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Apple Releases iOS 14.6 with Audio and Podcast Improvements

Apple today is releasing iOS, iPadOS, and tvOS 14.6 to supported devices. The updates are mainly for lossless audio support and Podcast subscription features.

Apple today is releasing iOS 14.6, iPadOS 14.6, and tvOS 14.6 to all compatible devices today. This is the sixth major update for iOS 14 which originally came out in last year. This is the follow up to the iOS 14.5 update. This new update is largely focused on audio improvements. The new update will let Apple Music subscribers enable lossless audio or Dolby Atmos once it’s available in the coming weeks. It also updates Podcasts to introduce podcast subscriptions.

Apple iOS, iPadOS 14.6, and tvOS 14.6

To get the new update on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV head to Settings > General > Software Updates and tap or click the Download and Install button.

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In addition to Podcast Subscriptions, Audio Improvements it also adds support for Apple Card Family sharing and AirTag and Find My improvements. As usual, it also includes other general bug fixes and security improvements.

Here is a list of the full release notes:

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

Apple is also working on developments for iOS 15 which is set to arrive later this year. Note that certain Apple devices like HomePod and AirPods won’t support lossless audio right away.

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  1. Sherri Olsen

    iPad 14.6 update is a disaster for me. How do we get Apple to correct on the issues like battery now draining in less than 12 hours versus previous well over 24 hours? Podcast app crashes when waiting for different tabs on the updated podcast…and server is running sooooo slow for pages to load. And after listening to podcasts….it won’t ‘disappear’ off my screen like it used to so I can listen to at night in the dark….now it gives option of ‘listen again’ and other crud that no one asked for!!! This update was much for far reaching than simply changing our subscribing from an update to following one as Apple stated. Someone PLEASE ADVISE how I can go back to 14.5 without scrubbing my entire iPad!!!!!

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