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5 Things to Know About the iOS 14.5.1 Update

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Apple’s pushed a new iOS 14.5.1 update to iPhone users and the point upgrade has an important change on board.

iOS 14.5.1 is available to download right now if you have a compatible iPhone model. iOS 14.5.1 is compatible with all iOS 14-powered phones which includes 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.

Unlike iOS 14.5, iOS 14.5.1 is a small upgrade with a bug fix and new security patches on board. It doesn’t bring any new features to iPhone owners.

With that in mind, we want to take you through everything there is to know about Apple’s new iOS 14.5.1 upgrade.

In this guide we’ll walk you through iOS 14.5.1’s changes, the software’s performance, iOS 14.5.1 problems, the iOS 14.5.1 jailbreak status, and more.

We’ll start with iOS 14.5.1’s performance.

iOS 14.5.1 Review

If your iPhone is currently running iOS 14.5, iOS 14.5.1 requires a fairly small download.

For iOS 14.5 users, the iOS 14.5.1 download will be a little over 100MB. iOS 14.5.1 is a 127MB download for iPhone 12 Pro users moving up from the previous versions of iOS 14.

iOS 14.5.1’s exact size depends on your iPhone model and the version of iOS it’s currently running. So if your iPhone is running an older version of iOS, you’ll likely see a bigger download because your upgrade will include changes from iOS updates you skipped.

If you’re jumping up from iOS 14.5, the iOS 14.5.1 installation should take less than 15 minutes. It took about eight minutes to install on an iPhone 12 Pro and an iPhone X.

For more on the iOS 14.5.1 download and installation, take a look at our guide.

We’ve been using iOS 14.5.1 on a few iPhone models for a very short time and here’s what we’ve noticed about its performance thus far:

iOS 14.5.1 Connectivity

  • Battery life is currently stable.
  • Wi-Fi connectivity is fast and reliable.
  • Bluetooth is working normally.
  • GPS and cellular data are both stable.

iOS 14.5.1 App Performance

  • Third-party apps including Netflix, Dark Sky, Twitter, Slack, Asana, Gmail, Chrome, and Spotify are working fine at the moment.
  • First party apps like Safari, Podcasts, and Calendar are also stable.

iOS 14.5.1 Speed

  • iOS 14.5.1 currently feels as fast as iOS 14.5.

If your iPhone is struggling on iOS 14.5 or an older version of iOS, you might want to install the iOS 14.5.1 update on your iPhone right now.

If you need help making a decision, please check out our reasons to, and not to, install the iOS 14.5.1 update. It should help you make a decision.

We’re in the process of publishing mini iOS 14.5.1 reviews for the iPhone XS, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 7, iPhone 6s, and iPhone SE so check those guides for additional feedback if you need it.

iOS 14.5.1 Problems

iOS 14.5.1 is causing problems for some iPhone users. Some problems are brand new, others have carried over from older versions of iOS 14.

The current list of iOS 14 issues includes installation problems, lag, Exchange issues, problems with first and third-party apps, hotspot problems, severe battery drain, touchscreen issues, issues with Touch ID and Face ID, green tint issues on the iPhone 12, random stuttering, charging issues, and various other bugs/performance issues.

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, 256GB, Midnight Green, Fully Unlocked (Renewed)
  • 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%.

If you encounter a problem on iOS 14.5.1, take a look at our fixes for the most common iOS 14 problems. We’ve also released some tips that could help you improve your phone’s performance and some tips that could help fix bad iOS 14 battery life.

Apple is currently signing on iOS 14.5 which means you can drop back to the previous version of iOS 14 if iOS 14.5.1 starts giving you trouble.

You can’t downgrade to anything older than iOS 14.5 so keep that in mind if you’re having a good experience on iOS 14.4.2 or below. If you’re on older software, and you move to iOS 14.5.1, there’s no getting back.

For more on the downgrade process, check out our guide.

iOS 14.5.1 Update: What’s New

iOS 14.5.1 is a small upgrade for iPhone. Again, it has one bug fix and two security patches on board.

The software fixes an issue with App Tracking Transparency where some users who previously disabled Allow Apps to Request to Track in Settings may not receive prompts from apps after re-enabling it.

If you’re curious about the security patches, you can read about those over on Apple’s website.

iOS 14.5.1 Jailbreak

The developer teams behind the Checkra1n and unC0ver jailbreaking tools have released versions that are compatible with newer versions of iOS 14, but only Checkra1n (which is currently in beta) is compatible with iOS 14.5. It’s unclear if it’s compatible with iOS 14.5.1.

The newest version of unC0ver is compatible with newer iPhones including the iPhone 12 series. That’s big news if you’ve been waiting to jailbreak your new phone. Unfortunately it’s only compatible with versions up to iOS 14.3.

There’s no way to downgrade your phone’s software to iOS 14.3 or older versions of iOS which means you’re out of luck if you upgrade, or you already upgraded to iOS 14.5.1, iOS 14.5, iOS 14.4.2, iOS 14.4.1 or iOS 14.4.

What’s Next

Apple’s confirmed a new version of iOS 14 though it could be weeks before it touches down for the general public.

The company’s put iOS 14.6 into beta testing and the pre-release version of the firmware is available to download right now via the company’s beta programs.

Like iOS 14.5, iOS 14.6 is a milestone upgrade which means it should carry new features, fixes, enhancements, and security patches.

We don’t have an official iOS 14.6 release date yet, but we’ll let you know if we hear anything about its arrival.

For more on iOS 14.6, take a look at our guide.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 14.5.1 & 11 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 14.5.1 for Better Security

Install iOS 14.5.1 for Better Security

If security is important to you, think about installing iOS 14.5.1 right away.

iOS 14.5.1 has two security patches on board and you can read about them over on Apple's website. Both are related to WebKit. 

If you missed iOS 14.5 you'll get its patches with your upgrade. You can read more about those changes over on Apple's website.

iOS 14.5 also brought Apple's new App Tracking Transparency which lets you control which apps are allowed to track your activity across other companies' apps and websites for ads or sharing with data brokers.

If you skipped iOS 14.4.2, you get its security patch with iOS 14.5.1. You can learn more about that patch over on Apple's website as well. 

If you missed iOS 14.4.1, you get its patch with your upgrade to iOS 14.5.1. You can read about that patch right here.

If you skipped iOS 14.4, you get the update's patches with your upgrade. You can learn more about iOS 14.4's security patches right here

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 14.5.1 update includes 24 additional security patches. You can learn more about the patches on Apple's security website

If you're still running iOS 13, iOS 14.5.1 includes 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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