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7 Things to Know About the iPhone X iOS 14.6 Update

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Apple’s pushed its iOS 14.6 update to the iPhone X and the software could have a tremendous impact on your device’s performance.

iOS 14.6 is a milestone upgrade and it brings new features, bug fixes, and important security patches to the iPhone X and other iOS 14-powered iPhones.

If you decide to download the iOS 14.6 update note that it requires a fairly large download if your iPhone X is currently running iOS 14.5.1.

If your phone is running an older version of iOS, your iOS 14.6 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’s iOS 14.6 update.

This guide will take you through the software’s initial problems, the downgrade status, the iOS 14 jailbreak, and the iPhone X iOS 14.6 update’s performance.

iPhone X iOS 14.6 Review

If your phone is currently on iOS 14.5.1, installing iOS 14.6 should take around 10 minutes to complete. If you’re moving up from older software, it could take longer.

We’ve been using iOS 14.6 on the iPhone X for a few days now 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 14.6.

iOS 14.6 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 14.6 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 14.6 is running smoothly on our iPhone X. And given what’s on board, we recommend it to most users. That said, if you’re having a good experience on older iOS software, you might want to wait for more long-term feedback from other iOS 14.6 users.

If you need more help making a decision, have a look at our reasons to, and not to, install iOS 14.6 right now.

You Should Prepare for iOS 14.6

If you plan to move your phone to iOS 14.6, 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 14.6 Problems & Fixes

We’re having a good experience on iOS 14.6, 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 14.6, you might want to hang back and wait for Apple’s next batch of bug fixes.

If your iPhone is already running iOS 14.6, and you’re dealing with issues, have a look at our fixes for the most common iOS 14 problems.

We’ve also released tips to improve iOS 14 battery life and a guide to fixing bad iOS 14 performance.

iOS 14.5.1 Downgrade Open

If you move your iPhone X to iOS 14.6, and you can’t stand its performance, you can try downgrading.

Apple is currently signing on iOS 14.5.1 which means you can 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 anything older than iOS 14.5.1. So if you’re running iOS 14.5 or older, proceed with caution. Once you move to iOS 14.6 there’s no getting back.

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

iPhone X iOS 14.6 Update: What’s New

The iPhone X’s iOS 14.6 update brings new features to the former flagship. The list includes support for Apple Card Family, upgrades to the Podcasts app, and enhancements for AirTag users.

The upgrade also includes bug fixes and 30+ security patches to help protect your phone. If you’re interested in the specifics, check out our guide.

If you skipped iOS 14.5.1, you get its changes with your upgrade.

iOS 14.5.1 brought a 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.

It also brought patches for two security issues related to WebKit. If you want to learn more about those, head on over to Apple’s security site.

If you skipped iOS 14.5, you get its changes with your upgrade.

The iPhone X’s iOS 14.5 update was a big one and delivered several notable changes including new emoji, a new way to unlock your phone while wearing a mask, and more. If you’re curious about all of the top changes on board the software you’ll want to check out our list of the best iOS 14.5 features.

If you skipped iOS 14.4.2, you also get its security patch with your upgrade. If you’re interested in the patch, you can read more about right here.

If your iPhone X is 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. Learn more about iOS 14.4 in our guide to the firmware.

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 get iOS 14.3’s changes with iOS 14.6 as well. iOS 14.3 also had a mix of new features and enhancements and you can read about those 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, iOS 14.3, and iOS 14.2, you’ll get iOS 14.2’s contents with your upgrade. Read more about those changes right here.

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 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 to iOS 14.6. 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.

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 ahead of a public release later this year.

The iOS 14.7 update should carry new features, bug fixes, and other enhancements so keep an eye on the beta as we push toward the official release.

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

Apple’s also working on iOS 15. The new operating system software is currently in beta testing ahead of an official release in the fall.

If you want to try iOS 15 on your iPhone X right now you can do so via Apple’s beta program. That being said, most people should stay on stable iOS software.

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

iPhone X iOS 14 Jailbreak

You’ll want to avoid the iOS 14.6 update if you’re jailbroken or want to jailbreak.

The developers behind the Checkra1n and unC0ver jailbreaking tools have released versions compatible with newer versions of iOS 14. Unfortunately, they don’t appear to work with iOS 14.6.

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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