Apple’s confirmed a new iOS 14.6 update and the software is now in beta testing ahead of its public release later this year.
iOS 14.6 is official and the milestone upgrade will likely bring a new batch of features, bug fixes, and enhancements to iPhone users.
Apple isn’t talking about the iOS 14.6 release date yet, but if you’d prefer not to wait, you can try the software out right now via Apple’s beta program.
With iOS 14.6 confirmed, we want to take you through everything there is to know about the next big update for iOS 14 and iPhone.
In this walkthrough we’ll take you through the iOS 14.6 update’s known changes, what you can expect from the iOS 14.6 release date and release time, information about the iOS 14.6 beta, and more.
iOS 14.6 Beta
If you want to try iOS 14.6 on your iPhone right now, you can.
Apple’s pushed an iOS 14.6 beta to developers which means those enrolled in the company’s developer program can download the pre-release version of the firmware right now.
The company’s also pushed the iOS 14.6 beta to those enrolled in the Beta Software Program. While a developer account requires an annual fee, the Beta Software Program is free to anyone with a compatible device and working Apple ID.
Most people should avoid the developer program and install the public iOS 14.6 beta.
Before you download the iOS 14.6 beta onto your iPhone, note that pre-release software is almost always plagued with bugs and performance issues. These issues could impact the performance of your core apps, your device’s battery life, and its overall speed which makes it a less than ideal daily driver.
You should be able to fix some problems on your own, but some bugs and performance issues will probably require a fix from Apple down the road.
If you can’t stand the iOS 14.6 beta’s performance on your iPhone, you can downgrade back to iOS 14.5. The downgrade path to older iOS firmware is closed.
Apple is currently on iOS 14.6 beta 2.
iOS 14.6 Release Date
Apple hasn’t confirmed the iOS 14.6 release date. The software will likely stay in beta for several weeks so expect an official release in May or June.
We’ll let you know when we learn more about the timing.
iOS 14.6 Release Time
We don’t have an official iOS 14.6 release date yet, but we know exactly when Apple will roll the software out on the date it selects.
The official version of iOS 14.6 will most likely arrive in and around 10AM Pacific. It sometimes takes a few minutes for iOS updates to show up so there’s no need to worry if you don’t see new software right away.
Apple will also release iOS 14.6 beta updates for developers, and those enrolled in the Beta Software Program, around 10AM Pacific as well. The company typically releases new betas every 1-2 weeks.
Keep this timeline in mind if you plan to install new iOS 14.6 betas, or the official version of iOS 14.6, right away.
iOS 14.6 Update: What’s New
Apple’s x.x updates almost always bring a mix of features, security patches, and under-the-hood improvements and that’s what you should expect from iOS 14.6.
Developers are digging through the iOS 14.6 beta and we’ve heard about one potential change coming with Apple’s new software.
According to MacRumors, code from the iOS 14.6 beta hints at HiFi Apple Music support. If this holds, iOS 14.6 would give owners of some devices access to high-fidelity audio streaming.
This lines up with a rumor stating that Apple’s working on a $9.99 high-fidelity streaming tier. The launch will reportedly tie-in with the AirPods 3 release.
Apple could add, or subtract, from the iOS 14.6 change log so keep an eye out for changes as the software makes progress in testing.
iOS 14.6 Jailbreak
We don’t expect them to release a tool that’s compatible with the iOS 14.6 beta. And given that Apple patched up the exploits used by jailbreak developers, we may not see a jailbreak for the official version of iOS 14.6 right away.
For now, jailbreak users must stay on iOS 14.3 or older.
Install iOS 14.5.1 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing iOS 14.5.1 right away.
iOS 14.5.1 has two security patches on board and you can read about them over on Apple's website. Both are related to WebKit.
If you missed iOS 14.5 you'll get its patches with your upgrade. You can read more about those changes over on Apple's website.
iOS 14.5 also brought Apple's new App Tracking Transparency which lets you control which apps are allowed to track your activity across other companies' apps and websites for ads or sharing with data brokers.
If you skipped iOS 14.4.2, you get its security patch with iOS 14.5.1. You can learn more about that patch over on Apple's website as well.
If you missed iOS 14.4.1, you get its patch with your upgrade to iOS 14.5.1. You can read about that patch right here.
If you skipped iOS 14.4, you get the update's patches with your upgrade. You can learn more about iOS 14.4's security patches right here.
If you skipped iOS 14.3 you'll get its nine security updates with your upgrade. You can read more about them on its security site.
iOS 14.3 also included a new privacy information section on App Store pages that includes a developer-reported summary of the app’s privacy practices.
If you skipped iOS 14.2, your iOS 14.5.1 update includes 24 additional security patches. You can learn more about the patches on Apple's security website.
If you're still running iOS 13, iOS 14.5.1 includes iOS 14.0's security updates.
iOS 14.0 brought 11 new security patches to the iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website.
In addition to those patches, iOS 14 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Home/HomeKit and Safari.
For instance in Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.
With iOS 14 on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them.
There is also a new recording indicator that will appear at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. You can see if an app has used them recently in Control Center.
Researchers also discovered that Apple brought a new "BlastDoor" sandbox security system to iOS 14. The system is meant to prevent attacks from occurring via the Messages app.
You can read more about "BlastDoor" right here.
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