Apple has released the second developer beta of iOS 14.5. The new beta update reveals new features and improvements coming to iPhone users soon. Apple Music has new swipe gestures, over 200 new emojis are coming to iPhones, and more.
iOS 14.5 comes with new swipe gestures for Apple Music to add songs to your queue. Swiping partially on a song will add it to the queue, and a full swipe will play the song next. This is similar to what Spotify already has where swiping right adds the song to the queue. It’s a handy shortcut that won’t require having to launch the menu all the time to add songs to play next or add to the queue.
Apple is also adding pop-over menus in Apple Music. This feature essentially makes the menu and the tracklist visible at the same time. At present, if you long press on a song the menu shows up but the rest of the screen is blurred. In iOS 14.5, it will appear as a pop-over menu and you will still be able to see the rest of the screen.
Another Apple Music-related update coming with iOS 14.5 is the ability to choose another app as the default music player. When a user asks Siri to play a particular song, an option to choose other music players is given and the selected app becomes the default music player.
iOS 14.5 also brings over 200 new emojis which include a replacement for the headphones emoji with an AirPods Max one. This update is also said to fix the green tint issue some iPhone users are facing, according to users on Reddit. Apple plans to release iOS 14.5 so we should be seeing these new features soon.