But there are also a number of other improvements and functions that Apple would like to bring to the iPhones with iOS 14.5. By the way, if you want to know which iPhones will enjoy the update, read all about it here.
1. App Tracking Transparency (ATT): The privacy feature that spoiled Zuckerberg’s day
Let’s start with the most important new feature: Apps must ask for permission as a user in order to be able to track your user data on other apps or websites in the future.
What actually sounds or should be normal is a novelty in reality. Many apps carefully collect data covertly and behind the scenes, even when they are not active, to customize advertising or to sell it to data brokers for big bucks.
In the future, iOS users will be able to choose who to share their data with. Every app must ask for the explicit permission of the user.
2. Yay! Unlock your iPhone with the Apple Watch
This is my favorite feature in this version. As if the current global pandemic wasn’t terrible enough, it also adds to the annoyance of trying to unlock your iPhone via face recognition while wearing a face mask. The iPhone will then do what it is supposed to and deny access. Instead, you will need to enter the passcode. This annoyed me especially in winter, as I was wearing gloves to keep my gloves nice and warm, only to expose them to the bitter cold so that I can access my smartphone.
Those days are long gone! This is not only because spring has arrived in Europe and you can slowly get by without gloves. With iOS 14.5, the iPhone can be unlocked if you wear an Apple Watch while wearing your face mask, as the unlocking process is now done on your wrist in close proximity to the iPhone.
If you then look at the display with the face mask on, you will receive haptic feedback from the Apple Watch, which indicates that the iPhone has been unlocked.
Unfortunately, not all iPhones and Apple Watches support this new feature. You need an iPhone X or later or an Apple Watch Series 3 or later.
3rd AirTag: Damn it! Where’s my key … ah, right there!
We have already tested the new Apple AirTags. With these new Apple accessories, articles can be “marked” and then (mostly) easily found via the iPhone. For me, the most common items that get lost are my keychain and wallet.
Here, too, Apple has taken customer privacy into account. The data itself is not transmitted directly to Apple so that neither party can obtain important information about the user. In any case, all forwarded information is anonymous and encrypted.
4. New emojis and even more options
Apple is a company that is clearly committed to diversity and above all lives this principle. IOS 14.5 also allows users to choose different skin tones for couples.
There are brand new emojis too, including an exhaling face, a face with spiral eyes, a face in clouds, a burning heart and one with a bandage, and a woman with a beard.
5. Apple Maps: “I’ll be there soon …” Really?
It’s just a small thing on top of what Apple Maps already has in the US – bike paths, attractions, and more. With the new iOS update, you can tell friends and family when you will arrive at your destination – even if you are cycling or walking. With CarPlay, the “Share ETA” (Estimated Time of Arrival) function can also be started using new Siri or keyboard commands.
I know a number of people who urgently need to use this feature more often. There are those famous last sentences like, “I’m going now”. But what was meant was “I’m just starting to think about what to wear today”.
This new feature is unlikely to change such situations. But for those who like to be on time and share this, it is certainly a nice little improvement.
6. Apple Podcasts: With the new facelift, you can listen to NextPit podcasts even better.
Podcasts have been all the rage for some time. We not only recognized this at NextPit, but also at Apple. While we’re podcasting enthusiasts here at NextPit, Apple is giving its podcast app a redesign that will make it easier to follow, listen to, and share shows or episodes.
The new “Smart Play” function helps when listening to episodic shows. You can continue listening to the last episode and save individual episodes if you want to listen to them at a later time. With the improved search, such podcast shows can be discovered more quickly.
7. Memories: remember and find
The Reminders app has also been improved. Reminders can now be sorted by title, priority, due date, or creation date, and you can print reminder lists.
8. Siri speaks differently now
Did any of you get annoyed by Siri’s voice? If so, there is now an alternative. Siri no longer has a standard voice. Instead, choose a voice that you like best.
Other new features for Siri include support for FaceTime group calls, the ability to announce incoming calls through AirPods and compatible Beats headphones, and support for calling emergency contacts.
My take on iOS and iPadOS 14.5: I received it and I like it very much!
In my opinion, the new iOS 14.5 update for iPhones and iPads is a must for every Apple device user. This recommendation does not necessarily apply only to the new features, but mainly to the new data protection features, which offer a higher level of protection.
With the new version, users definitely have more control and can better decide whether or not to give an app provider access to their data.
Yes, this is likely to put many businesses in trouble as a lifeline has just been cut. After all, they based their business models on the more or less secret method of collecting and selling user data. Apple put an end to that by bringing order to the wild west of data collection.
One can only hope that other companies will follow suit. Ultimately, it will be good for all of us when the main currency on the web is no longer our data.