The iOS 14.5 update is coming to iPhone next week. What are the novelties and why is she so much talked about?

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This is only a minor update, and yet it’s been a while since we’ve heard so much about Apple’s mobile operating system. iOS 14.5 indeed introduces a number of new features that could change a lot of things for iPhone users and beyond. We take stock of all the new features brought by this update which arrives next week!

More transparency for applications

It is one of the flagship novelties of iOS 14.5, but also the most contested. The update indeed brings an anti-tracking system to strengthen the privacy of iPhone users. Concretely, as soon as an application seeks to collect your data, your iPhone will display a notification asking you to authorize it or not.

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This novelty caused a real uproar among app developers, especially those whose it is all the business model that could be impacted. Facebook, in particular, waged a merciless war on Apple over this, before finally seeing it as an opportunity. Adam Jaffe, boss of Tenko Games, editor of the title Underworld Football Manager, believes that iOS 14.5 will have the effect of a ” atomic bomb “ for the mobile applications industry. Either way, it’s always more transparency for us iPhone users.

Face ID finally works with the mask, on one condition

The iPhone facial recognition system may be rather practical in everyday life, it is much less since the arrival of the coronavirus in our lives and the systematic wearing of the protective mask. For months, iPhone users have had to systematically type in their code when they step outside… but not for long. At least, for Apple Watch owners.

With iOS 14.5, you will once again be able to enjoy a quick unlock, without going through the tedious step of the code. IPhone partially scans your face and verifies that an Apple Watch is present on your wrist to authenticate you. The connected knocker will simply emit haptic feedback when your iPhone is unlocked. The option must be activated beforehand in the settings of the iPhone, section “Face ID & code”.

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Choose your favorite music service with Siri

With iOS 14, Apple finally allowed us to change the default web browser, Safari, to another, such as Chrome, Edge or Firefox. However, if the company has been a little more permissive on this point, the default music service remains Apple Music. iOS 14.5 brings a little more flexibility to this. You still won’t be able to select another streaming music service like Spotify or Deezer by default, but you can still do so with Siri. When you go to invoke the voice assistant to start music, it will ask you which music service to use. He will then retain this choice when you call him again, without necessarily referring you to Apple Music each time.

Over 200 new emojis

It took a little while before the 217 new emojis approved by the Unicode Consortium last September saw the light of day, and this is finally the case with iOS 14.5! On the menu, we find new couples and skin colors, a new heart-burning emoji, the helmet becomes a pair of AirPods Max, and the famous syringe once engorged with blood becomes a … vaccine against Covid-19.

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Supported PS5 and Xbox Series controllers

For several years, iOS has supported PS4 and Xbox One controllers natively. With iOS 14.5, Apple is keeping up with the next gen and brings compatibility with PS5 and Xbox Series controllers.

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Other new features are also coming with iOS 14.5, including a more detailed weather forecast, new voices for Siri (English version only), further recalibration of the iPhone 11 battery, among other security fixes and improvements. . To install iOS 14.5 on your iPhone when the update is available, two solutions: either it will be offered to you via a notification, or you can simply go to Settings> General> Software update.

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