Apple released the RC for iOS 14.6 today, Monday May 17. The update includes new features and bug fixes, including an option to unlock your iPhone with voice control. It comes just hours after Apple announced Spacial Audio and lossless playback for Apple Music, new features that require iOS 14.6 to run.
Apple’s new voice unlock feature, cool as it may be, has some limitations. The main limitation is that the feature only works after a reboot. The idea is that you can unlock your iPhone when you turn it on with your voice for the first time, but after that you have to use Face ID, Touch ID, or your passcode.
At least, that̵
Apple released this new update just after 10 a.m. PDT, the company’s default release time for developer updates. If you are a public beta tester, you will not see this update appear on your iPhone yet. Instead, you’ll have to wait for Apple to release iOS 14.6 Public RC, which we expect today at 1pm PDT or tomorrow at 10am PDT.
We’ll have to explore iOS 14.6 RC before we know exactly what’s new in the update. Apple Music’s new features will be available in June.
What’s new with 14.6 RC?
Apple Card family
- Apple Card can be shared with up to five people, including anyone 13 or older in your Family Sharing group
- Apple Card Family adds support for families to track expenses, manage expenses with optional limits and controls, and build credit together
- Subscription support for channels and individual shows
AirTag and Find My
- Lost mode option to add email address instead of phone number for AirTag and Find My Network Accessories
- AirTag shows the owner’s partially masked phone number when tapped with an NFC compatible device
- Voice control users can unlock their iPhone for the first time after a reboot using just their voice
This release also fixes the following issues:
- Unlock with Apple Watch may not work after using Lock iPhone on Apple Watch
- Reminders can be displayed as blank lines
- Call blocking extensions may not appear in Settings
- Bluetooth devices could sometimes disconnect or send audio to another device during an active call
- IPhone performance may degrade during startup
For information about the security content of Apple software updates, visit this website: support.apple.com/kb/HT201222
How to install iOS 14.6 Developer RC
You need an Apple developer account to update your iPhone. You can get the recovery image from your dev portal and then install it using iTunes or Finder. Otherwise, install the configuration profile and then update it by going to Settings -> General -> Software Update. Finally, you can just wait for it to install automatically if you have a developer profile and “Automatic Updates” is turned on.
How to install iOS 14.6 Public RC
To update your iPhone to iOS 14.6 Public RC, if available, sign up through Apple’s beta site, download and install the configuration profile, then update over the air. If you already have the profile, go to Settings -> General -> Software Update then tap “iOS 14.6” under “Also available” to start installing the latest beta version, or you can wait for it to be installed if “Automatic Updates” is enabled.
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