New updates for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV will be available soon. On Tuesday, Apple announced that the next versions of all operating systems – iOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.5, macOS 11.3, watchOS 7.4, and tvOS 14.5 – will be available next week. There’s no word on an exact release date for either of them, but it doesn’t take long to be honest. Apple hasn’t yet given us details of what to expect, though we know a little about it thanks to ongoing beta programs.
With iOS 14.5 and watchOS 7.4, iPhone owners can unlock their phones with a paired Apple Watch. This is an especially useful feature for many during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic because you don’t have to remove your mask to unlock your iPhone.
The other big thought is a no-tracking feature that will force apps to ask users if they want to be tracked. This is available for all new Apple software updates.
In addition, iOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.5, macOS 11.3, watchOS 7.4 and tvOS 14.5 will bring a revised Apple Podcasts app with support for podcast channels and an updated reminder app with minor changes.
iOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.5, macOS 11.3 and tvOS 14.5 also support the S / X controllers of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox series. On Tuesday at the Apple event, the Cupertino giant spoke about how games will feel even more intense on the upcoming iPad Pro with the M1 chip with controller support of the next generation (also for haptics).
In addition, over 200 new emoji and emoji search functions are expected with iOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.5 and macOS 11.3. Apple Fitness + now supports AirPlay 2 on iOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.5 and watchOS 7.4. And finally, we’re supporting five new languages with Apple Pencil Scribble on iPad OS 14.5.
With tvOS 14.5, Apple TV owners can calibrate the color balance of their TV display thanks to the new “Adjust Color Balance” feature. Of course, you’ll also need one of the latest iPhone models running on the latest iOS 14.5 update.
iOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.5, macOS 11.3, watchOS 7.4, and tvOS 14.5 will be rolled out next week.
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