Not waiting around, Apple seeds iOS 14.6, iPadOS 14.6 beta 1 to devs

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Not waiting around, Apple seeds iOS 14.6, iPadOS 14.6 beta 1 to devs
Not one to let moss grow under its feet, Apple quickly began testing follow-up operating systems for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Apple TV.
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Apple already began testing the first betas of iOS 14.6, iPadOS 14.6, watchOS 7.5 and tvOS 14.5. Developers were seeded these on Thursday, even though the versions that were previously in beta testing have yet to be introduced to the public.

Apple already working on iOS 14.6

It’s not known what’s coming in the future operating system updates for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Apple TV. The betas just debuted, and the release notes don’t give many details.

Still, Apple did reveal that this version will make it easier for beta testers to install future iOS/iPadOS release candidates and drop out of the beta program.

Currently, iOS 14.6, iPadOS 14.6, watchOS 7.5 and tvOS 14.5 are only available to those in the Apple Developer Program, which costs $99 a year. But, if Apple follows its previous habits, public beta versions will be along fairly soon.

No, iOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.5, etc. aren’t out

Apple began testing future versions of its phone, tablet, watch and TV operating systems before introducing the versions that were, until recently, still in testing. That might lead to some confusion.

Apple seeded the release candidates for iOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.5, watchOS 7.4 and tvOS 14.5 to developers on April 20. These aren‘t due to go to the general public until sometime in the week of April 26 through April 30. And they’ll bring a range of new features, like unlocking an iPhone with an Apple Watch, and App Tracking Transparency.

But that didn’t stop Apple’s OS developers from moving on to the future versions.