Apple iOS 14.5 iPhone update is out now — here’s what’s new
Apple released iOS 14.5, its big new software update for iPhones, on Monday.
The update adds a lot of new features, like updates to Siri, Podcasts, Apple News and support for the latest game console controllers.
But the one that’s been grabbing headlines is Apple’s new privacy change that gives users more transparency and control over apps that want to track them for advertising. Facebook in particular has been worried about the privacy change as it could limit its ability to effectively target ads to iPhone users.
There are lots of other features, though. Here’s an overview of what’s new in iOS 14.5.
You’ll see a popup when you open an app that wants to access that your unique device ID for advertisers. That pop-up will ask if you want to be tracked and will show why the app wants you to opt-in. For instance, an app might say you’ll get a better ad experience if you allow tracking.
Many companies that rely on online advertising have said the privacy change will reduce the effectiveness and profitability of targeted ads. Facebook has waged a campaign against the change and appears set to lose revenue as a result of it. But it’s not clear just how much. Analysts at MKM Partners said they believed in the second half of last year that Apple’s changes would have more impact, but as of last week expected a “fairly fleeting and minimal fundamental impact on the ecosystem.”
Apple Watch can unlock your iPhone when you’re wearing a mask
Apple added this feature since its latest phones rely on Face ID, which doesn’t work when you have a mask on. Now, you can set up your Apple Watch to unlock your iPhone when you’re wearing a mask. Here’s how to set it up:
Open Settings on your iPhone.Tap Face ID & Passcode.Enter in your iPhone’s passcode.Scroll down to “Unlock with Apple Watch.”Toggle the button next to your Apple Watch so that it’s on.
Open Settings on your iPhone.Tap Siri and Search.Choose Siri Voice.Select “American”Pick one of the three new voice choices. (The fourth option is the original Siri voice.)
Siri can announce calls through AirPods
Siri will also now announce calls through AirPods or CarPlay while driving, and let you speak to answer the call. This builds on an existing feature, which lets Siri read you your text messages through AirPods. You can set this up by doing this:
Apple is also making changes to its Podcast and Apple News apps. Podcasts, which will support subscriptions to channels you want to pay for in May, has new cover art similar to Apple Music for the episodes you’re listening to. It also has new Saved Episodes for listening later, new preferences for offline and syncing across devices like Mac and iPad, so you can access downloaded episodes on other devices and improved search functions.
Apple News has improved search, a redesigned Apple News+ tab that helps you manage magazines you’ve downloaded, and a new article search function for finding specific stories.