News: Apple Releases iOS 14.6 Beta 3 for iPhone, Adds Fix for Performance Bug

Apple Releases iOS 14.6 Beta 3 for iPhone, Adds Fix for Performance Bug

Apple released the third iOS 14.6 beta today, Monday, May 10. The update fixes a bug that could cause your iPhone to experience performance issues after startup.

Apple seeded developers iOS 14.6 dev beta 3 just past 10 a.m. PDT, the company's standard release time for developer beta updates. Apple subsequently released the third public beta for 14.6 at 1 p.m. PDT, another standard time. Whether you're a developer or public beta tester, you should now see 14.6 beta 3 on your iPhone.

This update comes 10 days after the company seeded developers and public testers the second 14.6 beta, which introduced minor, under-the-hood updates that most users wouldn't notice.

iOS & iPadOS 14.6 Beta 3 Release Notes


  • The iOS & iPadOS 14.6 SDK provides support to develop apps for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices running iOS & iPadOS 14.6 beta 3. The SDK comes bundled with Xcode 12.5, available from the Mac App Store. For information on the compatibility requirements for Xcode 12.5, see Xcode 12.5 Release Notes.

General: Resolved

  • Fixes an issue during startup where iPhone may experience reduced performance. (77540788)

Xcode: Deprecations

  • Don't use the iOS MinimumOSVersion information property list key to declare the minimum release of macOS in which your app runs. Use LSMinimumSystemVersion instead. (73890473)
  • Future releases of macOS ignore the MinimumOSVersion key in Mac apps, including apps built with Mac Catalyst.
  • Future releases of macOS use the LSMinimumSystemVersion key in iOS apps built with Xcode 12.5 or later. If an iOS app doesn't include an LSMinimumSystemVersion key, future releases of macOS compare the app's MinimumOSVersion with the version of its Mac Catalyst runtime to determine compatibility.

How to Install iOS 14.6 Dev Beta 3

You'll need an Apple developer account to update your iPhone. You can get the restore image from your dev portal, then install it with iTunes or Finder. Otherwise, install the configuration profile, then update by going to Settings –> General –> Software Update. Finally, you can simply wait for it to auto-install if you have a dev profile and "Automatic Updates" is enabled.

How to Install iOS 14.6 Public Beta 3

To update your iPhone to iOS 14.6 public beta 3, sign up through Apple's beta site, download and install the configuration profile, then update over the air. If you already have the profile, go to Settings –> General –> Software Update, then tap "iOS 14.6" under "Also Available" to begin the installation of the latest beta build, or you can wait until it installs automatically if "Automatic Updates" is enabled.

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