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  • Apple has just released the sixth iOS 14 beta
  • The new iOS 14 beta comes alongside the sixth iPadOS 14 beta
  • The beta version brings some changes and new features to the iPhone

Apple has just released the sixth iOS 14 beta for all developers so they can have a first-hand look at what the company is bringing to the iPhone operating software. The release comes alongside the arrival of the sixth iPadOS 14 beta.

While iOS 14 is set to be released with the upcoming iPhone 12 models, interested parties who want to see the new version can check out the developer beta. Users will need to be part of the Apple Beta Software Program in order to download and install it on their device. And since it is still an unfinished version, those who will install it should expect to see possible bugs and issues.

The new iOS 14 beta 6 brings some minor tweaks and additions to the OS version. Here's a quick look at the new additions and changes to the iPhone operating system.

Spatial Audio

Apple is bringing Spatial Audio, the feature that gives the AirPods Pro surround sound capabilities, is coming to iOS 14. It is not enabled at the moment, but a toggle that can be seen in the Accessibility section of Settings shows that it is being included in the iPhone software version.

Those who want to enable it when the final version of iOS 14 arrives can do so by opening Settings, heading to Accessibility, choosing AirPods, then scrolling to the bottom of the screen. There will be a “Follow iPhone” toggle under Spatial Audio.

Enabling the feature allows users to hear sounds as if they are coming from the iPhone. This will improve the experience when watching videos, playing games and engaging with others in FaceTime calls.

Maps splash screen

Users who launch the Maps app will be greeted by a new splash screen that tells them about the app's new features, such as Cycling Navigation, Curated Guides and Speed Cameras. The latter feature helps users know if there are speed cameras and red-light cameras along their route.

Time picker design change

Users will now see an orange box around the time picker in various apps such as the clock app. This design change will let users know that they can interact with the time picker to change the time.

The new iOS 14 beta 6 also brings a slew of fixes and improvements to other features. Those who are interested to know all the details can find them in Apple's release notes.

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