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8 Things to Know About the iPhone 6s iOS 14.7.1 Update

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Apple’s pushed an iOS 14.7.1 update to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus and the point upgrade could have a big impact on your device’s performance.

The iPhone 6s iOS 14.7 update is a very small upgrade. The new firmware brings a bug fix and an important security patch to the devices.

Many users have already made the jump to iOS 14.7.1 which means we’re getting a lot of feedback about the software’s performance. A lot of the feedback is good, but we’ve also heard about various bugs and performance issues.

If you decide to install iOS 14.7.1 on your iPhone, note that it requires a fairly small download if your device is currently running iOS 14.7.

If you’re running an older version of iOS on your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, your download will likely be much larger because the features and fixes from iOS updates 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 6s iOS 14.7.1 update.

Our walkthrough will take you through the software’s initial problems, the downgrade status, the iOS 14 jailbreak, and the iPhone 6 iOS 14.7.1 update’s performance.

We’ll start with the software’s performance. We’ve been testing iOS 14.7.1 on the iPhone 6s update for several weeks now and here’s what we’ve learned thus far.

iPhone 6s iOS 14.7.1 Impressions & Performance

We installed iOS 14.7.1 on an iPhone 6s that was previously running iOS 14.7. The download and installation took around nine minutes to complete.

iOS 14.7.1 is currently running well. Animations and transitions are snappy and apps open up quickly. While the user interface would sometimes lag on early versions of iOS 14, that hasn’t been the case on iOS 14.7.1.

We haven’t noticed any lag in problem areas like Control Center or Notification Center. That said, we have seen the occasional hangup when using the keyboard in Messages.

Battery life is currently stable. We haven’t seen any abnormal battery drain and that’s a really good sign as we push away from the release.

Our core applications, which include Slack, Asana, Spotify, Chrome, and Gmail, are all stable. Developers are still rolling out iOS 14 support updates so if you’re having issues with one of your apps, make sure you’re running the latest version.

iOS 14.7.1 is running smoothly on our device. We haven’t run into any game-changing bugs or performance issues, but we’ll let you know if that changes in the days ahead.

Given what’s on board, we recommend iOS 14.7.1 to most iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users. If you’re feeling leery, have a look at our reasons to, and not to, install iOS 14.7.1 right now.

You Should Prepare for iOS 14.7.1

If you plan to install iOS 14.7.1 in the near future, make sure you prepare yourself, and the device, for the move.

While some of you might see a performance boost after moving up from your current version of iOS, others will run into trouble. This is why it’s important to prepare.

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’re new to the iPhone and iOS, or you just want to play it safe, it could help.

At the very least you’ll want to make sure all of your data is backed up before installing new firmware on your phone.

iPhone 6s iOS 14.7.1 Problems

We haven’t run into any major issues during our time on iOS 14.7.1, but some iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users have.

The current list of iOS 14 problems includes abnormal battery drain, UI lag, issues with first and third-party apps, Touch ID issues, touchscreen problems, Exchange issues, Wi-Fi issues, Bluetooth problems, and more.

If you’re nervous about the current state of iOS 14 problems, you might want to hang back and wait for Apple’s next batch of bug fixes.

How to Fix iPhone 6s iOS 14.7.1 Problems

If you run into an issue on your current version of iOS 14, be it iOS 14.7.1 or an older version, you might be able to fix the problem(s) on your own.

If you don’t know where to look, our list of fixes for the most common iOS 14 problems is a great place to start.

If you start noticing horrendous battery life after the move to iOS 14.7.1, our tips should help you improve battery life going forward.

And if you’re experiencing bad performance (lag, slow download speeds, etc), take a look at our guide to fixing bad iOS 14 performance.

iOS 14.7 Downgrade Closed

If you move your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus to iOS 14.7.1, and you run into bugs or performance issues, note that you no longer have the ability to downgrade your phone’s software.

Apple stopped signing on iOS 14.7 which means you can’t drop your iPhone 6s’ software back to the previous version of iOS 14 in an attempt to improve its performance.

You can’t drop back to iOS 14.6, iOS 14.5.1, iOS 14.5, iOS 14.4.2, iOS 14.4.1, iOS 14.4, iOS 14.3, iOS 14.2, iOS 14.1, iOS 14.0.1, iOS 14.0 or iOS 13 either.

So if you’re currently weighing a move to iOS 14.7.1, and you’re having an excellent experience, proceed with caution. Once you move your iPhone to the latest software, there’s no getting back.

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

iPhone 6s iOS 14.7.1 Update: What’s New

Again, the iPhone 6s’ iOS 14.7.1 update is a very small upgrade. It brings a fix for an issue where iPhone models with Touch ID couldn’t unlock a paired Apple Watch using the Unlock with iPhone feature.

The firmware also delivers a new security patch and you can read all about it over on Apple’s security site.

If you skipped iOS 14.7, iOS 14.7.1 will bring its features, bug fixes, and patches to your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus. Some of the highlights included upgrades to the Weather app, Apple Card, and Podcasts.

If you skipped iOS 14.6, you’ll get its changes with your upgrade to iOS 14.7.1. iOS 14.6 brought new features to the iPhone including support for Apple Card Family, upgrades to the Podcasts app, and enhancements for AirTag users.

The software also included bug fixes and 30+ security patches to help protect the devices from harm. If you’re interested in the particulars, check out our guide.

If you skipped iOS 14.5.1, you’ll get its changes with iOS 14.7.1.

iOS 14.5.1 was a small maintenance upgrade for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus and it carried three changes: One bug fix and two security patches.

The bug fix is a remedy 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.

The two security patches are related to WebKit and you can read more about them over on Apple’s security site.

If you skipped iOS 14.5, you’ll get its changes with your upgrade. iOS 14.5 was a huge upgrade for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. If you’re interested in the particulars, have a look at our list that covers the best features.

If you skipped iOS 14.4.2, you’ll also get its security patch with your upgrade to iOS 14.7.1. If you’re interested, you can read about right here.

If you’re moving up from iOS 14.4, you’ll also get iOS 14.4.1’s security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about that change on Apple’s security website.

If you skipped iOS 14.7, iOS 14.6, 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. Our guide goes over those changes.

If you skipped iOS 14.7, iOS 14.6, iOS 14.5.1, iOS 14.5, iOS 14.4.2, iOS 14.4.1, iOS 14.4, and iOS 14.3, you’ll get iOS 14.3’s changes with iOS 14.7.1. iOS 14.3 also had a blend of new features and enhancements and you can learn more about the milestone upgrade in our walkthrough.

If you skipped iOS 14.7, iOS 14.6, 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 features and fixes with your upgrade. Learn more about iOS 14.2’s changes in our guide.

If you skipped iOS 14.7, iOS 14.6, 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 bug fixes with your upgrade. If you’re interested, you can read more them in our roundup.

If for some reason you’re moving up from iOS 14.0, you’ll also 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 the operating system itself, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus got a pretty stacked version of iOS 14. While the devices do miss out on a few features, the key features are all there.

Some of the highlights include Widgets on the home screen, improvements to Messages and Maps, the new Translate app, and a laundry list of changes to Siri.

Next iOS 14 Update for iPhone 6s & iPhone 6s Plus

Apple’s apparently working on a new iOS 14.8 update for iPhone though it’s unclear when the firmware will roll out.

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will get upgraded to iOS 15 in September. Rumors suggested they would get left behind on iOS 14, but that won’t be the case.

If you want to give iOS 15 a spin on your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus right now you can do so via one of Apple’s beta programs. Most people should download the public iOS 15 beta.

For more on iOS 15, check out our guide.

iPhone 6s iOS 14.7.1 Jailbreak

You’ll want to avoid iOS 14.7.1 if you’re jailbroken or want to jailbreak your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus.

The developer teams behind the Checkra1n and unC0ver jailbreaking tools have released versions that are compatible with newer versions of iOS 14. It doesn’t look like they’re compatible with iOS 14.7.1. Not yet at least.

We’ll let you know when we learn more.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 14.8 & 11 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 14.8 for Better Security

Install iOS 14.8 for Better Security

If security is important to you, think about installing iOS 14.8 right away.

iOS 14.8 doesn't have a lot on board, but it does bring two new security patches with it. You can learn more about them right here

If you want to better protect your iPhone and its data, you'll want to install the iOS 14.8 update in the near future. 

If you missed iOS 14.7.1, you'll get its patch with your upgrade. If you want to learn more about iOS 14.7.1's security update, check out its support page.

If you missed iOS 14.7, you'll get its 31 security patches with your upgrade. You can learn more about those on Apple's website

If you skipped iOS 14.6, you'll get the update's 38 security patches with your iOS 14.8 update. 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 14.8. 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 14.8. 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 14.8 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 14.8 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

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. John Olsen

    02/17/2021 at 3:01 pm

    IOS 14.4 is making my IPhone 6 S Plus restart for no reason. Called my provider and they ended to send me a replacement phone 2 times same result. Tried to just use the phone without any apps installed except for the ones that is part of the OS install. Still doing it. So if you have a 6S DON’T upgrade. It’s sucks to have your phone restart when you are in the middle of doing something important. Seems that, at least for me, Safari is the one that tricker most restarts.

  2. Dan

    05/22/2021 at 1:20 am

    Why would it come as a surprise that 14.5 is available for the iPhone 6s? We already knew that all 14.x releases would support the 6s. Apple guarantees that a device will get a minimum of 5 years of updates, so the age of the 6s means it gets 14.

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