Apple has been working on the next version of its mobile operating system for months, and it is nearly finished. We’re talking about iOS 14.5 for iPhones and iPod touches, as well as iPadOS 14.5 for the company’s ever-expanding tablet lineup (two new iPad Pros – or four if you count the 5G-enabled variants – just got official today, in fact).
The wait for iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 is almost over, according to Apple. The updates will be available over-the-air the following week. For the time being, there isn’t a more specific timeline – i.e. a release date – but stay tuned and we’ll let you know when these become available.
The 14.5 version of the company’s mobile operating system will be required for the newly unveiled AirTag accessory to work with your iPhone or iPad, thanks to the addition of an Items tab in the Find My app, and it will also usher in the newly redesigned Podcasts app.
Aside from that, if you have an Apple Watch, you’ll be able to unlock your iPhone with Face ID while wearing a mask, an updated Music app with swipe gestures and lyrics sharing, AirPlay 2 support for Fitness+ workouts, Waze-like reporting features in Apple Maps, support for PS5 and Xbox Series X controllers, and possibly support for the new Apple Card Family.
The new purple iPhones, as well as the iPad Pro 11 and iPad Pro 12.9, will come with iOS 14.5 preinstalled.