Friday Night Fun As iOS 14.6 Public Beta 2 Rings In The Weekend
Apple is apparently ready to make Friday Night Betas a thing with beta releases for their entire product line releasing today, including iOS 14.6 Public Beta 2.
There’s not much of anything official to note in this week’s release, which has some testers scratching their heads, since what they’ve been seeing has been a less than ideal experience.
One fun update that’s snuck in to this release is that the icon for the Apple TV Siri remote has been updated to the new version.
The only other update in iOS 14.6 is the same that I mentioned last week. Now if you have a beta profile on your iDevice and there’s a new beta release, you have the option to install it or the current release candidate. Once the release candidate has been installed, iOS will ask if you want to remove the beta profile from your device. It’s a great way to get your device back to a solid release if you have a problem with a particular beta but don’t want to leave the beta program.
That’s been helpful for a few Public Beta Program members.
What’s Broken/What’s Fixed?
Apple’s official release notes for iOS 14.6 is pretty much devoid of anything other than the beta profile software update enhancement listed above.
However, chatter on forums and social media seem to indicate that there are several testers that have taken advantage of the option to punt back to iOS 14.5. Everything from stability issues to apps not working have been cited. Personally, I had a day where my “uncurated” app library folders went completely wonky and rearranged themselves. No amount of reboots would restore them to the order they’d been in. After an overnight charge, everything was back to the way it was previously. Weird.
As always, this is your friendly reminder that testing beta builds of software is not without risk. You may lose access to apps that are crucial to your daily workflow. Your device might behave unexpectedly. Best practice is to keep a clean copy of the current release candidate on your computer to easily jump back to a “safe” build if you get into trouble. And always report bugs you find in the Feedback app!
AirTags have shipped, new iMacs, iPads, and Apple TVs are flying off the pre-order shelves. So really we’re in a bit of a coast between now and WWDC this summer. Once Apple officially announces iOS 15, we’ll be in for a ride with new features and a brand new beta cycle!
Speaking of features, does anyone remember App Clips? It seemed like it had such great potential but it’s never really materialized as a platform. I’m thinking that with everyone stuck in their homes for the past 16 months, there hasn’t been much call for downloading little bits of new apps wherever you go.
Until then expect iOS 14.6 to release sometime in the next month or so as it’s likely the release that supports those new iPads coming in late May. After that we’ll probably get iOS 14.7 and maybe even iOS 14.8 since it’ll be late June before iOS 15 is opened up for public testers.
Whatever happens, I’ll be here next week (probably Friday again) with the latest iOS 14.6 Public Beta release roundup.