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iOS 14.5 to be available starting next week, confirms Apple

iOS 14.5 update rollout was expected to be announced as part of the company's keynote during the Spring event on Tuesday. However, the company has since confirmed that the update will be available starting next week.

twitter-logoKetan Pratap | April 21, 2021 | Updated 09:09 IST

Highlights

  • iOS 14.5 update is the biggest update to iOS 14.
  • The new update will enable the ability to unlock iPhone with Apple Watch while wearing a face mask.
  • It should be compatible with all iPhones that received iOS 14 update.

The much-anticipated iOS 14.5 update will start rolling out next week, which isn't what many people expected, considering the Spring Loaded event saw many new products being announced. The iOS 14.5 rollout was expected to be the last thing Tim Cook may announce today during the keynote, but it didn't happen.

The confirmation about the iOS 14.5 update rollout came out from Apple in a release that read, "These software updates [iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5] will be available starting next week." However, we should clarify that the release was about the all-new AirTag, which will work only on devices running iOS 14.5 or later and iPadOS 14.5 or later.

"AirTag requires iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 14.5 or later, or iPad running iPadOS 14.5 or later. These software updates will be available starting next week. Customers must have an Apple ID and be signed in to their iCloud account. Certain features require to Find My to be enabled in iCloud settings," the company said in the release late on Tuesday.

We are excited about the new iOS 14.5 update because it's the biggest update to iOS 14. One of the biggest highlights of the upcoming iOS 14.5 update is it brings the ability to unlock iPhone with Apple Watch while wearing a face mask. The feature was revealed by Apple long back and has been one feature popular feature Apple Watch users wanted.

The new update will also enhance the Apple Podcasts app with new UI and episode pages as well as a Search tab and emoji.

The new iOS 14.5 update also brings enhancements to Siri, which no longer has a default voice. It will be available in a choice of voice options in English which users can change via the Settings app. The new update keeps some of the major visual changes like widgets, App Library, App Clips, and all-new Messages app.

The iOS 14.5 update will be available to iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE (1st generation), iPhone SE (2nd generation), and iPod touch (7th generation).

At its Spring event on Tuesday, Apple launched the Apple Podcasts Subscriptions service and then unveiled an all-new iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini in Purple colour. After months of rumours, Apple finally revealed its AirTag as an iPhone accessory that provides a way to locate items. The company also unveiled the next generation of Apple TV 4K. The company also announced the powerful iPad Pro tablets with M1 chip in 11-inch and 12.9-inch screen sizes. Lastly, the company unveiled its new iMac with an M1 chip.

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