Apple’s pushed an iOS 14.1 update to the iPhone X and the software could have a tremendous impact on your device’s performance.
iOS 14 is packed with new features and under-the-hood improvements and many users have already made the move from iOS 13 to iOS 14. Us included.
Apple’s new operating system isn’t perfect. While it went through a lengthy beta testing period, problems have slipped through the cracks into the final release.
To address these issues, Apple’s pushed new iOS 14 firmware. The latest release is iOS 14.1, a milestone upgrade that brings new features and fixes for some of the initial problems plaguing the operating system.
If you decide to download iOS 14.1, note that it requires a fairly large download if your iPhone X is currently on iOS 14.0.1. If your phone is running an older version of iOS, your iOS 14.1 upgrade could be much larger. That’s because the features and fixes from the update(s) you skipped are baked in.
With that in mind, we want to take you through the most important things to know right now about the iPhone X iOS 14.1 update.
This guide will take you through the software’s initial problems, the downgrade status, the iOS 14 jailbreak, and the iPhone X iOS 14.1 update’s performance.
iPhone X iOS 14.1 Impressions & Performance
If your phone is on iOS 14.0.1, installing iOS 14.1 should take around 10 minutes. If you’re moving up from iOS 13, you can expect it to take a lot longer.
We’ve been using iOS 14.1 on the iPhone X for several days now and the software is holding up well.
One of the biggest issues we noticed while on iOS 14.0 was keyboard lag. The keyboard would hang every time we tried to type out a text in the Messages app. We haven’t run into the problem on iOS 14.1.
The latest version of iOS 14 is fast and fluid. We haven’t dealt with crashes or lockups, apps open up quickly, and we haven’t noticed any slowdown in other problem areas like Control Center and Notification Center.
Battery life is strong. We haven’t noticed any abnormal drain. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity are both holding up on iOS 14.1 as well.
Our core apps which include names like Netflix, Chrome, Gmail, Dark Sky, Asana, and Slack, are all stable. We haven’t noticed any major issues yet.
App developers have been rolling out iOS 14 support updates so if you are having issues with your applications, you might try downloading the latest version.
iOS 14.1 is running smoothly on our iPhone X and as of right now, we recommend iOS 14.1 to most users. That said, if you’re having a good experience on iOS 14.0.1, iOS 14.0, or iOS 13, you might want to wait for more longterm feedback about the software.
If you need more help making a decision, have a look at our reasons to, and not to, install iOS 14.1 right now.
You Should Prepare for iOS 14.1
If you plan to move your phone to iOS 14.1, make sure you prepare.
If you aren’t sure where to start, we’ve released a pre-installation guide that will take you step-by-step through the process we typically use before we install new iOS software on our phones. If you’re new to iOS or you just want to play it safe, it could help.
If you don’t have a ton of time to devote to the pre-installation process you’ll at the very least want to make sure your files are backed up before you tap download.
Spending some time preparing for the update could help you avoid major headaches.
iPhone X iOS 14.0.1 Problems & Fixes
We’re having a good experience on iOS 14.1, but some iPhone X users are running into trouble.
The current list of iOS 14 problems includes abnormal battery drain, crashes, connectivity issues, issues with Widgets, UI lag, Wi-Fi problems, issues with first and third-party apps, issues with Face ID, Exchange issues, and many more.
If these problems have you feeling nervous about an upgrade to iOS 14.1, you might want to hang back and wait for Apple’s next batch of bug fixes.
If you’re already running iOS 14.1, and you’re dealing with issues, have a look at our fixes for the most common iOS 14 problems.
iOS 14.0.1 Downgrade Closed
If you move your iPhone X to iOS 14.1, and you can’t stand its performance, you no longer have the ability to downgrade your phone’s software.
Apple recently stopped signing on iOS 14.0.1 which means you can’t drop your iPhone X’s software back to the previous version of iOS 14 in an attempt to improve its performance. You can’t downgrade to iOS 14.0 or iOS 13 either.
If you’re unfamiliar with the downgrade process, take a look at our guide.
iPhone X iOS 14.1 Update: What’s New
The iPhone X’s iOS 14.1 update includes new features and bug fixes. Here’s the full list of changes on board:
- 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
iOS 14.1 doesn’t have any features or security patches on board.
If you’re moving up from iOS 14.0, you get iOS 14.0.1’s bug fixes with your upgrade. Here’s what the iOS 14.0.1 update 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, the iPhone X gets all of the operating system’s essential features which include Widgets on the home screen, improvements to Messages and Maps, the new Translate app, and a laundry list of changes to Siri.
We’ve put together a guide that will take you through some of iOS 14’s best features and it’s worth a look if you haven’t been paying attention.
If you’re moving to iOS 14.1 from an older version of iOS 13 you’ll get the features and fixes from updates you skipped. We’ve also released a guide that goes over the latest iOS 13 features and you should check it out if you’ve fallen behind on updating your phone.
What’s Next for the iPhone X
If your iPhone X is having a tough time on iOS 14.1, or you’re feeling nervous about the move to iOS 14/iOS 14.1, you won’t have to wait long for new fixes from Apple.
The company’s confirmed an iOS 14.2 update and the software is currently in beta testing ahead of an unknown release date. 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 X iOS 14 Jailbreak
Don’t move your phone to iOS 14 if you’re jailbroken or want to jailbreak your phone.
- 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 in the future, but we don’t have any specific timing. If you want to jailbreak your iPhone X, you need to stay put 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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