23 February 2021
Apple has started rolling out iOS 14.5 developer beta 2 to all the eligible beta testers. The release of the build suggests that we are getting closer to the stable build but an exact date is unknown. There is a possibility that we might receive it by the end of this month but considering that it is Apple we are talking about, it can even decide to take its time and go for next month's release.
The upcoming iOS 14.5 is turning out to be an important update in terms of features and changes. The latest beta includes a bunch of emoji-related changes that will surely be loved by frequent emoji users. There are various new emoji smileys, hearts, new skin tones for different emojis, and slight tweaks to existing emojis. Apple has focused on making emojis more inclusive by adding more skin tones as well as genders.
The newest version will let users set their preferred music player as the default one. In older iOS versions, Apple Music is the default music player whenever someone interacts with Siri. The new build will result in Siri asking the user to choose his desired music player which will become the default one for all future queries. This version will further support the latest Xbox Series X and Sony's DualSense controller for iOS games.
iOS 14.5 will also make it easier for users to unlock their Face ID-capable iPhones without having to pull down their masks or enter the passcode. This new feature will work with the help of the Apple Watch but will surely be helpful for a lot of users. Apple Maps is another application that has received changes as it now supports crowdsourcing of data related to road accidents, hazards, and speed checks.
The biggest change included in iOS 14.5 will be related to privacy controls. It will make it compulsory for iOS applications to specifically asks for user permission before they start tracking them for targeted ads or any other purpose. This is something Facebook has been protesting publically but Apple has shown no interest in changing its stance.