iOS 14 and iOS 14.5: Major Changes to Apple’s Operating System

In the fall of 2020, Apple intro­duced the offi­cial ver­sion of iOS 14, and in April 2021, iOS 14.5. We explain what new fea­tures appeared in devices from the man­u­fac­tur­er from Cuper­ti­no
iOS 14 and iOS 14.5: Major Changes to Apple's Operating System
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Apple Pre­sen­ta­tions 2021
Every year, Apple holds three to four pre­sen­ta­tions. In Sep­tem­ber 2021, the com­pa­ny intro­duced the rev­o­lu­tion­ary new iPhone 13, redesigned iPads and Apple Watch­es, and in Octo­ber, the new Air­Pods and cut­ting-edge Mac­Book Pro lap­top.

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The lat­est update to the iOS oper­at­ing sys­tem can hard­ly be called rev­o­lu­tion­ary. Apple did not dare to make any major changes in the soft­ware struc­ture. Per­haps the most impor­tant fea­ture of this ver­sion of the oper­at­ing sys­tem was the sup­port for 5G net­works (it works in some pub­lic places in Moscow in test mode).

Oth­er­wise, devices run­ning the new oper­at­ing sys­tem became a lit­tle “smarter” and began to under­stand what the user wants from them, even before they picked up their iPhone.

So, let’s explain every­thing in order.



iOS 14 release date

Apple has not changed its long tra­di­tion. For the first time, a new oper­at­ing sys­tem was pre­sent­ed at the “pro­pri­etary” inter­na­tion­al con­fer­ence of soft­ware devel­op­ers for Apple (WWDC 2020) on June 22, 2020. Around the same time, closed test­ing of the oper­at­ing sys­tem began.

Hav­ing fixed all the vis­i­ble flaws, Apple released iOS 14 to the mass­es on Sep­tem­ber 16, 2020. Users around the world began to receive the cov­et­ed update “over the air”. A month lat­er, the release of the iPhone 12 series took place — smart­phones that were orig­i­nal­ly cre­at­ed for iOS 14. They received the new sys­tem right out of the box.

What Devices Does iOS 14 Work On?

Cal­i­forn­ian devel­op­ers con­tin­ue to amaze with the list of devices that work cor­rect­ly with the new oper­at­ing sys­tem. Just imag­ine: even the first gen­er­a­tion iPhone 6s and SE are updat­ed to iOS 14. These smart­phones came out in 2015 and 2016 respec­tive­ly! Of course, devices that came out lat­er also received sup­port for the lat­est sys­tem.

  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • 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 (first gen­er­a­tion)
  • iPhone SE (sec­ond gen­er­a­tion)
  • iPod touch (sev­enth gen­er­a­tion)

What’s new in iOS 14

5G networks

As men­tioned above, the main fea­ture of the new oper­at­ing sys­tem for smart­phones from Apple is sup­port for 5G net­works. Users from North Amer­i­ca, West­ern Europe, Asia and Aus­tralia have long been using fast next-gen­er­a­tion Inter­net, while in East­ern Europe and Rus­sia there is no such joy yet. Accord­ing­ly, while for our fel­low cit­i­zens this update, in fact, turned out to be use­less.


Apple engi­neers bor­rowed the idea of ​​wid­gets from their com­peti­tors at Google. In iOS 14, you can expand app icons to cus­tom sizes — 3, 4, or 16 cells. Much more use­ful infor­ma­tion is placed in the cre­at­ed wid­gets. For exam­ple, the weath­er for sev­er­al days at once or a list of tasks for the whole week. Wid­gets can be pinned to the desk­top and used along­side sim­ple short­cuts.

Frame: Apple

Smart stacks

Now iOS can select fold­ers with favorite appli­ca­tions for the user on the go. For exam­ple, the sys­tem under­stands that you like to read before going to bed, so at 10.30 pm a stack with a “read­er” and a brows­er will appear on the screen. Noth­ing rev­o­lu­tion­ary, but using the phone becomes a lit­tle more con­ve­nient.

App library

A fea­ture that is some­what rem­i­nis­cent of smart stacks. iOS 14 for the user selects pro­grams sim­i­lar in func­tion­al­i­ty and divides them into sep­a­rate fold­ers. How­ev­er, the sys­tem is not so per­fect, and can put appli­ca­tions for pay­ing traf­fic police fines and order­ing piz­za in one place.

New dialer interface

Apple final­ly decid­ed to aban­don the huge but­tons for answer­ing or reject­ing a call. Now, instead of the full-screen ver­sion, a small cur­tain with but­tons will appear, which can be stretched to fill the entire screen. It is very con­ve­nient dur­ing games where you can not be dis­tract­ed or while watch­ing a movie.

Picture in Picture

Anoth­er fiery hel­lo to smart­phones with Android. Now iPhone own­ers will be able to min­i­mize some appli­ca­tions and use them at the same time. For exam­ple, chat on Face­time and scroll the feed in social net­works. A full-fledged Split View mode has not appeared in Apple tablets either.



Reverse touch

Start­ing with the iPhone 11, a spe­cial sen­sor has been built into the back of the devices that detects touch­es. You can use it for con­ve­nience and write dif­fer­ent scripts. For exam­ple, after two touch­es on the phone, turn on the brows­er or dial the num­ber of the desired con­tact. In total, you can record two actions — by two and three touch­es on the back of the phone.

Updated Siri

The voice assis­tant also received a small update. In par­tic­u­lar, its inter­face has changed. In the acti­vat­ed state, it has become much small­er and occu­pies only a small part of the bot­tom of the screen. The devel­op­ers also assure that the assis­tant knows 20 times more than three years ago.

Work Wallet and BMW cars

Apple again decid­ed to dis­tin­guish them­selves and, togeth­er with BMW, devel­oped a key­less entry sys­tem for Ger­man cars via iPhone. By syn­chro­niz­ing your smart­phone and a for­eign car in advance (which should be released no ear­li­er than the sum­mer of 2020!) you will be able to open your BMW through the Wal­let appli­ca­tion (purse). The func­tion is inter­est­ing, but it is unlike­ly to become pop­u­lar in our coun­try.

Blitz Applications

Stores, cin­e­mas or cafes will install NFC tags through which you can imme­di­ate­ly pay for a prod­uct or ser­vice direct­ly from your device with iOS 14. Blitz appli­ca­tions work under the con­trol of Apple, so it will be impos­si­ble to run into crooks.

Augmented reality glasses

Ear­li­er, Bloomberg wrote that the new ver­sion of iOS may include full sup­port for AR (aug­ment­ed real­i­ty) tech­nolo­gies for work­ing with Apple’s AR glass­es. Alas, this device was not des­tined to appear in 2020. Nev­er­the­less, the Cal­i­forn­ian com­pa­ny has been friends with AR tech­nolo­gies for a long time, and you can use them direct­ly on your phone for applied needs. For exam­ple, in appli­ca­tions with masks or to mea­sure the area of ​​a room.

iOS 14.5

On April 27, 2021, Apple released a major update to iOS 14, which will serve as a bridge to the new iOS 15. It can not be called a full-fledged new oper­at­ing sys­tem, but these updates turned out to be very inter­est­ing. We show what fea­tures and chips were added to iOS 14.5

Unlock with FaceID even when wearing a mask

Func­tion “on the top­ic of the day.” Many users com­plained that their native iPhone did not rec­og­nize them because of the mask, which is still required to be worn in pub­lic places. Apple lis­tened to the dis­sat­is­fac­tion of users and allowed peo­ple wear­ing masks to unlock the smart­phone. But there is one “but”: the user must have a smart watch from Apple with the lat­est firmware ver­sion (at least WatchOS 7.4) on the user’s hand. The smart device will serve as a device that tracks the user’s bio­met­ric data. If you want con­ve­nience, buy periph­er­als from an Amer­i­can com­pa­ny.

Privacy Protection

In mod­ern real­i­ties, user pri­va­cy remains a pri­or­i­ty for both Google and Apple. With the iOS 14.5 update, Apple allowed iPhone own­ers to block app activ­i­ty track­ing on their own. It should be explained that mar­keters mon­i­tor all the actions of smart­phone own­ers, for exam­ple, the analy­sis of search queries, the time the device is used, and so on. This is done sole­ly in order to show the desired adver­tis­ing to a par­tic­u­lar user.

Of course, not every­one likes this approach to per­son­al data, so Apple has allowed block­ing the col­lec­tion of user data. In iOS 14.5, the fea­ture can be turned off in the set­tings. Also, installed appli­ca­tions will now sep­a­rate­ly request per­mis­sion to col­lect activ­i­ty data.

Good to know

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Offline download of security updates

iOS 14.5 will auto­mat­i­cal­ly down­load crit­i­cal sys­tem secu­ri­ty updates to your smart­phone. As a rule, such “patch­es” come out only in emer­gency cas­es, so they will not often dis­turb the user. Apple does every­thing to ensure that their devices are con­sid­ered the most secure and sta­ble.



New Emoji

In the lat­est iOS update, devel­op­ers have added 217 new emo­ji at once. Now, for exam­ple, you can send emoti­cons of a woman with a beard or a bro­ken heart to your friends.

How to install iOS 14 (14.5)

Prepa­ra­tion for the instal­la­tion of all the lat­est oper­at­ing sys­tems from Apple occurs auto­mat­i­cal­ly. If this does not hap­pen, open the phone set­tings menu, select the “Gen­er­al” item, and then click on the “Soft­ware update” item. It is like­ly that your phone will not have enough mem­o­ry to install iOS 14 (14.5), then the sys­tem itself will prompt you to delete some files or appli­ca­tions.

If you are unable to update iOS from your phone, then con­nect your iPhone to your com­put­er using the includ­ed Light­ning cable and launch the iTunes app. As in the case of the mobile ver­sion, in the pro­gram, select the “Basic” item, and then click on the “Soft­ware Update” item. The pro­gram will com­plete every­thing by itself, or sug­gest ways to solve the prob­lem.

Should I install iOS 14 (14.5)

Apple nev­er releas­es mass updates to its devices with­out exten­sive test­ing. If the iPhone itself prompts you to install a new OS, then this sys­tem update has already been rec­og­nized as sta­ble. The answer to the ques­tion “is it worth installing iOS 14 or 14.5” is def­i­nite­ly yes. With the lat­est sys­tem updates, your Apple device will only work more sta­ble. Plus, you’ll get sup­port for the lat­est oper­at­ing sys­tem fea­tures and apps from the App Store.