Apple frequently updates iOS, adding bug fixes, security patches, and sometimes new features. Each update is like a Christmas gift and you never know what you will get until you start digging into it. Apple recently released iOS 14.5 to developers, and this update promised to be an exciting one, especially for those who wear a mask or own an Xbox. Continue reading to browse more than five new features Apple is baking into its next public version of iOS 14.5.
Unlock Your iPhone While Wearing a Mask
Apple's Face ID works great (until it doesn't). And more often than not, the facial recognition technology fails when the person is wearing a mask. In iOS 14.5, Apple improved Face ID unlocking by making it possible to unlock your iPhone even with a face covering.
This new feature is not as straightforward as it seems. It does require the user to wear an Apple Watch that is connected to the iPhone. As long as the Apple Watch is unlocked, a person can glance at their iPhone, and it will automatically open. The iPhone relies on the authenticated Apple Watch to confirm the identity of the owner.
Stream Fitness+ to Smart TVs with AirPlay 2
Apple's new Fitness+ service provides a compelling way to workout, but people can only use the service on an iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV. In iOS 14.5, you can use AirPlay 2 to stream to a compatible device. If you have an AirPlay-compatible smart TV, you'll be to stream your workout to your big screen.
Share Your Apple Card
iOS 14.5 brings Family Sharing to the Apple Card, allowing other family members to share and use the same Apple Card.
App Tracking Transparency
Apple wants its users to know how their data is being used. In iOS 14.5, Apple is implementing its App Tracking Transparency measures. This App Tracking Transparency requires app developers to seek consent before collecting a user's Identification for Advertisers. This advertiser ID allows companies to anonymously track your online and in-app practices to serve you targeted ads.
PS5 Controller Support and More
Other features include Xbox Series X/PS5 controller support, 5G capabilities for dual-SIMs, and a revamped Podcasts interface.
You can also now say "Hey Siri, call emergency" as well as sort and print lists from the Reminders app.