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Magento (Adobe Commerce) 2.4.6 Release Highlights

Magento (Adobe Commerce) 2.4.6 will be released on March 14, 2023. This new release promises to bring a host of new features and enhancements to the platform, making it even easier for merchants to run their online stores.

The release will include over 300 fixes and “significant performance and scalability enhancements.”

Support for PHP 8.2 will be introduced. PHP 8.1 will remain fully supported, but support for PHP 7.4 will be removed. You cannot run Magento 2.4.6 on PHP 7.4.

Magento 2.4.6 highlights

So what can you expect from the Magento (Adobe Commerce) 2.4.6 release?

Security enhancements

  • 8 security fixes and platform security improvements
  • reCAPTCHA validation will no longer fail during checkout when unexpected errors occur during payment processing

Platform enhancements

  • PHP 8.2 is supported and PHP 8.1 will continue to work
  • Support for PHP 7.4 is removed—Magento 2.4.6 will not run on PHP 7.4
  • Composer 2.2.x and ElasticSearch 8.x are supported
  • Redis 7.0.x is supported—Redis 6.2 remains compatible but will reach end of service in April 2024
  • OpenSearch becomes the default search engine for Adobe Commerce on-premise and cloud installations; it is supported as an independent search engine for Magento Open Source
  • Support for MariaDB (LTS version) remains, but upgrading to MariaDB 10.6 is recommended
  • The DHL scheme is migrated from v6.2 to v10.0
  • Outdated JavaScript libraries are updated to the latest versions and outdated dependencies are removed—they remain backward compatible

Performance and scalability enhancements

  • Processing time is reduced when performing operations involving >100 customers segments when the Real-time Check if Customer is Matched by Segment setting is disabled
  • Product grid performance is improved when the Limit Number of Products in Grid configuration setting is enabled
  • Import performance is improved, allowing for imports of up to 100,000 records per minute
  • Order processing performance is improved through load balancing

Accessibility updates

  • The storefront experience on Venia (PWA) is made “more perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust”
  • Descriptive accessible names are added to all buttons on the storefront
  • All storefront functionality is made accessible to keyboard-only users

New B2B feature

  • The Purchase Order for Companies feature is made available via the GraphQL API
  • Multiple bug fixes

New Braintree features

  • Pay Later buttons and banners are enabled for Italy and Spain
  • PayLater messaging is enabled for PayPal Vault
  • Fraud Protection, ACH, and LPM (Local Payment Methods) web hooks are added

GraphQL performance enhancements

  • Response time is improved for queries involving categories with category permissions enabled
  • Category tree rendering in GraphQL is optimized—customers   with large number of categories will benefit the most
  • Query response time for bulk cart operations is reduced (when adding up to 500 simple and configurable products)

Page Builder compatibility

  • Page Builder v.1.7.3 is supported in Magento 2.4.6

PWA Studio compatibility

  • PWA Studio v.13.0.x is supported in Magento 2.4.6

Here’s the official Magento (Adobe Commerce) 2.4.6 release notes.

Magento 2.4.6 fixed issues

Hundreds of issues have been fixed in Magento (Adobe Commerce) 2.4.6. The following are just a sample of those issues:

  • Static content deployment timeout error during standard or compact deployments with different websites and locales
  • Proceed to Checkout, Review Order, and Place Order buttons at checkout not working
  • Screen readers’ failure to read the correct image description on the order history page
  • Error when Quick Order is used to add products and available inventory is less than the quantity indicated
  • Overriding other store views’ data when updating bundle products via API for a specific store view
  • JavaScript console error when product quantity is more than the configured limit during a multi-shipping checkout—an informative error message is displayed instead
  • Compare Products list feature not working correctly in a multi-website installation

Should you upgrade to Magento 2.4.6?

Magento (Adobe Commerce) 2.4.6 comes with new features, enhancements, and updates that make the platform more secure and stable while allowing you to run your eCommerce store more effectively and efficiently. So, yes, you should definitely upgrade to Magento 2.4.6.

Take note, however, that new releases may contain backward-incompatible changes (BICs). Hence, it’s important that you review these changes before proceeding to upgrade your store. Ensuring that third-party modules continue to work after an upgrade is crucial to avoiding any negative impact on your eCommerce operations.

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