Apple seeded developers the iOS 14.5 RC (release candidate) today, Tuesday, April 20. The update comes one week after Apple’s last 14.5 update, which it released to both developers and public beta testers.
Apple released this update just past 11 a.m. PDT, following the conclusion of its first 2021 event. During the presentation, Apple announced a new purple iPhone 12, and confirmed it would ship with iOS 14.5. Since that iPhone comes out on April 30, we can say that Apple will release the final version of iOS 14.5 by at least that date. However, the company could decide to seed the update sooner.
In iOS beta testing, the release candidate, formally known as the golden master, is the “final” version of a piece of software. Apple sends it to developers and beta testers first, to make sure there are no major issues that have gone overlooked. If there are, Apple will fix them, and seed an “RC 2.”
Whenever Apple decides that an RC is free from enough significant issues, that version becomes the one that eventually goes out to the public.
iOS & iPadOS 14.5 RC 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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