WatchOS, macOS, HomePod and tvOS are all updated


A man wears a face mask while waiting at an Apple Store before Apple's 5G new iPhone 12 go on sale, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues in Shanghai China October 23, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song-RC20OJ9HL7R3

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In addition to iOS 14.5, Apple’s other platforms have not unexpectedly also launched updates at the same time. First of all, on watchOS, the new version 7.4 can not only be used with mobile phones to unlock with a mask, but also more clearly shows the classification of Bluetooth devices. At the same time, users can also stream Apple Fitness+ audio or video exercise content through AirPlay 2. Arrhythmia alerts and ECG apps are now also open to users in Australia and Vietnam.

The new macOS 11.3 is optimized for the M1 chip, and added support for AirTag and updated Find My and Podcasts software. In addition, users can preset the audio output to HomePod stereo, a new classification option has been added to the notification, and Apple Music also supports automatic playback. It is worth mentioning that the new version also prevents Shlayer malware and introduces new Siri voice lines and more emojis.

In HomePod 14.5, a new Siri sound has also been added. As for tvOS 14.5, it will support the newly announced iPhone calibration TV color balance function at the press conference. In addition, the new versions of tvOS and macOS have also added support for the latest generation of PS and Xbox controllers, allowing users to have more control options when playing Apple Arcade games.

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