What’s new in iOS 14.6 for iPhone and iPod touch
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 8:54 amNo Comments
Apple has released iOS 14.6 which includes support for Apple Card Family and Podcasts subscriptions. This release also includes bug fixes for your iPhone.
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
• 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
• Voice Control users can unlock their iPhone for the first time after a restart using only their voice
iOS 14.6 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, including iOS 14.6, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222.
MacDailyNews Take: It’s snappy!
– May. 25th 2021 4:19 pm PT
Apple this week released iOS 14.6 to the public, which includes enhanced support for AirTag, Apple Card Family, paid subscriptions in the Apple Podcasts app, and more. However, it seems that Apple has also quietly made improvements to the Shortcuts app, which now runs actions faster on the iPhone and iPad with the latest version of the operating system.
As reported by some users on Twitter and Reddit, actions in the Shortcuts app run faster with iOS 14.6 and iOS 14.7 beta. One of the reports mentions that a shortcut with 700 actions used to take about 30 seconds to run on iOS 14.5, but now, it runs in just 13 seconds with iOS 14.6. Other users report that the speed got slightly faster with the update but nothing significant.
9to5Mac did some tests, and indeed, it is possible to notice some improvements in both iOS 14.6 and iOS 14.7 beta. However, just as we thought, this only becomes more noticeable when it comes to shortcuts with dozens or hundreds of actions.
In one of our tests, we ran a shortcut with 380 actions. While the iPhone with iOS 14.5.1 took 8 seconds to complete it, another iPhone with iOS 14.6 took only 4 seconds to do the same tasks. The tests were conducted with an iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max, both devices with the A14 Bionic chip.
Apple didn’t mention any improvements to the Shortcuts app in the iOS 14.6 release notes, but it’s great to see that it has gotten faster with the update. Have you noticed these improvements on your device? Let us know in the comments below.