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It’s only two weeks until Apple unveils iOS 15 at WWDC, but in the meantime it has just released iOS 14.6 to add some recently announced features for iPhone and iPad users. You should probably install it whether or not you’re interested in those features, as Apple’s software updates always include the latest bug fixes and security updates to keep you safe. But let’s take a quick look at what those new features are…
Apple has taken a leaf out of Patreon’s book and given creators the ability to offer optional paid subscription tiers. That means exclusive bonus content from podcasters who choose to embrace this new capability. Users can subscribe to this premium content in-app in much the same way regular app subscriptions work. How much it will take off is anyone’s guess, but iOS 14.6 unlocks the capability as part of a redesign of the Podcasts app. Check it out after updating!
Apple Card Family
iOS 14.6 brings some changes to Apple Card, too. Spouses and partners can now merge accounts to build credit equally, something that’s not usually possible with conventional cards. And a new feature called Apple Card Family means that anyone over 13 can now use your account, with spending limits in place to keep tabs on whoever is using it. Check out the Wallet app after the update if you’re interested in setting this up.
This isn’t going live until some time next month, but iOS 14.6 lays the groundwork for Apple’s new high-fidelity music streaming option.
iOS 14.5 stuff
Of course, if you’ve not updated for a little while you may have missed the much-talked-about features in Apple’s previous update, iOS 14.5. Update now and you’ll also get access to App Tracking Transparency, Unlock with Apple Watch, and 200+ new emoji.
How to update
To get iOS 14.6 or iPadOS 14.6, head to Settings > General > Software Update. Then simply follow the instructions to download and install the update. If you have Automatic Updates enabled, you may find it has already installed – in which case you’ll see a message stating that your device is up to date.