In addition to this novelty, beta 6 brought a new approach to the choice of Siri’s voice and further refinements to the mask unlock feature.
What's new in iOS 14.5 beta 6?
On the way to the final version, which is expected to be released this month, Apple again included new features and fine-tuned other tools that it had already introduced.
As we get closer and closer to iOS 14.5 RC, Apple has not stopped adding new and notable features to what could be the significant final release in the iOS 14 lifecycle.
Two new voices with an American Siri accent
In iOS 14.5 beta 6, Siri receives an update. No, it is not the Portuguese language of Portugal, unfortunately, it is just the availability of two more new American Siri voices - one male and one female.
In previous versions of iOS, there were only two voices available for the American accent. These updated voices not only reached iPhones with iOS 14.5 beta, but also reached the iPad, Apple Watch and even the beta versions of HomePod.
During the initial iOS setup, users are asked to choose a preferred voice for Siri. For those who are doing an OTA update to iOS 14.5 beta 6, this feature can be found at Definitions -> Siri and Search -> Siri voice.
The section Variety (identified as Accent in previous iOS versions) will display the various accents available for the language for which the user has configured Siri, while the Voice title allows you to choose between the voices available within this language / variety.
As before, choosing a new voice will download the new voice on demand, directly from the Siri and Voice preferences menu.
Battery recalibration tool
Another new feature in iOS 14.5 beta 6 is an update to iPhone Battery settings. The update brings a new tool to recalibrate the battery for iPhone users.
However, for now, this updated toolkit is only available for iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max users. However, it may make sense that this kit can be extended to more units.
The new tool does exactly what it says, allowing users to recalibrate the iPhone's internal battery when performance is not meeting expectations.
Apple even created a new support article on its website. So, when the battery performance is not as expected, the tool will detect and, as it says in the Apple document, it may be necessary replace the same free of charge, if the recalibration process does not resolve.
According to what is said by Apple, this battery calibration tool addresses two main areas: reports for maximum battery capacity and peak performance capacity.
In addressing these areas, Apple hopes to resolve inaccurate estimates of battery health that affect some users (a group of people who have iPhone usage habits where this information will be most relevant).
Although Apple notes that the inaccurate battery report does not necessarily reflect a problem with the actual health of the battery, the bug can lead to unexpected battery drain behavior or, in a lesser number of cases, reduced capacity for maximum performance.
So, this will eventually be a tool that Apple could expand to all iPhone. We will wait to see how many more beta versions will come out or if the next one will be RC.
More beta 6 versions
As usual, Apple, with this release for iOS, also released macOS Big Sur 11.3 beta 6, iPadOS 14.5 beta, tvOS 14.5 beta 6 and watch OS 7.4 beta 6.
As already mentioned above, this could be the last version of iOS 14. With the date already set for WWDC 2021, Apple will present the iOS 15 that will come out in the fall, with the iPhone 13.
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