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7 Things to Know About the iPhone 8 iOS 14.6 Update

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Apple’s iOS 14.6 update could have a tremendous impact on your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus’ performance.

The company’s rolled out a new iOS 14.6 upgrade and it brings a batch of changes, including new features, to Apple’s iPhone 8 models.

Many iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus users have already made the jump to the new software which means we’re getting feedback about its performance.

iOS 14.6 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 14.6 users have stumbled upon performance issues and several annoying bugs.

If your phone is currently running iOS 14.5.1 and you decide to install iOS 14.6 on your device, the update requires a fairly large chunk of space on your device’s internal storage.

If you’re moving up from an older version of iOS, the upgrade will be far more substantial. 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 14.6 update.

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

We’ve been using the iPhone 8’s iOS 14.6 update for several days now so we’ll start with some quick impressions about its performance.

iPhone 8 iOS 14.6 Review

We installed iOS 14.6 on the iPhone 8 shortly after it went live. Our device was previously running iOS 14.5.1 and it took about nine minutes for the installation to complete. For more about the installation, check out our guide.

As for the software’s performance, iOS 14.6 has been running 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 Slack, Asana, Spotify, Chrome, and Gmail, are all stable right now. Developers are still rolling out iOS 14 support updates. If you run into trouble, try downloading the latest version because it could help stabilize the app’s performance.

We haven’t encountered any debilitating bugs or performance issues while running iOS 14.6, but we’ll let you know if that changes.

Given what’s on board, we recommend iOS 14.6 to most users. If you’re currently on the fence about a move from your current version of iOS to iOS 14.6, take a look at our list of reasons to, and not to, install iOS 14.6 right now.

You Should Prepare for iOS 14.6

If you plan to install iOS 14.6 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 14.6 Problems & Fixes

iOS 14.6 is treating our iPhone 8 well, but others have run into problems. Some of these issues are brand new, others have carried over from older versions of iOS 14.

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.

We expect the list of problems to grow as more people download iOS 14.6. If you’re feeling leery, you might want to wait for Apple’s next batch of fixes.

If you do 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 remedies stored inside your head.

If your iPhone 8’s battery life takes a major hit after the move to iOS 14.6, 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 14.5.1 Downgrade Open

If you move your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus to iOS 14.6, and you hate the performance, you can try downgrading your iPhone’s software to see if that helps.

Apple is currently signing on iOS 14.5.1 which means you can bring your device’s software back to the previous version of iOS 14 in an effort to improve its performance.

The company isn’t signing on older versions of iOS. So if you’re having a good experience on iOS 14.5 or older, take your time with iOS 14.6. Once you make the move, there’s no going back.

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

iPhone 8 iOS 14.6 Update: What’s New

iOS 14.6 update brings new features to the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. The list includes Apple Card Family, upgrades to the Podcasts app, and enhancements for AirTag users.

The firmware also includes bug fixes and 30+ security patches to help protect these devices from harm. If you’re interested in the particulars, check out our iOS 14.6 walkthrough.

If you skipped iOS 14.5.1, you’ll get its changes with iOS 14.6. iOS 14.5.1 was a small upgrade with three changes on board.

It included a bug fix for 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.

There were also two important security patches for WebKit issues. You can read more about those over on Apple’s security site if you’re interested.

If you skipped iOS 14.5, you get its changes with your upgrade. iOS 14.5 update was a massive update with an assortment of changes on board. If you’re curious about all of these changes, have a look at our list of the best iOS 14.5 features. It’ll take you through everything.

If you skipped iOS 14.4.2, you’ll get its security patch with iOS 14.6. You can read about it right here.

If you’re currently running iOS 14.4, you’ll also get iOS 14.4.1’s security patch with your upgrade. You can read about that patch right here.

If you skipped iOS 14.5.1, iOS 14.5, iOS 14.4.2, iOS 14.4.1 and iOS 14.4, you’ll get iOS 14.4’s features and fixes with your upgrade. You can read about iOS 14.4’s changes in our walkthrough.

If you skipped iOS 14.5.1, iOS 14.5, iOS 14.4.2, iOS 14.4.1, iOS 14.4, and iOS 14.3, you’ll get iOS 14.3’s changes with the upgrade. iOS 14.3 also had a mix of new features and enhancements. If you want to learn more, check out our guide.

If you skipped iOS 14.5.1, iOS 14.5, iOS 14.4.2, iOS 14.4.1, iOS 14.4, iOS 14.3, and iOS 14.2, you’ll get iOS 14.2’s changes with your upgrade to iOS 14.6. Head to our guide to learn more.

If you skipped iOS 14.5.1, iOS 14.5, iOS 14.4.2, iOS 14.4.1, iOS 14.4, iOS 14.3, iOS 14.2, and iOS 14.1, you get iOS 14.1’s changes with your upgrade. If you’re interested, you can read more about iOS 14.1 in our roundup.

If for some reason you’re still hanging around on the first version of iOS 14, you’ll also get iOS 14.0.1’s bug fixes in your iOS 14.6 update. Here’s what iOS 14.0.1 fixed:

  • Fixed an issue that could cause default browser and mail settings to reset after restarting your iPhone
  • Fixed an issue that could prevent your iPhone from connecting to Wi-Fi networks
  • Resolved an issue that could prevent sending email with some mail providers
  • Addressed an issue that could prevent images from appearing in the News widget

As for iOS 14 itself, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus get most of what the new operating system has to offer. That said, the two devices do miss out on a few features which you can learn more about over on Apple’s website.

What’s Next

Apple’s working on a new version of iOS 14.

The company’s confirmed a new milestone upgrade and iOS 14.7 is currently in beta testing. We expect the final release sometime this summer.

As for iOS 14.7’s changes, it should carry new features, bug fixes, and other enhancements. If you want to give it a test run right now, you can do so via Apple’s beta program.

For more on iOS 14.7 and the beta, please check out our guide.

Apple is also working on iOS 15, the next operating system for iPhones, and the software made its debut during the company’s WWDC 2021 keynote back on June 7th.

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will make the move to iOS 15 when it arrives in the fall. iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus owners who don’t want to wait for the official release can download the iOS 15 beta right now.

For more on iOS 15 and the beta, have a look at our walkthrough.

iPhone 8 iOS 14.6 Jailbreak

Avoid iOS 14.6 if you’re jailbroken or want to jailbreak your phone.

The developers behind the Checkra1n and unC0ver jailbreaking tools have released versions that are compatible with newer versions of iOS 14. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like they’re compatible with iOS 14.6. At least not yet.

We’ll let you know when we learn more.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 14.6 & 11 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 14.6 for Better Security

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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