Today Apple released iOS 14.5 on the air update which includes new features for iPhone including unlocking iPhone with Apple Watch while wearing a face mask, added support to new AirTag, new privacy control (App Tracking Transparency) for apps controlling that track your activity across other companies apps and website, also Siri added more diverse voice options, and introducing separate skin tone for emoji with couples.
Starting with unlocking iPhone using Apple Watch, now users have the ability to use their Apple Watch to securely unlock their iPhone when their iPhone uses Face ID while wearing a face mask. Users need to close their Apple Watch to iPhone, so users can simply glance at their iPhone and they will receive haptic feedback from Apple Watch, indicating their iPhone has been unlocked. This feature works with iPhone X and later models and Apple Watch Series 3 or later models and must be running watchOS 7.4 or later.
With iOS 14.5 updates, now users have the ability to change Siri default voice with a new one from more diverse voice options. These new Siri voices make use of Neural Text to Speech technology to produce a sound that is amazingly real. With Community FaceTime support, Siri gains new features, making it easier to make calls with multiple contacts or ask Siri to FaceTime the name of any group in Messages. Siri can also announce incoming calls via AirPods or compatible Beats headphones, as well as call emergency contacts if the iPhone owner requires assistance and is unable to make a call.
App Tracking Transparency also allows users to obtain the user’s consent before tracking their data through apps or websites operated by other entities for advertising purposes, or sharing their data with data brokers, as part of iOS 14.5’s privacy enhancements. Users will be able to see which apps have requested permission to monitor them in Settings, and they will be able to make changes to their options at any time.
The couple kissing emoji and the couple with heart emoji have been updated in iOS 14.5 to include the ability to pick different skin tones. Face exhaling, face with spiral eyes, face in clouds, hearts on fire, mending heart, and woman with a beard are among the additional emojis.
Users of Maps in the United States and China can now report an accident, hazard, or speed check along their route safely and easily by telling Siri on their iPhone or CarPlay. Users can tell Siri “There’s a crash up ahead” or “There’s something on the road” during navigation, or even report that incidents on the map have been cleared. This function is intended to keep drivers’ hands-free and their attention on the road.
Passengers may also monitor or clarify incidents using Maps’ “Report an Issue” feature. In addition, when walking or riding, Maps users can now share their estimated arrival time with friends and family. CarPlay users may use new Siri or keyboard controls to start the Share ETA feature.
iOS 14.5 also brings some additional features:
- Apple Podcasts gets redesigned show pages to make it easier to start listening, as well as an option to save and download episodes so they are automatically added to Library for quick access. Top Charts, categories, and curated collections on the Search tab help listeners discover new shows.
- AirTag support allows users to keep track of and find important items, such as keys, a wallet, backpack, or more, privately and securely in the Find My app.
- Apple News features a redesigned News+ tab, making it easier for subscribers to quickly find, download, and manage magazine and newspaper issues, and an all-new Search experience helps all Apple News users find relevant topics, channels, and stories.
- Apple Fitness+ users can now stream audio and video to AirPlay 2-enabled TVs and devices.
- Reminders add the ability to sort by title, priority, due date, or creation date, and offer the option to print reminder lists.
- 5G improvements for iPhone 12 models include Dual-SIM support for 5G connectivity and Smart Data Mode enhancements to further optimize the experience on the network, including better battery life and data usage.
- Voice Control for Accessibility gives users comprehensive navigation with just their voice, and is now expanding English support to Australia and Canada and adding support for Spanish in Mexico, Spain, and the United States.