Apple released the RC for iOS 14.6 today, Monday, May 17. The update comes just hours after Apple announced Spacial Audio and lossless playback for Apple Music, new features that will require iOS 14.6 to run.

Apple released this new update just past 10 a.m. PDT, the company’s standard release time for developers updates. If you’re a public beta tester, you won’t see this update hit your iPhone just yet. Instead, you’ll need to wait for Apple to release iOS 14.6 Public RC, which we expect to see at 1 p.m. PDT today, or 10 a.m. PDT tomorrow.

We will need to explore iOS 14.6 RC before we know exactly what is new with the update. Apple Music’s new features will be available in June.

What’s New with 14.6 RC?

Apple Card Family

  • Apple Card can be shared with up to five people, including anyone 13 years or older in your Family Sharing group
  • Apple Card Family adds support for families to track expenses, manage spending with optional limits and controls, and build credit together

Podcasts

  • Subscription support for channels and individual shows

AirTag and Find My

  • Lost mode option to add an email address instead of a phone number for AirTag and Find My network accessories
  • AirTag will show the partially masked phone number of the owner when tapped with an NFC-capable device

Accessibility

  • Voice Control users can unlock their iPhone for the first time after a restart using only their voice

This release also fixes the following issues:

  • Unlock with Apple Watch may not work after using Lock iPhone on Apple Watch
  • Reminders may appear as blank lines
  • Call blocking extensions may not appear in Settings
  • Bluetooth devices could sometimes disconnect or send audio to a different device during an active call
  • iPhone may experience reduced performance during startup

For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

How to Install iOS 14.6 Developer RC

You’ll need an Apple developer account to update your iPhone. You can get the restore image from your dev portal, then install it with iTunes or Finder. Otherwise, install the configuration profile, then update by going to Settings –> General –> Software Update. Finally, you can simply wait for it to auto-install if you have a dev profile and “Automatic Updates” is enabled.

How to Install iOS 14.6 Public RC

To update your iPhone to iOS 14.6 Public RC when available, sign up through Apple’s beta site, download and install the configuration profile, then update over the air. If you already have the profile, go to Settings –> General –> Software Update, then tap “iOS 14.6” under “Also Available” to begin the installation of the latest beta build, or you can wait until it installs automatically if “Automatic Updates” is enabled.




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