Apple reveals new iPhone features as major iOS 14.5 update nears release

It’s no secret that your iPhone is about to receive a big and pretty exciting update. iOS 14.5 is already in the hands of the developer community with this beta including a series of upgrades aimed at further improving the user experience. Now Apple has released a new version of this software and that could mean we’re in the house right before it launches on iPhones around the world.

The latest beta of iOS 14.5 includes many more bonuses with the most significant changes to the popular emojis that we all love to send.

Apple says it’s bringing skin tone variations for kissing couples and couples with heart, which can be customized for non-sexist couples, two men, two women, and female and male couples. There are also new emojis for Heart on Fire, Heart Repair, Woman with Beard, Person with Beard, Exhaling Face, Face in Clouds, and Face with Spiral Eyes.

In addition to these totally new emojis, there are also updates to several existing emojis. These include the earbuds that will now carry the design of the recently released AirPods Max, a redesigned syringe, and the Climber, Climber, and Climber will all now wear headsets.

To do this, Apple will still use the Face ID system, but it will use it to verify that you are wearing a mask, which will give the go-ahead to revert to this Apple Watch method.

Along with this fix, it is also possible to change your default music player so that your iPhone does not automatically assume that you are an Apple Music fan. There’s also the option to block apps from tracking you through something called App Tracking Transparency.

Tucked away in the Settings menu, iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV users will be able to see exactly which apps have requested permission to track them with a simple option to turn them off.

Finally, it looks like you will soon be able to use your new PS5 or Xbox Series X controllers to play games on your iPhone with support for these accessories in iOS 14.5.

Unfortunately, Apple does not give any indication of the official release date for this upgrade, but with a new version now with beta testers, it could take a few weeks.

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