Apple has finally released its major releaselast week, with a bunch of new features, including the ability to , and (here is ). But that doesn’t stop us from looking ahead to Apple’s next operating system update, iOS 14.6.
iOS 14.6 is likely a much smaller update than 14.5, but will still include some useful new features (including a rumored high-fidelity Apple Music tier) and. If you just can’t wait for the general release, you can download it now as a public beta – we’ll tell you how below.
Here’s what we know about iOS 14.6 so far. We have also collected.
When is the iOS 14.6 release date?
was first launched in September, prior to the release of the . New versions of Apple’s mobile operating system typically arrive once a month with new features and bug fixes. However, iOS 14.5 was a bigger update than usual and it took about three months to arrive.
The latest version of Apple’s operating system, iOS 14.6, is now available as a public beta. That means you can download it, but it may have some bugs as Apple is still working on it before it’s finally released. We do not recommend downloading a beta on the device you use regularly.
Apple isn’t publicly announcing when it will release a new version of iOS, but we can follow some pointers. Since the public beta became available on April 23rd and there are releases about once a month, we expect to see the final version of iOS 14.6 by May, especially as this will likely be a smaller update. In addition, we expect Apple to revealon its own in June.
How can I download the iOS 14.6 public beta?
If you want to download the public beta of iOS 14.6 and try out some of the new features (again, we recommend that you do this on a device you don’t normally use as there may be bugs), you must first sign up for it beta software program from Apple. To do this, go to beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram and click Sign Up. You must enter your Apple ID and password and agree to the terms and conditions. Crane iOSand under Get started, click Register your Apple device. From there you will find more instructions on how to do this.
Once you are part of the program, you can go to Settings> Software Update, and when you see iOS 14.6 Public Beta, press Download and install.
How do I download iOS 14.6 once it is generally available?
When it is released, you should get a prompt saying iOS 14.6 is now available and ask if you want to download it. Or you can do the following:
1. Open the Settings app.
2. Select General.
3. Crane Software update.
Your device will connect to Apple’s servers and prompt you to download and install the update. Follow the prompts to complete the installation. When your device reboots, iOS 14.6 will be running. (Check out our.)
Which devices are compatible with iOS 14.6?
iOS 14.6 will be compatible with the same devices as iOS 14. Generally, this includes the iPhone 6S ($ 250 at Best Buy) all the way up through the iPhone 12, along with the iPhone SE ($ 160 on eBay) and the seventh generation iPod Touch ($ 150 at Amazon). For the .
What new features does iOS 14.6 include?
We still don’t know much about what new features iOS 14.6 will bring. Again, since, it’s probably smaller and more focused on changes under the hood. The beta download page says it has “bug fixes and improvements”.
Here are a few rumors of what iOS 14.6 might include.
Better beta tools
The beta versions of iOS 14.6 include a tool for testing app developers and public beta testers. Before iOS 14.5 went live to the public, developers could choose between upgrading their device to the iOS 14.5 release candidate or to the beta version of iOS 14.6. Under the Software Update menu in Settings there is a new Also available section where you can find this option.
Hi-Fi support for Apple Music
iOS 14.6 could bring a new high-fidelity audio streaming layer to Apple Music. The rumor was first reported by music site Hits Daily Double on April 29, citing sources on the label. On May 1, 9to5Mac found code added to the Music app in the first iOS 14.6 beta that lists the Dolby Atmos and Dolby Audio formats, which were not previously supported. That code appears to have been removed in the second beta, suggesting Apple wants to hide it from users. If high-fidelity streaming comes to fruition, it could help Apple Music compete with Spotify, which said it was in February.
We will update this story as soon as we learn more about it.
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