The latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system,, finally arrived on Monday ( ). Apple said after its last Tuesday that the updated OS would arrive sometime this week, alongside the new .
was first launched in September, ahead of the release of the . While new versions of Apple’s mobile operating system typically arrive once a month with new features and bug fixes, the latest version — — was released on Jan. 26. But iOS 14.5 is a larger update, and took longer to arrive.
The latest version of the OS includes new features that(so long as you also own an ), and that . You’ll also find , which will no longer default to a female voice.
Here’s everything to know about iOS 14.5 so far, including how to download it, and what new features you’ll find. Plus, here are.
When is the iOS 14.5 release date?
iOS 14.5 was released on Monday, April 26 at 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET).
How do I download iOS 14.5?
You should get a prompt telling you that iOS 14.5 is now available and asking if you’d like to download it. Or you can do the following:
1. Open the Settings app.
2. Select General.
3. Tap Software Update.
Your device will connect to Apple’s servers and prompt you to download and install the update. Follow the prompts to complete the installation. When your device reboots, it will be running iOS 14.5. (Check out our.)
What devices are compatible with iOS 14.5?
iOS 14.5 will be compatible with all the same devices as iOS 14. Generally, these include the iPhone 6S ($250 at Best Buy) all the way up through the iPhone 12, along with the iPhone SE ($89 at Back Market) and the iPod Touch ($175 at Amazon) (seventh-gen). For the .
What new features does iOS 14.5 include?
The latest version of iOS is going to bring several useful new features, including:
Use Face ID on your Apple Watch to unlock your iPhone — even when wearing a mask
Apple Watch owners can opt into a feature that lets youwhen your Watch is on and unlocked, even if your face is obscured by a mask. The Watch will provide haptic feedback letting you know your iPhone has been unlocked.
Set a default music player of your choice
Apple Music might not have to be your default music player any longer. Instead, the first time you ask Siri to play something, it’ll list all theyou have installed on your device. Simply choose which one you want to set as your default player, such as .
More than 200 new emoji
iOS 14.5 includes, including new skin-tone variations for popular emoji such as couples kissing. You’ll also find new emoji like heart on fire, faces exhaling, faces in clouds and faces with spiral eyes. Changes have also been made to the syringe emoji, removing blood to make it more appropriate for depicting vaccines.
Choose a new voice for Siri
In the latest iOS 14.5 developer beta,. Instead, you will be prompted to choose the voice you prefer for the digital assistant. The OS will include two new voice options for English speakers. Here’s once you download the new OS.
More Siri updates
Siri will soon have the ability to call 911 for you, with a prompt of, “Hey, Siri, call emergency.” You’ll see a three-second countdown, giving you the option to cancel the request.
Stream Fitness Plus workouts with AirPlay
iOS 14.5 and WatchOS 7.4 will letdirectly to .
App tracking transparency
iOS 14.5 includes privacy changes that will require apps to ask for user permission before tracking data and activity (here’s). This builds on a change released in iOS 14.3, which lets you see .
Dual-SIM 5G global support
iPhone 12 users will have dual SIM support globally, which means you can take advantage of the phone’s physical SIM slot and digital eSIM to have two lines of service on the same phone. This support was previously only available in mainland China.
Console controller support
With the update, Apple added iOS and iPadOS support forand controllers, so you can play games on your phone or tablet.
You’ll also find some design changes to the Podcasts, News and Reminders apps.
For more, check out some of the. And before you make any OS updates, .
Shelby Brown contributed to this story.