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iOS 14 will obtain some new features within its upcoming release.

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Apple’s big iOS 14.five update arrived earlier this particular month, bringing plenty of new features like the capability to unlock your iPhone with Face ID while wearing a mask, stop apps from tracking you for advertising purposes and choose from four different Siri voices. (Here’s how to down load iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 now.) But that’s not stopping us from looking ahead to Apple’s next operating system update, iOS 14.6.

iOS 14.6 appears to be a far smaller update than 14.5, but will still bring some useful new features, including another way to locate lost AirTags trackers, and also a rumored high-fidelity Apple Music tier, as well as bug fixes. If you just can’t wait for the overall release, you can download iOS 14.6 as a public beta now — we’ll tell you how below. 

Here’s what we know about iOS 14.6 so far. We’ve also collected all from the rumors about the upcoming iOS 15 update

Read more: iOS 14’s best new iPhone features

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When will iOS 14.6 be released?

iOS 14 was first launched in September, ahead from the release of the iPhone 12. 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 larger update than usual, and took about three months to arrive. 

The latest version of Apple’s operating system, iOS 14.6, is now available as being a public beta. That means you can download it, however it may contain some bugs, as Apple is still focusing on it before its final release. We do not recommend downloading any beta for the device you use regularly. 

Apple does not publicly announce when it will release a new version of iOS, but we can follow some clues. Since the public beta came out on April 23, and releases come out roughly once per month, we expect to see the final version of iOS 14.6 sometime in May, especially since this is probably a smaller update. Plus, we’re expecting Apple to unveil iOS 15 at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June. 

You can download iOS 14.6 as a public beta now.

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How will i download the iOS 14.6 public beta? 

If you do want to download the iOS 14.6 public beta and check out some of the new features (again, we’d recommend doing so on the device you do not typically use, since there could be bugs), you first have to sign up for Apple’s Beta Software Program. To do that, go to beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram, and click Sign Up. You’ll have to enter your Apple ID and password, and agree to the terms and conditions. Tap iOS, and under Get Started, click Enroll your Apple device. From there you’ll find more instructions means do so. 

Once you’re part of the program, you can go to Settings > Software Update, and when the thing is iOS 14.6 Public Beta, hit Download and Install

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How can I download iOS 14.6 once it’s generally available?

When it’s released, you should get a prompt suggesting that iOS 14.6 is now available and asking if you had like to download it. Or you can do the following: 

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Select General.

3. Tap 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, it will be running iOS 14.6. (Check out our full directions on preparing your phone and downloading iOS 14 here.)

What devices will iOS 14.6 work on?

iOS 14.6 will be suitable for all the same devices as iOS 14. Generally, these include the apple iphone 6S ($250 at Best Buy) all the way up through the iPhone 12, along with the iPhone SE ($85 at Back Market) as well as the seventh-gen iPod Touch ($125 at Back Market). For the full list of devices suitable for iOS 14, click here

You’ll be able to download iOS 14.6 for the iPhone 6S through the iPhone 12, pictured here.

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What new features will iOS 14.6 include?

We’re slowly finding out more about what new features iOS 14.6 will bring. Again, since iOS 14.5 was obviously a larger update with a large amount of new features, it’s likely that this one will be smaller, and more focused on under-the-hood changes. The beta download page says that it “contains bug fixes and improvements.” 

Here are a couple of new features we’ve seen in the iOS 14.6 beta, along with some rumors as to what the new OS could include.

Add a contact email when your AirTag is in Lost Mode

If you’ve bought one of Apple’s new AirTag tracker devices (here’s how to set up your AirTags), you may possibly know that in case you lose the item the AirTag is attached to, you can place the tag in Lost Mode and obtain a notification when it’s within range of the Find My network. If someone else finds your AirTag, they can use an iPhone or NFC-capable device to see your contact number and obtain in touch with you. The latest version of the iOS 14.6 beta adds the ability to enter a contact email rather than phone number. 

Better beta tools

The beta versions of iOS 14.6 incorporate a tool that lets app developers and public beta testers upgrade to an iOS release candidate without removing their developer or beta profile. Before iOS 14.5 went live towards the public, developers could choose from upgrading their device towards the iOS 14.5 release candidate or to the beta version of iOS 14.6. Under the Software Update menu in Settings, there are a new Also Available section to find this option.

Hi-fi support for Apple Music

iOS 14.6 could bring a new high-fidelity audio streaming tier in Apple Music. The rumor was first reported by music site Hits Daily Double on April 29, citing label sources. On May 1, 9to5Mac found code put into the Music app within the first iOS 14.6 beta that mentions the Dolby Atmos and Dolby Audio formats, which have not been supported before. That code has been removed in the second beta, suggesting that Apple desires to hide it from users. If high-fidelity streaming does come to fruition, it could help Apple Music compete with Spotify, which February said it was adding a high-fidelity tier some time this year.

We’ll update this story once we find out more. 

For more, take a look at how to down load iOS 14.5, and some from the best hidden iPhone features we’ve found in iOS 14. And before you make any OS updates, make sure your iPhone and iPad are ready to do so

See also
  • iOS 14.5: How to use the most of use features
  • iOS 14.5 is here now: How to download
  • Your iPhone apps are tracking you. iOS 14.5 enables you to turn that off
  • iOS 14.5: New Siri voices
  • iOS 14.5: Face ID using a face mask
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