Apple’s iOS 14.2 update could have a huge impact on your iPhone XS’ or iPhone XS Max’s overall performance.
In September Apple pushed its new iOS 14 operating system to the two former flagships. A ton of iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max users have already made the transition from iOS 13 to iOS 14.
iOS 14 isn’t perfect. The software is plagued by a number of bugs and performance issues and some iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max owners are dealing with issues as we push away from the release.
In an effort to stabilize the operating system, Apple’s pushed out new software. The latest release is iOS 14.2, a milestone upgrade that brings new features and bug fixes to the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.
If you’re dealing with problems on iOS 14.1, iOS 14.0.1, or iOS 14.0, iOS 14.2 could help.
If you decide to install iOS 14.2 on your iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max, note that it requires a large download if your device is currently running iOS 14.1.
If your phone is running an older version of iOS, your iOS 14.2 upgrade will likely be much bigger because the features and fixes from the update(s) you skipped are baked in.
If you’re curious about the download and installation process, please take a look at our guide. It’ll walk you through everything you need to know.
Today we want to take you through the most important things to know right now about the iPhone XS Max and iPhone XS iOS 14.2 update.
Our guide will walk you through the software’s performance, its initial problems, the downgrade status, the iOS 14 jailbreak, and more.
We’ll start with a quick look at the iPhone XS iOS 14.2 update’s performance.
iPhone XS iOS 14.2 Impressions & Performance
We’ve been testing iOS 14.2 on an iPhone XS for a few days and performance is holding up well.
While we’ve noticed lag on older iPhone models, iOS 14.2 is very fast on the iPhone XS. Areas where we typically see lag, like the keyboard and Notification Center, haven’t been problems for us thus far.
Battery life is excellent with no abnormal battery drain to speak of. Connectivity is also strong and we haven’t encountered any issues with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth yet.
Our core applications, which include apps like Asana, Chrome, Gmail, Slack, Dark Sky, Spotify, and Netflix, are all working fine at the moment.
If you’re having issues with one of these apps or another application, you might want to download the latest version. Developers are still rolling out iOS 14 support updates and these could help stabilize the app’s performance.
iOS 14.2 is doing just fine and given what’s on board, we recommend it to most users. If you’re feeling leery, take a look at our list of reasons to, and not to, download iOS 14.2 right now.
You Should Prepare for iOS 14.2
If you do decide to install iOS 14.2 on your iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max, make sure you prepare for the upgrade.
If you don’t know 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 iPhones.
If you don’t have a whole lot of of time to devote to the pre-installation process, just be sure to backup the data on your phone. Data loss issues are fairly rare, but they can happen.
iPhone XS iOS 14.2 Problems & Fixes
We’ve had a great experience on iOS 14.2 thus far, but some users are running into trouble.
The current list of iOS 14 problems includes abnormal battery drain, issues with iOS 14’s widgets, crashes, connectivity issues, UI lag, Wi-Fi problems, various problems with first and third-party apps, issues with Face ID, Exchange issues, and more.
If you’re feeling nervous about an upgrade, you might want to hang back and wait for Apple’s next batch of bug fixes.
If you’re already running iOS 14.2, and you’re having issues with the software, have a look at our fixes for the most common iOS 14 problems.
iOS 14.1 Downgrade Closed
If you move your iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max to iOS 14.2, and you don’t like the software’s performance, note that you can no longer downgrade your phone’s software.
Apple has stopped signing on iOS 14.1 which means you can drop your phone’s software back in an attempt to improve its performance. You can’t downgrade back to iOS 14.0.1, iOS 14.0, or iOS 13 either.
If you’re unfamiliar with the downgrade process, take a look at our guide.
iPhone XS iOS 14.2 Update: What’s New
iOS 14.2 for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max includes new features and bug fixes. Here’s the full list of changes on board:
- 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.
- Addresses an issue where apps could be out of order on the Home Screen dock.
- Addresses an issue where the Camera viewfinder may appear black when launched.
- Addresses an issues where the keyboard on the Lock Screen could miss touches when trying to enter the passcode.
- Addresses an issue where Reminders could default to times in the past.
- Addresses an issue where the Photos widget may not display content.
- Addresses an issues where the Weather widget could display the high temperature in Celsius when set to Fahrenheit.
- Addresses an issue where the next-hour precipitation chart description in Weather could incorrectly indicate when precipitation stops.
- Addresses an issue where Voice Memos recordings are interrupted by incoming calls.
- Addresses an issue where the screen could be black during Netflix video playback.
- Addresses an issue where Apple Cash could fail to send or receive money when asked via Siri.
- Addresses an issue where the Apple Watch app may unexpectedly close when opened.
- Addresses an issue where workout GPS routes or Health data are prevented from syncing between Apple Watch and iPhone for some users.
- Addresses an issue where audio is incorrectly labeled as “Not Playing” in the CarPlay Dashboard.
- Addresses an issue where devices could be prevented from charging wirelessly.
- Addresses 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 includes 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 missed iOS 14.0.1, you get its 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
If you’re still running iOS 13 and planning to move to iOS 14 in the near future, make sure you familiarize yourself with the new operating system. This way, you don’t get caught off guard.
If you’re moving up from an older version of iOS 13, you’ll get the features and fixes from updates you skipped.
We’ve released a guide that goes over the latest iOS 13 features and you should check it out if you’ve fallen behind on software updates.
What’s Next for the iPhone XS & iPhone XS Max
Apple’s confirmed an iOS 14.3 update for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.
iOS 14.3 is a milestone upgrade (x.x) which means it will bring new features, fixes, and important security patches to these phones.
We don’t have an iOS 14.3 release date right now, but there’s a good chance Apple rolls it out sometime in December. If you can’t wait, join one of Apple’s beta programs.
For more on iOS 14.3, take a look at our guide.
iPhone XS iOS 14 Jailbreak
If you’re jailbroken or want to jailbreak your iPhone, avoid iOS 14 for now.
Unfortunately, the jailbreak tool doesn’t support newer iPhone models like the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. If you want to jailbreak one of these phones, you need to stay on iOS 13.
For more on the iOS 13 jailbreak, head here.
Install iOS 14.2 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing iOS 14.2.1 or iOS 14.2 right away.
iOS 14.2 includes 24 security patches that will help protect you and your device from harm. You can learn more about the patches on Apple's security website.
If you own an iPhone 12 and you skipped the iOS 14.2 update, you'll get these patches with your iOS 14.2.1 upgrade.
If you're still running iOS 13, iOS 14.2.1/iOS 14.2 will also 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.
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 14.2.1/iOS 14.2 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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