Acer Iconia Tab A500 Honeycomb 3.1: Issues Updating
Connect with us

Mobile

Acer Iconia Tab A500 Honeycomb 3.1 Update Begins, Stops Short for Some

Published

on

The Acer Iconia Tab A500 Android tablet is being update via an OTA update today across the world in a slow rolling update based on device serial numbers. By the time you read this most should have an update ready.

You can check for the Honeycomb update by going to Settings, tapping About and then Software Update. When it asks whether to check, let it check and you should see the screen below.

acer iconia tab a500 update ready

The official A500 Honeycomb update is 1.41.07, but you may see a different number depending on if you are getting the actual Honeycomb update or an interim update that prepares the way for the big one. Some are reporting in the XDA Developer’s forum, that this is in fact the Honeycomb 3.1 update that has been promised by Acer for “the end of June” which has obviously stretched five days into July.

The problem is that some are not receiving Honeycomb 3.1. They are getting a simple incremental update to version 3.0.1, which is the number I have installed now and most have had installed for about a month. And a few unlucky folks like me cannot tell what the update includes, because it will not install at all. I can get to the screen that offers to reboot so that it can update, it reboots and starts to apply the update, but about a fourth of the way through it quits and displays the following:

update failure on acer iconia tab a500

If you are in the same boat here are a few things you can try, although none of them worked for me.

  1. Be sure you are plugged in before trying to apply the update.
  2. Unroot your device if you are already rooted, although some say this is not necessary.
  3. Follow the conversation at XDA Developer’s Forum which is being updated as people get the update.
The Iconia A500 Honeycomb update includes the following according to tech2.in:
  • System performance improvement
  • Better support for USB devices through the built-in USB ports
  • Improved Bluetooth support
  • HTML 5 Video support
  • Additional video codec support
  • Better Wi-Fi performance
  • Fix for screen turning on randomly as the device accesses Wi-Fi
  • Exchange support
65 Comments

65 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    07/06/2011 at 1:56 pm

    Check out the largest iconia tab forum on the web at https://iconiatabforums.com

  2. Boydioro

    07/06/2011 at 2:40 pm

    If you search the net you will find out that 141 was/is a 3.0.1 update that started pushing to a500s back in May yet was stopped, not sure why, but was pushed to my a500 yesterday. The tablet info shows it still being 3.0.1 and all the goodies coming with 3.1 aren’t in my tablet yet so still waiting for the official ota update of 3.1. It would be good for you to make a correction.

    • Mohangahalot

      07/08/2011 at 12:37 pm

      Can we do same thing with samsung devices

  3. McStabstab

    07/06/2011 at 4:25 pm

    I’ve just updated my A500 to 3.1 thought it might reset my tab to factory settings but it’s kept everything, the update only took about 10minutes to install (it’s about 124mb). I got the 3.0.1 update in june I was hoping it was the 3.1 update. Now to check what apps don’t work with 3.1!

  4. Denishaw

    07/06/2011 at 4:39 pm

    Am in the process of updating my a500 to 3.1 now, I already had 3.0.1 since early June and l think the info in this article about it being system update 1.141 relates to that version, the 3.1 update starts 4. something.

  5. Denishaw

    07/06/2011 at 4:39 pm

    Am in the process of updating my a500 to 3.1 now, I already had 3.0.1 since early June and l think the info in this article about it being system update 1.141 relates to that version, the 3.1 update starts 4. something.

  6. Dhruv

    07/06/2011 at 4:41 pm

    I just got update

  7. McStabstab

    07/06/2011 at 4:54 pm

    Well there’s a good start, the first game I try on 3.1 (Asphalt 6) I get force close after less than a minute of racing!

  8. Boydioro

    07/06/2011 at 5:19 pm

    An update to my earlier comment.  The 3.1 update push just came through on my A500 and the version does indeed start with 4 (thanks for sharing Denishaw), specifically: ACER_A500_4.010.08_COM_GEN2
    Hope this helps those who may have been misinformed on the 141 and in this instance it was pushed approximately 24 hours prior to the receipt of the 3.1.

  9. tjs

    07/06/2011 at 11:47 pm

    I received the 3.0.1 incremental download on July 4th then got the 3.1 download today, July 6th. It does appear that Acer made that incremental update a prerequisite. So far, 3.1 seems to be faster, and after downloading a few odd updates such as the music app, it appears to be a bit more stable.

  10. Dhsviking

    07/07/2011 at 1:57 am

    I got the 3.01 yesterday and today 3.1.  Only app that is not working so far is Nook – which is now installed where it cannot be uninstalled.

  11. Sue

    07/07/2011 at 5:12 pm

    I got the 3.1 update today and seemed to work well for a couple of hours.  Now I cannot connect to my wifi network – it goes into a “scan-connecting-obtaining IP” loop and gives up after a few tries.  Please help if anyone figured out a solution for this problem…

    • Kenhale

      07/07/2011 at 5:43 pm

      I am also having the issue connecting to WiFi. It worked for about a day but now can’t connect to any device I have tried, going through the loop…

      • Flopez

        07/08/2011 at 1:44 am

        i am having the same problem

        • mm1648

          07/08/2011 at 5:12 am

          I have the same issue

        • mm1648

          07/08/2011 at 1:11 pm

          Go to admin settings. look for privacy. factory reset. continue. then register again. you are good to go on 3.1 connecting to the wifi. Good luck!!

  12. cory

    07/09/2011 at 5:47 am

     I have the same “scan-connecting-obtaining IP” loop that others have.  I already Factory Reset both my A500 and my router, and it DID NOT HELP..  I cannot connect to my home wifi.  I can connect at work, but since that uses a proxy, maybe that’s why Android Market won’t download anything.  Problem: after Factory Reset I lost all my apps.

    • Flopez

      07/09/2011 at 12:32 pm

      pressing the reset button worked for me

      • cory

        07/09/2011 at 1:36 pm

        I tried the reset button several times, every “easy” think I could think of.  And re-doing the wifi network setting from scratch also didn’t help.  And here’s the kicker: I performed a 2nd hard reset (Factory Reset), and it worked fine immediately.  I don’t understand what’s going on.  But mine works now.

        • Oscarchusantos

          07/10/2011 at 2:54 pm

          Reading all your comments makes me happy, I thought I screwed up my tab. Now this is bad, I bought many apps already, if I reset as suggested here, i will throw my money away because of the fault that is now obvious not mine.

        • Johnny Kwan

          07/11/2011 at 5:20 am

          I have same issue since 2 days ago. Just chat with Acer support and confirm it is due to 3.1 upgrade and technical support recommend to do a Factory Reset.  I will try it tonight and hope it works.

        • Jolivandy

          07/13/2011 at 2:31 am

          I have had the same problem and have had to do a factory reset twice in the last week. Wifi works well for awhile then goes back into the scanning obtaining IP address loop again. Acer support was no help.

        • cory

          07/13/2011 at 5:00 am

          Okay, this is so NOT funny anymore:  My wifi is back to the looping/disable thing again, after working fine for 3 days.  So watch out!  Wifi CAN break again for no reason, even after everything, including the factory resets.  I liked this A500 until Honeycomb 3.1 broke my wifi.

        • Alexandre Victoor

          07/13/2011 at 6:16 am

          Same problem here !
          Already done a first factory reset and after a few days ok, no wifi anymore and I will have to perform a reset, again… 

    • BFOOT

      07/19/2011 at 7:08 am

      You have two options. Set a static IP for the network you want to connect to just as a work around.
      OR
      There is a DHCP lease file called dhcpcd-wlan0.lease located in /data/misc/dhcp. Delete this to fix it. Unfotunately you need to root to see this file. 
      I got root by using the package iconia_root by sc2k @xda (found it on a website somewhere).
      Then used ES File Explorer with root option enabled in settings.

      As to the original error above for updates failing with the bee and yellow exclamation mark, this is due to having the clockwork mod recovery installed. If you set change it back to the original Acer one (which you should have backed up before you changed it) the updates work. The restore option isn’t available unless you have root however. This is using the Acer Recovery package from the market.

    • Rebeldesigner

      07/20/2011 at 9:41 am

      Same here…

      Reset works randomly… so sometimes it works on one reset sometimes on two and sometimes more… which is very stupid…

      #Google #Acer should take action on it… instead of counting money…

    • Kevin Richardson

      08/02/2011 at 2:10 pm

      Same thing happened to me on vacation.  Had to wait til I got home to check it out, but factory reset worked perfectly.  Now just have to reinstall the apps.

  13. Oscar

    07/10/2011 at 3:05 pm

    By any chance, anyone who have other successful suggestion on how to solve this upgrade issue without using the factory reset which will eventually correct the bug but will throw your free or bought apps to oblivion, pleeeeeaaaasssss share.

    • stewpa

      07/11/2011 at 10:31 am

      I just did a soft reset.  Wireless is now working.  All my paid apps are backed up by google and I got to reinstall them again.

    • cory

      07/13/2011 at 5:07 am

      Whatever you do, make a factory reset only the very last resort.  Until you get wifi working, you cannot get your purchased apps back.  People are having some luck resetting their router, or soft resetting the Tab, or doing most anything that may reset the connection.  But just between you and me, it WILL break again.  Figure out a simple way to kick it back to life (and tell us all how), so you can download the OS patch whenever it comes.

  14. Glt0507

    07/10/2011 at 3:22 pm

    For some reason I can’t get the update does anybody know how I can get it? My tablet checks and it says it is up to date.

    • zalos

      07/11/2011 at 5:47 am

      i have the same problem  i had 3.0.1 when i bought the tab, then 3 days ago i got an update for 3.0.1 so i thought i had to do that again before i got 3.1  now at 1am its been 4 days  still says up to date  called acer support  3 times  they said it was android (they didnt seem to know google made android) that was causing the delay. i just want my update. any other news (US, was in NY then now NC for the past 3 days) 

  15. Deesem

    07/11/2011 at 7:47 pm

    My A500 updated last week to 3.1 and then it just quit connecting to Wireless also. I added a static IP and it worked. I had to add a static IP at home and also at work. I found this solution on another forum.

    • Ashimksanyal

      07/14/2011 at 1:15 pm

      Arthur – I liked your solution. My wi-fi connection is restored. I don’t know how long it will stay like that. But time being I am happy till the next fix comes from Android. Thank you.

  16. Arthur Leite

    07/13/2011 at 5:23 pm

    I searched for a while for the wifi loop fix and couldnt find anything, so I called Acer and the lady was helpful and got me the solution, unfortunately she told me that this might happen again but the fix is not much of a headache and hopefully the fix will come soon.
    Here is the Fix (By the way, you will not lose any data):
    1) Once the tab is on, press that tiny reset button (I used a staple) and let it restart.
    2) Once your tab starts up again, simply repeat step 1, apparently you have to do it TWICE in a roll.

    Im up and running again!

    ZuzOnline

  17. riskhan v

    07/14/2011 at 7:01 am

    thanks arthur liete its works……

  18. Ashimksanyal

    07/14/2011 at 1:20 pm

    Hey Guys – If you have wifi issues after updating to 3.1, here is a solution. Do soft reset TWICE or THRICE. One after the other. As soon as you see ACER or ‘android’ shows up on your screen, reset it. It worked for me. You probably won’t need FACTORY RESET.

  19. Ryksie1

    07/15/2011 at 3:18 am

    Gday Everyone.
    What Ashimksanyal said works perfect.  I tried letting my tab fully start and pressed the soft reset button and it didn’t work, but if you do the soft reset 3 times in a row when the Acer/Android logo first shows your wireless will start working again. Since the 3.1 so-called up grade I have hard reset my tab 3 times to get my wireless working again but I lost all my apps.  At least with Ashimksanyal’s fix you can keep all your apps and settings.

  20. Michael S Tucci

    07/15/2011 at 6:25 pm

    Yup the soft reset 3 times in a row worked for me too… for the time being. Thanks for the help guys, I was getting nervous.

  21. Dhsiung

    07/18/2011 at 7:28 pm

    I did hard reset once and soft reset countless times and it still cannot connect to the wifi network, looks like I need to return it

  22. Dasher

    07/18/2011 at 11:52 pm

    hey guys, i have had 3.1 for a while with no issues, but i was last night at a hotel, connected to the wireless, opend the browser to do thier accept conditions thing which then does something to my settings to allow the wifi to work, after that, same wifi looping issue as above.

    i reckon the hotel log in system screwed it for me as it had been working flawlessly for a few weeks on 3.1.

    • cory

      07/19/2011 at 5:00 pm

      I think 3.1’s wifi is a time bomb, and will fail every few days regardless (even if you perform complicated “fixes” mentioned in various forums).  It probably depends on how often you connect to a new network, but it’s not actually the network at fault.  But I’m guessing :)

      If you can get it to simply “reset”, that’s the best plan, until Acer sends an update.  Then you’ll have to decide if you trust the update enough to install ;)

  23. Abunboboy

    07/19/2011 at 3:15 pm

    Thx guy its work me aswell…now i need to bring paper clip along…

    • cory

      07/19/2011 at 4:53 pm

      A video that lays it all out (the problem, one way to do the reset) is here:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-f4eua9oUvY

      • cory

        07/21/2011 at 4:03 am

        There’s a patch!  Go here right now:
        https://acer.us/ac/en/US/content/drivers
        Drill down those menus to the “A500” file section.  You’ll see a “Patch” tab.  Download the file, and follow the PDF instructions.  You’ll put the file called “update.zip” into the root of a microSD card, put that card into the A500, and follow a reboot process.  I did it just now.  It actually works!

        Tonight, my wifi was broben again, just 2 days after the last reset.  So I “patched” it (what better way to try it out!).  No looping/disable thing now.  I don’t know what I’ll see 4 days from now, but it’s good at the moment.

        And it also says “update your tablet’s operating system”.  I don’t see how to do that.  There’s only one OS file, and I can’t tell if it’s the one I need.  Could use some help with that part…

        • cory

          07/24/2011 at 4:19 am

          My A500 popped up with an offer to update today.  It downloaded and I waited for one full hour for the “unzipping” before I gave up, pressed the reset button, and loaded it from the Settinngs menu.  Today’s OS is “Acer_A500_4.010.10_COM_GEN2”, the same one that the “patch” file recommended.  Over the past two days, the wifi looping got worse, breaking each time I swapped networks (so I have several paper clips ready to go now).  Let’s see if things smooth out now.

  24. David

    07/20/2011 at 8:52 am

    WTF Acer!  First of all the update unilaterally added two apps (one in Chinese than I can’t even read let alone delete, the second “Golden Club” a gambling app that I can’t even delete!) and now we get this shitty wifi loop. If you want to compete with the ipad, sort your shit out!

  25. Mike Polyak

    07/25/2011 at 3:54 am

    Thank you BFOOT. Deleting dhcpcd-wlan0.lease located in /data/misc/dhcp did the trick

  26. WiLL

    07/27/2011 at 10:53 pm

    I manually set my wireless settings and it works perfect, but I know you cannot manually set IPs for public wireless networks.  Once I was able to connect on my home wireless network I did a check for updates and there is one.  After the machine rebooted and updated I changed the wireless settings to DHCP and all works well now.

  27. Jack

    08/11/2011 at 2:03 am

    Hi
    I am having trouble connecting to wifi at home and work on my Acer Tab. Public places are fine. Acer installed a patch and now blames the routers. Any ideas?

  28. Tim Paige

    08/31/2011 at 1:29 am

    I found all these same problems and finally tried un-checking the Wi-Fi to turn it off… after it turned off… I just turned it back on and it connected normally… this after resetting several times with the paper clip routine and off/on and things… so… just mentioning this worked for me. Thanks for having this discussion available for me to concentrate on solving this ANNOYANCE!… :-)
    Tim

    • Larinho

      09/09/2011 at 11:02 pm

      Just got my a500 last night and have been pulling my hair out with this wifi issue. Acer tech support is horrible. Returning this tablet asap!

  29. Awhina Roberts

    11/15/2011 at 4:30 pm

    So i got some update about 4 days ago, so I said yes, and it shutdown and ran the update but got stuck near the end. The wee android man was sitting there not doing anything so I held power button til it turned off. When I turned it back on I was unable to unlock the screen. It replies when i plug the charger in and things, I just can’t touch the screen at all to get in. When I push the power button to put it to sleep it just shuts the whole device down.
    I left it charging over night last night so I could have a good go at it this morning. When i took out the charger it said it was still at 12% despite charging all night and being very hot. I managed to get into it, but there are no apps on my screen, it is completely blank. When I go into settings I can only use a few of them, if I push on something like “About Tablet” I get a black screen that says “Android System” at the top. 
    When I connect to my computer all of my stuff is there, I just can’t access it through the tablet. Because I can’t get to the about tablet screen I can’t restore factory settings and I have no idea what to do. Have I completely fucked this thing?

    • Tosweet1997

      01/30/2012 at 12:03 pm

      have you found anything to fix this,,mine is now doing the EXACT same thing! help?

      • Moises

        02/24/2012 at 4:02 pm

        Same happening to me. Anyone found a way to overcome this ??

  30. Ryan Mansbridge

    12/22/2011 at 12:54 pm

    mine updated fine but during the procces I turned it off because I thought it was a virus and now when I start up my tablet it doesent respond to my finger on the screen so I cant fill in my pass.
    And when I press the lock button it shuts down immidiately. I have allready reset it with the reset button but the same thing happens over and over and I dont have cable to connect it to my pc.
    Please help

  31. Avawins

    12/27/2011 at 9:18 am

    my brother was doing the up date he had it plunged in, but when it was loading the power went of in his room and now it will not turn on
     

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Apple

How to Fix Bad iOS 14 Performance

Published

on

As we push away from the iOS 14 release date we’re hearing about a number of issues including a variety of performance problems impacting iPhone models.

While a lot of the feedback about iOS 14 has been great, we’ve been having a good experience across most of our devices, we’ve also been hearing about bugs and performance issues.

The current list includes UI lag, freezes, lock ups, and random reboots. These are extremely common, particularly on older iPhone models. Newer iPhones aren’t immune to them though.

Unfortunately, performance issues such as these can be tricky to fix. While you might be able to fix them on your own, some might require a fix from Apple in a new software update.

If you can’t wait and/or you don’t have time to get in touch with Apple support, we have some fixes that could help alleviate the performance issue(s) you’re seeing on your device.

Try Starz or HBO Free with Amazon Channels

Restart Your iPhone

If you start noticing UI lag or another performance issue on your iPhone, try restarting it. Power it down, leave it off for a minute, and the turn it back on.

Update Your iPhone

Apple will periodically release new iOS 14 software. Point updates (x.x.x) are usually focused on fixing bugs while milestone upgrades (x.x) usually deliver a mix of features and fixes. And while Apple might not call out performance fixes in an update’s change log, new software always has the potential to help (or hurt) your iPhone’s overall performance.

For more on the latest version of iOS 14, take a look at our guide.

Update Your Apps

If you haven’t done so already, try updating your applications to the latest version.

App developers are currently rolling out iOS 14 support updates and they could help stabilize iOS 14’s performance on your device.

Before you install the latest version be sure to go into the App Store and read reviews from other iOS 14 users. If the reviews are mostly good, you’ll want to download the latest version.

Reset Your Settings

If you’re still not getting the kind of performance you would like, try resetting your iPhone’s settings. Here’s how to do that on iOS 14:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap General.
  • Tap Reset.
  • Tap Reset All Settings.
  • Enter your passcode if you have one enabled.

This will restore your iPhone’s settings to their factory defaults so be sure you have your Wi-Fi passwords handy. You’ll need to re-enter them.

Cleanup Your Storage

If you’ve had your iPhone for several years there’s a very chance you’ve got a lot of clutter taking up space on its internal storage. Deleting this clutter could help speed up your iPhone.

To start, you’ll want to check and see how much space is free on your device. Here’s how to do that:

  • Head into Settings.
  • Tap General.
  • Tap Storage & iCloud Usage.
  • Select Manage Storage.

If you’re getting close to the threshold you’ll want to head back into General and scroll to where it says iPhone Storage. Here you’ll get a detailed rundown of your data.

Apple will make some recommendations based on your utilization of your storage, but you can also just go through each section manually and delete files you don’t need.

Stop Automatic Downloads

iOS’ automatic update feature can be useful, but a constant stream of updates will make your iPhone work in the background.

If you’re alright with manually updating your applications on the App Store, try disabling Automatic Downloads on your iPhone and see if performance improves a bit.

To do this you’ll head into Settings. From there, Tap iTunes & App Store. From there you’ll want to toggle Updates, located in the Automatic Downloads section, off. You might want to toggle the other options off as well.

Disable Widgets

iOS 14 brought some big time upgrades to iOS’ Widgets. That being said, if you don’t use Widgets on your iPhone, try disabling some or all of them to see if that helps.

To do that you’ll want to swipe to the right while you’re on your iPhone’s home screen. After that, you have two options. You can:

  1. Hard press on an individual Widget
  2. Scroll all the way to bottom of the screen and select Edit. This will cause them to start wiggling.

If you hard press on a Widget, a small menu will popup. To remove a widget you’ll want to tap on Remove Widget at the top.

If you selected Edit at the bottom, you can tap the minus sign on a wiggling Widget to remove it. You can also scroll down to the bottom and select Customize. This will allow you to quickly add or subtract Widgets.

We recommend disabling Widgets you don’t use. Remember, you can always turn them back on if you don’t notice a bump in performance.

Clear Browser Cookies & Data

Clearing your browser’s cookies and data will free up memory which could have a positive impact on your phone’s performance.

If you use Apple’s Safari browser go into the Settings app, tap Safari, and scroll down to where it says Clear History and Website Data. Tap on it.

Tapping this will remove your browsing history, cookies, and other data from Safari. History will also be cleared from any devices signed into your iCloud account. If you’re fine with that, tap Clear History and Data again.

If you use Google Chrome, you’ll want to head into the app and tap the three horizontal circles in the bottom right corner. They’re in the top right corner if you haven’t updated to Chrome’s new design.

Once there, tap Settings, tap Privacy, and now tap Clear Browsing Data. You can now select what you wish to delete. If you’re noticing heavy lag, you might want to clear everything.

Stop Using Background Refresh

iOS 14’s Background App Refresh refreshes apps in the background to show you the latest data when you open them up. It also makes your phone work in the background so if you don’t need this, you might want to shut it off.

Here’s how you disable it:

  • Go into the Settings app.
  • Tap General.
  • Tap Background App Refresh.
  • At the top tap Background App Refresh and toggle it off.

If you want to keep it on for some apps, leave it on and then go down your list of apps and manually turn it off for apps you don’t use.

Downgrade

If you were having a good experience on the previous version of iOS, you could try downgrading your iPhone’s software. If you don’t know how to downgrade, have a look at our walkthrough. It’ll guide you through the steps you need to take.

Restore

If you can’t find a fix for your issue, and you want to avoid taking your phone into a store, you might want to restore your device. This should only be used as a last resort.

You can do this via Finder, iTunes, or iCloud.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 14 & 11 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 14 for Better Security

Install iOS 14 for Better Security

If security is important to you, think about installing the iOS 14 update right away.

iOS 14 brings 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 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.

Continue Reading

Apple

8 Things to Know About the iPhone 6s iOS 14 Update

Published

on

The iOS 14 update is out of beta testing which means iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users around the world can now download Apple’s new operating system.

Apple’s decision to push iOS 14 to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus came as a bit of a surprise given their age. They were released all the way back in 2015.

The company’s decision means iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users now have another full year of software support to look forward to. That might convince some people to skip the iPhone 12 and hold onto their aging phone for another year or more.

The iPhone 6s’ iOS 14 update is a big one. The new operating system comes with a long list of changes including new features, under-the-hood improvements, and security patches.

Many users have already made the jump to iOS 14 which means we’re starting to get feedback about the software’s performance. So far, a lot of it is good, but we’ve also heard about various bugs and performance issues.

Try Starz or HBO Free with Amazon Channels

If you decide to install iOS 14 on your iPhone, note that it requires a ton of free space on your internal storage. It’s a 2GB+ download.

If you’re running an older version of iOS on your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, your iOS 14 upgrade could be 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 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 update’s performance.

We’ll start with the software’s performance. We’ve been testing iOS 14 on the iPhone 6s update for a short time and here’s what we’ve learned.

iPhone 6s iOS 14 Impressions & Performance

We recently installed the iOS 14 update on an iPhone 6s that was previous running iOS 13.7. The download and installation took quite awhile, more than 20 minutes, so that’s what you should expect if you decide to install it this week.

So far, the software’s performance has been excellent. iOS 14 feels faster than iOS 13. Animations and transitions are snappy and apps open up quickly.

While the user interface would sometimes lag on iOS 13, that hasn’t been the case on iOS 14. We haven’t noticed any lag in problem areas like Control Center, Notification Center, or the keyboard.

We’ve only been using the software for a short time, but battery life is stable. We haven’t seen any abnormal battery drain and that’s a good sign right out of the gates.

Our core applications, which include Slack, Asana, Spotify, Chrome, and Gmail, are all stable. The Netflix crashed once while trying to watch a show, but we’re not going to pin it on iOS 14 just yet.

Developers are 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.

As of right now, iOS 14 is running smoothly on our phone. We haven’t run into any game-changing performance issues and we’ll let you know if that changes in the days ahead.

Right now we’re recommending iOS 14 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 right now.

You Should Prepare for iOS 14

If you plan to install iOS 14 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 iOS 13, 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 you move your phone to the new operating system.

iPhone 6s iOS 14 Problems

We haven’t run into any major issues during our time on iOS 14, but many 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.

This is only the beginning. You can expect the list to grow as more iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users upgrade to the new firmware.

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. They should arrive soon.

How to Fix iPhone 6s iOS 14 Problems

If you run into an issue on iOS 14 you might be able to fix the problem(s) on your own.

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

If you’re noticing horrendous battery life after the move to iOS 14, 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 performance.

iOS 13 Downgrade Open

If you move your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus to iOS 14, and you run into bugs or performance issues, you could try moving back to iOS 13.

Apple is currently signing on iOS 13.7 which means you can drop your iPhone’s software back in an attempt to improve its performance.

The company won’t sign on iOS 13 forever so if you really want to get your phone off of iOS 14, you’ll need to drop back soon. Once Apple stops signing on iOS 13.7, there won’t be a way back to the previous operating system.

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

iPhone 6s iOS 14 Update: What’s New

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus get 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.

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 dug into the new operating system yet.

If you’re moving up from an older version of iOS 13 you’ll, again, get the features and fixes from the updates you skipped. We also have a guide that goes over the latest iOS 13 features and you should check it out if you’re running old software.

What’s Next for the iPhone 6s & iPhone 6s Plus

If your device is struggling on iOS 14, or you’re leery about upgrading, you won’t have to wait long for Apple’s first batch of bug fixes.

Apple recently told CNET that it is “aware of an issue that can impact default email and browser settings in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 and that a “fix will be available to users in a software update.” It didn’t call a version out by name.

The company recently confirmed an iOS 14.2 update and there’s also been chatter about an iOS 14.1 release alongside the iPhone 12 series in October. We could also see a fast iOS 14.0.1 release.

One way or another, we should see a new version of iOS 14 roll out soon and that’s great news for those of you looking to squash bugs or performance issues.

iPhone 6s iOS 14 Jailbreak

Developers have released an iOS 13 jailbreak tool that’s compatible with iOS 13.5 and older versions of iOS 13. However, we haven’t seen anything for iOS 14.

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.

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. It doesn’t work with the current version of iOS 14 either.

We don’t know when or even if we’ll see a public iOS 14 jailbreak tool so keep your eyes peeled for new information as we push deeper into the month.

For more on the iOS 13 jailbreak, head here.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 14 & 11 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 14 for Better Security

Install iOS 14 for Better Security

If security is important to you, think about installing the iOS 14 update right away.

iOS 14 brings 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 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.

Continue Reading

Gaming

5 Xbox Series X Pre-Order Tips & Tricks

Published

on

Do you want to make sure that you get an Xbox Series X pre-order? Or the Xbox Series S? We have a collection of tips that will help you avoid pre-order problems and increase the chances that you get a new console on release day.

The Xbox Series S is $299 and the Xbox Series X is $499. Pre-orders start at 11 AM Eastern, 8 AM Pacific on September 22nd.

Read: Get the Best Gaming Chair You Can Buy

Check Account Passwords Now

When the Xbox Series X pre-orders start you need to be ready to go. This is not the time to be resetting a Best Buy or Walmart password or creating an account.

Spend 10 minutes this weekend making sure that you can log in to Microsoft, GameStop, Best Buy, Amazon, Target, and Walmart.

This can mean the difference between getting a new Xbox on day one and waiting months.

Update Payment Information

While you are logged in make sure that your credit card is up to date and that shipping and billing information is updated.

The time that you spend updating any of this, could be long enough to miss out on getting the Xbox Series X or Series S in November.

Be Ready to Checkout

Now that you can log in and your credit card is up to date, you need to be prepared to checkout as soon as the console is in your cart.

Some links to Amazon may even put the Xbox Series X directly into your cart.

Don’t wonder about tax, warranties, or look for coupon codes. Check out and get a confirmation. The console can disappear from your cart. This is not like a ticket checkout process where you are holding an item for a few minutes.

Use Websites Not Apps

Websites tend to offer a better chance to get a console this year. The PS5 pre-orders worked best on websites, with some apps just showing the landing pages while other people were ordering.

It’s a good idea to have apps available as a backup, but start on the website and be on the lookout for links directly to the products on social media.

You Can Always Cancel Later

If you really want the Xbox Series S, but it is out of stock, you may want to lock in the Xbox Series X pre-order and then decide later.

You can cancel your pre-order pretty easily at most retailers if you find the version that you really want somewhere else.

It is best to lock in pre-order and fine-tune it later.

Continue Reading

Editorials

Cyberpunk 2077 PC Requirements: 3 Things to Know

Published

on

While it would be great if Cyberpunk 2077 ran beautifully on every single PC, that obviously won’t be the case. CD Projekt Red has finally shared the game’s PC requirements and we want to go over the most important details and show you how to check if your computer meets the threshold.

A lot of companies wait until just before a game’s released to unveil the PC requirements. CD Projekt Red isn’t your typical company though.

The Cyberpunk 2077 release date doesn’t land until November, but the company has already released the game’s minimum and recommended PC requirements. This is great news if you’ve been thinking about putting in a pre-order.

If you plan to buy the game for a console, you have nothing to worry about. Open up the game, install it and you’re good to go. Cyberpunk 2077 for PC is a different beast because your PC needs to meet certain hardware specifications.

Today we want to share three important details regarding the Cyberpunk 2077 PC requirements. If you’ve been thinking about buying the game for PC, here’s what you need to know before you pick up the game for yourself or someone else.

Try Starz or HBO Free with Amazon Channels

Cyberpunk 2077 PC Requirements

First, we’ll start with the requirements themselves. If you’re familiar with your PC’s internals, you can simply check out this list and compare them to your specs.

Cyberpunk 2077 Minimum Requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7 or 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K or AMD FX-8310
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 or AMD Radeon RX 470
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: 70 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: SSD recommended

Cyberpunk 2077 Recommended Specs:

  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4790 or AMD Ryzen 3 3200G
  • Memory: 12 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon R9 Fury
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: 70 GB available space
New Alienware m15 R3 15.6inch FHD Gaming Laptop (Luna Light) Intel Core i7-10750H 10th Gen, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6, Windows 10 Home (AWm15-7272WHT-PUS)
  • High-end materials like magnesium alloy, copper and steel provide a premium, lightweight and performance-driven gaming experience with iconic AlienFX lighting
  • 144Hz 300nits 7ms Full HD for smooth, high-speed motion graphics
  • Alienware Cryo-Tech optimizes component cooling, which maximizes overall performance and keeps your laptop cool to the touch
  • FHD display with 7ms response time, 800:1 contrast ratio, 144Hz refresh rate and 300-nit brightness for pulse-racing gameplay
  • At just 4.65lb and under 20.5mm, the new Alienware m15 is the thinnest laptop in Alienware history—even lighter and leaner than our previous m15

Will Cyberpunk 2077 Run On My PC?

You can use a simple tool to quickly find out if your computer is capable of running Cyberpunk 2077.

Sites like Can You Run It and PCGameBenchmark provide a quick and easy way to determine if your PC meets the minimum and/or recommended specs.

Some of you might need to upgrade your video card. Many others will meet the thresholds with ease. If you’re unfamiliar with your CPUs internal specifications, or you don’t consider yourself an expert, these tools will save you sometime.

What If My PC Doesn’t Meet Cyberpunk 2077 Specs?

We can’t tell you exactly will happen if your PC fails to meet the minimum requirements, but you can count on horrible performance that will, in a lot of cases, make the game unplayable.

If you want to have the best possible experience on PC, you’ll want to make sure your computer meets the recommended specifications.

While Cyberpunk 2077 will work on PC’s that barely meet the minimum requirements, you probably won’t be able to run the game on the highest settings.

If you barely meet the threshold, be on the look out for deals on PC equipment as we approach the game’s release date.

6 Reasons to Pre-Order Cyberpunk 2077 & 4 Reasons to Wait

Pre-Order for These Bonuses

Pre-Order for These Bonuses

If you pre-order a copy of Cyberpunk 2077, you'll get some nice bonuses. 

Everyone who pre-orders a copy of the game will get a collection of physical and digital items. Here's what you can expect if you buy a copy before the release date:

Physical Items

  • Case with game discs
  • World Compendium detailing the game's setting and lore
  • Postcards from Night City
  • Map of Night City
  • Stickers

Digital Items

  • Game soundtrack
  • Art booklet featuring a selection of art from the game
  • Cyberpunk 2020 sourcebook
  • Wallpapers for desktop and mobile

There are also some unique pre-order bonuses through retailers like GameStop and GOG. 

If you pre-order through GameStop you get a Samurai Medallion. The retailer says this offer is only available to PowerUp Rewards Members.

If you pre-order through GOG you get an exclusive digital game booklet, additional wallpapers and avatars, print quality posters, and 30% off official Cyberpunk 2077 merch store.

If any of these sound interesting to you, think about pre-ordering.

Last update on 2020-09-19. This post may contain affiliate links. Click here to read our disclosure policy for more details. Images via Amazon API

Continue Reading

Editorials

6 Reasons to Pre-Order Cyberpunk 2077 & 4 Reasons to Wait

Published

on

Cyberpunk 2077 is almost here. We have an official release date and retailers are taking pre-orders. While some of you might want to buy a copy right now, many others are better off waiting.

It took awhile, Cyberpunk 2077 was originally confirmed all the way back in 2012, but we’re finally inching closer to the game’s release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Google Stadia, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S.

If you’re just catching wind of it, the game is a sequel to Mike Pondsmith’s pen and paper RPG Cyberpunk 2020. Cyberpunk 2020 was released all the way back in 1988.

CD Projekt Red’s taking its time, but fans of Cyberpunk and The Witcher series are hoping the developer can recreate the magic it delivered back in 2015 with The Witcher 3.

The developer initially confirmed the release date for April 16th, but decided to push it to September 17th to add some additional polish.

Unfortunately, the game got delayed again and the new Cyberpunk 2077 release date is now set for November 19th. Fortunately, it sounds like this is the final delay. CD Projekt Red says it doesn’t expect to push the game’s release date any further than November.

If you’re looking to buy Cyberpunk 2077 for Google Stadia, it looks like the release date might come a little later. CD Projekt Red says the game will debut on Google’s platform “by the end of the year.”

Get the Best Gaming Chair You Can Buy

Retailers like Amazon and Best Buy, and GameStop are taking pre-orders for two versions of the game. There is the standard $60 version and there’s also an expensive Collector’s Edition that comes with a bunch of extras.

Now that we know more about the direction the game is taking, some of you, particularly those of you who are fond of CD Projekt Red’s games, might be thinking about pre-ordering a copy.

In this guide we’re going to take you through the best reasons to pre-order Cyberpunk 2077 right now. We’ll also take you through some reasons to think about holding off for a few more weeks or longer.

Pre-Order for These Bonuses

Pre-Order for These Bonuses

If you pre-order a copy of Cyberpunk 2077, you'll get some nice bonuses. 

Everyone who pre-orders a copy of the game will get a collection of physical and digital items. Here's what you can expect if you buy a copy before the release date:

Physical Items

  • Case with game discs
  • World Compendium detailing the game's setting and lore
  • Postcards from Night City
  • Map of Night City
  • Stickers

Digital Items

  • Game soundtrack
  • Art booklet featuring a selection of art from the game
  • Cyberpunk 2020 sourcebook
  • Wallpapers for desktop and mobile

There are also some unique pre-order bonuses through retailers like GameStop and GOG. 

If you pre-order through GameStop you get a Samurai Medallion. The retailer says this offer is only available to PowerUp Rewards Members.

If you pre-order through GOG you get an exclusive digital game booklet, additional wallpapers and avatars, print quality posters, and 30% off official Cyberpunk 2077 merch store.

If any of these sound interesting to you, think about pre-ordering.

Last update on 2020-09-19. This post may contain affiliate links. Click here to read our disclosure policy for more details. Images via Amazon API

Continue Reading

This article may contain affiliate links. Click here for more details.

Featured