New iOS 14.5 emoji will set your heart on fire [Updated]

The release of iOS 14.5 will give iPhone and iPad users access to some fun new emoji.
Photo: Emojipedia/Cult of Mac

The fresh emoji appearing in the second iOS 14.5 beta will set your heart afire. Or at least let you show that in texts. The new collection of pictographs also includes some new faces, and plenty of additional variations to show how we couple up in the 21st century.

iPad users get the same emoji. Plus, the upcoming release of iPadOS 14.5 makes the microphones in Apple tablets a bit more secure.

So many new emoji in iOS 14.5

Emojipedia brought word on the new emoji that came to light in iOS 14.5 beta 2, which went out to developers Tuesday. (Update: Apple released the public version of iOS 14.5 beta 2 on Wednesday. To get the free update, just sign up for the Apple Beta Software Program.)

Other new options besides heart on fire include exhaling face, face in the clouds and face with spiral eyes, aka “Cinnabon face.” The Unicode Consortium approved these additions in autumn 2020.

A number of existing emoji get updated, too. Notably, the syringe emoji went from drawing blood to injecting a clear liquid — like perhaps a COVID-19 vaccine. Rock climbers finally wear helmets. And the generic headphones emoji now clearly looks like a pair of Apple’s AirPods Max.

In addition, iOS 14.5 ushers in the option to show a woman with a beard. And it brings 200 new variations in skin tones in the couples emoji.

iPadOS 14.5 makes iPad microphones more secure

An iPad can use magnets to detect that it’s been placed into certain cases and automatically turn its own display off. In iPadOS 14.5 beta 2, that same process also deactivates the microphone in some recent models. Apple’s release notes for the beta say, “iPad (8th generation), iPad Air (4th generation), iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation), and iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation) now mute the built-in microphone when its Smart Folio is closed.”

The feature prevents apps from spying on users. And an even stronger version is already built into the 2020 iPad Pro models. Their microphones are hardware disabled by the magnetic case.

We originally published this post on Feb. 16. We updated it to include info on the public beta.