New iPhone update lets you unlock while wearing a mask – and reveals when it's about to rain

YOUR iPhone is about to get a major update that makes your life much easier.

It helps mask-wearers unlock their iPhones, warns you about imminent rain, and lets you use Siri to call emergency contacts.

The new iOS 14.5 update is coming soon, but is available in beta right now.

And there are some early updates arriving before that rolls out too.

iPhone update TODAY

The big changes coming today are to the weather app.

You'll be able to see next-hour precipitation in the UK for the first time.

This gives you a minute-by-minute forecast for rain or snow over the next hour.

It's available in the Apple Weather app, as well as through the official widget.

You can also see severe weather info about thunderstorms, floods, extreme temperatures and more.

There are multi-day precipitation forecasts showing the chance of rain each day.

And you can check out air quality using a new colour-coded scale.

If air quality reaches certain poor levels, you'll get a health warning too.

iPhone update coming LATER

Other updates are coming later, but are available in the iOS 14.5 beta from today.

The big change is the ability to unlock your iPhone with an Apple Watch while wearing a mask.

If you attempt to use Face ID while wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose, the presence of your Apple Watch will unlock the iPhone.

The Apple Watch needs to be on your wrist and also unlocked.

You'll receive a haptic sensation from your watch to let you know it worked.

The system is opt-in through settings, so it won't be on by default.

Apple is also adding more privacy controls, forcing developers to get your permission to track you.

Siri will now be able to call emergency contacts if you ask her.

And excitingly, your iPhone and iPad are getting support for the new Xbox Series X and PS5 game controllers.

How to get iOS 14.5 beta

The beta version of iOS 14.5 is available from February 1.

If you want to try iOS 14.5 beta then you can sign up on the  Apple Beta page and register with your Apple ID.

Then you'll need to log in to the Beta Software Program and click on "Enrol" to sign up your iOS device.

Then you need to download and install the configuration profile.

The beta version of iOS will then be available in"Settings", under "General" and then "Software Update".

Make sure you back up your iPhone first.

The official iOS 14.5 update should be available for everyone in the next few weeks.

Don't expect your phone to work perfectly with the beta version of any software as there will still be glitches that need to be resolved before the software is available to everyone.


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