Lots of media buzz recently about Apple’s new AirTag. The latest iOS version enables you to use them with your iPhone.
• Mac World > “iOS 14.5 is out now with lots of new features and improvements” by Jason Cross, Staff Writer (April 26, 2021) – The update adds AirTags support, App Tracking Transparency, unlock iPhone with Apple Watch, Siri voice options, and more.
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- What’s new in iOS 14.5
- How to get iOS 14.5
- iOS 14.5 release notes
Apple has finally released iOS 14.5 after a protracted beta testing period. This is one of the bigger point-release updates we’ve seen, adding the ability to unlock your iPhone with your Apple Watch, AirTags support, AirPlay support for Fitness+, and the long-awaited App Tracking Transparency feature.
What’s new in iOS 14.5
Unlock iPhone with Apple Watch
• Support for AirTag
If you want to use Apple’s new $29 AirTag tracking devices, you need to update your iPhone or iPod Touch to iOS 14.5. (Or use an iPad updated to iPadOS 14.5.)
New Siri voices
• App Tracking Transparency
This version of iOS will lay the groundwork for Apple’s long-advertised App Tracking Transparency feature. Simply put, your iPhone will now require applications to ask for permission (through a standard iOS prompt) whenever they want to track your activities outside the app, such as across other apps or websites. Most users are unaware that many apps even do this. Apple is not blocking the practice, merely requiring informed consent just as it does for, say, location access.
The requirement goes into effect on April 26, but it make take a few days for some apps to be updated to adhere to the new requirements.
Music app changes
New Shortcut actions
Crash reporting and speed traps in Apple Maps
AirPlay 2 support for Fitness+
5G Global dual-sim support
Podcast and News app design tweaks
”Hey Siri, Call Emergency”
Updated game controller support
Sorting and printing Reminders
ios 14 5 reminders sort
iPad: Horizontal boot and emoji search
Battery Health recalibration for iPhone 11 models