All You should Know about iOS 14.5

Feb 04, 2023 • Filed to: Mobile Repair Solutions • Proven solutions


The internet is abuzz with Apple news again. This time it is iOS 14.5 that is making headlines with a very special fear that changes things for all of us - App Tracking Transparency. If you follow any tech-related news, you are more than likely to have heard of App Tracking Transparency or ATT as it’s referred to. While it affects every single app that we have on our phones, the primary ones are the usual suspects we know about and yet cannot seem to get rid of - Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. So, what is App Tracking Transparency and why has it caused such a furor in the tech corridors?

App Tracking Transparency In Apple iOS 14.5/ iPadOS 14.5


Simply put, what App Tracking Transparency does is it allows the user to decide if they want an app to track their activities online. There is a simple prompt that you see and decide if you want to allow tracking or if you want to ask the app to not track.

This simple feature has game-changing repercussions for the advertising industry, particularly Facebook, whose entire business model rests on advertisements and that is enabled through meticulous tracking of users both on the Facebook platforms (apps, websites) and wherever else (other apps, other websites) Facebook has its hooks in. Facebook even uses your device’s web browsing history to keep a profile of your interests (to sell you to advertisers looking to market their products and services to people with similar interests as yours happen to be in this instance).

Have you ever used a popular search engine such as Google to search for reviews of that microwave oven you have been eyeing for a while, and been perplexed at how the Facebook app and marketplace seem to be flooded with microwave ovens now? Have you searched for rental accommodations and found the same thing in your Facebook app, almost instantly? This is how it is done - tracking your activities and targeting you with advertisements.

You are the product that is up for sale.

Now, there are ways to minimize your digital footprint available to be tracked, and we will get to the good practices later. For now, let’s come back to iOS 14.5, its headline feature, and what else does it bring to the table before finally handing the baton over to iOS 15 at the World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) that is just around the corner.

How Does App Tracking Transparency Work?

After months of holding back, allowing developers time to incorporate the changes they need to make to their apps before compliance is mandated, App Tracking Transparency is now enabled by default in iOS 14.5.

From now on, every app that tracks you and has been updated with the code will have to display a prompt at first launch, asking for your consent to be tracked. You can allow or refuse to be tracked. It is that simple.

Should you change your mind at a later date, you can revisit the setting under Settings > Privacy > Tracking and toggle tracking On or Off for every app that tracks you.

How To Get App Tracking Transparency Working On My Device?

You do not need to do anything to get app tracking transparency working on your device. All you need to do is update your device to iOS 14.5 and the feature is enabled by default, set to make apps prompt for your consent. Then, when apps are updated with the latest iOS SDK, they will necessarily show you a prompt asking for consent to track you on other apps and websites, if they do so.

How To Install iOS 14.5 On My iPhone and iPad

There are two ways you can get your hands on the latest iOS for your iPhone and iPad. There is the OTA method which is short for over-the-air, and there is the other method involving iTunes or macOS Finder. There are advantages and disadvantages to both methods.

Installing Using Over-The-Air (OTA) Method

This method uses the delta update mechanism to update iOS on the iPhone on the iPhone itself. It downloads only the necessary files that require updating and updates the iOS to the latest.

Step 1: Launch Settings app on iPhone or iPad

Step 2: Scroll down to General and tap it

Step 3: Tap the second option titled Software Update

Step 4: Your device will now talk to Apple to find out if there is an update available. If yes, the software will tell you there is an update available and give you the option to download it. Before downloading, you must be on a Wi-Fi connection, and to install the update, your device must be plugged in.

Step 5: After downloading and preparing update, you can tap the Install Now option and your device will verify the update and reboot to install the update.

Advantages and Disadvantages

This is, by far, the fastest method to update iOS and iPadOS on your devices. All you need is a Wi-Fi connection and your device must be plugged in. So, if you do not have a desktop computer with you (the iPad is a great replacement in most ways, whatever Apple might tell you against), you can still update your device to the latest iOS and iPadOS without an issue.

There do exist a few disadvantages to this method. The first being that since this method downloads only the necessary files, sometimes, this causes issues with the files already in place or if something is missing, the device can get bricked. There is a reason why we have full installers and combo updates along with delta updates. It is generally recommended that such major versions as iOS 14.5 not be installed OTA. This is nothing against OTA, but it is for your benefit, to minimize instances of anything going wrong during the update, leaving you with a bricked device.

Installing Using IPSW File On macOS Finder Or iTunes

Installing using the full firmware file (IPSW) requires a desktop computer. On Windows, you need to use iTunes, and on Macs, you can use iTunes on macOS 10.15 and earlier or Finder on macOS Big Sur 11 and later. Apple has made the process similar despite using different apps (Finder or iTunes) and that’s a good thing.

Step 1: Connect your device to your computer and launch iTunes or Finder

Step 2: Click on your device from the sidebar

Step 3: Click the button titled Check for Update. If an update is available, it will show. You can then proceed and click Update.

Step 4: When you proceed, the firmware will download, and your device will be updated to the latest iOS or iPadOS. You will be required to enter the passcode on your device if you are using one before the firmware gets updated.

Advantages and Disadvantages

There are more advantages than disadvantages to this method of updating firmware on your devices. Since you are using the full installation file, there are few chances of errors during the update resulting in bricked, unresponsive or stuck devices. However, the full installation file is usually nearly 5 GB now, give or take, depending on the device and model. That is a large download if you are on a metered and/ or slow connection. Furthermore, you do need a desktop computer or a laptop for this. It is entirely possible you do not have one if you do not need it, so you cannot use this method to update firmware on your iPhone or iPad without one.

What To Do When Something Goes Wrong During Update To iOS 14.5

With all the checks and verifications Apple built into the update process, both in the OTA method and the full firmware install method, errors still come up, far more frequently than anyone would appreciate. Your devices can seemingly update properly and upon reboot, get stuck at the Apple logo. Or show a white screen of death, for example. Neither iTunes nor macOS Finder is designed or equipped to help you in this scenario. What do you do? How to fix iOS update issues after updating to iOS 14.5?

Fix iOS Update Issues With Dr.Fone System Repair

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Dr.Fone is a name you might have heard before, this is a comprehensive suite of apps that you can buy and use for a myriad functions. Dr.Fone System Repair is an app for iOS devices.


Dr.Fone suite can help you fix the most common iOS problems that you might have had to visit the Apple Store or browse the internet for. This includes but is not limited to issues like the device being stuck in a boot loop, iPhone not getting out of recovery mode, iPhone not getting out of DFU mode, a frozen iPhone, etc.

How To Fix iOS Update Issues Using Dr.Fone For A Worry-Free Update Experience

All of us have either heard stories or experienced personally the horror that dawns upon us when we update our iOS device and it does not go as smoothly as we thought it would. How about we take help from the experts from the comfort of our home, and for once, enjoy a worry-free iOS update process?

Step 1: Get Dr.Fone System Repair here:

Step 2: Launch the app and admire the simple, intuitive interface. When done, click System Repair to enter that module.

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Step 3: Connect your phone to the computer using your data cable. When Dr.Fone is done detecting your device, it will present two options to choose from - Standard Mode or Advanced Mode. Choose Standard Mode.

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Standard And Advanced Modes

The difference between these two modes is that the advanced mode will solve more troublesome issues and will delete your device data in the process, whereas Standard Mode will resolve fewer issues and it does not delete device data.

This is not to say that one is better than the other or one is more thorough than the other; it is simply a matter of preference, and it is recommended that Standard Mode is where you start your journey to save time. But, if you do want to wipe your device data to resolve some issues and know what you want, Advanced Mode was created just for you.

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Step 4: Your device model will be detected automatically and a list of iOS versions that you can install on the device will be shown. Choose your intended version (iOS 14.5) and click Start.

Dr.Fone will download the IPSW for you automatically. This is on average a 4+ GB download, so make sure you are on a Wi-Fi connection or at minimum an unmetered connection so that you do not incur data costs.

Thoughtfully, Dr.Fone provides an option to download the OS manually, in case the automatic download fails for some reason.

Upon successful download, the software will verify the firmware download, and when that is done, the control is handed back to you to proceed.

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Step 5: Click Fix Now to fix the issues with your device after an unsuccessful update to iOS 14.5.

Dr.Fone System Repair is a simple and intuitive tool to fix your iOS devices without the hassle of using and figuring your way around with iTunes on Windows. It is a comprehensive tool in your arsenal for when things go wrong with your device, and you can fix the most common issues with minimal input easily with this software.

This software works both on Windows and macOS computers, making this a godsend for all users around the world. With Dr.Fone System Repair, they would have a companion for when they need help. Update gone wrong? Dr.Fone will tell you and guide you through making it right. Phone not booting or stuck at boot? Dr.Fone will diagnose and help you boot the phone (properly) again. Did the phone stick in DFU mode somehow? No need to know the right combination for your phone model, just connect to Dr.Fone and fix it.

You get the drift; Dr.Fone System Repair is the tool that you need to have in your digital tool belt, so to speak.

Other Notable Features In iOS 14.5

Apart from the famed App Tracking Transparency, what else is new and exciting in iOS 14.5? Here is a shortlist of new features that you will get when you update your device to iOS 14.5:

Unlock With Apple Watch

This is another highlight feature of iOS 14.5 that solves a completely unforeseen problem. Given the pandemic and with people wearing masks all the time, Face ID was unable to function as well and people had started missing the older Touch ID for convenience. Apple has tried to solve this issue previously by way of an update that sped up the unlocking process while wearing masks, but iOS 14.5 has provided a completely new way to unlock the iPhone, using a paired Apple Watch.

Support For AirTags

Apple also introduced AirTags recently, and iOS 14.5 support AirTags. To use AirTags, your iPhone will need to have iOS 14.5 or later.

Better Apple Maps Through Crowdsourcing

Apple has introduced reporting of accidents, speed checks, and hazards in Apple Maps in iOS 14.5. Users can use a newly provided Report button to report a speed check, accident, or any other hazard at a location in Apple Maps.

New Emoji Characters

Who does not love new ways to express themselves? Apple has brought about some new emoji characters in iOS 14.5 for you to use.

Preferred Music Streaming Service

You can now set your preferred music streaming service for Siri to use when asking it to play music, audiobooks, or podcasts. In typical Apple style, you don’t have to do much. The first time you ask Siri to play something after the update, it will ask for your preferred music service to use.

Several Other Improvements and Features

These are but a few of the notable features. There is the iPhone 11 battery re-calibration that will take place post the update, there are new Siri voices, there are several small changes to Apple Music that make for a much better experience, etc.

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