Apple’s pushed the iOS 14.4 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 out new iOS 14 firmware. The latest release is iOS 14.4, a milestone upgrade that brings new features and fixes for problems plaguing the operating system.
If you decide to download iOS 14.4, note that it requires a fairly large download if your iPhone X is currently running iOS 14.3.
If your phone is running an older version of iOS, your iOS 14.4 upgrade could be much larger and 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’s iOS 14.4 update.
- iPhone X iOS 14.4 Review
- You Should Prepare for iOS 14.4
- iPhone X iOS 14.4 Problems and Fixes
- How to Downgrade iPhone X Software
- iPhone X iOS 14.4 Changes
- Next Software Update for iPhone X
- iPhone X iOS 14.4 Jailbreak
This guide will take you through the software’s initial problems, the downgrade status, the iOS 14 jailbreak, and the iPhone X iOS 14.4 update’s performance.
iPhone X iOS 14.4 Impressions & Performance
If your phone is currently on iOS 14.3, installing iOS 14.4 should take around 10 minutes to complete. If you’re moving up from iOS 13, expect it to take a lot longer.
We’ve been using iOS 14.4 on the iPhone X for a few days and the software is holding up quite well.
Keyboard lag was one of the prominent issues we ran into on early versions of iOS 14. The keyboard would hang every time we tried to type out a text in the Messages app. Fortunately, we haven’t run into the problem on iOS 14.4.
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 14.4 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 are rolling out iOS 14 support updates so if you are having issues with your applications, you might try downloading the latest version.
iOS 14.4 is running smoothly on our iPhone X and as of right now, we recommend it to most users. The security patches on board are particularly important.
That said, if you’re having a good experience on iOS 14.3, iOS 14.2, iOS 14.1, iOS 14.0.1, iOS 14.0, or iOS 13, you might want to wait for more long-term feedback about the software.
If you need more help making a decision, have a look at our reasons to, and not to, install iOS 14.4 right now.
You Should Prepare for iOS 14.4
If you plan to move your phone to iOS 14.4, 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 14.4 Problems & Fixes
We’re having a good experience on iOS 14.4, but some iPhone X users have run 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 14.4, you might want to hang back and wait for Apple’s next batch of bug fixes.
If you’re already running iOS 14.3, and you’re dealing with issues, have a look at our fixes for the most common iOS 14 problems.
iOS 14.3 Downgrade Closed
If you move your iPhone X to iOS 14.4, and you can’t stand its performance, you no longer have the ability to downgrade your phone’s software.
Apple has stopped signing on iOS 14.3 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.
Unfortunately you can’t downgrade to older iOS software either. So if you move to iOS 14.4, there’s no getting back. The only way to get off iOS 14.4 is by moving your iPhone X to beta software.
If you’re unfamiliar with the downgrade process, take a look at our guide.
iPhone X iOS 14.4 Update: What’s New
iOS 14.4 is a milestone upgrade. As such, it has a mix of features, fixes, and patches on board. Here’s the full change log for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max:
- Smaller QR codes can be recognized by Camera.
- Option to classify Bluetooth device type in Settings for correct identification of headphones for audio notifications.
- Fixes an issue where the Fitness widget may not display updated Activity data.
- Fixes an issue where typing may be delayed and word suggestions may not appear in the keyboard.
- Fixes an issue where the keyboard may not come up in the correct language in Messages.
- Fixes an issue where Audio stories from the News app in CarPlay may not resume after being paused for spoken directions or Siri.
- Fixes an issue where enabling Switch Control in Accessibility may prevent phone calls from being answered from the Lock Screen.
iOS 14.4 also carries very important security updates and you can read about those right here.
If you skipped Apple’s iOS 14.3 update you get its changes with iOS 14.4. iOS 14.3 also had a mix of new features and enhancements. Here’s the full list:
- A new fitness experience powered by Apple Watch with studio-style workouts available on your iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV (Apple Watch Series 3 and later)
- New Fitness app on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV to browse Fitness+ workouts, trainers, and personalized recommendations
- Video workouts added each week in ten popular workout types: High Intensity Interval Training, Indoor Cycling, Yoga, Core, Strength, Dance, Rowing, Treadmill Walking, Treadmill Running, and Mindful Cooldown
- Playlists curated by Fitness+ trainers to complement your workout
- Fitness+ subscription available in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and United States
- Support for AirPods Max, new over-ear headphones
- High fidelity audio for rich sound
- Adaptive EQ adapts sound in real time to the personal fit of ear cushions
- Active Noise Cancellation to block out environmental noise
- Transparency mode to hear the environment around you
- Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking for a theater-like listening experience
- Apple ProRAW photos can be edited in the Photos app
- Option to record video at 25 fps
- Mirror the front facing camera for still photos on iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X
- New privacy information section on App Store pages that includes a developer-reported summary of the app’s privacy practices
- An all-new Apple TV+ tab makes it easy to discover and watch Apple Original shows and movies
- Enhanced search so you can browse by category such as genre, and see recent searches and suggestions as you type
- Top search results shown with the most relevant matches across movies, TV shows, cast, channels, and sports
- Support for launching App Clips by scanning Apple-designed App Clip Codes via Camera or from Control Center
- Ability to indicate pregnancy, lactation, or contraceptive use in Cycle Tracking in the Health app in order to better manage period and fertile window predictions
- Air quality data is now available in Weather, Maps, and Siri for locations in China mainland
- Air quality health recommendations are provided in Weather and Siri for the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, India, and Mexico at certain air quality levels
- Air quality data in Weather, Maps, and Siri reflects updated national scales for Germany and Mexico
- Ecosia search engine option in Safari
- Addressed an issue where some MMS messages may not be received
- Addressed an issue where Contact groups failed to display members when composing a message
- Addressed an issue where some videos would not appear correctly when shared from the Photos app
- Addressed an issue where app folders may fail to open
- Addressed an issue where Spotlight search results, and opening apps from Spotlight may not work
- Addressed an issue where Bluetooth could be unavailable in Settings
- Addressed an issue where MagSafe Duo Charger could wirelessly charge your iPhone at less than the maximum power
- Addressed an issue where wireless accessories and peripherals using the WAC protocol could fail to complete setup
- Addressed an issue where the keyboard would dismiss when adding a list in Reminders while using VoiceOver
iOS 14.3 also included security updates and you can read about those on Apple’s security page.
If you skipped Apple’s iOS 14.2 update, you’ll get its contents with your upgrade. Here’s what iOS 14.2 brought to the iPhone XR:
- Over 100 new emoji, including animals, food, faces, household objects, musical instruments, gender-inclusive emoji, and more.
- Eight new wallpapers in both light and dark mode versions.
- Optimized battery charging for AirPods to slow the rate of battery aging by reducing the time your AirPods spends fully charged.
- Headphone audio level notifications to alert you when audio level could impact your hearing.
- New AirPlay controls to stream entertainment throughout your home.
- Intercom support with HomePod and HomePod mini using iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods, and CarPlay.
- Ability to connect HomePod to Apple TV 4K for stereo, surround sound, and Dolby Atmos audio.
- Option to provide statistics about Exposure Notifications, without identifying you, to participating Public Health Authorities.
- Addressed an issue where apps could be out of order on the Home Screen dock.
- Addressed an issue where the Camera viewfinder may appear black when launched.
- Addressed an issues where the keyboard on the Lock Screen could miss touches when trying to enter the passcode.
- Addressed an issue where Reminders could default to times in the past.
- Addressed an issue where the Photos widget may not display content.
- Addressed an issues where the Weather widget could display the high temperature in Celsius when set to Fahrenheit.
- Addressed an issue where the next-hour precipitation chart description in Weather could incorrectly indicate when precipitation stops.
- Addressed an issue where Voice Memos recordings are interrupted by incoming calls.
- Addressed an issue where the screen could be black during Netflix video playback.
- Addressed an issue where Apple Cash could fail to send or receive money when asked via Siri.
- Addressed an issue where the Apple Watch app may unexpectedly close when opened.
- Addressed an issue where workout GPS routes or Health data are prevented from syncing between Apple Watch and iPhone for some users.
- Addressed an issue where audio is incorrectly labeled as “Not Playing” in the CarPlay Dashboard.
- Addressed an issue where devices could be prevented from charging wirelessly.
- Addressed an issue where Exposure Notifications is disabled when restoring iPhone from iCloud Backup or transferring data to a new iPhone using iPhone Migration.
iOS 14.2 also included 24 security updates and you can read about those on Apple’s security page.
If you skipped iOS 14.1, you get its changes with your upgrade. If you’re interested in those changes, you can read more about them in our iOS 14.1 roundup.
If you’re moving up from iOS 14.0, you get iOS 14.0.1’s bug fixes with your upgrade. 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, 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 14.4 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.
Next iOS 14 Update for the iPhone X
Apple’s working on a new version of iOS 14.
The company’s confirmed a new milestone upgrade and iOS 14.5 is currently in beta testing ahead of a public release later this year.
The iOS 14.5 update will carry new features, bug fixes, and other enhancements. iOS 14.5 looks like it will be a major upgrade for iPhone X.
For more on iOS 14.5 and the beta, please check out 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.
The developer team behind the Checkra1n jailbreaking tool for iOS has released a new jailbreak that adds support for newer versions of iOS 14. Unfortunately, it doesn’t support newer iPhone models like the iPhone X.
If you want to jailbreak your iPhone X, you need to stay put on iOS 13.
The developers behind the “unc0ver” jailbreaking tool have 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 14.4 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing iOS 14.4 right now.
iOS 14.4 has important security patches on board and you can read about them right here. These patches will help protect your iPhone from harm.
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 14.4 update includes iOS 14.2's 24 security patches. You can learn more about the patches on Apple's security website.
If you're still running iOS 13, iOS 14.4 include 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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