Apple iOS 14.5 is now available, with features such as ad monitoring opt-out, Maps event reporting, and more.

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AirTag help, more Siri voices, and Face ID unlocking when wearing a mask are also speculated.

Apple has recently launched iOS/iPadOS 14.5 to the public. It was in beta for quite some time, but it seems that it is now mature enough and finalised to be released to the general public. If your iPhone or iPad is set to auto-update, it can instal the next time you plug it in. Otherwise, go to Settings>General>Software Update to manually update it.

Apple has only made iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 available to all users. The update confirms several of the previously announced functionality, such as opening when wearing a face mask (with Apple Watch), support for Apple’s latest AirTag monitoring fobs, and no longer using Siri’s default speech. It also has a few additional features.

Apple also revealed that iOS users will now report road hazards in Maps. This functionality functions similarly to the Waze GPS app. Where users experience lane closures, speed traps, or traffic collisions, Apple Maps can refresh all users’ routes in real-time. The functionality is built into Siri and CarPlay, so drivers can safely say Siri, “There is a crash up ahead” without taking their eyes off the lane. They will also report that the threat has been removed.

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Apple has finally enabled the much-anticipated and long-delayed App Tracking Transparency functionality. Transparency of tracking was expected to take place late last year, alongside the App Store’s updated “privacy nutrition labels.” Apple, on the other hand, paused the feature to allow developers some time to incorporate it into their software.

Apps that monitor user interaction for personalised ads must first first obtain user consent. If this is refused, the app will not be able to reach the phone’s IDFA (Identifier for Advertisers). We’ll have to wait to see if this causes the adpocalypse that Facebook has repeatedly warned about.

Other small improvements include more varied pair emojis, updated Podcasts sites, a News+ tab in the News app for subscribing content, increased 5G connectivity with Dual SIM support, and compatibility upgrades. Many of the specifics can be found in the patch notes.

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