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  • iOS 14.6 is currently available as a beta for developers via the Settings application
  • iOS 14.6 will reportedly launch support for Apple Card Family
  • The update is also said to have added a feature on the Apple Podcast app

The latest iOS 14.6 update has just rolled out with added options for Lost Mode. The update also makes possible features such as "Tagging AirTags" and "FindMy network-compatible devices," using just an email address.

On May 10, Apple released its third developer beta version of the iOS 14.6. Along with the latest update, iPhone users may now choose between email addresses or phone numbers as a contact method when the AirTag or any FindMy app-enabled device gets lost, 9to5 Mac reported.

When a device enabled with AirTag or FindMy network feature is lost, a user can put them in Lost Mode using their email address. The missing device will display a message and the phone number of the owner, making it easier for anybody who finds the missing device to return it.

“Enter an email address in case someone finds your item and wants to contact you. Once you enable Lost Mode, this email address will be visible to the person who finds your item, 9to5 Mac reported. "This allows others to contact you whenever your lost items are found,” the report added.

When the FindMy application was released to Apple devices, it came with only the phone number as the contact option. With iOS 14.6, AirTags and other FindMy app compatible device owners will have the option to choose whether to put their phone number or their email address upon enabling the Lost Mode.

For people who prefer to keep their phone number private yet want to take advantage of the Lost Mode function of the FindMy app, this could be a great idea, Phone Arena reported.

9to5 Mac notes that there is no means to put both the phone number and the email address together as contact options. This means users will have to decide whether to put their phone number or their email address on the device along with the Lost Mode notification.

Reports also suggest that iOS 14.6 will launch support for Apple Card Family. The update is said to have added a feature on the Apple Podcast app as it brings in the Apple Podcast Subscriptions platform this month.

iOS 14.6 is currently available as a beta for developers via the Settings application. Apple did not give out any specific date of public release yet.

Along with the iOS 14.6 third beta, Apple has also released the third beta of the tvOS 14.6 to developers along with the HomePod Software version 14.6.

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