Apple Releases iOS 14.5 Beta 4 to Developers and Public Beta Users

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.

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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. Learn more about that in our full hands-on via 9to5mac.

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
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