Apple’s iOS 14.5 update includes new app tracking transparency feature – here’s all you need to know

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Have you already installed the new update? (Picture: Getty)

Apple has just released the new iOS 14.5 operating system for iPhones and iPads.

Within the update, a variety of new features have been introduced, including improvements to existing apps.

These include the ability to unlock your phone while wearing a mask, and a new feature called ‘app tracking transparency.’

Here is everything you need to know about Apple’s iOS 14.5 update.

How to download iOS 14.5 on iPhone

The iOS 14.5 updates can be downloaded for free – the software is available on all eligible devices.

You can find a full list of eligible iPhones and iPads over at the Apple support site.

To access the new software, go to settings, tap general, go into software update, then select download and install.

It may take up to 15 minutes for it to finish downloading.

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The update is available for eligible iPhones and iPads (Picture: Getty)

What are the new features of Apple iOS 14.5?

iOS 14.5 brings with it a number of new features for your device, while also improving existing apps, which are detailed below.

Unlocking your phone while wearing a mask

Struggling to open up your phone with facial recognition while wearing a facemask is a problem many of us have faced during the pandemic.

Apple iOS 14.5 has a fix for the issue, but only if you also own an Apple Watch.

If you are wearing your Apple Watch and look at your phone while wearing a mask, the watch will communicate with it and unlock your phone.

You will find the function in the face ID and passcode section of settings.

Businesswoman using smart phone outside, while is wearing a protective face mask.
You will need to own an Apple Watch to unlock your phone while wearing a facemask (Picture: Getty)

App tracking transparency

From now on, when you download an app, a message will appear asking for your permission for it to track your online activity.

The intention is for users to have more control over who uses their data.

Facebook bosses have been vocal in their disapproval of this feature, as targeted ads – which use this tracking data – are a significant part of their business model.

AirTags support

Apple AirTags are small plastic tags that you can attach to things you don’t want to lose, such as your key or wallet.

You can then track where those tagged items are using your phone.

The new update will allow your device to support the new AirTags technology.

Apple introduces Air Tags

Dual-SIM 5G Support

This update is only compatible with the iPhone 12, and allows for two lines of service on a single ‌iPhone.

This should prove particularly helpful to those with separate work and personal numbers, and want to keep them to one device.

Siri improvements

New voice options have been added to Siri, making the selection more diverse and less robotic.

Other improvements include its ability to announce who is calling when you are wearing headphones, with you then being able to answer hands-free.

New emojis

Emoji badges on blue background
What new emojis await you in iOS 14.5? (Picture: Getty)

No update is complete without some new emoji additions, and iOS 14.5 is no different.

Highlights include kissing couples, a burning heart, a face with spiral eyes and different gender options for beards.

The blood has also been removed from the syringe emoji, making it more appropriate for vaccinations.

App improvements

A number of other apps have also been upgraded.

Apple Music has been given a share lyrics feature, the podcasts app has a new interface, and Apple Maps now uses crowdsourcing for reporting accidents and hazards.

When can I download Apple iOS 14.5?

Apllie iOS 14.5 is available to download now for eligible iPhone and iPads.

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