In a press release for Apple’s new Tile-esque AirTag tracker, the company revealed that iOS 14.5 will officially arrive “starting next week” – as spotted by Wall Street Journal‘s Joanna SternAirTags will be on sale April 30 and only work with devices running iOS 14.5 or later. Likewise, watchOS 7.4 and macOS 11.3 will launch next week as they support new Apple Podcast feature updates.
Apple first launched the 14.5 beta to the public in February earlier this year, alongside watchOS 7.4 beta (no word on whether it will arrive anytime soon). Along with AirTag support, it will implement Apple’s new App Tracking Transparency requirement, which requires developers to request permission to track users for ad targeting. The feature was announced last year and has met with strong resistance from Facebook in particular, which claims the move will harm small businesses benefiting from ad tracking.
iOS 14.5 also introduces some welcome inclusivity features, such as the ability to change Siri’s voice and new skin tone options for some emojis. Another feature we’ve appreciated in our testing so far is Siri’s ability to learn which audio listening apps you prefer for certain activities. This means you can no longer select a new default app, such as choosing Spotify for all your streaming music requests, but at least it’s a useful evolution.
Of course, this feature may or may not make it to final release, but we To do now know when we can expect to know what features made the last cut. Apple doesn’t specifically say what day to expect 14.5, but if so, iPhone users can download the update in their phone’s settings as always.