The last major update before Apple launched iOS 15 in June it also brings dual-SIM support for 5G models, new emoji characters and support for precision search technology in the new AirTag article trackers. The redesigned Podcasts app now includes support for the new Podcasts subscriptions announced at last week’s Spring Loaded event.
The new update introduces new crowdsourcing tools into Apple Maps, which allows users to report incidents and delays to the community. Music fans will enjoy the opportunity to inform Siri of their favorite music service, but don’t go so far as to set it as the default service.
Gamers will be happy to note support for the new PS5 and DualSense Xbox Series X. controls. The latter is especially welcome considering The Cloud Pass game is coming to iPhone and iPad via a new web app. There’s also AirPlay 2 support for the Fitness Plus app.
Perhaps the most important and notable feature is the ability for users to choose whether ads can track them around the web. Facebook’s likes have opposed the technology, claiming it will damage advertising revenue for small businesses.
The new feature “allows you to control which apps are allowed to track your activity on other companies’ apps and websites for advertising or sharing with data brokers, ”says Apple.
Apple was supposed to release this update in a previous iOS 14 update, but has delayed the policy following objections from those taking advantage of online user privacy.
Apple has also updated Apple Watch, with watchOS 7.4. This includes the unlock feature of the iPhone mentioned above as well as the aforementioned Fitness Plus AirPlay 2 support. Apple has also released tvOS 14.5 for Apple TV, which brings the new color balance feature announced last week and support for the new Sony and Microsoft game controllers.
macOS Big Sir 11.3 rounds out a big day update, with further optimizations for Mac M1 powered and integration with AirTags. All updates can be downloaded over the air.