New iOS 14.5 emoji will set your heart on fire

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. There are also 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 on Tuesday. Other new options besides heart on fire include exhaling face and face in the clouds. These additions were approved by the Unicode Consortium in autumn 2020.

A number of emoji were updated, too. Notably, syringe went from drawing blood to injecting a clear liquid — like perhaps a COVID-19 vaccine. And the generic headphones emoji is now clearly a pair of Apple AirPods Max.

In addition, iOS 14.5 ushers in the option to show a woman with a beard. And there are 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 it’s been placed into certain cases and automatically turn it 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.