More Brilliant iPhone Features Just Revealed


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Apple’s next iPhone update, unless there’s a security issue that needs to be urgently fixed, as happened with the unexpected iOS 14.4.2 release, will be iOS 14.5. And it looks like the software is shaping up amazingly.

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You can read seven reasons it can’t come soon enough here, but in the last days, another developers’ beta has landed, followed by a public beta, with some very cool new features.

Here are the coolest new things which are very nearly here.

Battery recalibration

This is coming for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. Apple could add other models with this feature in the future but right now, it’s the 11’s that get it. It was detailed in an Apple support document published on Wednesday, March 31.

It’s designed to ensure you get a really precise idea of your battery’s maximum capacity and peak performance capability. Apple says: “Symptoms of this bug include unexpected battery drain behavior or, in a small number of instances, reduced peak performance capability. This inaccurate battery health reporting does not reflect an issue with actual battery health.”

It’s not an instant thing, by the way. As the message says, “this process may take a few weeks”. Of course, it’s a background operation. You are able to use the phone as normal during this time!

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Once you’ve updated to iOS 14.5 on your iPhone 11 series, the feature starts working automatically. Apple says that in a small number of cases, if recalibration isn’t successful, an authorized provider can “replace the battery free of charge to restore full performance and capacity.” Which is good news.

Two new Siri voices – and no genders

There are two new Siri voices included in iOS 14.5 and all the options are now listed as Voice 1, Voice 2 and so on instead of male or female. As you install the update you’ll be asked to choose which voice you want –…