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The PS4 Black Ops 3 Beta is coming to an end which means that the Xbox Black Ops 3 beta for Xbox One is about to begin. With the release on the horizon, here are a few reasons why we think you should play the Xbox Black Ops 3 Beta ahead of the game’s release.

Last week, Treyarch released its first Call of Duty Black Ops 3 beta. Instead of Microsoft getting first dibs, the company released the game’s release beta for the PlayStation 4. Over the weekend, Treyarch actually extended the PS4 Black Ops 3 beta so that gamers could continue testing the game ahead of its November release date.

Now it’s Microsoft’s turn and tomorrow Treyarch should release the codes that will allow Xbox One users to download the game ahead of the Xbox Black Ops 3 release on Wednesday.

If you pre-order a copy of Black Ops 3 for Xbox One, you will be invited to the upcoming Black Ops 3 beta period. Once you get your promotional code, you’ll need to head to the Call of Duty website to input that code so that you’re prepared for the Xbox Call of Duty release.

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Like many of you, I pre-ordered Call of Duty Black Ops 3 for Xbox One though it wasn’t to play the beta. I’ve been playing Call of Duty since Call of Duty 1 so I typically just order ahead of time knowing that I’ll be playing it on day one. The beta is just an added bonus.

In fact, I wasn’t even sure that I wanted to try the Black Ops 3 beta. I like surprises and I don’t like problems. The PS4 Call of Duty faced tons of issues from bugs to server errors and my guess is that the Xbox Black Ops 3 beta will be plagued with its own set of problems.

That said, I’ve decided to give the Xbox beta a shot and here I want to relay some reasons why I think you should play the Xbox Black Ops 3 beta to those of you that are currently on the fence.

You Play With Friends

The first reason to try the Xbox Black Ops 3 beta is if you play Call of Duty with a group of people.

I’ve been playing Call of Duty with the same five people for many years now and all of us knew (months ago) that we’d be buying Black Ops 3 for Xbox. We’ve been looking for an excuse to play something other than Call of Duty Advanced Warfare and this beta gives us the perfect excuse to take a break and get familiar with the next game both as individuals and as a team.

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Playing Call of Duty with my friends, and my brothers, is some of the most fun I have playing video games and from what I’ve seen, Black Ops 3 has a chance to be an excellent addition to the Call of Duty family.

So if Call of Duty serves as a social outlet or you just want to play with your team to test things out and gather feedback about the game, I suggest playing the Xbox Black Ops 3 beta. It’s not the full game but it’s a nice distraction and should help to hold you over until the fall.

To Get Familiar with Gameplay

I’m playing the Call of Duty Black Ops 3 beta to play with friends and family but I’m also playing it to learn more about the game’s weapons, maps and game modes.

The Xbox Black Ops 3 beta won’t include the whole game but Treyarch stuffed a ton of content into the PS4 beta so I’m expecting nothing less from the Xbox beta.

First, I want to get familiar with the weapons. While I do like using a wide-range of weapons, there are usually two or three that become my go-tos. While there will probably be changes to the balance of these guns, I can get some initial leads just by trying out the game ahead of its release.

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Picking out a few guns, default or otherwise, might allow me to level up a little faster in the fall. The game becomes much better once you have access to all of the gear so leveling is going to be extremely important. The Xbox Black Ops 3 should start with a level 28 cap and you will be able to create classes with different guns and gadgets.

I also want to get familiar with the maps. Knowing the maps and specific spots is essential to doing well in Call of Duty and playing the beta will give you a head start over those who aren’t interested in playing the early version of the game.

The PS4 beta came with three maps including Hunted, Combine and Evac and I’m going to use a ton of trial and error during the beta to figure out the best routes to take and best places to hide.

That all plays into the modes. The PS4 Black Ops 3 beta featured:

  • Team Deathmatch
  • Hardpoint
  • Demolition
  • Domination
  • Kill Confirmed
  • Capture the Flag
  • Search and Destroy

We mainly play Search and Destroy and the beta will allow myself, and my team, to get familiar with the bomb sites. And that will give us leverage over players and other teams that decided to skip the beta.

Practice Movement

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare introduced a jet pack that completely changed the way combatants move in the Call of Duty universe. Some people hate it. I love when Activision and its developer partners throw new wrinkles into the game’s combat. It helps to keep the game fresh.

Treyarch is adding a few wrinkles of its own:

  • Thrust Jumps: Press and hold to add additional verticality to your jump. If you press and hold for a short duration, you’ll gain extra air but won’t fully deplete your power meter; if you press and hold for a longer beat, you’ll gain maximum verticality but fully drain your power meter. You can also feather the button for a bit of extra distance.
  • Power Slide: While running, you can press the button to slide into or out of combat at a high velocity.
  • Wall Run: Jump onto a wall at an angle to initiate a Wall Run. Your gun is always ready to fire at a moment’s notice.

Thrust isn’t the same as jetpack and wall running is a completely new element to movement. Both are going to be extremely important to my success, and your success, in Call of Duty Black Ops 3.

Movement is one of the keys to being good at first person shooters. If your movements aren’t fast and fluid, be prepared to die a lot. If you don’t want to die a ton in Black Ops 3, both at the start and in the weeks after release, you might want to try the beta and get used to these new forms of movement.

If you can start mastering these moves now, you’re going to be in much better shape when the game arrives in November.

Learn More About Specialists

Black Ops 3 is going to introduce a completely new element called Specialists. Each comes with its own “distinctive personality, look, voice, weapons, and abilities.”Depending on who you select, you’ll gain access to unique weapons and abilities that could change the course of your team’s match.

The PS4 Black Ops 3 beta included these specialists on day one and I highly recommend getting familiar with them now so that you’re prepared for November:

  • Battery: Battery operates ahead of the front lines. Her War Machine fires salvos of bouncing grenades, while her Kinetic Armor can deflect enemy bullets when active… though she remains vulnerable to headshots and non-bullet damage.
  • Ruin: A reckless infantry soldier who prefers to surprise his enemies. He rushes into battle with his Overdrive ability, and can deliver a devastating shockwave with his Gravity Spikes.
  • Outrider: A hunter-tracker who stalks her prey from afar before moving in for the kill. Use her Vision Pulse ability to reveal the location of nearby enemies or her Sparrow compound bow with its deadly explosive bolts.
  • Prophet: Prefers to disrupt opponents’ tactics before moving in for the kill. His Tempest is a charge-shot weapon that delivers chain electricity to all nearby enemies. He can confuse enemies with his Glitch ability, which flashes him back to a previous position.
  • Seraph: Known for extreme focus and discipline in combat. Her high-caliber Annihilator revolver fires powerful rounds with increased bullet penetration taking out enemies with one shot. She’s also able to earn Scorestreaks more quickly using her Combat Focus ability, which triggers a brief bonus multiplier.
  • Nomad: Prefers to turn the environment against his enemies. Case in point: His H.I.V.E. weapon, which deploys trap pods filled with deadly nano-drones. When near death, Nomad can recover using his Rejack ability.

Try them out and decide which ones you like and don’t like. And if you play with friends or a team, you might want to try out which combinations work best.

To Help Fix Black Ops 3 Problems

And finally, you should play the Xbox Black Ops 3 beta because it’s going to help Treyarch squash Black Ops 3 problems before the game’s release.

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While you should use the beta to play with friends and get comfortable with the game’s many changes, you should also report issues with the game so that the developer can get to work on improvements ahead of the game’s release in November. The beta should help cut down on day one server issues and annoying bugs that hamper the overall quality of the game.

Will it eradicate them all? Probably not but the more people that stress test this game ahead of release the better. If you play the Xbox Black Ops 3 beta, make sure you report bugs and issues as you see them.

Xbox One Black Ops 3 Beta: 10 Things to Try

Try Out Each Specialist

Try Out Each Specialist

Black Ops 3 is going to be introducing several new elements to the Call of Duty franchise. One of the biggest is the addition of Specialists. Specialists come with their own look but more importantly, they come with unique weapons and abilities. 

Here's the breakdown of the Specialist classes that you'll most likely encounter during the Xbox One Black Ops 3 beta:

Battery: Battery operates ahead of the front lines. Her War Machine fires salvos of bouncing grenades, while her Kinetic Armor can deflect enemy bullets when active… though she remains vulnerable to headshots and non-bullet damage.

Ruin: A reckless infantry soldier who prefers to surprise his enemies. He rushes into battle with his Overdrive ability, and can deliver a devastating shockwave with his Gravity Spikes.

Outrider: A hunter-tracker who stalks her prey from afar before moving in for the kill. Use her Vision Pulse ability to reveal the location of nearby enemies or her Sparrow compound bow with its deadly explosive bolts.

Prophet: Prefers to disrupt opponents’ tactics before moving in for the kill. His Tempest is a charge-shot weapon that delivers chain electricity to all nearby enemies. He can confuse enemies with his Glitch ability, which flashes him back to a previous position.

Seraph: Known for extreme focus and discipline in combat. Her high-caliber Annihilator revolver fires powerful rounds with increased bullet penetration taking out enemies with one shot. She’s also able to earn Scorestreaks more quickly using her Combat Focus ability, which triggers a brief bonus multiplier.

Nomad: Prefers to turn the environment against his enemies. Case in point: His H.I.V.E. weapon, which deploys trap pods filled with deadly nano-drones. When near death, Nomad can recover using his Rejack ability.

You'll want to try out each Specialist so that you develop a comfort level with one or more of them. There's a good chance that one will fit your style better than the other so you'll want to use the beta to do a bit of experimentation.

In order to really dig in though you'll need to play as each one. As you level up, you'll gain unlock tokens that allow you to access new weapons and abilities. So, give each a shot and that way, you'll be better prepared for the public release in November. 

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  1. Terrence Grizzly Wells

    08/25/2015 at 2:03 pm

    You should edit that they also got 2 more game modes before the end of the Beta, Uplink and the new mode Safeguard.

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6 Reasons to Wait for the iPad Mini 6 & 5 Reasons Not To

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According to reliable sources, Apple is working on a new sixth-generation iPad mini. With a release reportedly on tap 2021, we want to take you through the best reasons to wait for the iPad mini 6 and the best reasons to skip it and go with something else.

If you’re on the hunt for a new iPad in 2020, you’ve got a lot of options.

Earlier this year Apple released new iPad Pro models and they come with an assortment of enticing upgrades. The company’s 2018 iPad Pro models are also excellent and they’re also much cheaper than they once were.

You should also check out the new iPad Air 4, new eighth-gen iPad, 10.2-inch iPad, 2019 iPad Air, and the iPad mini 5. We’ve seen some significant price cuts on the latter three and they’re worth a look if you’re interested in buying a new tablet this fall.

You might’ve heard that Apple might be cooking up additional iPads for release in 2020 and beyond. The list reportedly includes a high-end iPad Pro and a iPad mini 6.

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iPad mini 6 Rumors

Respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple is planning to launch a brand new iPad mini. He initially thought the device would arrive before the end of the year, but that’s changed.

Kuo’s backtracked a bit and now says that Apple hardware with mini-LED technology, the same tech that’s supposedly on board the iPad mini 6, has been pushed into 2021.

A newer research note from Kuo backs this up. The analyst claims a new version of the iPad mini should launch sometime in the first half of 2021. An even newer note suggests the same.

Digitimes, a hit-or-miss publication, believes Apple will launch a brand new iPad mini in the second half of 2020, but that should be taken with an immense grain of salt now that the company’s put two new iPads on shelves.

Other than the potential launch date, and a few other details, we don’t know a whole lot about the iPad mini 5‘s successor. It’s unclear if it will be another modest upgrade or if Apple will make significant changes to the budget iPad line.

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With new iPads on the way, that puts those of you in the market for one in a tough position. Should you buy a new iPad now or wait and see what Apple’s got up its sleeve?

In this guide we want to help you answer that question. We’ll take you through the best reasons to think about waiting for the rumored iPad mini 6 and the best reasons to go with another model.

Wait for Performance Improvements

Wait for Performance Improvements

If Apple is developing a new version of the iPad mini, you can expect it to come with numerous performance improvements. In fact, we've already heard about a few of them. 

According to Kuo, the iPad mini 6 will come with mini-LED backlighting. The company is reportedly bringing the technology to the iPad Pro line, a new 10.2-inch iPad, the MacBook Pro line, and the Mac Pro. 

According to a report from DigiTimes, Apple is planning to use super-thin rigid PCB boards from manufacturer Tripod Technology. Volume production will reportedly start in early 2021.

In a more recent note, Kuo says Apple will accelerate its adoption of mini-LED displays in its iPad and Mac lineups. 

The analyst believes mini-LED technology will be used on board 30–40% of ‌iPad‌ shipments and 20–30% of the company's MacBook shipments next year. 

So what does this all mean for you? Well, mini-LED has some advantages over the LCD and OLED displays you find on most devices.

For one, they offer higher contrast. They're also less prone to some of the burn-in issues that often plague OLED displays. 

They also provide deeper blacks, higher brightness, and they're also more power-efficient which could help with battery life. 

In addition to this you can expect the iPad mini 6 to include a new processor which could also help with battery life, overall speed/multitasking, and experiences like gaming. 

Again, Kuo claims the next-gen iPad mini will follow the iPhone SE 2’s product strategy which would call for an up-to-date processor. The budget iPhone SE 2 utilizes the same chip inside the company's flagship iPhone 11.

Kuo also believes the iPad mini 6 will come with a 20W fast charging power adapter.

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4 Reasons to Wait for the 2021 iPad Pro & 4 Reasons Not To

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Apple is reportedly working on a new version of the iPad Pro. And while it initially looked like a souped up model would launch in late 2020, it now looks like the release will probably take place in 2021.

If you’re in the market for a new iPad you’ve got a lot of options.

Apple’s iPad mini 5, iPad Air 3, and 10.2-inch iPad are worth a look if you want solid performance, but don’t want to break the bank. Same goes for the new iPad Air 4 and eighth-gen iPad.

You’ll also want to investigate the 2018 iPad Pros which can still hold their own in 2020. They’re also much cheaper than they once were thanks to the 2020 iPad Pro launch.

Earlier this year, Apple released new iPad Pro models with an assortment of upgrades including new processors, a LiDAR Scanner for enhanced AR (Augmented Reality), and better microphones.

Despite these upgrades, the new iPad Pros are more of a refresh than an overhaul and some of you might want to hang around and wait for Apple to make additional changes to the iPad Pro line.

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2021 iPad Pro Rumors

Earlier this year it looked like Apple would launch a new flagship iPad Pro model in the fall of 2020. Rumors repeatedly hinted at an arrival in 2020. However, rumors are now telling a different story.

In April, multiple reports stated that the new iPad Pro’s release had been pushed to 2021 due to the strain the coronavirus outbreak’s put on Apple’s supply chain.

Respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has thrown his weight behind the rumored delay. Kuo, who initially said that we might see multiple iPads launch in the fall, now says these products have probably been pushed into next year. Kuo is a reliable source who has accurately predicted many Apple launches ahead of time.

According to Jeff Pu, an analyst at Chinese research firm GF Securities, Apple will launch a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro with mini-LED tech in the first quarter of next year. This lines up with Kuo’s timing.

Another a batch of rumors that come from Twitter accounts L0vetodream and choco_dream suggest that Apple is working on multiple iPad Pro models for 2021.

The devices are reportedly codenamed J517 (small model) and J522 (big model) and are set for release sometime in Q1 or Q2 of next year.

According to Korean publication The Elec, the new iPad Pro has entered trial production ahead of a release in Q4 2020 or 2021 with 2021 more likely.

TrendForce also believes Apple will launch a new iPad Pro in 2021 and that the release will come sometime in the first quarter of the year.

Hit-or-miss source Digitimes says Apple’s new 5-nanometer-based A14X processor, which is reportedly on board the new iPad Pro, will enter mass production in the fourth quarter of this year. That points to a launch next year.

We don’t know everything about Apple’s rumored 2021 iPad Pro, but rumors have outed several potential features including faster data speeds, new display technology, and a better processor.

This information puts those of you in the hunt for a new iPad in a tough position: Upgrade now or wait. While there are some great reasons to buy a new tablet right now, there are also some great reasons to hang around and wait for Apple’s announcements.

In this guide we’ll take you through the best reasons to consider waiting for the rumored 2021 iPad Pro and the best reasons to go with something else.

Wait for 5G

Wait for 5G

Here's one of the best reasons to skip the 2020 iPad Pros and wait for the new flagship.

Later this year, Apple will release its first 5G-powered devices. The iPhone 12 will likely be the first device with the feature on board, but you can expect Apple to extend 5G connectivity to the iPad down the road. 

In fact, the new high-end iPad Pro is rumored to have 5G on board. Multiple rumors have hinted at 5G connectivity and there's a good chance the new iPad Pro is one of the first 5G-capable iPads.

So if you tend to take your iPad out of the house for work or fun, and you can't or don't want to rely on Wi-Fi connectivity, you might want to hang back and wait for the 5G iPad Pro.

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iOS 14.2 Release Date: Tips & Tricks

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Apple’s confirmed a new iOS 14.2 update and the software is in beta testing ahead of an unknown release date for iPhone.

The confirmation came as a bit of a surprise given that the company hasn’t confirmed iOS 14.1. iOS 14.1 is reportedly in testing behind the scenes.

Now that iOS 14.2 is in beta, a pre-release version of the firmware is available via Apple’s developer program and its public Beta Software Program. The Beta Software Program is free to anyone with a compatible device and Apple ID.

If your phone is struggling on iOS 14.0 or iOS 13, and you can’t wait for the official release, you might want to move your device to the iOS 14.2 beta.

iOS 14.2 is a milestone release (x.x) which means it should bring a mix of new features and under-the-hood improvements to the iPhone.

It’s an exciting update, particularly for those dealing with issues, and one that many iPhone users should have their eye on as we push toward October.

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iOS 14.2 Release Date

According to Jon Prosser, Apple is prepping an iOS 14.1 update for release alongside the iPhone 12 series in October. Prosser claims the software won’t be done until October 9th. It’s unclear how iOS 14.2 might impact these plans.

We could see iOS 14.1 arrive with the new iPhones in October with an iOS 14.2 release coming sometime later. We could also see an iOS 14.1 update drop in late September or early October followed by a iOS 14.2 release alongside the new iPhones in late October.

On top of this, Apple recently told CNET that it is “aware of an issue that can impact default email and browser settings in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 and that a “fix will be available to users in a software update.”

Given the nature of this bug, we could see a new version of iOS 14 (perhaps iOS 14.0.1 or maybe even iOS 14.1) roll out sooner than iOS 14.2.

With the iOS 14.2 release date on the horizon, it’s time to start thinking about its arrival. In this guide we’ll outline some tips and tricks that will come in handy as we close in on the next major iOS 14 update for iPhone.

Prepare for the iOS 14.2 Release Date

It’s early, but some of you might want to start doing some prep work to make the installation as painless as possible.

iOS 14.2 will probably require a significant chunk of space on your iPhone’s internal storage. Milestone upgrades typically do.

If you don’t have enough storage available on your iPhone, iOS will temporarily remove downloadable parts of applications installed on your phone. Sometimes this isn’t enough and you will then be forced to manually delete files.

If you’re getting low on storage, use this time to do some cleanup. Go into your iPhone’s storage and delete files (things like photos, apps, etc) you no longer need.

This will help make room for iOS 14.2 and there’s a chance it improves your iPhone’s overall performance.

You should also start backing up the data you store on your iPhone. Data loss issues are rare, but there’s always a chance something goes wrong during the transition.

iOS 14.2 could log you out of your apps and services. We recommend having your Apple ID/iCloud/third-party app login information handy just in case.

Get Familiar with iOS 14.2 and Older iOS Updates

You should get familiar the changes coming your way in iOS 14.2. If you do this ahead of time you won’t be caught off guard.

We’ve released a guide that will walk you through the known changes on board Apple’s new version of iOS 14. It’s a great starting point.

If you’re still hanging around on an older version of iOS 13 and you don’t have plans to upgrade to iOS 14.0, make sure you get familiar with newer versions of iOS 13. The changes from the iOS 13 updates you skip will be baked into your iOS 14.2 upgrade.

For instance if you’re moving from iOS 13.6 to iOS 14.2, you’ll get changes from iOS 13.6.1, iOS 13.7, and iOS 14.0 with your upgrade.

Most People Should Avoid the iOS 14.2 Beta

Installing the iOS 14.2 beta on your iPhone might be tempting, but most people should avoid the beta and wait for the official release.

The beta will help Apple tackle bugs and performance issues before they become major headaches for millions of iPhone users. It’s also fun to try out new features before they’re released to the general public. That said, beta software can bring lots of trouble your way.

The iOS 14.2 beta is causing problems for some testers and you could run into some of the very same issues if you decide to install it on your phone.

If you rely on your device to get through a day of school or work, you’ll want to stay put on whatever version of iOS you’re currently running.

Monitor Feedback from the iOS 14.2 Beta

If you skip the iOS 14.2 beta, make sure you monitor feedback from beta testers as we push toward the official release.

Monitoring feedback will alert you to potential iOS 14.2 problems and it will also reveal the potential benefits of the software. More importantly, it might help you decide if you want to install iOS 14.2 right away or wait.

We’ve seen iOS 14.2 feedback emerge on sites like YouTube, Twitter, and the MacRumors forums. Check those if you’re curious about the iOS 14.2’s early performance.

iOS 14.2 Release Time

If you’ve owned an iPhone for awhile you already know this, but for those of you who are new to the iPhone and iOS, here’s your PSA.

Apple almost always rolls its iOS software updates out in and around 10AM Pacific. That will likely be the case for the final version of iOS 14.2.

These days, we sometimes see iOS updates roll out 5-10 minutes after 10AM so there’s no need to panic if the software doesn’t popup right away.

Here’s what that looks like for other time zones in the United States:

  • Eastern – 1 PM
  • Central – 12 PM
  • Mountain – 11AM

Keep this in mind if you plan to install the final version of iOS 14.2 right away.

iOS 14.2 Download Size

We don’t know how big the iOS 14.2 download will be but again, you can expect it to require quite a bit of free space.

You can expect long download times, especially right after Apple pushes the software live, but the installation process will probably take longer.

Once you pull the iOS 14.2 update from Apple’s servers, you might notice a prompt asking you to “Install” the software right now or “Later.” While most of you will probably want to install the software right away, others might benefit from scheduling the installation.

If you do decide to schedule it, you can choose to install it while you’re sleeping or you can have your device remind you to install it at a later date when you’ve got free time to deal with the installation.

If you do decide to install the iOS 14.2 update overnight, you’ll have to plug your iPhone into a power source.

Prepare for iOS 14.2 Problems

iOS 14.2 will probably go through an extensive beta process, but the final version won’t be perfect. Issues will slip through the cracks into the final release.

Common iOS problems include abnormal battery drain, Bluetooth issues, Wi-Fi problems, app instability, UI lag, crashes, and Exchange issues. These problems appear after every single iOS release and there’s a good chance we’ll see them all popup within hours of the iOS 14.2 update’s release.

It’ll be difficult to predict what kind of performance you’ll get once you move your iPhone to iOS 14.2 so you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared to tackle any issues you encounter on day one and beyond.

We’ve released a list of fixes for common iOS 14 problems. If you don’t consider yourself an iOS expert, you’ll want to bookmark those fixes.

You’ll also want to bookmark or follow Apple Support on Twitter and bookmark the Apple Support page on the company’s website.

You should also be familiar with Apple’s Discussion forums.

Be Ready to Downgrade

If you run into into issues with iOS 14.2 you should be able to downgrade back to an older version of iOS 14 or iOS 13 for a limited time.

If you aren’t familiar with the iOS downgrade process, now is a great time to familiarize yourself with it. Once Apple releases iOS 14.2, the downgrade path back to older software will only be open for a short time. That’s why we recommend getting comfortable with it ahead of time.

Keep Your Apps Updated

If you want the best experience on iOS 14.2, make sure you keep your apps updated.

As we push toward the software’s release, keep an eye out for iOS 14 support updates. These updates should help to stabilize performance and help your device make a smooth transition to the new operating system.

Before you download an app update, make sure you read reviews from users. These reviews will alert you to potential benefits and problems with the latest version.

Take Your Time with iOS 14.2

iOS 14.2 is an exciting upgrade and some of you might be tempted to install it the second it arrives.

For some of you, particularly those dealing with iOS 14 problems, this might be your best course of action. That said, some of you will be better off waiting a few hours, a few days or, in some cases, a few weeks before installing iOS 14.2.

There are plenty of reasons to skip a new iOS software update on day one. For one, iOS updates can wreak havoc on your device’s performance.

If you’re feeling leery, dig into early feedback from early adopters. If you’re still undecided, think about waiting.

Avoid iOS 14.2 If You’re Jailbroken

If you want to keep your jailbreak you’ll want to avoid the iOS 14.2 beta and the final version of iOS 14.2.

Jailbreak developers have jailbroken iOS 13.5 and older versions of iOS 13, but there aren’t any public jailbreak tools for the iOS 14.2 beta and we don’t expect a fast release for iOS 14.

If you want to jailbreak a device running iOS 14, keep an eye out for news from developers once the final version is released.

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Install iOS 14 for Better Security

Install iOS 14 for Better Security

If security is important to you, think about installing the iOS 14 update right away.

iOS 14 brings 11 new security patches to your iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website.

If you skipped iOS 13.7 or any older versions of iOS 13, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 14 update. 

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.

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7 Things to Know About the iPhone 8 iOS 14 Update

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Apple’s new iOS 14 update could have a tremendous impact on your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus’ performance.

Earlier this month Apple pulled its iOS 14 operating system and pushed it to millions of iPhone models around the world. The update is available to download right now if you own an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus.

Apple’s decision to push iOS 14 to the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus means the two devices will get another year of software support and that means many of you can hold off on upgrading to a new iPhone model in 2020 and beyond.

iOS 14 is a massive upgrade and it includes a nice mix of new features, upgrades, and under-the-hood improvements.

A ton of iPhone 8 users have already made the jump to the new operating system which means we’re getting a lot of feedback about it.

The software could have a positive impact on your phone’s overall performance. Some users are noticing improved battery life and stability.

We’re also hearing a growing number of problems. Some iOS 14 users have stumbled upon performance issues and a number of annoying bugs.

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If you decide to install iOS 14 on your iPhone, the download requires a nice chunk of space on your internal storage. If you’re moving up from an older version of iOS the upgrade could be massive. That’s because the features and fixes from the updates you skipped are included.

With that in mind, we want to guide you through the most important things to know right now about the iPhone 8’s iOS 14 update.

It’ll take you through the software’s current problems, provide you with some fixes for common issues, fill you in on the iOS 13 downgrade, and a whole lot more.

We’ve been using the iPhone 8’s iOS 14 update for a few days now so we’ll start with some quick impressions about its performance.

iPhone 8 iOS 14 Impressions & Performance

We installed iOS 14 on the iPhone 8 shortly after Apple pushed it live. Our device was previously running iOS 13.7 and it took about 20 minutes for the installation to complete.

As for the software’s performance, iOS 14 has been running pretty smoothly on our device. The software feels snappy and we haven’t encountered any UI lag in key areas like Control Center, Notification Center, or the keyboard. Apps open up quickly on our device and animations and transitions feel fluid.

We haven’t encountered any abnormal battery drain and connectivity (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS) is strong at the moment.

Our primary apps, which include the likes of Slack, Asana, Spotify, Chrome, and Gmail, are all stable right now. If you’re having issues with an app on your device, developers are rolling out iOS 14 support updates. If you run into trouble, try downloading the latest version because it could stabilize performance.

We haven’t encountered any debilitating bugs or performance issues yet, but we’ll let you know if that changes. The software is still new and there’s always a chance a bug, or three, pops up down the road.

If you’re currently on the fence about a move from iOS 13 to iOS 14, take a look at our list of reasons to, and not to, install iOS 14 right now.

You Should Prepare for iOS 14

If you plan to install iOS 14 today or at some point in the near future, make sure you prepare yourself, and your device, for the move. Doing so will help you avoid headaches.

If you don’t know where to start, have a look at our pre-installation guide. It will take you step-by-step through the process we use before we install new iOS software on our iPhones.

If you don’t have a lot of time to devote to the pre-installation process, you’ll want to at least spend time making sure all of your data is backed up properly.

iPhone 8 iOS 14 Problems & Fixes

iOS 14 is treating our iPhone 8 well, but others have run into problems. Some of these issues are brand new, others have carried over from iOS 13.

The current list of iOS 14 problems includes weird battery drain, crashes, various issues with first and third-party apps, Touch ID issues, Exchange issues, Wi-Fi issues, UI lag, and more.

This is an early list and we expect it to grow as more people download iOS 14. If you’re feeling leery, it might be a good idea to wait for Apple’s first batch of fixes.

If you run into an issue with the software there’s a very good chance you’ll be able to solve the problem on your own.

We’ve released a list of fixes for the most common iOS 14 problems and it’s a great place to start if you don’t have an encyclopedia of fixes stored inside your head.

If your iPhone 8’s battery life takes a major hit after the move to iOS 14, we have a list of tips that should help you improve battery life going forward.

And if you’re running into bad performance (lag, slow download speeds, etc), have a look at our guide to fixing bad iOS 14 performance.

iOS 13 Downgrade Open

If you’ve moved your iPhone 8or iPhone 8 Plus to iOS 14, and you’re dealing with issues, you could try moving your phone back to iOS 13.

Apple is currently signing on iOS 13.7 which means you can drop your device’s software back in an attempt to improve its performance.

The company won’t sign on iOS 13 forever. So if you really want to get your phone off iOS 14, you’ll need to move back soon. Once Apple stops signing on iOS 13.7, there won’t be a way back to iOS 13.

If you’re unfamiliar with the downgrade process, take a look at our guide.

iPhone 8 iOS 14 Update: What’s New

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus get most of iOS 14 has to offer. The two devices do miss out on a few features which you can learn more about over on Apple’s website.

All of the core upgrades are there though. The list includes Widgets on the home screen, improvements to Messages and Maps, the new Translate app, and a whole lot more.

We’ve released a guide that will take you through some of iOS 14’s best features and it’s worth a look if you haven’t spent any time digging into the software.

If you’re moving your phone from an older version of iOS 13 to iOS 14 you’ll, again, get the features and fixes from the updates you skipped.

We’ve also released a guide that goes over the latest iOS 13 features so make sure you check it out if you’re curious about the most recent versions of iOS 13.

What’s Next for the iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus

If your iPhone is having a hard time on iOS 14, or you’re feeling a bit nervous about the move, you won’t have to wait long for fixes.

Apple recently told CNET that it is “aware of an issue that can impact default email and browser settings in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 and that a “fix will be available to users in a software update.”

The company recently confirmed an iOS 14.2 update and we’ve also heard that Apple might release iOS 14.1 alongside the iPhone 12 series in October. We could also see a fast iOS 14.0.1 release.

We should see a new version of iOS 14 roll out sooner rather than later so those of you dealing with issues should keep an eye out as we push through the month.

iPhone 8 iOS 14 Jailbreak

Don’t upgrade your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus to iOS 14 if you’re jailbroken or want to jailbreak.

Earlier this year the developers behind the “unc0ver” jailbreaking tool released version 5.0.0. It’s compatible with iOS 13.5 and most versions of iOS that fall between iOS 13.5 and iOS 11.0.

It doesn’t work with iOS 12.3-12.3.2, iOS 12.4.2-12.4.5, or iOS 13.7-iOS 13.5.1. It doesn’t work with the current version of iOS 14 either. We don’t know when we’ll see a public iOS 14 jailbreak tool. It could take months.

For more on the iOS 13 jailbreak, head here.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 14 & 11 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 14 for Better Security

Install iOS 14 for Better Security

If security is important to you, think about installing the iOS 14 update right away.

iOS 14 brings 11 new security patches to your iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website.

If you skipped iOS 13.7 or any older versions of iOS 13, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 14 update. 

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.

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11 Reasons to Wait for the iPhone 12 & 5 Reasons Not To

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Apple’s iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max are top notch, but some of you might want to wait for the 2020 iPhones, also known as the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Last September, Apple unveiled new flagship iPhone models. The iPhone 11 series is available in the United States and other countries around the world.

In April, the company announced a new iPhone SE which comes with a 4.7-inch display, an iPhone 8-like design, and upgraded internals.

As we push deeper into 2020, we’ve seen Apple and retailers offers deals on these devices and others. The iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR from 2018 are still fairly expensive, but price cuts and trade-ins can save you quite a bit of cash on the  former flagships.

If you’re in the hunt for a new iPhone in 2020, these devices should be at or near the top of your shopping list alongside budget alternatives like the iPhone XiPhone 8 and iPhone 7.

While many of you are perfectly fine with one of these devices, others might want to wait. Rumor has it, the 2020 iPhone lineup will come with a much bigger set of changes and those who aren’t impressed with the iPhone 11 series, or Apple’s older iPhone models, should consider waiting.

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  • Fully unlocked and compatible with any carrier of choice (e.g. AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, US-Cellular, Cricket, Metro, etc.).
  • The device does not come with headphones or a SIM card. It does include a charger and charging cable that may be generic, in which case it will be UL or Mfi (Made for iPhone) Certified.
  • Inspected and guaranteed to have minimal cosmetic damage, which is not noticeable when the device is held at arms length.
  • Successfully passed a full diagnostic test which ensures like-new functionality and removal of any prior-user personal information.
  • Tested for battery health and guaranteed to have a minimum battery capacity of 80%.

iPhone 12 Rumors

We’re just weeks away from an official iPhone 12 announcement and that means we’ve seen a ton of credible information emerge.

The iPhone 12 series will reportedly feature an overhauled camera system with 3D capabilities, OLED screens across the board, display upgrades, a new processor, 5G support, and a new design that could include a smaller notch.

We’ve heard that Apple might pull EarPods from the box in an effort to push people to AirPods. EarPods have always come with a new iPhone so this would be a pretty notable change.

Ming-Chi-Kuo agrees and predicts that Apple won’t include a pair of EarPods with the iPhone 12. He believes their removal will help Apple keep costs down.

Taiwanese research firm TrendForce also thinks “Apple has decided to sell the upcoming iPhones without accessories such as wired earphones, power adapter” in order to keep costs down.

Leaker L0vetodream also says the box won’t include a charger or EarPods. They also claim the iPhone 12’s packaging will become “thinner” and “exquisite.”

Analysts at British bank Barclays have backed this rumor up. They also think the new iPhones won”t ship with a power adapter. If true, that would leave a USB-C to Lightning cable in the box.

In his research note, Kuo says he thinks Apple will pull the power adapter from the iPhone’s box. He believes the company will sell the 20W power adapter as an accessory. He also thinks Apple will end production of the existing 5W and 18W power adapters.

A report from Nikkei suggests the same. So, at this point, it really looks like the iPhone 12 won’t have EarPods or a charger inside the box.

That being said, it looks like Apple will include a new braided USB-C to Lightning cable with the iPhone 12. Apple sells braided cables for other devices, but it hasn’t sold a braided cable for the iPhone or iPad before.

Apple currently includes a USB-C to Lightning cable and USB-C power adapter with iPhone 11 Pro models. The iPhone 11 comes with a USB-A to Lightning cable.

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We’ve seen a ton of back and forth about the iPhone 12 launch date and we finally have an answer straight from Cupertino. Apple confirmed a delay during its quarterly earnings call with analysts.

The company’s CFO says Apple is currently planning to ship the new iPhone models a few weeks later than the standard September window.

YouTuber Jon Prosser has outlined what he’s heard about Apple’s iPhone 12 launch plans and they are as follows:

  • iPhone 12 launch event – Week of October 12th.
  • iPhone 12 pre-orders – Week of October 12th.
  • iPhone 12 – Shipping week of October 19th.
  • iPhone 12 Pro – Pre-orders and shipping in November.

A report from Bloomberg outlines Apple’s plans even further. The site says all four iPhone models will launch in the fall.

The site claims the two lower-end iPhone 12 models, 5.4 and 6.1-inch devices, will arrive on shelves first followed by the higher-end iPhone 12 Pro models. The report notes that the company’s “rollout is on course to be the latest since the release of the iPhone X in November 2017.”

There’s also chatter about a 4G-only iPhone 12 arriving sometime in early 2021. The rumor comes from Wedbush Securities analysts who believe the phone could launch in Q1 with an $800 price point.

As for the names, leaker L0vetodream claims the new lineup might be called iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max.

If true, the iPhone 12 mini moniker would extend to the 5.4-inch model, the iPhone 12 Pro Max to the 6.7-inch model, and the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro to the 6.1-inch models.

With all that in mind, we’ll take you through the best reasons to wait and the best reasons to go with another device before the 2020 iPhone models arrive.

Wait Because the iPhone 12 Launch is Close

Wait Because the iPhone 12 Launch is Close

The iPhone 12 launch is just weeks away and that means those of you interested in picking one up should consider holding off on buying a new device until Apple makes its announcements. 

Again, it looks like the iPhone 12 series will start shipping in October due to supply chain issues related to the coronavirus outbreak. 

And again, it looks like the iPhone 12 Pro models might not start shipping until sometime in November. Plans can change, but the leaker who released this information has been spot on in the past. 

According to Jon Prosser, Apple is currently prepping an iOS 14.1 update for release alongside the iPhone 12 series. 

iOS 14.1 reportedly won't be ready until October 9th which means the iPhones likely won't start shipping until mid-to-late October.

If you don't think you can sit through a few more weeks of rumors and/or you phone isn't going to last that long, you'll obviously want to move onto something else.

That said, if you can wait, now is the time to do so. We're getting close. 

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