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iOS 14.5 is Finally Here, This is What we Know so Far

The iOS 14.5 update has gained more attention than any previous ‘mid-cycle’ iOS upgrades. The update’s boasting of a host of new, much needed features coupled with the unknown and much estimated release date has had iPhone users eagerly anticipating its roll out. Now just a few days after Apple’s Spring Loaded event, they rolled out iOS 14.5 to all iPhone users on the 26th of this month. Some of the features were being reported on from users who decided to check out the available beta model. one of the reasons why users where so heavily anticipating the release, was that the features included will change the way people use iPhones. Keep reading to find out what features are included, and how to use them.

Unlocking your iPhone while wearing a mask

if you have a newer iPhone model then you will understand the frustration that comes with having facial recognition to unlock your phone, but not being able to use it outside of your house! Wearing a mask is paramount to stop the spread of the virus and keep ourselves and others safe, but now many of us wish that touch ID was still available. Apple has now come back to struggle by introducing away for iOS 14.5 to overcome not being able to use facial recognition, if you have an Apple Watch you will be able to unlock your phone while wearing a mask.

In order to use this new feature you first need to update your iPhone to iOS 14.5 you can do this by going to Settings > General > Software update. The update only takes a few minutes.

Once you have downloaded the update you can enable the feature that will allow you to unlock your iPhone more wearing a mask by;

  • Going to Settings > Face ID and Passcode.

  • Scrolling down to the “Unlock with Apple Watch” section.

  • Turning on the toggle located next to your Apple Watch’s name.

  • Tapping on the “Turn on” button when the pop-up describing the feature appears.

Although activating this feature seems easy to use and activate, there are a few things to be aware of before you start using it;

  • Your Apple Watch must be protected by a passcode and the wrist detection function should be on.

  • Your Apple Watch must be paired with the iPhone, and both devices should have their Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on.

  • Your watch should be on your wrist and unlocked.

If you aren’t lucky enough to have an Apple Watch, Apple have worked to make it faster to bring up the passcode screen in case the Face ID detects a mask on your face.

Battery recalibration for iPhone 11 series users

One of the most notable features, and one that few apple users expected to see is battery re-calibration. This feature gives an updated and more accurate reading of the device’s maximum battery capacity as well as giving insight into the peak performance and being able to fix an unexpected battery drain. The feature will be activated on devices as soon as iOS 14.5 is downloaded, but reportedly takes a few weeks to assess and recalibrate the battery. In cases where if the recalibration doesn’t happen or work effectively, Apple will replace the battery of that iPhone, for free - which is a word seldom used by the company. The feature will help iPhone 11 users to understand the actual battery capacity and performance of their device. For now the new iPhone battery recalibration feature is only for the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max. Users can check in on the progress of the battery recalibration by going into Settings >Battery > Battery Health; Under Battery Health, if you see a recalibration message, then the process is still ongoing. Once the message disappears, then the process is complete. If no message appears then the battery recalibration was successful and your iPhone's issues should be fixed. However, if you see a message that stating that your battery health is "significantly degraded," you might be eligible to get a free replacement battery for your iPhone.

The feature was also available in the beta version of iOS 14.5, and if you dont have an eligible device you can still download the developer beta. Although be aware that there are risks to downloading a beta software version, make sure to back up your iPhone before you download it.

Stop apps from tracking you

This is the feature that has had Facebook, and other major advertisers on the edge of their seat for a while now, but Apple hasn’t relented. With App Tracking Transparency, apps will require your express permission before tracking any of your data. Apple has implemented this feature to showcase how serious they are about user privacy, reiterating its commitment. To use the feature, you’ll first need to update your phone to iOS 14.5 via Settings > General > Software update.

To turn on apps’ requests for permission to track you, go to Settings > Privacy > Tracking. Turning on the “Allow Apps to Request to Track” will enable popups asking for your permission to track while using apps. If you have given access to an app to track you by mistake, you have the option to revoke the permission in the tracking menu. Turning the “Allow Apps to Request to Track” setting off means that apps won’t be able to track you by default, and won’t get access to your device’s unique Advertising Identifier (IDFA).

Support for AirTag

Apple unveiled AirTags last week as its Spring loaded event, they are essentially tracking devices that you can attach to items like luggage, keys and handbags, etc. Now with the release of iOS 14.5, the support for AirTag is now available, and airbags are added to the Find My ecosystem. The AirTags only work with Apple products, requiring an iPhone or iPod touch to use them. The products are equipped with a IP67 water and dust-resistant rating and a built-in speaker that plays sounds when the item it is attached its reported missing via the Find My app, where you can assign names to each tag depending on what you attach them to.

Apple have made it really easy to set up the tags, users just need to bring them in close range to the iPhone and they will automatically connect. If an item is misplaced but still in close range, you can use the app to make the tag send out a sound, whereas if the item is lost, and to of Bluetooth range, the app can use tracking to find it; Apple has said that the Find My network can detect Bluetooth signals from a lost AirTag and relay the location back to the owner privately. So, if you lose your item or accidentally leave it somewhere and it has AirTag attached to it, then you can easily locate it using the Find My app and follow the directions to track it down.

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