tracking user activity in other apps or sites so they can pass this information on to other companies and use it to show ads. When opening each app that attempts to access activity, the user will be asked whether or not they allow tracking. In Settings you can now check which apps have requested permission to track and give or deny that permission.

New emojis

There are new fun emojis available:

Other new features in iOS 14.5

  • The AirTag support lets you track and locate important items like keys, wallet, backpack, etc. Confidential and secure in the Find My app.
  • The Apple Podcasts screen view has been improved, making it easier to start listening, and there is an option to save and download episodes so they are automatically added to your library for quick access.
  • The News + tab in Apple News makes it easy for subscribers to quickly search, download and manage media; the new search interface helps find current topics, channels and news.
  • Apple Fitness + users can now stream audio and video to TVs and AirPlay 2 enabled devices.
  • Reminders has been added the ability to sort by title, priority, due date, or creation date.

Urgent iOS 14.5.1 and iOS 12.5.3 updates (for older devices)

Shortly after the release of iOS 14.5 created iOS 14.5.1 urgent update, which fixes problems with the App Tracking Transparency (ATT) feature that detects activity tracking by apps (the problem was that on some devices the tracking mode switch for apps did not work).

Along with iOS 14.5, the company also released a similar update iOS 12.5.3 for older devices that are no longer supported by iOS 14 and iPadOS 14: iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPod touch 6 generation.

How to update your iPhone to the latest version of iOS

As usual, Apple will send its users a notification on their phones indicating the availability of the new iOS update. However, we recommend that you first save a backup copy on iTunes or iCloud. (unnecessary action, at your discretion).

Using Over The Air (OTA) update

Once you get it, you can select the received notification that will take you to Settings. Select General and then Software update. Next, confirm the new update and wait for the system to download and install it automatically, restarting it with the latest version of the operating system.

Update from iTunes

The update to the new iOS 14.5 can also be done through iTunes. In this case, you will need to connect the device to your computer with the cable and wait for it to be recognized. Once this is done, go to Summary and Check for updates. Accept the available update and the device will restart and proceed with the automatic update.

Previous iOS 14.4 update

iOS 14.5 is based on the new iPhone interface introduced in previous iOS 14 updates. The iOS 14.4 update fixed some bugs and activated new features.

New features

  • Recognition of smaller QR codes.
  • Improved Bluetooth function.
  • Camera authenticity notifications on iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max models: this can be very useful if, for example, the repairer of your iPhone did not use an original Apple camera - the new iOS 14.4 update will be able to recognize its authenticity.

Bug fixes

The following bugs (that have been reported by users for months) have been fixed:
  • The artifacts on iPhone 12 Pro HDR photos.
  • The Fitness widget that did not show updated activity data.
  • The delayed typing.
  • The wrong keyboard language.
  • New app audio stories not resuming after being paused for voice prompts or for Siri.
  • Switch control that prevented calls from being answered via the lock screen.

Images: © Apple.

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