Apple has now officially confirmed the release of iOS and iPadOS 14.5 in the next week. This announcement came during the AirTags press release.
Apple iOS update
Apple will roll out the iOS and iPadOS 14.5 update next week. This update will allow iPhone and iPad users to use AirTags since they are compatible only with devices with this update.
If you want to download iOS 14.5 onto your phone, go to Settings > Software Update > Download and Install. After the update installs itself on the phone, it will be good to go for new tasks.
Face ID- A new solution
Many users experience a snag in the iPhone face recognition; users wear masks and cannot be appropriately identified by the device’s mechanism.
Now, if you own an Apple watch, you can unlock your iPhone by wearing an Apple watch.
To enable this, you must put a passcode for your Apple Watch and turn on wrist recognition. It would help if you also went to Settings > Face ID & Passcode > Unlock with Apple Watch and enable this option.
A user can also unlock the phone by tapping the “unlock iPhone” button. After unlocking, the user would receive haptic feedback on his/her wrist.
Apple is also giving two more voices for Siri, Apple’s voice assistant. Users can choose from four voices and enable their favorite by going to Settings > Siri & Search > Siri Voice, where you could tap your favorite voice.
After the iOS 14.5 update, Siri would announce incoming calls too and ask whether the user wants to answer them using Air Pods.
The update also enables Siri to call a user’s emergency contact and now can add a list of contacts for a group FaceTime.
Now, Apple has also added new emojis, including a transparent syringe emoji (which previously was a blood syringe) and face with spiral eyes, exhaling face and face surrounded by clouds.
🚀Apple iOS 14.5 launches next week🚀 https://t.co/a8aoQaz6g9
— CNET (@CNET) April 21, 2021
This is a feature that worries companies relying heavily on app tracking and advertising.
Companies like Facebook and Google cannot track the user’s habits without their knowledge and send tailor-made targeted advertisements. It could potentially derail their advertising business and reduce the effectiveness of targeted ads.
If a user opens an app after an update, if it wants to track the device ID of a customer called IDFA (identifier for advertisers), the user will get a pop-up. They could either allow it or opt-out of it.
The App Tracking Transparency feature is now a part of the iOS 14.5 update. A user can change this feature by going to Settings > Privacy > Tracking.
Apple has released a deadline to the app developers to update their apps with their new feature, 26th April. Also, iOS updates usually come on Tuesday. So, the update release may come out on 27th April.
This iOS update comes pre-installed in the new purple variant of iPhone 12 and 12 mini, iPad Pro 11-inch and 12.9-inch.
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