Apple Seeds Third Public Betas of iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5

Apple today seeded the third betas of new iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 updates to public beta testers, with the new betas coming two weeks after the release of the second betas and just a day after Apple provided the third beta software to developers.

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Public beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program can download the iOS and iPadOS‌ 14.5 updates over the air after installing the proper certificate from the Public Beta website on an iOS device.

iOS 14.5 adds a new feature that lets you unlock your iPhone with your Apple Watch when you're wearing a mask, alleviating the need to use a passcode to get into an ‌iPhone‌ with Face ID when you have a mask on. Using this feature requires both iOS 14.5 and watchOS 7.4, and it is opt-in. It can be activated in the Settings app under ‌Face ID‌ & Passcode.

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Dual-SIM 5G support is now available globally on ‌iPhone‌ 12 devices, so if you have more than one phone number associated with your ‌iPhone‌, both lines can now take advantage of 5G networks. Previously, Dual-SIM functionality was limited to LTE in all countries except for China.

With iOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.5, and watchOS 7.4, AirPlay 2 support is available for Apple Fitness+, which lets a workout played on the ‌iPhone‌ or the iPad to be AirPlayed to an ‌AirPlay‌ 2-compatible smart TV or set-top box.

The latest PlayStation 5 DualSense and Xbox Series X controllers are compatible with the ‌iPhone‌ and the ‌iPad‌ after updating, and there's a new feature that lets Siri make an emergency call for you.

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iOS 14.5 includes a Waze-like crowdsourcing feature for reporting accidents, hazards, and speed checks along a route in Maps when getting directions.

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There's a new "Report" button available in the Apple Maps app that lets you tap to report an accident, hazard, or speed trap at your location in the ‌Apple Maps‌ app, which is a feature that mapping app Waze offers. This is available directly on the ‌iPhone‌ and in CarPlay.

iOS and iPadOS 14.5 add a new feature for choosing a default streaming music service to use with ‌Siri‌. So if you prefer Spotify over Apple Music, for example, you can now choose Spotify as the default app to use with ‌Siri‌ and all ‌Siri‌ song requests will go through Spotify without the need to add "on Spotify" to the end of ‌Siri‌ requests.

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Though not in the update as of yet, iOS 14.5 has code that suggests Apple is adding Family Sharing functionality for the Apple Card, allowing multiple users to share a single card. iOS 14.5 is the update where Apple will officially enable App Tracking Transparency, so developers will need to ask for and receive a user's permission to track their activity across apps and websites for ad targeting purposes.

There are new emoji characters, new Shortcuts, ‌Apple Music‌ tweaks, and more, with a full list of changes coming in iOS 14.5 available in our iOS 14.5 guide.

The iOS 14.5 beta addresses the green tint issue that some ‌iPhone‌ owners have been experiencing, with Apple confirming that the beta has "optimizations" to help with the issue.

"iOS and iPadOS 14.5 beta 2 includes an optimization to reduce the appearance of a dim glow that might appear at reduced brightness levels with black backgrounds," reads Apple's iOS 14.5 beta notes.

Some ‌iPhone‌ 11 and ‌iPhone‌ 12 models exhibit a gray or green glow when viewing black backgrounds, an issue that Apple said it was investigating back in November. For some users, there are improvements thanks to the optimizations, but for others, the issue still appears to exist, so Apple may have some further work to do.

Apple has said that iOS 14.5 will be released to the public in the early spring, so we can expect to see a launch at some point in March, with the spring season officially starting on March 20. Apple has also seeded a new beta of tvOS 14.5 to fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV users who are signed up for the public beta.

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Top Rated Comments

MauiPa Avatar
41 months ago

Hopefully this fixes the awful FaceID issue. Had to disable it completely, phone just wouldn't recognize me! while my iPad had no issues.
Weird, works just fine for me, and the integration with WatchOS to not have to take your mask off is AWESOME!
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TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
41 months ago
Expecting a public release by end of this month :)
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inigou Avatar
41 months ago

That’s great. However it was not fixed for everyone.
Hope it get fixed for you soon
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nutmac Avatar
41 months ago
I normally skip public beta for minor point releases. But iOS 14.5 offers too many goodies to pass up. To me, dual SIM 5G and Apple Watch unlock are enough to take the risk. While newest beta 3 does not solve all the bugs introduced in earlier betas, it is still one of the most stable betas in my recent memory.

With beta 3 hinting AirTags, I am even more excited. Assuming it doesn't cost an arm and a leg ($49/each is my hope), I will be getting at least 4, possibly 8.
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SactoGuy18 Avatar
41 months ago
I expect one more beta drop (probably some time next week) and in two weeks a public release.
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bryonbnm Avatar
41 months ago

Crashed phone while trying to update. I've been waiting 10 minutes stuck on Apple Logo for restart. I'll post any additional updates ...
Seems the update was complete, displayed an error, and corrected itself after about 15 minutes of recycling.
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