Today Apple released iOS 14.6, which includes new features for AirTags, support for subscriptions in Apple podcasts and, most importantly, a number of major security updates for just about all modern iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch.
The big new features for consumers in iOS 14.6 are updates that allow Family Sharing for Apple Card and subscriptions in Apple Podcasts. Meanwhile, AirTags has also gained some attention with the ability to “add an email address instead of a phone number for AirTag and Find My network accessories”.
And for Apple Music users, iOS 14.6 also includes support for Dolby Atmos and lossless audio, both of which are expected to live next month.
However, the most urgent part of iOS 14.6 is a a whole host of security updates which deal with a wide range of exploits ranging from things like malicious audio files that could allow hackers to execute code or reveal personal information to holes in basic iOS services, which were previously vulnerable to software malware that could potentially grant root privileges to malicious actors.
Apple’s lineup of security updates in iOS 14.6 are so extensive that they cover almost all of the major mobile devices that Apple has made in the past five years, including all iPhone 6s and later, each iPad Pro, every iPad Air 2 and later, every iPad fifth. -gen and later, all iPad Mini 4 and later, and all iPod Touch seventh generation and later.
So even if you don’t have an Apple card or are using Apple podcasts, it is highly recommended for every iPhone or iPad owner update to iOS 14.6 as soon as possible.