Apple finally released its big last week, bringing a bunch of new features including the ability to , and (here’s ). But that’s not stopping us from looking ahead to Apple’s next operating system update, iOS 14.6.
iOS 14.6 is likely to be a far smaller update than 14.5, but will still bring 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 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.
When is the iOS 14.6 release date?
was first launched in September, ahead of 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 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 a public beta. That means you can download it, but it may contain some bugs, as Apple is still working on it before its final release. We don’t recommend downloading any beta on the device you use regularly.
Apple doesn’t publicly announce when it will release a new version of iOS, but we can follow some clues. Since the public beta became available on April 23, and releases come out roughly once a month, we expect to see the final version of iOS 14.6 by May, especially since this is likely to be a smaller update. Plus, we’re expecting Apple to unveilat its in June.
How can I download the iOS 14.6 public beta?
If you do want to download the iOS 14.6 public beta and try out some of the new features (again, we’d recommend doing so on a device you don’t 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 on how to do so.
Once you’re part of the program, you can go to Settings > Software Update, and when you see iOS 14.6 Public Beta, hit Download and Install.
How will I download iOS 14.6 once it’s generally available?
When it’s released, you should get a prompt telling you that iOS 14.6 is now available and asking if you’d 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.)
What devices are compatible with iOS 14.6?
iOS 14.6 will be compatible with all the same devices as iOS 14. Generally, these include the iPhone 6S ($250 at Best Buy) all the way up through the iPhone 12, along with the iPhone SE ($160 at eBay) and the seventh-gen 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 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 rumors about what iOS 14.6 could include.
Better beta tools
The beta versions of iOS 14.6 include a tool that lets 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’s 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 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 added to the Music app in the first iOS 14.6 beta that mentions the Dolby Atmos and Dolby Audio formats, which have not been supported before. That code appears to have been removed in the second beta, suggesting that Apple wants to hide it from users. If high-fidelity streaming does come to fruition, it could help Apple Music compete with Spotify, which in February said it was .
We’ll update this story once we learn more.
For more, check out, and some of the . And before you make any OS updates, .