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Apple rolls out second iOS 14.6 release candidate to developers

Published May 21st, 2021 1:38PM EDT
iOS 14.6 RC 2
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iOS 14.6 apparently still isn’t quite ready for primetime, but just four days after Apple seeded the release candidate to developers, a second release candidate has now been released. We can’t tell you why there needed to be two release candidates before the public launch of the update, but if you’re a developer that has yet to download the first iOS 14.7 beta, here’s iOS 14.6 RC 2.

When iOS 14.6 does finally arrive, it will brings new features to Apple Music, including Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos and Lossless Audio. These features are free for Apple Music subscribers, so you won’t have to do anything to gain access to them once you update to iOS 14.6. Additionally, Apple Podcasts Subscriptions will make their debut in the iOS update, and you can now use an email address as a contact method for Lost Mode instead of a phone number in the Find My app for your AirTag.

Apple’s iOS 14.6 RC 2 is now available on iPhone, alongside the corresponding iPad software update for developers, iPadOS 14.6 RC. If you’re wondering whether or not your device is compatible with iOS 14 or iPadOS 14, we put together a full list below that contains every compatible device. If your device is on there, you’re good to go, and you can start updating right now:

  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE (1st generation)
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
  • iPod touch (7th generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st generation)
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch
  • iPad (7th generation)
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad (5th generation)
  • iPad mini (5th generation)
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad Air 2

Installing a new iOS or iPadOS beta on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch couldn’t be easier. Navigate to Settings > General > Software Update and then click on “Download and Install.” It is also possible to install the update via iTunes by connecting your iOS device to your computer. Whichever method you choose, just make sure to back up your device before installing the update.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.