Apple has released iOS 14.5 beta 8 to developers and public beta testers. The update is available as an over-the-air update for existing beta users. Beta 8 is small in file size and so far, no new noticeable features have been discovered in the update.
iOS 14.5 beta 8
iOS 14.5 is a huge update and includes new features like 200 new emojis, updates to Music and Reminder apps, improvements to Apple Maps, the ability to download security patches without complete software updates, the ability to change default music streaming service via Siri, detailed information about App Store subscriptions, and much more.
Here is a detailed look at all the new features and changes found in iOS 14.5 beta builds:
- New ‘A14X’ chip reference is discovered in iOS 14.5 beta 5 code
- iOS 14.5 beta 4 reveals that Apple might let iPhone users download security patches separately from new updates
- Apple seeds fourth betas of iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 with new ‘City Charts’ playlists on Apple Music
- New ‘Silence Unknown Caller’ prompt is discovered in iOS 14.5 Beta 3 code
- Apple Podcasts is replacing the ‘subscribe’ button with ‘follow’ in a few weeks with iOS 14.5 update
- iOS 14.5 beta 3 includes anti-stalking ‘Item Safety Feature’ for AirTags and other Bluetooth trackers
- Find My support for Powerbeats Pro is coming to iOS 14.5
- Apple adds protection against zero-click attacks in upcoming iOS 14.5 update
- iOS 14.5 beta 2 reveals updated subscription sheet with design changes and explicit information
- iOS 14.5 beta 2 features 200 new emojis, Music app updates, and more
- iOS 14.5 beta uses Apple’s own servers as proxy for Google ‘Safe Browsing’ Requests
- Apple Maps in iOS 14.5 beta offers reporting for hazards and accidents
- Apple testing new location for ads in the Search tab of App Store with iOS 14.5 beta
- iOS 14.5 lets you change default music streaming service using Siri
- Code found in iOS 14.5 beta indicates that a financial health feature might be added to Wallet app
- iOS 14.5 lets you unlock iPhone with Apple Watch while wearing a mask
- iOS 14.5 beta enables dual-SIM 5G support for iPhone 12 series
- New Apple Card Family feature for multi-user accounts is discovered in iOS 14.5 code
- Apple fixes iOS issue that blocked searches for ‘Asian’ as adult content
If you already have an existing iOS 14.5 or iPadOS 14.5 beta build installed on your iPhone or iPad, simply go to Settings > General > Software Update to download the iOS 14.5 beta 8.
The final version of iOS 14.5 is expected to launch in a few weeks, probably right after Apple’s Spring Reloaded event on April 20.