Apple confirms iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 will be released next week

Following yesterday's keynote, Apple announced the availability of updates to iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 for the next week. The new software is required, among other things, for the AirTags and brings additional unlocking methods as an alternative to Face ID.

On April 30th, Apple will not only offer a new color variant of the iPhone 12, but also the new AirTags. While the smartphone is shipped from the factory with the new iOS 14.5 operating system version, the company's Bluetooth tracker also needs the long-awaited software update or the appropriate iPadOS adaptation. In the press releases available to us, Apple states that it will make iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 available for download in the next week (April 26 to May 2, 2021). An update date has not yet been announced.

The new, purple iPhone 12 is factory-equipped with iOS 14.5

Face ID, Batteries & Co.: Outlook on the new functions

The upcoming update will provide an alternative to infrared face recognition (Face ID) for iPhones and iPads, which devices can be unlocked using the Apple Watch. It has been tested in a similar way under MacOS for some time. This supports users whose Face ID recognition has previously failed due to wearing a face mask due to the pandemic. IOS 14.5 also offers the option of recalibrating the iPhone battery in order to eradicate any errors in the performance profile and the associated processor throttling.

Apart from that, Apple will advance so-called app tracking transparency with iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 in order to inform users about possible intrusions into their privacy by third-party providers and to react accordingly without having to make complicated settings. Finally, iPhones and iPads will benefit from improved Siri functions, new emojis, extensive support for Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 controllers and new CarPlay features. A release candidate is now available as a beta version.

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