Apple’s iOS 14.1 update could have a tremendous impact on your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus’ performance.
The company’s rolled out the first milestone upgrade for the operating system and iOS 14.1 brings new features and bug fixes for some of iOS 14’s initial issues.
Many iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus users have already made the jump to the new software which means we’re getting a lot of feedback.
iOS 14.1 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 14.1 users have stumbled upon performance issues and several annoying bugs.
If your phone is currently running iOS 14.0.1 and you decide to install iOS 14.1 on your iPhone, the download requires a fairly large chunk of space on your 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 14.1 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 14.1 update for a short time and we’ll start with some quick impressions about its performance.
iPhone 8 iOS 14.1 Impressions & Performance
We installed iOS 14.1 on the iPhone 8 shortly after Apple pushed it live. Our device was previously running iOS 14.0.1 and it took about 10 minutes for the installation to complete.
As for the software’s performance, iOS 14.1 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. 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 or iOS 14.0/iOS 14.0.1 to iOS 14.1, take a look at our list of reasons to, and not to, install iOS 14.1 right now.
You Should Prepare for iOS 14.1
If you plan to install iOS 14.1 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 14.1 Problems & Fixes
iOS 14.1 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 14.0.1, iOS 14.0, and 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 14.1. If you’re feeling leery, it might be a good idea 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 our 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, 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 14.0.1 Downgrade Open
If you’ve moved your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus to iOS 14.0,1, and you’re dealing with issues, you can try downgrading your iPhone’s software.
Apple is currently signing on iOS 14.0.1 which means you can bring your device’s software back to the previous version of iOS 14 in an attempt to improve its performance.
Apple won’t sign on iOS 14.0.1 forever so if you really want to drop back, you’ll want to make your move sooner rather than later.
If you’re unfamiliar with the downgrade process, take a look at our guide.
iPhone 8 iOS 14.1 Update: What’s New
The iPhone 8’s iOS 14.1 update includes new features and bug fixes. Here’s the full list:
- Adds support for 10-bit HDR video playback and edit in Photos for iPhone 8 and later
- Addresses an issue where some widgets, folders, and icons were showing up in reduced size on the Home Screen
- Addresses an issue where dragging widgets on the Home Screen could remove apps from folders
- Fixes an issue where some emails in Mail were sent from an incorrect alias
- Fixes an issue that could prevent incoming calls from displaying region information
- Fixes an issue on some devices where selecting zoomed display mode and an alphanumeric passcode could result in the Lock Screen emergency call button overlapping with the text input box
- Addresses an issue where some users were occasionally unable to download or add songs to their library while viewing an album or playlist
- Fixes an issue that could prevent zeroes from appearing in Calculator
- Resolves an issue where streaming video resolution could temporarily be reduced at the start of playback
- Fixes an issue that prevented setting up a family member’s Apple Watch for some users
- Resolves an issue where the Apple Watch case material was displayed incorrectly in the Apple Watch app
- Addresses an issue in the Files app that could cause some MDM-managed cloud service providers to incorrectly display content as unavailable
- Improves compatibility with Ubiquiti wireless access points
The software doesn’t have any security patches on board.
If you skipped iOS 14.0.1 you’ll get its bug fixes in your iOS 14.1 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.
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 time digging into the software.
If you’re moving up 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.
What’s Next for the iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus
If your iPhone is having a hard time on iOS 14.1, or you’re feeling a bit nervous about the move to iOS 14, you won’t have to wait long for fixes.
The company’s confirmed an iOS 14.2 update and the software is currently in beta testing ahead of an unknown release date. That said, we expect Apple to release iOS 14.2 sometime in November.
If you’re interested in iOS 14.2’s changes and the beta, have a look at our guide.
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.
- iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, and SE
- iPad (5th generation)
- iPad Air 2
- iPad mini 4
- iPad Pro (1st generation)
- Apple TV 4 and 4K
The team says it hopes to bring support to newer models like the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X in the future, but we don’t have a timeline right now. If you want to jailbreak, you need to stay on iOS 13.
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. That said, 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.
For more on the iOS 13 jailbreak, head here.
Install iOS 14.1 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing the iOS 14/iOS 14.1 update right away.
iOS 14.1 doesn't bring any known security patches to the iPhone, but if you skipped iOS 14.0, you'll get its security updates with your upgrade.
iOS 14.0 brought 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 14.1 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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