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Apple today released iOS 14.6 and iPadOS 14.6 to the public. The iOS 14.6 update isn't quite as significant as the iOS 14.5 update that preceded it, but it still introduces a number of notable new features. We've highlighted everything that's new in iOS and iPadOS 14.6 below.

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Apple Music Spatial Audio and Lossless Audio Support

Apple in May introduced two new Apple Music features, which Apple Music subscribers are getting for no additional cost. Apple Music Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos will offer up an immersive, multi-dimensional audio experience that lets artists mix music in a way that makes it sound like the notes are coming from all around you.

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Apple is also upgrading its entire music catalog to Lossless Audio, which preserves the details in the original audio file so Apple Music subscribers can hear songs exactly as artists recorded them in the studio.

Neither of these two features are launching with iOS 14.6 and Apple plans to enable them in June through a server-side update, but iOS 14.6 does lay the groundwork.

More about these new features can be found in our Apple Music guide and our dedicated Apple Music Lossless guide.

Apple Card Family

Announced in April, Apple Card Family is designed to allow an Apple card to be shared among family members. Two adults in a family can share a single Apple Card account, with each person serving as a co-owner to build credit.

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Apple Card Family also lets parents share an Apple Card with their children for making purchases, with optional spending limits and parental controls to help children learn smart financial habits. All spending by the family is tracked with a single monthly bill.

Up to five people can be added to an Apple Card account for sharing purposes, with sharing handled through the Wallet app. All users must be part of the same Family Sharing Group, and be 13 years of age or older.

Co-owners must be 18 years or older, and will have a combined spending limit and the ability to see each other's spending. Existing Apple Card customers will be able to merge their Apple Card accounts if they have two cards, resulting in a higher shared credit limit with the lower APR of the two accounts, but this feature won't be available until July. Adding new family members or adding a co-owner to an Apple Card can be done through the Wallet app, and Apple has provided tutorials.

Apple Podcasts Subscription Support

iOS 14.6 introduces support for subscriptions in the Apple Podcasts app, allowing podcast creators to collect subscription fees from their listeners.

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Subscriptions can unlock additional content, with NPR, the Los Angeles Times, Sony Music Entertainment, Wondery, and more planning to introduce premium content. Podcast subscriptions are available in more than 170 countries.

AirTag and Find My

In the Find My app, if you put an AirTag or a Find My accessory into Lost Mode, you can now add an email address for contact purposes. Prior to iOS 14.6, the only option was to enter a phone number.

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AirTags will also now show a partially masked phone number of an owner when tapped with an NFC-compatible device.

Voice Control

iPhone users with the Voice Control accessibility option enabled can unlock their iPhones for the first time after a restart using only their voice after installing iOS 14.6.

Bug Fixes

There are a number of bug fixes that are included in iOS 14.6, with Apple fixing issues that include the Apple Watch not working to unlock the iPhone, disconnecting Bluetooth devices, and performance issues during startup. A full list of bug fixes is below:
  • 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
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Article Link: iOS 14.6 Features: Everything New in iOS 14.6
 

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My wife and I are very happy that Apple Card Family is finally out. I shared my card with her as a co-owner and she was accepted immediately. Our APR stayed the same but our credit limit did increase. It was such a seamless process.
 
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Squuiid

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On the Apple lossless front, I wonder if there are any changes to iTunes Match.
Have not heard it mentioned post announcement but it would be interesting if Match now upgraded tracks to lossless rather than 256Kbs AAC.
At least me and the other 3 Match users in the world would be super happy with that anyway.
 
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hlfway2anywhere

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On the Apple lossless front, I wonder if there are any changes to iTunes Match.
Have not heard it mentioned post announcement but it would be interesting if Match now upgraded tracks to lossless rather than 256Kbs AAC.
At least me and the other 3 Match users in the world would be super happy with that anyway.
The match feature (without DRM) is built into Apple Music now so it will be interesting to see what happens with that.
 
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On the Apple lossless front, I wonder if there are any changes to iTunes Match.
Have not heard it mentioned post announcement but it would be interesting if Match now upgraded tracks to lossless rather than 256Kbs AAC.
At least me and the other 3 Match users in the world would be super happy with that anyway.
4 of us at least!
 
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ignatius345

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I couldn't really care less about Lossless, to be honest and I'm very much over all this obsessing about it on this website. People do realize that we're talking about the tippy top tier of audible difference, right? It's absolutely not going to be detectable in many listening situations -- and even then, more for people who really want to actively listen for it with trained ears and high-end headphones or loudspeakers. No shade to people who are legitimately into high end audio -- more power to you. But I think a lot of casual music listeners are suddenly obsessing over Lossless just because they heard it's better and they have to have it.

What I want to know more about is spatial audio -- which tracks have it, whether it gets incorporated somehow into "legacy" tracks. That is a feature that would make me consider switching from Spotify. The limited amount I've used it on my AirPods Max, it's a really immersive, cool experience.
 
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I tried double blind abx tests between 256kbps vbr AAC vs direct CD lossless rip back in the day when I was super into audio gear and could not reliably tell which is the “better” rip.

For the test I used ultimate ears custom IEMs, Shure srh840 studio closed earphones, sennheiser 600 open ears, grado se225 open ears and finally near field monitors, all on an Apogee audio interface.

I really doubt even the most discerning 10% of people in this technical forum could appreciate the difference.
 
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ouimetnick

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Closer to 5 or 6. 😂 I’d love to upgrade my existing library to high res lossless for a one time fee. Most of my music is from CDs imported as uncompressed AIFF in iTunes. Some albums are high res from HDTracks and then I have iTunes Store purchases.

Being able to upgrade my CDs and iTunes Store Purchases to high res lossless w/o spending $20+ on an album would be fantastic.

I may just switch to Apple Music and suck up the $10/ month ($120 for the whole year) to replace my music and get more.

I’ll still keep my current library backed up in 3+ places just in case. 😉
 
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ouimetnick

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I tried double blind abx tests between 256kbps vbr AAC vs direct CD lossless rip back in the day when I was super into audio gear and could not reliably tell which is the “better” rip.

For the test I used ultimate ears custom IEMs, Shure srh840 studio closed earphones, sennheiser open ears, grado open ears and finally near field monitors, all on an Apogee audio interface.

I really doubt even the most discerning 10% of people in this technical forum could appreciate the difference.
I’ve noticed a slight difference with certain songs and you really have to be listening closely. It’s not enjoyable trying to pin point small differences.

I try to enjoy my music, not analyze it. Having my music in lossless and some in high res like I do today helps me sleep better at night, and makes me happy so that’s the primary argument.
 
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gadgetfreak98

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Leading with the lossless / spatial audio was a bit of a head fake, no?

The "Neither of these two features are launching with iOS 14.6" was sort of disappointment. I didn't expect these features to be included today, given it's not yet June. But then y'all got my hopes up with the sub-header.
 
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If Steve Jobs were alive today, he'd have fired every single person involved with Apple Lossless limitations even including Tim Cook for being just plain stupid. He would have also threatened the record companies again to pull all their catalogs. Even though they know he wouldn't do such a thing, there was always some unpredictability with Jobs. Tim Cook is as predictable as a Rolex watch.
 
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NervousFish2

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Oh thank god, Podcast episode download caps now sync across devices again! If I set NYT The Daily (for example) to "limit downloads" to "5 Most Recent" on my MBP, it carries that limit over to my Phone. I'm noticing the sync seems to hiccup on one or two of my "follows" but on the whole it seems to be working. I'll take it.
 
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Marshall73

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On the Apple lossless front, I wonder if there are any changes to iTunes Match.
Have not heard it mentioned post announcement but it would be interesting if Match now upgraded tracks to lossless rather than 256Kbs AAC.
At least me and the other 3 Match users in the world would be super happy with that anyway.
Apple stated on the date of press release in reply to The Verge that iTunes Match songs would not upgrade to lossless. Then on the help page for lossless it states lossless songs are only available on Apple Music.
 
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Any chance they disabled or allow you to disable "urgent" to send your notification through while driving with do not disturb with driving turned on? That is one of my biggest gripes.
 
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I tried double blind abx tests between 256kbps vbr AAC vs direct CD lossless rip back in the day when I was super into audio gear and could not reliably tell which is the “better” rip.

For the test I used ultimate ears custom IEMs, Shure srh840 studio closed earphones, sennheiser open ears, grado open ears and finally near field monitors, all on an Apogee audio interface.

I really doubt even the most discerning 10% of people in this technical forum could appreciate the difference.
Can’t you tell the difference in cymbals for example? Or a airy violin? Even the room acoustics of the place it was recorded would show as well. Maybe it’s bc you’re hearing with very close to the ear drivers but I certainly can tell the difference with my AKG 550s or my Kef Ls50s.
 
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msp3

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My wife and I are very happy that Apple Card Family is finally out. I shared my card with her as a co-owner and she was accepted immediately. Our APR stayed the same but our credit limit did increase. It was such a seamless process.
The real question is what happens on your credit report, who does the new larger line of credit belong to? Does it show up as joint unsecured credit? Who gets the history and who gets the liability? All of these are still not clear and until we see what Goldman Sachs reports to bureaus we can't say for sure either
 
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armandxp

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On the Apple lossless front, I wonder if there are any changes to iTunes Match.
Have not heard it mentioned post announcement but it would be interesting if Match now upgraded tracks to lossless rather than 256Kbs AAC.
At least me and the other 3 Match users in the world would be super happy with that anyway.
They have said that it will only be for Apple Music from what I've heard, and iTunes Match would still be whatever quality it always has been.
 
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