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Technology iOS 14.6: Apple's beta adds a significant tool for developers

18:21  28 april  2021
18:21  28 april  2021 Source:   cnet.com

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After months of beta testing, Apple released iOS 14.5 on Monday. The updated iPhone software includes a slew of new features like a setting to turn off ad tracking within apps, the ability to unlock your phone even if you're wearing a face mask, support for AirTags, new emoji and new Siri voices. But even before iOS 14.5 was released, Apple started testing iOS 14.6 with developers and in public beta.

graphical user interface, text, application, chat or text message: Even before iOS 14.5 was out the door, Apple already moved on to the next update. Patrick Holland/CNET © Provided by CNET Even before iOS 14.5 was out the door, Apple already moved on to the next update. Patrick Holland/CNET

iOS 14.6 includes a tool that lets app developers and public beta testers upgrade to an iOS release candidate without removing their developer or beta profile. For example, 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 that presents the option.

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graphical user interface, application: At the bottom of the Software Update screen in a new section called Also Available that lets developers choose to upgrade to a release candidate version of iOS or a beta version. Patrick Holland/CNET © Provided by CNET At the bottom of the Software Update screen in a new section called Also Available that lets developers choose to upgrade to a release candidate version of iOS or a beta version. Patrick Holland/CNET

The first beta of iOS 14.6 came out April 23 and is focused on bug-fixes and improvements. Aside from the convenient new software update tool, there weren't any other features announced. Apple could add new features to iOS 14.6 in future beta versions or keep the update focused on improving iOS 14 under the hood.

graphical user interface, text, application: Even before iOS 14.5 was out the door, Apple already moved on to the next update. © Patrick Holland/CNET

Even before iOS 14.5 was out the door, Apple already moved on to the next update.

The release of the iOS 14.6 beta comes less than two months before Apple's annual developers conference, WWDC, which will be held virtually in June. Apple is expected to announce new versions of its operating systems including MacOS, WatchOS and iPadOS. It is likely that iOS 15 will be announced and that it could be available to download as a public beta later in this summer (it was in early July for iOS 14).

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