We thought the ability to skip Face ID with an Apple Watch while wearing the mask was going to be the only surprise in iOS 14.5, but the first beta of this version of iOS brings more details to see that extend to accessories and even Apple services.
iOS 14.5: the ‘mid-life’ update to iOS 14?
Developer iOS 14.5 beta:
⌚️ Unlock iPhone with Face ID + Apple Watch if you are wearing a mask. Haptic notification + possibility to relock
🔒 Application tracking controls
🚨 Hey, Siri, call emergency!
🎮 Latest support for Xbox / PS controllers
📱 Global 5G dual SIM support
– René Ritchie (@reneritchie) February 1, 2021
iOS 14.5, for starters, will bring 5G in dual SIM mode all over the world. Until now, even on the iPhone 12 with 5G, the bandwidth was limited to 4G if you used the physical SIM and eSIM at the same time. Those who use an iPhone for work will appreciate this novelty.
Another surprise they detected in 9to5Mac is something called “Apple Card Family”. It will be activated if an Apple Card is the means of payment used in a group of Apple accounts configured with En Familia, so that all these accounts can enjoy the advantages of the card and not just its owner. In addition, spending limits can be set for family members who need it.
In TechCrunch, they also saw that iOS 14.5 will add AirPlay to Apple Fitness + videos, for those times when you want to work out on someone else’s TV or in a hotel where we can’t sign in with our Apple ID. We will be missing the data from our on-screen rings, but something is something.
You can * finally * sort the lists in the Reminders app in iOS 14.5. Several sorting options included. Printing support has also been added. pic.twitter.com/aD9OG3gGJ0
– Federico Viticci (@viticci) February 1, 2021
Federico Viticci also found an interesting detail: now reminders can be sorted according to different criteria, and lists of these reminders can be printed.
The last detail is given by MacRumors: iOS 14.5 will be compatible with Dualsense controllers for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. Those lucky enough to have one of these two consoles will be able to use their controls on iPhone and iPad with iPadOS 14.5 (and surely with a future version of macOS Big Sur).
IOS 14.5 should be released at the end of March at the earliest, and most likely in April. Until then, new beta releases will arrive that may reveal more surprises.