iOS 14.6 is now available for download and includes new features like the option to share an Apple Card among family members, enhances privacy for the AirTags Lost Mode feature, more Voice Control accessibility for unlocking iPhone without using your hands and Podcast Subscriptions, that provide access to premium content and allow creators to monetize their shows.
iOS 14.6 Update Details
The update file is 590.9 MB large (size can vary slightly depending on iPhone model) and can be installed over-the-air from Settings -> General -> Software Update. Provide your iPhone’s Passcode and use the Download and Install option. Follow the on-screen instructions and be patient until the process completes (in case the iOS 14.6 update is stuck during the process, here are the most common fixes).
Fact: iOS 14.6 has built number 18F72.
iOS 14.6 Features
1. Apple Card Family
With this new feature you can share an Apple Card with family members. Two adults can share an Apple Card account, while up to 5 family members can share an Apple Card for online and offline spending. Users have to be be over the age of 13, while Apple Card account co-owners have to be 18 or older.
Apple Card sharing is handled with the help of the Wallet app and all participants have to be part of the same Family Sharing Group.
2. AirTag and Find My
A welcomed improvement for the recently released AirTags allows you to use an email address instead of a phone number, when you put a Find My accessory into Lost Mode. This will help you to prevent from disclosing your phone number to foreigners that might find your lost Bluetooth tracker.
How To: Open the Find My app on your iPhone. Tap on Items. Tap on your AirTag and hit Enable that’s available right below the Lost Mode section. Select ‘Leave a Message’ and provide your email address!
3. Voice Control
One of the accessibility features provided by Voice Control is the ability to unlock your iPhone with a voice command. However, until iOS 14.6 this wasn’t possible after a reboot. All iPhones are instructed to ask for your Passcode after a restart before Face ID or Touch ID start working. Once you update to iOS 14.6 this won’t be the case anymore for Voice Control unlocks!
4. Podcasts Subscription
In iOS 14.6 podcast creators can monetize their content with the help of paid subscriptions. As a listener you can unlock premium content with the help of this new subscription system available in over 170 countries.
iOS 14.6 Bug Fixes
This release patches a series of problems including slow performance during iPhone startup, Bluetooth connectivity issues, unlock iPhone with Apple Watch glitch and more. We have already discussed them here in our iOS 14.6 RC review.
Have you upgraded to iOS 14.6? Did you manage to detect additional bug fixes? What about new bugs? Don’t hesitate to use the comments section and share your feedback.
Related: Alongside iOS 14.6, Apple has also released iPadOS 14.6, watchOS 7.5, macOS Big Sur 11.4 and tvOS 14.6.