iOS 14.5 has been in beta testing since February of this year, and there has been a lot of hype built around it, so despite the name of the intermediate numbering, it promises to be a big update. Let’s see which iPhone and iPad models will get the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, which will be announced at Apple’s Spring Loaded event, and how you can join the beta testing process.
While developing iOS 14, Apple stepped up its efforts to keep user privacy in mind. This particular problem is highlighted again in iOS 14.5. Inquiries from the NextPit Community, we’ll be closely following Apple’s system updates, just like we do with Android.
How new iOS versions are developed
Aside from a controlled ecosystem, Apple is following a slightly different development process than Google with Android. Although both systems receive large annual updates, iOS often has large changes between version updates, and the same expectation applies to iOS 14.5.
For iOS (including iPadOS and other derivative systems), Apple offers beta versions for minor revisions like 14.1, 14.2, etc. These are usually available a few weeks before the final stable version is released. Google is doing things differently by running a single evaluation process over several months before the annual update of the Android version, which usually happens in the second half of the calendar year.
While iOS 14 introduced new features such as additional data protection information in the App Store, changing default apps, widgets and others, the main focus of iOS 14.5 is often placed on offering an even higher level of user control over personal data.
iPhones should get iOS 14.5
The iPhone models that are slated to get iOS 14.5 should stay the same as those that are already running on iOS 14. The list of supported devices is usually changed with each major version of the operating system, which is usually released in September of each calendar year.
Other than that, the 7th generation iPod touch should also get the update, similar to previous iOS 14 incremental updates.
iPad models to receive iPadOS 14.5
In addition to iOS 14.5, Apple should bring out an equivalent update for the iPad operating system:
Estimated release date of iOS 14.5
iOS 14.5 has been in beta testing since the beginning of February. Version 14 was released on September 16, 2020, followed by updates on October 20 (14.1), November 5 (14.2), December 14 (14.3), and January 26 (14.4). The longer than normal test period indicates the possibility of major changes in the system and is expected to be released in April 2021.
In fact, it is said that iOS 14.5 would be released at the Spring Loaded event, although we now know it won’t be released until “sometime next week.” As for the anticipated updated iPad Pro range, we wouldn’t be surprised if it were to be released immediately with iPadOS 14.5 along with other tablets and smartphones from the company, not forgetting the latest Apple TV and Apple Watch models.
How to install iOS 14.5 beta
Apple has a beta testing program for its operating systems that is open to the public but is highly recommended for app developers. This is important to test compatibility with newer models. If you’re ready to participate, back up your iPhone to macOS or iTunes and do the following:
- Go to https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram.
- click Registration.
- Enter your Apple ID and password.
- Read the terms and conditions. If you agree, click Accept.
- Select your operating system, in this case iOS.
- Select the option to enroll your iOS device Getting started Field.
- Go to https://beta.apple.com/profile on your iPhone and download the configuration file.
- Start the settings Select the registered profile on the smartphone and follow the instructions on the screen.
- To install iOS Beta, do the following: Settings> General> Software update.
Curious what’s new in the next version of iOS 14? Or are you more concerned about the future version of iOS 15? Will Google follow Apple’s lead and prioritize privacy, or would they take a different route without jeopardizing their livelihoods? Share your thoughts in the comments below!