The updates include the new App Tracking Transparency feature, which lets you choose whether apps can track your activity “across other companies’ apps and websites” for advertising reasons. You’ll see a pop-up when apps share your activity. Both updates also include a ton of new inclusive emoji.
A cool feature for iOS 14.5, specifically, is that, if you own an Apple Watch and are wearing it, you can set your iPhone to unlock without requiring Face ID or a passcode. This is meant to make it easier for you to access your phone while wearing a face mask. But you’ll need to install watchOS 7.4 to use the feature.
Other new features include the ability to watch Apple Fitness+ workouts on a TV with AirPlay 2, a redesigned Apple Podcasts app with subscriptions, support for the new game controllers for the PS5 and Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, and all iPhone 12 models now support 5G connectivity in dual-SIM mode in more countries. Plus, Apple will no longer default to a “female voice” for its Siri assistant. Instead, you’ll be asked to choose a preferred voice.
The iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 updates can be downloaded over the air for free. To access the new software, go to Settings > General > Software Update.