Apple iOS 14.5 iPadOS 14.5 Developer Beta

iOS 14
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iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 Developer Beta 8

Apple iOS 14.5 Dev Beta 8 is here. Developer betas are meant for developers to update apps and try out new features and test apps against API changes that new builds bring and not for regular folks.

With Apple now done with the Spring event on April 20, the company could release iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 for all users at the occasion.

The arrival of iOS 14.5 will mark some big changes to the iPhone before Apple introduces iOS 15 at this year’s WWDC. Apple’s iOS 14.5 update got delayed, but it’s finally ready to be rolled out.

For now, iOS 14.5 is now available as a public beta. Simply put, you can download it but the update may contain some bugs.

When iOS 14.5 is publicly released, Apple intends to fully implement App Tracking Transparency measures that partially debuted on iOS 14 and are being criticized by Google, Facebook, and other big developers that claim it will hurt small businesses.

With the enabling of this feature, apps will need to seek additional permission from users before tracking them across other apps and websites. These apps will need to show a pop-up screen before they enable a form of tracking commonly needed to show personalized advertisements.

Apple said the new feature was aimed at giving users greater transparency over how their information is being used.

Apple iOS 14.5 Picture in Picture

One can keep watching videos or continue another call while using another app.

Widgets on the Home Screen

Widgets have been totally redesigned to give you more information at a glance also you can add them to your Home Screen. Choose from different sizes and arrange however you see it fit.

Siri

Apple is reported to also be updating Siri on iOS by bringing two new voices and the option to let users select the voice they want at the time of setup instead of getting the default voice, which is female in most countries — and male in some.

Smart Stacks

You can add a Smart Stack of widgets intelligently curated based on the apps mostly used, and the right widget will show up automatically at the right time.

Group photos

You can give your group conversation a visual identity by adding a photo or Memoji, or choose an emoji.

Apple iOS 14
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App Library

The new App Library automatically organizes apps into one simple, easy‑to‑navigate view. Apps are sorted by category and most used apps are always just one tap away.

The feature, however, requires an Apple Watch that can quickly unlock the connected iPhone even when the user is wearing a mask. This eliminates the need to put the face mask down or enter passcode to unlock newer models of the iPhone that do not have Touch ID.

iOS 14.5 looks to bring support for Xbox Series S/X and PlayStation 5 controllers. The upcoming update will also make it easier for users to unlock their iPhone handsets via Face ID while wearing a mask.

Summary

There are a bunch of new features coming to the iPhone as part of iOS 14.5 like the ability to unlock it with an Apple Watch, expanded Siri voice options, App tracking transparency, new emojis, 5G global support for dual-SIM iPhones, updated game controller support, battery health recalibration for iPhone 11 models, and support for the newly announced AirTag trackers.

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Hitesh Boricha

I have a little over a decade experience in the IT industry. Having worked in various roles in this industry, I am passionate about technology.

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