Apple released the third developer beta for iOS 14.5 today, Tuesday, Mar. 2. The company promptly pulled the update from the developer portal, before finally making it available for all shortly after. The update was surprising to begin with, since Apple released it at an unusual time, and was only available as a download from the dev portal, without any OTA option.
Apple initially released this developer update just past 1 p.m. PDT, not the company’s standard release time for developer updates. It then pulled the update before making it available around 2 p.m. PDT. Note the word “developer” here, as this update was only for registered iOS developers. If you’re a public beta tester, your update was never in question — you’ll simply need to wait for the third 14.5 public beta.
Because this update is so fresh, it isn’t yet clear what new features or changes we’ll see. Beta 2 added over 200 new emoji to iOS, in addition to Apple Music lyric sharing, new Apple Music swipe gestures, new shortcut options including a screenshot tool, among other changes. At this time, iOS 14.5 stands to introduce over 30 new features and changes for your iPhone.
iOS & iPadOS 14.5 beta 3 release notes coming soon.
You’ll need an Apple developer account to update your iPhone. You can get the restore image from your dev portal, then install it with iTunes or Finder. Otherwise, install the configuration profile, then update by going to Settings –> General –> Software Update. Finally, you can simply wait for it to auto-install if you have a dev profile and “Automatic Updates” is enabled.
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