News: Apple Releases iOS 14.5 Beta 7 for iPhone

Apple Releases iOS 14.5 Beta 7 for iPhone

Apple's iOS 14.5 is the biggest update to your iPhone since iOS 14. The new software features over 40 features and changes, including 217 new emoji, controller support for PS5 and Xbox Series X, and battery calibration for the iPhone 11 line. Now, Apple is inching closer to the finish line with 14.5 beta 7.

Apple seeded developers the seventh beta for iOS 14.5 (build number 18E5198a) today, Wednesday, April 7. This beta comes one week after Apple released 14.5 beta 6 to developers and public testers. Apple also released 14.5 public beta 7 three hours after dev beta 7. If you're a public beta tester and not a registered iOS developer, this is the beta update you'll see on your iPhone.

At this time, it appears beta 7 is a minor update, likely adding only under-the-food changes to iOS 14.5. Even according to Apple's release notes, there's not much to see here. We will continue to update this post, as well as our 14.5 feature roundup, with any discoveries we make.

iOS & iPadOS 14.5 Beta 7 Release Notes


  • The iOS & iPadOS 14.5 SDK provides support to develop apps for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices running iOS & iPadOS 14.5 beta 7. The SDK comes bundled with Xcode 12.5 beta 3, available from Beta Software Downloads. For information on the compatibility requirements for Xcode 12.5, see Xcode 12.5 Beta 3 Release Notes.


  • There are no new release notes for this beta software update.

How to Download & Install iOS 14.5 Beta 7 on Your iPhone

You'll need an Apple developer account to update your iPhone. You can get the restore image from your dev portal, then install it with iTunes or Finder. Otherwise, install the configuration profile, then update by going to Settings –> General –> Software Update. Finally, you can simply wait for it to auto-install if you have a dev profile and "Automatic Updates" is enabled.

Just updated your iPhone? You'll find new features for Podcasts, News, Books, and TV, as well as important security improvements and fresh wallpapers. Find out what's new and changed on your iPhone with the iOS 17.5 update.

Cover image by Apple; screenshots by Jake Peterson/Gadget Hacks

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