Apple’s iOS 14.4 update could have a huge impact on your iPhone’s performance. While some of you should install the software right now, others might be better off waiting.
iOS 14.4 is out of beta and available to download right now. The firmware is compatible with the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone SE 2, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
iOS 14.4 is a milestone upgrade and it brings a mix of new features, enhancements, bug fixes, and security updates to all of these iPhone models.
The iOS 14.4 update requires a large download. It’s around 400 MB for iPhone owners moving up from iOS 14.3. It will be larger for those of you moving up from older versions of iOS. That’s because the features and fixes from the updates you skipped are baked in.
Those of you dealing with issues on previous versions of iOS could see a huge turnaround after installing iOS 14.4. We’re hearing about a number of positive changes. We’re also hearing about various bugs and performance problems.
If you run into issues on iOS 14.4 take note that you can no longer downgrade your iPhone’s software. Apple has stopped signing on iOS 14.3 which means you can’t move your phone back to the previous version of iOS 14.
Apple isn’t signing on older versions of iOS either. That means those of you having a great experience on your current version of iOS should approach iOS 14.4 with caution. Once you make the move, there’s no getting back.
If you’re currently debating a move to iOS 14.4, allow us to walk you through the best reasons to install the software today and the best reasons to hang around on iOS 14.3, iOS 14.2.1, iOS 14.2, iOS 14.1, iOS 14.0.1, iOS 14.0, or iOS 13 for a little bit longer.
Install iOS 14.4 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing iOS 14.4 right now.
iOS 14.4 has important security patches on board and you can read about them right here. These patches will help protect your iPhone from harm.
If you skipped iOS 14.3 you'll get its nine security updates with your upgrade. You can read more about them on its security site.
iOS 14.3 also included a new privacy information section on App Store pages that includes a developer-reported summary of the app’s privacy practices.
If you skipped iOS 14.2, your iOS 14.4 update includes iOS 14.2's 24 security patches. You can learn more about the patches on Apple's security website.
If you're still running iOS 13, iOS 14.4 include iOS 14.0's security updates.
iOS 14.0 brought 11 new security patches to the iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website.
In addition to those patches, iOS 14 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Home/HomeKit and Safari.
For instance in Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.
With iOS 14 on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them.
There is also a new recording indicator that will appear at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. You can see if an app has used them recently in Control Center.
Researchers also discovered that Apple brought a new "BlastDoor" sandbox security system to iOS 14. The system is meant to prevent attacks from occurring via the Messages app.
You can read more about "BlastDoor" right here.
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