Apple's iOS 14.5 update delivers new privacy controls, emoji updates

Apple's major software update for iPhones, iOS 14.5, has been released, giving Kiwis more control over their online privacy and introducing new, updated emojis, among other features.

The kissing couple and couple with heart emojis have been updated to allow different skin tones to be selected for each individual. Emojis including a woman with a beard, a mending heart, a face exhaling and a heart on fire also make their debut.

Apple's latest 2021 emojis include a bearded lady.
Photo credit: Apple

Meanwhile the much talked about App Tracking Transparency feature, first announced by Apple last year, means users must now give explicit permission for apps to track them across other apps and websites for advertising purposes.

This will be done via individual notifications in apps when first used post-installation, or can be switched off by default in the Privacy > Tracking setting. Users will also be able to see which apps have requested permission, so choices can be changed at any time.

The move has been criticised by Facebook, which says personalised ads help support small businesses and keep apps free.

A spokesperson for the social media platform told Newshub earlier this year: "Apple's new prompt is designed to present a false trade-off between personalised ads and privacy when in fact, we can provide both."

Other new features in iOS 14.5 include the ability to unlock your iPhone with the Apple Watch when you're wearing a face mask, Siri enhancements to help with diversity and inclusion, and support for the newly announced AirTags.

The new update will be downloaded automatically if you have auto-updates switched on, otherwise go to Settings > General> Software Update to install.