Finally, after a long run of iOS 14.5 beta updates, Apple releases iOS 14.5 RC and iPadOS 14.5 RC. Earlier this month Apple confirmed the iOS 14.5 will be released to the public by this month. And as iOS 14.5 RC and iPadOS 14.5 RC are now available, it looks like Apple will keep its promise. Here we will share what’s new in the iOS 14.5 Release Candidate and iPadOS 14.5 Release Candidate.
Both iOS 14.5 RC and iPadOS 14.5 RC updates are available to eligible iPhones and iPads respectively. If you don’t know RC formerly known as GM or Golden Master build. The Release Candidate is available to beta testers just a few days before the public release. And it comes with the same build number as the public build which releases after RC.
Along with iOS 14.5 RC and iPadOS 14.5 RC, Apple also released macOS Big Sur 11.3 RC, tvOS 14.5 Rc, and watchOS 7.4 RC. Both iOS 14.5 RC and iPadOS 14.5 RC updates come with build number 18E199. The iOS 14.5 Release Candidate is the public build for beta testers. Since it is like a public build, beta users will get the update in a larger size.
iOS 14.5 RC and iPadOS 14.5 RC – What’s New
iOS 14.5 RC includes the option to unlock iPhone with Apple watch while wearing a face mask, add support for AirTag (lunched in the event), and introduces separate skin tone variations for emoji with couples, Siri adds more diverse voice options, and App Tracking Transparency lets you control which apps are allowed to track your activity across other companies’ apps and websites.
Download iOS 14.5 RC and iPadOS 14.5 RC
As you know the iOS 14.5 Release Candidate and iPadOS 14.5 Release Candidate are for beta testers. So, users who are on any iOS 14.5 beta will receive the update over the air. To check for updates manually, go to Settings > Software Update. And there you should see the Download & Install option. Use the button to get the latest iOS 14.5 RC and iPadOS 14.5 RC.
And for users who are on the last iOS 14.4.2 public build and want to try the Release Candidate, then you need to manually install the update. However, I will recommend waiting for another week for public release. But if you want to test you can install the beta profile on your iPhone or iPad to get the latest beta or Release Candidate.
Install iOS 14.5 Beta Profile and iPadOS 14.5 Beta Profile
- Go to the Apple Beta Software program site.
- Then scroll down a bit and click on Sign in if you have Apple ID.
- On the next page, select the correct OS for your devices like iOS 14 or iPadOS 14.
- Scroll down till Getting Started and click on Enroll your iOS device.
- Now you need to install a profile from the next Page. For this, click on the Download Profile.
- After installing the Profile, reboot your device. And you are ready to install iOS 14.5 Release Candidate on your iPhone.
After installing the beta profile, you can go to Settings > Software Update to install the latest update on your iPhone or iPad. You can also install iOS 14.5 Release Candidate with the full IPSW file using Finder or iTunes.