Wednesday, July 28, 2021

iOS 14.5 is released with new Face ID mask features and Apple’s App Tracking Transparency

iOS 14.5 brings exciting new features to the iPhone, including the ability to unlock iPhone with Apple Watch while wearing a face mask, more diverse Siri voices, new privacy controls, skin tone options to better represent couples in emoji, and much more.

 

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Apple iOS update to iPhone 12 pro and watch series 6 unlocking screen / Apple

Unlock iPhone with Apple Watch

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With the new update, customers can use their Apple Watch to securely unlock their iPhone when attempting to use Face ID while wearing a face mask. With Apple Watch on the wrist, unlocked, and in close proximity to iPhone, users can simply glance at their iPhone and they will receive haptic feedback from Apple Watch, indicating their iPhone has been unlocked. The new feature works with iPhone X and later and Apple Watch Series 3 and later.

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Siri Enhancements

Siri no longer has a default voice, allowing users to choose the voice that speaks to them when they first set up their device, and in English. These new Siri voices use Neural Text to Speech technology for an incredibly natural sound.
Siri also gains new capabilities with support for Group FaceTime, making it easier to initiate calls with multiple contacts or ask Siri to FaceTime the name of any group in Messages.

More Privacy Controls

App Tracking Transparency requires apps to get the user’s permission before tracking their data across apps or websites owned by other companies for advertising, or sharing their data with data brokers.

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Apple iOS update privacy controls / Apple

New Emoji

iOS 14.5 introduces an exciting update for the couple kissing emoji and couple with heart emoji with the ability to select different skin tones. Additional emoji include characters for face exhaling, face with spiral eyes, face in clouds, hearts on fire, mending heart, and woman with a beard, among others.

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Apple iOS update emojis / Apple

 

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