Apple’s confirmed a new iOS 14.7 update and the software is in beta testing ahead of a release for iPhone later this year.
iOS 14.7 is official and the milestone upgrade will likely bring new features, bug fixes, and enhancements to iPhone users around the world.
Apple hasn’t confirmed the iOS 14.7 release date yet and it could be weeks before the software touches down. If you don’t want to wait for Apple, you can try an early version of the software on your iPhone right now.
With iOS 14.7 confirmed, we want to take you through everything there is to know about what could potentially be the last major iOS 14 update for iPhone.
In this walkthrough we’ll take you through the iOS 14.7 update’s known changes, what you can expect from the iOS 14.7 release date and release time, information about the iOS 14.7 beta, and more.
iOS 14.7 Beta
If you want to start using iOS 14.7 on your iPhone you can do so.
Apple’s pushed an iOS 14.7 beta to developers which means those enrolled in the company’s developer program can download a pre-release version of the firmware right now.
The company’s also pushed the iOS 14.7 beta to those enrolled in the Beta Software Program. While a developer account requires an annual fee, the Beta Software Program is free to anyone with a compatible device and working Apple ID.
Before you download the iOS 14.7 beta, note that pre-release software is typically always plagued with bugs and performance issues. These issues could impact the performance of your core apps, your iPhone’s battery life, and its overall speed which can make it tricky to use as a daily driver.
You should be able to fix some problems on your own, but some bugs and performance issues will probably require a fix from Apple down the road.
If you can’t stand the iOS 14.7 beta’s performance on your iPhone, you can downgrade back to iOS 14.6. The downgrade path to older iOS firmware is closed.
Apple is currently on iOS 14.7 beta 3.
iOS 14.7 Release Date
We’ll let you know when we learn more about its official release.
iOS 14.7 Release Time
We don’t have an official iOS 14.7 release date yet, but we know exactly when Apple will roll the software out on whichever date it chooses.
The official version of iOS 14.7 will most likely arrive in and around 10AM Pacific. It sometimes takes a few minutes for iOS updates to show up so there’s no need to worry if you don’t see new software right away.
Apple will also release iOS 14.7 beta updates for developers, and those enrolled in the Beta Software Program, around 10AM Pacific as well. The company typically releases new betas every 1-2 weeks.
Keep this timeline in mind if you plan to install new iOS 14.7 betas, or the official version of iOS 14.7, right away.
iOS 14.7 Update: What’s New
Apple’s milestone updates almost always bring new features, security patches, and under-the-hood improvements to iPhone users and that’s what you should get from iOS 14.7.
Developers are digging through the iOS 14.7 beta and they’ve found one notable change on board.
iOS 14.7 looks like it will expand the Weather app’s Air Quality Index feature to more places. According to 9to5Mac, the feature is now available in cities in Canada, France, Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain.
We’ve also heard that iOS 14.7, when paired with the HomePod 14.7 update, will allow you to use the Home app to set multiple timers on a HomePod or HomePod mini.
Apple could add, or subtract, from iOS 14.7’s change log during the beta period so keep an eye out for changes as the beta makes progress.
iOS 14.7 Jailbreak
If you still jailbreak, make sure you avoid the iOS 14.7 beta.
We don’t expect developers to release a tool that’s compatible with the iOS 14.7 beta. And given that Apple’s patched up the exploits used by jailbreak developers, we may not see a jailbreak for the official version of iOS 14.7 right away.
We’ll let you know when we learn more.
Install iOS 14.6 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing iOS 14.6 right away.
iOS 14.6 brings 38 important security patches to the iPhone. If you're curious about the particulars, you can read about them right here.
If you skipped iOS 14.5.1, you get the update's two security patches on board. 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 14.6. 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 14.6. 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 14.6 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 14.6 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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