The official version of iOS 14.6 is here! Performance returns to normal, Apple Music ushered in a major update

If you have recently seen a lot of mood swings when playing King of Glory, it may not be because his teammates are too bad or the opponent is too strong, but maybe because he has upgraded to iOS 14.5.1.

Heat, dropped frames, freezes, and performance bugs in iOS 14.5.1 have become the most talked-about topics of recent iPhone users. No matter which iPhone you are, after upgrading to iOS 14.5.1, you may encounter performance shrinkage issues.

A user on MacRumors took a successful iPhone 12 Pro Max as an example. Through GeekBench running score measurement, they found that the performance difference between iOS 14.5.1 and iOS 14.6 Beta 3 firmware is about the same as that of an A8 processor, which is An iPhone 6.

▲ GeekBench test results of the same iPhone 12 Pro Max iOS 14.6 Beta 3 firmware vs iOS 14.5.1 firmware. Picture from: Macrumors

The good news is that the official version of iOS 14.6 is here today. In addition to solving performance problems, it also brings major updates in music and other aspects. If you are an iOS 14.5.1 user, or a big fan of Apple Music, then there is no reason to reject iOS 14.6.

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Performance returns to normal

After upgrading to iOS 14.6, I ran GeekBench 5 with iPhone 12 Pro Max for a minute. The single-core score is 1604 and the multi-core score is 4133. This result looks no different, consistent with the previous stable version.

After running the Honor of Kings, I played 3 games in a row, and there was no frame drop or screen dimming. Of course, fever will definitely still occur, but it is not as serious as iOS 14.5.1, and the external radiator can be put away.

So if you are troubled by iOS 14.5.1 "random frequency reduction", please upgrade after reading this article.

Apple Music upgrade

The performance fix is ​​just an appetizer, and what is more worthy of attention is the changes in Apple Music.

iOS 14.6 is a subscriber of Apple Music. Based on the original subscription price, it brings three major services, as follows:

  1. Dolby Atmos: Bring an immersive audio experience through a full range of surround sound, including overhead sound effects.
  2. High-resolution lossless: using Apple Fidelity Compressed Audio Encoder (ALAC), each bit has an accuracy of up to 24 bits/192kHz.
  3. Apple digital mastering: minimum 24-bit files and optimized to bring audio with the best sound effects.

To put it simply, the sound quality has ushered in a major upgrade, and spatial audio brings more playability.

At present, there are not many albums with three logos at the same time. Most albums may only have one or two logos. It can be seen under the play button.

If the album does not display any logo, you can try to add the album to the resource library and view it. If it is not displayed after adding, then the album may not support the above three services.

But it is only a matter of time. Apple's plan is to complete the sound quality update of 75 million songs in the entire music library by the end of the year , and each song will be able to enjoy lossless sound quality by then.

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It is worth noting that Apple plans to officially open the service in mid-to-late June. Even if we can already see the "lossless" logo, we still can't enjoy it.

In Apple's official operating instructions, the path to open the lossless audio is to turn on the lossless audio in "Settings"> "Music"> "Audio Quality". However, we did not find the opening entry in the current iOS 14.6 settings page.

▲ The current highest sound quality option is AAC 256kbps

In addition, after opening lossless audio, the playback page should display a "Lossless lossless" logo, but the current playback page does not.

▲ There should be a "non-destructive" logo under the progress bar

Some netizens reported that after upgrading to iOS 14.6, listening to songs with AirPods, I feel that the sound quality has become better. We guess it may be the reason for the blessing of "brain amplifier". After all, the lossless sound quality cannot be enjoyed through wireless headphones. The official recommendation is to play with DAC equipment.

Regarding the experience and enjoyment of lossless audio, we will introduce to you in detail after the service is officially opened.

After talking about sound quality, let's take a look at the update of spatial audio.

If the subtle difference in sound quality is not easy to detect for most ears, then the three-dimensional effect of Dolby Atmos is immediate.

The albums currently supporting Dolby Atmos seem to be all Live videos. Its opening method is not as strict as lossless audio. It is suitable for all Apple's own headset products such as AirPods and Beats. It is also suitable for speakers such as iPhone, iPad, Mac, and even third-party headset devices. You can experience the space of Dolby Atmos Audio.

Like lossless audio, when enjoying Dolby Atmos, there will be a "Dolby Atmos" logo under the progress bar on the playback page. We did not find this logo on iOS 14.6. Apple said that it will officially open this service in mid-to-late June.

But the strange thing is that when we watch videos with Dolby Atmos logo in Apple Music, we can already feel the effects of spatial audio. The three-dimensional, full-bodied panoramic sound effect, as if you were in a live scene without headphones.

The addition of Dolby Atmos is bound to affect the recording industry. We are likely to hear more and more beautifully produced, interesting and diverse styles of stereo albums, which is very exciting.

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Regarding music, there are also several changes in the settings:

  • Added data access permissions.
  • A collection of 3 audio options: audio quality options, equalizer and volume balance during cellular network streaming.
  • In the download options, you can set whether to download through the cellular network.

▲ iOS 14.5 on the left, iOS 14.6 on the right

The 2021 rainbow watch brings

According to news on May 17th, Apple put up the "Rainbow Edition Woven Single Loop Strap" and "Rainbow Edition Nike Loop Sports Strap" on its official website, priced at 779 yuan and 379 yuan, respectively.

The update of iOS 14.6 brings a new rainbow dial, which echoes the rainbow strap.

The new rainbow dial has one rectangle and one round. Apple said that the colors woven together represent the strength of unity and mutual help. The braided thread can float with the rotating digital crown.

I believe that friends who bought these two straps should upgrade to iOS 14.6 as soon as possible.

Podcasts, AirTag's minor fixes

Regarding podcasting, iOS 14.6 supports subscribing to channels and individual programs. Click the avatar in the upper right corner to manage the subscription content.

The functionality of AirTag has also been further improved. First, on the "Lost Mode" page, "Phone Number and Message" has become "Message". Users can click "Leave a Message" to leave their personal information to facilitate contact with the owner.

As for the content of the message, an email has been added. If you don’t want to reveal your phone number, just fill in your email address.

In addition, when the AirTag is touched with a device that supports NFC function, the display owner's phone number will be partially hidden to protect the owner's personal information.


There are some other upgrades or optimizations in iOS 14.6, but it is likely that the perception is not strong. such as:

  • "Voice Control" can unlock the restarted iPhone for the first time using only its voice
  • Added support for Apple Card Family
  • Fix the bug that "Unlock with Apple Watch" may not work after using "Lock iPhone" on Apple Watch
  • Fix the bug that reminders may be displayed as blank lines
  • Fix the bug that the call blocking extension may not be displayed in "Settings"
  • Fix a bug where Bluetooth devices may sometimes disconnect or send audio to other devices during a call

MacRumors also discovered the new Beats headsets in iOS 14.6 and tvOS 14.6, with a bean-shaped design, and the release date is not yet known.

In general, the most perceptible aspect of iOS 14.6 is the improvement of mobile phone fluency. The upgrade of Apple Music-related services is the theme song of this version.

Getting closer to WWDC, iOS 14.6 may be the last stable version before the conference. We will interpret the big changes in the new iOS, iPadOS, and macOS versions, so stay tuned.

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