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5 Things to Know About the iPadOS 14.5 Update

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Apple’s confirmed a new iPadOS 14.5 update and the firmware is in testing ahead of a release for iPadiPad ProiPad Air, and iPad mini.

iPadOS 14.5 is a milestone upgrade (x.x) for iPadOS 14 which means it will bring a mix of new features and under-the-hood improvements to Apple’s iPad lineup.

There’s a chance iPadOS 14.5 serves as iPadOS 14.4’s successor, but we could certainly see another version of iPadOS 14 arrive before it rolls out.

iPad users who don’t want to wait for the official iPadOS 14.5 release don’t have to. iPad users can download an early version of the software via Apple’s beta program.

With iPadOS 14.5 confirmed, we want to take you through everything there is to know about the next big upgrade to iPadOS 14 and iPad.

In our guide to iPadOS 14.5 we’ll take you through the update’s known changes, what you can expect from the iPadOS 14.5 release date and release time, key information about the iPadOS 14.5 beta, and more.

iPadOS 14.5 Beta

If you don’t want to wait for the official iPadOS 14.5 release you don’t have to.

Apple’s pushed the iPadOS 14.5 beta to developers and those enrolled in the Beta Software Program. The Beta Software Program is free to anyone with a working Apple ID.

Before you download the iPadOS 14.5 beta on your tablet remember that pre-release software is always plagued with bugs and performance issues.

These issues could impact the performance of your core apps, your device’s battery life, and its overall speed which makes the software less than ideal for a daily driver.

You should be able to fix some of these problems on your own, but some bugs and performance problems will probably require a fix from Apple in a future beta or in the official release.

If you can’t stand the beta’s performance you can downgrade back to older software though Apple is only signing on iPadOS 14.4. The downgrade path to older iPadOS updates is closed.

Apple is currently on iPadOS 14.5 beta 3.

iPadOS 14.5 Release Date

Apple hasn’t confirmed an official iPadOS 14.5 release date for iPad, but we have a clue that will help set expectations.

The company says its new App Tracking Transparency privacy measure will be required starting with the iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 betas.

Apple says iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 will be pushed to the public sometime in early spring though it hasn’t provided a specific date for the release just yet.

The company is reportedly planning to launch new products (new iPad Pro and new iPad mini) in March and we could see iPadOS 14.5 accompany those devices to shelves.

At this point, we expect a release in late March or early April.

iPadOS 14.5 Release Time

We don’t have an official iPadOS 14.5 release date, but we know exactly when Apple will roll the software out on release day.

The official version of iPadOS 14.5 will probably arrive in and around 10AM Pacific. It sometimes takes a few minutes for software updates to show up so don’t be surprised if your update appears after the clock strikes 10AM.

Apple will also release iPadOS 14.5 beta updates in and around 10AM Pacific. The company typically releases new beta updates every 1-2 weeks.

Here’s what you can expect from the iPadOS 14.5 release time in other U.S. timezones:

  • Eastern – 1 PM
  • Central – 12 PM
  • Mountain – 11AM

Keep these times in mind if you plan to install new iPadOS 14.5 betas, or the official version of iPadOS 14.5, right away.

iPadOS 14.5 Update: What’s New

Apple’s x.x updates almost always bring a mix of features, security patches, and under-the-hood improvements and that’s what you can expect from iPadOS 14.5.

We know that iPadOS 14.5 includes Apple’s App Tracking Transparency feature. Developers digging through the iPadOS 14.5 beta have found a number of other changes as well. iPadOS 14.5 looks like it will be the biggest upgrade to iPadOS since iPadOS 14’s release last year.

Here are the notable changes on board iPadOS 14.5:

  • 200+ new Emoji.
  • AirPlay 2 support for Fitness+.
  • Support for joint Apple Card accounts.
  • Support for PS5 DualSense and Xbox Series X Controllers.
  • Emoji search.
  • Landscape boot screen.
  • Waze-like improvements to Apple Maps. You can report hazards, speed traps, and accidents.
  • The built-in microphone now mutes when the Smart Folio is closed.
  • Multiple improvements to Shortcuts.
  • The ability to share lyrics from Apple Music.
  • AirPlay support for Fitness+.
  • Apple Pencil Scribble support for French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

iPadOS 14.5 includes a new “Items” tab that will allow users to use Find My for non-Apple branded devices like Powerbeats Pro, Beats Flex, and select third-party devices.

The new “Items” tab is expected to tie-in with the company’s upcoming AirTags accessory. AirTags are item trackers that will help users locate missing items. They’re expected to launch alongside the new iPad Pro in March.

The iPadOS 14.5 beta also has a new Item Safety feature on board and it will help prevent someone from stalking you with an item tracker like AirTags.

iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 beta testers have also discovered that Picture-in-Picture also works on YouTube’s website. It works in Safari and third-party browsers like Google Chrome. YouTube killed the feature last year so it’s unclear if this is a permanent change.

In addition, Motherboard says iPadOS 14.5 will make zero-click attacks on iPads far more difficult. The change has been confirmed by Apple which means it’ll be included in the final version of the software.

Apple could add, or subtract, from the iPadOS 14.5 change log as the beta progresses so keep an eye out for changes as the software makes progress behind the scenes.

iPadOS 14.5 Jailbreak

If you still jailbreak, make sure you avoid the iPadOS 14.5 beta. The only way you can jailbreak a device right now is if it’s running a version of iPadOS 14 that’s older than iPadOS 14.4.

We don’t expect developers to release a tool that’s compatible with the iPadOS 14.5 beta. And given that Apple patched up the exploits used by jailbreak devs in iPadOS 14.4, we may not see a jailbreak for the official version of iPadOS 14.5 right away.

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Install iPadOS 14.4 for Better Security

Install iPadOS 14.4 for Better Security

If security is important to you, and it should be, think about installing iPadOS 14.4 right now. 

iPadOS 14.4 has important security updates on board and these patches will help protect your device from harm. For more information about these patches head to Apple's website.

If you skipped iPadOS 14.3, you'll get its patches with your upgrade. iPadOS 14.3 also included a new privacy information section on App Store pages that includes a developer-reported summary of the app’s privacy practices.

If you skipped iPadOS 14.2, you'll get its 24 security patches with your upgrade to iPadOS 14.4. You can learn more about those patches on Apple's security website

If you're still running iPadOS 13, iPadOS 14.4 will also include iPadOS 14.0's security updates. 

iPadOS 14.0 brought 11 new security patches to iPad models. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website

If you skipped iPadOS 13.7 or any older versions of iPadOS 13, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your upgrade. They're baked in.

In addition to those patches, iPadOS 14 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Home/HomeKit and Safari. 

For instance in Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.

With iPadOS 14 on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them. 

There is also a new recording indicator that will appear at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. You can see if an app has used them recently in Control Center.

Researchers also discovered that Apple brought a new "BlastDoor" sandbox security system to iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. The system is meant to prevent attacks from occurring via the Messages app. 

You can read more about "BlastDoor" right here

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