The latest software upgrade for your iPhone or even iPad is here. 

Sarah Tew
This story is aspect of Apple Event, our full coverage of the latest news from Apple headquarters.

Apple’s latest update for the iPhone and iPad is out now, and it brings a ton of new features. iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 include a few new features and improvements. For example, you can now unlock your iPhone using Face ID when wearing a facial covering, and you will now have the option to prevent apps from tracking you across the web and other apps. There are also new Siri voices to choose from.

The release of iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 comes after Apple’s first event of 2021, where in fact the company announced new iPad Pro models, the Tile-like AirTag, a new Apple TV with a new remote, a purple iPhone and colorful iMacs.

If you’re ready to jump right into Apple’s latest operating system for your phone or tablet, I’ll walk you through the steps below. However, it may possibly be a good idea to wait a few days before installing new software in case there are any issues. Keep in mind, if you take the plunge now, going back to iOS 14.4 isn’t really possible.

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Wait: Get your iPhone or iPad ready before installing the update

It’s easy to get really excited and install a new software update and all of its fancy features the moment it’s available, but don’t get too overzealous. I suggest taking a few minutes to complete some routine maintenance in your iPhone or iPad before tapping on that install button. 

Not only will it help ensure an easy update, but you’ll release storage and clutter along the way, and you’ll possess a fresh backup at the ready should anything go wrong when you install the update. 

We have a guide that walks you through cleaning up your device’s storage and the most useful method for producing a backup. 

Does your phone run iOS 13? Then it will run iOS 14. 

Angela Lang

Which iPhones and iPads are supported?

Apple is keeping its portfolio of supported iPhone and iPad models the same as for iOS 13

Devices that will support iOS 14, iPadOS 14

iPhone 12 Pro Max iPad Pro 12.9-inch (fourth generation)
iPhone 12 Pro iPad Pro 11-inch (second generation)
iPhone 12 iPad Pro 12.9-inch (third generation)
iPhone 12 Mini iPad Pro 11-inch (first generation)
Phone 11 iPad Pro 12.9-inch (second generation)
iPhone 11 Pro iPad Pro 12.9-inch (first generation)
iPhone 11 Pro Max iPad Pro 10.5-inch
iPhone XS iPad Pro 9.7-inch
iPhone XS Max iPad (seventh generation)
iPhone XR iPad (sixth generation)
iPhone X iPad (fifth generation)
iPhone 8 iPad Mini (fifth generation)
iPhone 8 Plus iPad Mini 4
iPhone 7 iPad Air (third generation)
iPhone 7 Plus iPad Air 2
iPhone 6s
iPhone 6s Plus
iPhone SE (first generation)
iPhone SE (second generation)
iPod Touch (seventh generation)

How to install iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 

The good news as if you’ve ever installed an application update on your phone or tablet, you’ll feel here at home installing iOS 14.5. It installs much like any other pc software update, there aren’t any extra steps you need to take. That said, It’s a good idea to have your device plugged into a charger to ensure you do not drain the battery, and a strong Wi-Fi connection will help speed up the procedure without burning through your data plan. On your iPhone or iPad, follow actions:

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Select General

3. Tap Software Update. 

Your device will connect to Apple’s servers and prompt you to definitely down load and install the update. Follow the prompts to complete the installation. When your device reboots, it will probably be running iOS 14.5 or iPadOS 14.5. 

Now that you have the most recent software up and running, check out this list of our favorite iOS 14.5 features and the way to use them, and how to choose from the new Siri voices

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