Apple iOS 14.5 set to be released ‘next week’

Apple announced Tuesday that it is about to roll out its newest software version, iOS 14.5.

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The software, which will be available for iPhone and iPad next week, will bring new features to the Apple devices. The announcement came in a news release that read in part, “These software updates will be available starting next week. Customers must have an Apple ID and be signed into their iCloud account.”

The release did not elaborate on what features would come with the update, but some tech websites are reporting on the software’s features using information from developers and members who have worked with it because iOS 14.5 is already in beta, a limited release for testing.

From Tech Radar, here are some of the features the new software will provide:

  • The ability to use Face ID with an Apple Watch to unlock an iPhone.
  • Having Siri be able to call 911, plus having to choose if you want Siri’s voice to be male or female.
  • The ability to set a default music player.
  • New privacy changes that require apps to ask for permission before tracking data and activity.
  • Support for PS5 and Xbox Series X controllers, meaning you will be able to play games on your phone or tablet.

Cnet also had a look at some of the best hidden iPhone features we’ve found in iOS 14.