iOS 14.5 beta 4 is rolling out to registered developers and public beta users today, coming two weeks after the release of iOS 14.5 beta 3. iOS 14.5 packs a variety of new features including the ability to unlock your iPhone using Apple Watch, and beta four makes further refinements to these new features.
iOS 14.5 beta 4 is available to developers and public beta users via an over-the-air update in the Settings app. As usual, if the update does not immediately appear for download, keep checking, as it sometimes takes a few minutes to roll out to all registered developers. The build number for today’s update is 18E5178a.
Perhaps most notably, iOS 14.5 and watchOS 7.4 include a major change to the integration between iPhone and Apple Watch. For the first time, you can now use your Apple Watch to unlock your iPhone when you’re wearing a face mask.
Other new features in iOS 14.5:
- New “Items” tab in the Find My app for tracking AirTags and other third-party accessories.
- iOS 14.5 code suggests support for Apple Card Family Sharing, but it’s unclear if this feature will make the cut for the final release.
- Horizontal boot screen on the iPad.
- Updates to the Music app, including swipe gestures, a lyrics sharing feature, and more.
- AirPlay 2 support for Fitness+ workouts.
- Waze-like features in Apple Maps.
- PS5 / Xbox Series X controller support.
Other new releases from Apple today:
- tvOS 14.5 beta 4 – 18L5186a
- watchOS 7.4 beta 4 – 18T5183b
- HomePod 14.5 beta 4 – 18L5186a
- iPadOS 14.5 beta 4 – 18E5178a
- macOS Big Sur 11.3 beta 4 – 20E5210c
If you spot any changes in iOS 14.5 beta 4, or the other new betas from Apple today, let us know in the comments below.
Author: Chance Miller