Apple’s only just released iOS 14.5 but it already has the third beta version of iOS 14.6 out!
Work on the iOS 14.6 beta began in April with Apple releasing the first developer beta of iOS 14.6 on 22 April 2021. The beta has shown up a few new features including new AirTag features and the promise of hi-res Apple Music.
The third beta arrived on 10 May.
iOS 14.6 release date
iOS 14.5 was months in the making, but it was a big update to iOS 14. The iOS 14.6 update may not be as feature heavy as Apple will be gearing up to launch the beta of iOS 15 following the WWDC event on 7 June. Read about what’s expected at WWDC in our news round up.
With that in mind we would expect to see iOS 14.6 before WWDC in June, so a May update is possible. But the tweaks to iOS 14.5 may just arrive following the WWDC event – perhaps in relation to new Apple products that could arrive at that event.
What’s in iOS 14.6?
It’s still early days, so not many of the new features are known, however it does seem that some more changes are coming to Apple Music.
New AirTag features
The third beta update to iOS 14.6 arrived on 10 May and included changes to the Find My app that will change the options available for AirTag users.
Currently if you set an AirTag or another compatible device to “Lost” mode, you can only specify a phone number for the person who found the device to contact you on.
Following the iOS 14.6 update it will be possible to specify an email address that can be used to notify you.
Hi-Res Audio in Apple Music
In the code of the first beta there were indications that Apple Music will also offer music in high resolution. Read more here: Apple Music getting Hi-Res Audio soon.
How to get the iOS 14.6 beta
One of the best things about Apple’s beta program (read: How to become an Apple beta tester) is that it gives us an insight into the new features and change that are coming to iPhones. But you should beware that beta versions usually contain a lot of bugs, so the installation is at your own risk.
If you are interested in participating in testing the new updates, you can go to the Apple Beta Software Program and enter your details.
Apple also runs beta programs for iPadOS, tvOS, WatchOS, and macOS.
For more information read: How to join Apple’s beta program and try out new software. Also read: How to get the iOS beta.