iOS 14.5 Finally Lets You Unlock Your iPhone With A Mask On

iOS 14.5 Finally Lets You Unlock Your iPhone With A Mask On
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A few weeks back Apple released iOS 14.4.1 update with a specific and mysterious security fix. The company has now finally dropped a more robust update – iOS 14.5 with the promised mask unlocking feature.

This article has been updated with the latest additions and bug fixes.

What’s new about the iOS 14.5 update?

The biggest (and most anticipated) update iOS 14.5 brings is all about masks. The update, along with WatchOS 7.4, lets you unlock your device when you have a face mask on by integrating with your Apple Watch.

So to be fair, it’s actually your Apple Watch unlocking your iPhone, but hey it means not removing your mask or punching in your code, so it’s a win.

Some of the other new iOS 14.5 features include a new ‘Items’ tab in Find My. This is probably in preparation for AirTags finally being unveiled.

You’ll also find support for a horizontal boot screen on iPads, AirPlay 2 support for Apple Fitness+ and PS5 and Xbox Series X controller support.

On the Maps front, there may be some real time traffic updates in Maps as well as the potential for anonymous user location data to be used to let you know how busy a business may be (like your local coffee shop) before you get there. It’s unclear if these features will just be available in the US, though.

At the time of writing iOS 14.5 is still rolling out to the public. This means that the full release notes for the iOS 14.5 aren’t live yet. If you can’t get the update yet, keeping checking back in with your phone settings every once and awhile.

iOS 14 compatible devices

iOS 14 is compatible with all the same devices as iOS 13. Congrats!

Here’s a full list of compatible devices:

  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone SE (2020)
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE (2016)
  • iPod touch (7th generation)

How to install the latest iOS 14 update

You can install the iOS 14.4 update by going to Settings > General > Software Update.


Disclosure: the author owns 12 shares in Apple.