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Apple’s iOS 14.5: ‘App Data Transparency’, Facemask iPhone unlock and more

Apple just rolled out their iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5. Aiming at providing better control over private app data and an important Covid-19 lifestyle feat, here’s everything you need to know about it.

In our opinion, Apple hits two birds with one stone – First, giving us the much-needed transparency of how applications manage our personal data and second, allowing us to unlock our iPhones while we still wear our mask. Which is a digital necessity considering the ‘rona lifestyle. There’s obviously much more, but these are the ones getting most of the attention.

Let’s talk about Apple’s new ‘App Tracking Transparency’. Good ol’ Zuck wouldn’t be too happy hearing with this one. We’re quite familiar with their digital user data fiasco, however, they’re not the only tech corp biting their nails right now. Privacy is on everyone’s mind these days, but with iOS 14.5 and its much tighter rules, we might be getting more control over the situation. You’ll very soon start seeing a prompt from apps asking permission to use and share your data.

iOS 14.5

This choice matters because, even in the subtlest of ways and without our knowledge, our user data might have been sold to third-party companies. This is the same reason why we keep seeing these oddly specific shopping ads, they tend to track our user behavior even after we use exit the app. While some of us might be okay with apps using our data for targeted advertisements, others aren’t. This new update is in respect to that.

iOS 14.5

Next, unlocking your iPhone while wearing a mask, with your Apple Watch. This actually makes it a much easier to get through the day especially because the Face ID can’t recognize us with that mask on. Apple new with with the iOS 14.5 is that, if your watch and iPhone are in close proximity, you’ll be able to unlock the device by just turning on the screen. However, there’s a twist here that we’re not particularly happy about. With this update, your iPhone isn’t looking for your Face-ID with a mask, it’s looking for just face with a mask. Yes, pros and cons.

On a much more refreshing note, wee see tons of new emojis with this update, 217 to be precise. Something we’re certainly looking forward to goof around with, as usual. This is something we usually see with their annual updates, instead of mid year. Also something new, is that Siri will no longer be a woman’s voice by default. One of the most anticipated features in India’s smartphone market today is 5G and Apple is finally ready, however, India isn’t. It’s still great to know that when India gets a green light from network companies, our hardware will be ready.

iOS 14.5

When it comes to the gaming department, oh boy, you’re in for a real treat. The new update now allows users to pair Playstation DualSense5 and Xbox’ Series X controllers to their iPhones now. This is something we’ve already seen by Android smartphone brands but it’s certainly interesting to see Apple pick up on it too. Talking about pairing things, the iOS 14.5 also offers support for AirTags, Apple’s new easy-finding keychain.

We also noticed that Apple have take a play out of Google’s books here. The Apple Maps now sees a common Google Maps feature, reporting accidents and speeding points. Miscellaneous pointers include new podcasts, smarter ‘Reminder’s features and battery recalibration for iPhone 11 models.

All images: Courtesy brand & Getty images

Mikhail Gomes
Features Editor, Lifestyle Asia India & Contributor - Augustman
A watch aficionado, Mikhail also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.
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