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Amazon MP3 Store Now Selling Songs Straight to Your iPhone

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Today Amazon announced that its MP3 store is now optimized for the iPhone, giving iOS users an alternative to Apple’s iTunes Music Store.

The new Amazon MP3 store is a HTML5 website that lets users browse the online retailer’s large selection of digital music from any browser on the iPhone. The mobile website can do everything the desktop website does, including preview songs.

After purchasing songs from the Amazon MP3 iPhone website Amazon adds the songs to the user’s Cloud Player. Users can download songs from their Amazon Cloud Player on their desktop or laptop or to their iPhone through the Amazon Cloud Player app.Amazon_MP3_for_iPhone

Until the users downloads the songs on a PC or Mac and import them into iTunes they can only play the songs on their iPhone through the Cloud Player app. The Amazon Cloud Player app can play any song purchased from Amazon and users can add their entire music library to their Cloud Player for playback on their iPhone for $24.99 a year, just like iTunes Match.

The Amazon MP3 store has a similar selection to Apple’s iTunes Music Store, but it routinely offers better deals for popular songs and albums. Amazon MP3 pricing starts at $0.69, and every day it offers one album for $5. Amazon also puts a large selection of MP3 albums on sale every month for $5 each.

Amazon’s new iPhone MP3 store is great for iPhone users who want another option for buying music, but for users who routinely buy a lot of music, streaming services like Spotify and Rdio are still a better value.

For $10 a month both Spotify and Rdio offer unlimited ad-free access to every song in their library to mobile users. That’s about the price of one album a month (or about two discounted albums from Amazon). The services also let users download songs to their devices for offline playback.

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How to Fix Bad iOS 14 Performance

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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.

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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.

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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.

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5 Things to Know About the iOS 14.0 Update

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Apple’s released its long-awaited iOS 14 update and the software a long list of features and under-the-hood improvements to the iPhone.

After several months of testing, iOS 14 is out of beta and ready to download. As expected it’s a huge upgrade for the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, and the iPhone SE 2.

If your phone is currently running iOS 13.7, you get the smallest list of changes. If you’re moving up from an older version of iOS, your iOS 14 update will be more substantial because you’ll get the features and fixes from the updates you skipped in your upgrade.

Now that iOS 14 is out of beta, we want to take you through everything there is to know about Apple’s latest operating system for iPhone.

In this guide to the first version of iOS 14 we’ll take you through the update’s performance, the current list of iOS 14 problems, the best places to find feedback about bugs and performance issues, the iOS 14 jailbreak status, and more.

We’ll start with our impressions of iOS 14 update’s performance on iPhone.

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iOS 14 Review

If your iPhone is currently running iOS 13.7, you’ll see a large download.

For iOS 13.7 users, the iOS 14.0 update requires a 2GB+ download. The exact download size will vary based on your device and the version of iOS 13 your iPhone is currently running.

If your iPhone is running an older version of iOS 13 you’ll likely see a larger download size because, again, your iOS 14 update includes the changes from any iOS updates you skipped.

If your phone is on iOS 13.7, the iOS 14 installation will probably take at least 10 minutes to complete. It took about 15 minutes to install on an iPhone X.

For more on the iOS 14 download and installation, take a look at our guide.

We’ve been using the final version of iOS 14 for a short time and here’s what we’ve learned about its performance thus far:

Connectivity

  • Battery life is currently stable.
  • Wi-Fi connectivity is fast and reliable.
  • Bluetooth is working normally.
  • GPS and cellular data are stable.

Apps

  • Third-party apps including Netflix, Dark Sky, Twitter, Slack, Asana, Gmail, Chrome, and Spotify are running fine at the moment.
  • First party apps like Safari, Podcasts, and Calendar are also stable right now.

Speed

  • iOS 14 feels faster than iOS 13.7 did.

If your iPhone is struggling with bugs or performance issues on iOS 13.7 or an older version of iOS 13, you should think about installing iOS 14 right now.

If you need help making a decision, please check out our reasons to, and not to, install the iOS 14 update. It will help you decide if upgrading is worth it.

We’re in the process of publishing our mini iOS 14 reviews for the iPhone 11, iPhone XS, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 7, iPhone 6s, and iPhone SE so make sure you check those for additional feedback when they’re live.

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iOS 14 Problems

The iOS 14 update is already causing problems for some iPhone users. Some of these issues are brand new, others have carried over from iOS 13.

The current list of iOS 14 issues includes installation problems, lag, Exchange issues, problems with first and third-party apps, hotspot problems, weird battery drain, issues with Touch ID and Face ID, and various other bugs.

The company 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.”

If you run into an issue on iOS 14, take a look at our list of fixes for the most common iOS 14 problems. We’ve also released tips that could help you improve your phone’s performance and tips to help fix bad iOS 14 battery life.

If you can’t handle the iOS 14 update’s performance, you can try moving back to iOS 13. Apple is signing on the previous version of iOS 13 (iOS 13.7).

The company isn’t signing on iOS 13.6.1, or any older versions of iOS 13, so there’s no way back to those updates.

iOS 14 Update: What’s New

iOS 14 is a massive upgrade and brings a long list of new features, improvements, and security patches to the iPhone.

Here are Apple’s release notes:

All-new widgets

  • Redesigned widgets can be placed right on the Home Screen
  • Small, medium and large widget sizes allow you to pick the amount of information to display
  • Widget stacks make the most of your Home Screen space and the Smart Stack uses on-device intelligence to surface the right widget at the right time
  • Widget gallery includes all available widgets to browse and choose from
  • Redesigned Apple widgets for Weather, Clock, Calendar, News, Maps, Fitness, Photos, Reminders, Stocks, Music, TV, Tips, Notes, Shortcuts, Battery, Screen Time, Files, Podcasts, and Siri Suggestions

App Library

  • The App Library automatically organizes all of your apps into categories
  • The Suggestions category uses on-device intelligence to show apps you’re likely to be looking for based on factors like time of day or location
  • The Recently Added category shows apps that were recently downloaded from the App Store, as well as App Clips that were recently launched
  • Ability to hide Home Screen pages to get to the App Library even faster by tapping on the dots at the bottom of the screen while in jiggle mode

Compact design

  • Incoming Phone and FaceTime calls appear as a banner at the top of the screen
  • Siri has a compact design that allows you to refer to information onscreen and seamlessly launch into your next task
  • Picture in Picture enables watching a video or taking a FaceTime call while you use another app

Messages

  • Pinned conversations keep up to nine of your favorite message threads at the top of the list
  • Mentions let you direct a message to an individual in a group conversation
  • Inline replies let you reply to a specific message and see all related messages in their own view
  • Group photos can be customized for a shared group look

Memoji

  • 11 new hairstyles and 19 new headwear styles to customize your Memoji
  • New Memoji stickers to send a fist bump, hug or blush
  • Six added age options
  • Face covering options

Maps

  • Cycling directions provide routes along bike lanes, bike paths, and bike-friendly roads, taking into consideration elevation or how busy a street is
  • Guides offer recommendations for places to eat, meet friends, or explore, curated by a selection of trusted brands
  • Electric vehicle routing helps you plan trips with supported electric vehicles and automatically adds charging stops along your route
  • Congestion zones help you route around or through active zones in cities like London or Paris
  • Speed cameras let you know when you’re approaching speed and red-light cameras along your route
  • Refine Location enables a highly accurate location and orientation when in urban areas with a poor GPS signal

App Clips

  • An App Clip is a small part of an app that developers can create and that is discoverable at the moment you need it, and focused on a specific task
  • Small by design, App Clips are usable in a few seconds
  • Discover App Clips through tapping NFC tags or scanning QR codes, from Messages, Maps, and Safari
  • Recently used App Clips show up in App Library’s Recently Added category, and you can download the full version of the app if you want to keep it around

Translate

  • The new Translate app is designed for conversations and can work completely offline so your conversations stay private
  • A split-screen design in conversation mode has a single microphone button that automatically detects which of the selected languages is being spoken and transcribes the original and translated text on the correct sides of the screen
  • Attention mode shows translations in larger text so you can capture someone’s attention
  • Voice and text translations are supported for any combination of 11 languages

Siri

  • A new compact design allows you to refer to information onscreen and seamlessly launch into your next task
  • Expanded knowledge brings 20x more facts than three years ago
  • Web answers help find answers to a broader set of questions using information from across the internet
  • Audio messages can be sent with Siri on iOS and CarPlay
  • Expanded language support for the new Siri voice and Siri translation

Search

  • One place where you can find everything: search for apps, contacts, files, quick information like weather and stocks, common knowledge questions about people or places, or even quickly start a web search
  • Top Hit results show the most relevant information including apps, contacts, knowledge, points of interest and websites
  • Quick Launcher allows you to launch an app or website by typing a few characters
  • As-you-type search suggestions show more relevant results as soon as you start typing
  • Web search suggestions to launch Safari and get the most relevant web results
  • Start a search in apps like Mail, Messages and Files

Home

  • Suggested automations help you set up automations with just a tap
  • A visual status at the top of the Home app gives you a summary of accessories that require your attention
  • Dynamic suggestions of the most relevant accessories and scenes appear in Home controls in Control Center
  • Adaptive Lighting automatically adjusts the color of your smart light bulbs throughout the day to maximize comfort and productivity
  • Face Recognition for video cameras and doorbells uses on-device intelligence to let you know who is there based on the people you’ve tagged in your Photos app and recent visitors you identify in the Home app
  • Activity Zones for video cameras and doorbells captures video or sends you a notification only when motion is detected in areas you define

Safari

  • Improved performance with an even faster JavaScript engine
  • A Privacy Report shows cross-site trackers that are being blocked by Intelligent Tracking Prevention
  • Password monitoring securely screens your saved passwords for any that may have been involved in a data breach
  • Web page translation (beta) translates entire web pages in English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, French, German, Russian or Brazilian Portuguese

Weather

  • Next-hour precipitation chart shows a minute-by-minute forecast of the intensity of rain or snow over the coming hour for the U.S.
  • Severe weather information displays government-issued alerts about certain severe weather events including tornados, winter storms, flash floods and more, for the U.S., Europe, Japan, Canada, and Australia

AirPods

  • Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking on AirPods Pro places sounds anywhere in space, creating an immersive surround sound experience
  • Automatic device switching transfers audio from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac
  • Battery notifications let you know if you need to charge your AirPods

Privacy

  • A recording indicator is displayed whenever an app has access to the microphone or camera
  • Approximate location can now be shared with an app, rather than sharing your precise location
  • Limited Photos library access gives you the option to share only selected photos with an app whenever an app asks for access
  • App and web developers can now offer the option for you to upgrade your existing accounts to Sign in with Apple

Accessibility

  • Back Tap is a quick way to trigger accessibility features by tapping on the back of your iPhone
  • Headphone accommodations amplify soft sounds and adjust certain frequencies, customized for an individual’s hearing
  • Sign language prominence in FaceTime detects when a participant is using sign language and makes the person prominent in a Group FaceTime call
  • Sound Recognition uses on-device intelligence to detect and identify important sounds such as alarms, and alerts you to them using notifications
  • VoiceOver Recognition uses on-device intelligence to recognize elements on your screen to improve VoiceOver support for app and web experiences
  • Image descriptions read complete-sentence descriptions of images and photos within apps and on the web
  • Text recognition speaks the text identified within images and photos
  • Screen Recognition automatically detects interface controls to aid in navigating apps

This release also includes other features and improvements.

App Store

  • Important details about each app are displayed in a glanceable, scrollable view, including a way to see the games your friends are playing

Apple Arcade

  • Coming Soon gives you a sneak peek at upcoming Apple Arcade games and you can automatically download them as soon as they’re released
  • See All Games is improved with sorting and filtering by release date, updates, category, controller support and more
  • Achievements are browsable right from within the Apple Arcade tab
  • Continue Playing makes it easy to resume recently played games across devices
  • Game Center dashboard showcases your profile, friends, achievements, leaderboards and more, all from within your game

Apple Cash Family

  • Apple Cash can be enabled for up to five family members under 18
  • Send money to your child through Messages or by asking Siri
  • Notifications for purchases or person to person payments as they occur
  • Parental controls to limit who your children can send money to
  • Option to turn off Apple Cash for family members under 18
  • Shared oversight with another adult in your Family Sharing group

Augmented Reality

  • Location Anchors in ARKit 4 enables apps to place AR experiences at a specific geographic coordinate
  • Extended face tracking support is extended to the new iPhone SE
  • Video textures in RealityKit enable apps to apply video to any part of a scene or virtual object

Camera

  • Improved shot-to-shot performance speeds up the time to first shot and makes shooting photos even faster
  • QuickTake video can now also be captured on iPhone XS and iPhone XR when in Photo mode
  • Quick toggles in Video mode to change video resolution and frame rate from the Camera app
  • Updated Night mode capture experience on iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro provides guidance to help you stay steady throughout the capture, as well as an option to cancel the shot mid-capture
  • Exposure compensation control lets you lock an exposure value for an entire camera session
  • Mirror front camera lets you capture selfies that match the front camera preview
  • Improved QR code reading to scan codes, even if they are small or wrapped around objects

CarPlay

  • New categories of supported apps for parking, EV charging, and quick food-ordering
  • Wallpaper options
  • Share ETA and send audio messages with Siri
  • Horizontal status bar support for cars with portrait screens
  • Chinese and Japanese keyboard support gives users an additional option to search for points of interest

FaceTime

  • Improved video quality with up to 1080p resolution on iPhone X and later
  • New eye contact feature uses machine learning to subtly adjust the position of your eyes and face to make video calling more natural even when you’re looking at the screen instead of the camera

Files

  • APFS encryption support for external drives

Health

  • Wind Down helps you create a pre-bedtime routine with apps and shortcuts, like listening to a relaxing playlist
  • Custom sleep schedules help you meet your sleep goals with bedtime reminders and wakeup alarms
  • Sleep mode minimizes distractions during Wind Down and Bedtime by turning on Do Not Disturb and simplifying your Lock screen
  • Health Checklist helps you track and manage health and safety features in one place
  • New Mobility category in the Health app, including metrics like walking speed, double support time, step length, and walking asymmetry

Keyboard and International

  • On-device dictation helps protect your privacy by performing all processing completely offline. Dictation in search uses server-based dictation in order to recognize terms you may be searching for from across the Internet.
  • Search within the Emoji keyboard using a word or phrase
  • Keyboard displays AutoFill suggestions from Contacts for email addresses, phone numbers, and more in apps
  • New dictionaries for French-German, Indonesian-English, Japanese-Simplified Chinese, and Polish‑English
  • Wubi input method for Simplified Chinese
  • Autocorrection support for Irish Gaelic and Norwegian Nynorsk
  • Redesigned Japanese Kana keyboard with easier input for numbers
  • Mail supports email addresses using non‑Latin languages

Music

  • A new Listen Now tab for playing and discovering your favorite music, artists, playlists and mixes
  • Autoplay keeps music playing when you reach the end of a song or playlist by finding similar songs to play
  • Search now showcases music for your favorite genres and activities, and shows helpful suggestions as you type
  • Library filtering helps you find artists, albums, playlists and other items in your library even faster

Notes

  • Enhanced actions menu provides easy access to locking, scanning, pinning and deleting
  • Top Hits in search surfaces your most relevant search results
  • Pinned Notes list can be collapsed or expanded
  • Shape recognition enables drawing perfect lines, arcs and other shapes
  • Enhanced scanning captures sharper scans and more precise auto-cropping

Photos

  • Filter and sort your collection to more easily locate and organize your photos and videos
  • Pinch and zoom to quickly find your photos and videos in more places, like Favorites and Shared Albums
  • Photos and videos caption support
  • Live Photos taken using iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 will autoplay with improved stabilization in Years, Months and Days View
  • Memories enhancements provide a more relevant selection of photos and videos and a larger music selection for Memory movies
  • Redesigned image picker in apps uses the same smart search from the Photos app to help you easily find content to share

Podcasts

  • Listen Now is smarter and includes your personal episode queue and new episodes picked for you

Reminders

  • Assign reminders to people you share lists with
  • New reminders can be created from the lists screen without having to enter a specific list
  • Smart suggestions let you add dates, times and locations with a tap
  • Personalized lists with emoji and newly added symbols
  • Rearrange or hide smart lists

Settings

  • Option to set your default email and web browser

Shortcuts

  • Starter Shortcuts let you get started with a built-in folder of shortcuts, tailored for you
  • Shortcuts automations are suggested based on your usage patterns
  • Folders let you organize your shortcuts and can be added as widgets to the Home Screen
  • New compact design for running shortcuts keeps you in context while you use another app
  • New Automation triggers can run shortcuts based on receiving an email or message, your battery level, closing an app and more
  • Wind Down Shortcuts provide a collection of relaxing shortcuts to help you get ready for a good night’s sleep

Voice Memos

  • Folders help organize your Voice Memos recordings
  • Favorites lets you mark your best recordings and quickly access them later
  • Smart Folders automatically group together Apple Watch recordings, recently deleted recordings and recordings you marked as Favorites
  • Enhance Recording reduces background noise and room reverberation

iOS 14 also has 11 security patches on board and you can read more about those over on Apple’s website.

iOS 14 Jailbreak

If you jailbreak your iPhone, you’ll have to skip iOS 14 for now.

Earlier this year, the developers behind the “unc0ver” jailbreak tool for iOS released a new version that’s compatible with iOS 13.5 and most versions of iOS going all the way down to iOS 11.0. iOS 12.3-12.3.2 and iOS 12.4.2-12.4.5 are excluded. So are iOS 13.5.1, iOS 13.6, iOS 13.6.1, and iOS 13.7.

The jailbreak tool is compatible with all iOS 13-powered devices including newer iPhone models.

Unfortunately, we haven’t heard anything about a public iOS 14 jailbreak and it could be weeks before we see a tool released to the public.

What’s Next

If your device is struggling on iOS 14, know that help is on the way.

Apple is currently working on iOS 14.2. iOS 14.2 is currently in beta and the milestone upgrade should carry new features and bug fixes for initial iOS 14 problems.

We don’t have an iOS 14.2 release date to look forward to just yet. If you can’t wait for the official release you can download the beta.

For more on iOS 14.2, take a look at our guide.

There’s a good chance we see another version of iOS 14 (iOS 14.0.1 or iOS 14.1) roll out sooner than iOS 14.2 so keep an eye out as we push deeper into the month.

Bottom line, if you’re feeling leery about the move to iOS 14.0, you might want to wait for the next version of iOS 14, and its batch of bug fixes, to arrive.

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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.

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7 Things to Know About the iPhone 7 iOS 14 Update

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Apple’s finally released its iOS 14 update and the new operating system could have a tremendous impact on your iPhone 7’s performance.

After a year on iOS 13, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have made the move to Apple’s new iOS 14 software.

As expected, iOS 14 is a huge upgrade for both models as it’s chock full of new features, upgrades, and under-the-hood improvements. It also has important security patches on board.

Many iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users have made the jump up to iOS 14 and we’ve seen a lot of positive feedback in the early going.

We’ve also heard about a number of problems with the software with some users encountering an early batch of bugs and performance issues.

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If you make the decision to download iOS 14, note that it requires a lot of free space on your internal storage. It’s a 2GB+ download.

If you’re running an older version of iOS, 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 7’s iOS 14 update.

Our walkthrough will guide you through the software’s initial problems, the downgrade status, the iOS 14 jailbreak, and the iPhone 7 iOS 14 update’s performance.

We’ll start with the operating system’s early performance. We’ve been testing the iPhone 7’s iOS 14 update for a short time and here’s what we’ve learned thus far.

iPhone 7 iOS 14 Impressions & Performance

We’ve been testing the official version of iOS 14 on an iPhone 7 for a very short time and we’ve come away pretty impressed with the software’s performance.

While some iPhone 7 users have noticed bugs and performance issues, iOS 14 is performing at a high level on the device in our possession.

The software feels extremely snappy. It’s noticeably faster than iOS 13. Apps open faster and the software’s animations and transitions are crisp.

We haven’t noticed any slowdown in problem areas like Notification Center, Control Center, or the keyboard. There are areas where we’ve seen sluggish performance in the past.

Battery life is very strong at the moment and we haven’t noticed any issues with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. All of these connections are strong.

Our core apps, a list that includes apps like Netflix, Chrome, Gmail, Dark Sky, Asana, and Slack, are all stable. We haven’t noticed any hiccups.

App developers are currently rolling out iOS 14 support updates so if you’re having issues with your apps, make sure you’re running the latest version.

Overall, iOS 14 is treating our iPhone 7 well. We haven’t stumbled upon any massive bugs nor have we run into any catastrophic performance issues. It’s early, but this is a good sign.

As of right now we’re recommending iOS 14 to most users. That said, if you’re having a good experience on iOS 13, you might want to wait for more longterm feedback.

If you need more help making a decision, have a look at our reasons to, and not to, install iOS 14 right now.

How to Prepare for iOS 14

If you’re planning to make a move to iOS 14, make sure you prepare for the upgrade.

While some of you might see a performance boost after upgrading, many others will run into trouble. This is why it’s important to prepare yourself, and your device, for the transition.

To assist you 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.

iPhone 7 iOS 14 Problems & Fixes

We’re having a very good experience on iOS 14, some iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users are running into problems.

The current list includes abnormal battery drain, connectivity issues, UI lag, issues with first and third-party apps, issues with Touch ID, Exchange issues, and many more. Note that this is extremely common after a major iOS release.

If these problems have you feeling leery about an upgrade to iOS 14, you might want to hang back and wait for Apple’s first batch of bug fixes.

If you’re already running iOS 14, and you’re dealing with issues, have a look at our fixes for the most common iOS 14 problems. It’s a great place to start.

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

iOS 13 Downgrade Open

If you move your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus to iOS 14, and you hate the performance, you might try moving your phone back to iOS 13.

Apple is currently signing on iOS 13.7 which means you can drop your iPhone’s software back to the final version of iOS 13. If you were having a good experience on iOS 13.7, it could help.

The company won’t sign on iOS 13 forever so if you really want to get your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus off of iOS 14, you’ll need to move soon. Once Apple stops signing on iOS 13.7, there won’t be a way back to the operating system.

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

iPhone 7 iOS 14 Update: What’s New

The iPhone 7’s version of iOS 14 is robust. The devices miss out on a few features, but all of iOS 14’s key components are on board.

The list includes 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 following along.

If you’re moving to iOS 14 from an older version of iOS 13 you’ll, again, get the features and fixes from any 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 playing catchup.

What’s Next for the iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus

We probably won’t have to wait long for the next version of iOS 14.

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 the version out by name.

The company recently confirmed iOS 14.2 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 should be music to the ears of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users dealing with issues on the current version.

iPhone 7 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 on the iOS 14 front just yet.

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.

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.

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5 Things to Know About the iOS 14.2 Update

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Apple’s confirmed a new iOS 14.2 update and the firmware is now in beta testing ahead of a release for iPhone.

iOS 14.2 is a milestone release (x.x) which means it should bring new features, security enhancements, and fixes for bugs impacting the current version of iOS 14.

There’s a chance iOS 14.2 serves as iOS 14.0’s successor, but we could also see the company release iOS 14.1, or some other version of iOS 14, before it arrives.

We don’t have an official iOS 14.2 release date yet, but iPhone users who don’t want to wait for the official roll out can try the update out right now via Apple’s beta program.

With iOS 14.2 on the way, we want to take you through everything there is to know about the software.

In this guide to 14.1 we’ll take you through the update’s known changes, what you can expect from the iOS 14.2 release date and release time, key information about the iOS 14.2 beta, and more.

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iOS 14.2 Beta

If you don’t want to wait for the official version of iOS 14.2 to arrive, you don’t have to.

The iOS 14.2 beta is available to those in Apple’s developer program. The company should also push the beta to those enrolled in the Beta Software Program.

While a developer account requires you to pay money, Apple’s Beta Software Program is free to anyone with a compatible device and working Apple ID.

Before you download the iOS 14.2 beta onto your phone remember that pre-release software is almost always plagued with bugs and performance issues. These issues could impact the performance of your core apps, your device’s battery life, and its overall speed which makes it a less than ideal daily driver.

You should be able to fix some of these problems on your own, but some bugs and performance issues will probably require a fix from Apple down the road.

If you can’t stand the beta’s performance on your iPhone you can downgrade back to iOS 14.0 or iOS 13 though Apple is only signing on iOS 13.7. The downgrade path back to older updates is closed.

In other words, if you were to move from iOS 13.6.1 or older to iOS 14.2 beta, there’s no way back. Keep that in mind before you jump to the beta.

iOS 14.2 Release Date

Apple hasn’t confirmed an official iOS 14.2 release date for iPhone.

Nothing is confirmed, but the company is reportedly planning to launch iOS 14.1 alongside the new iPhone 12 series in October.  The iPhone 12 launch is expected to take place sometime during the first half of the month.

If that pans out, Apple could release iOS 14.1 shortly before the new iPhones arrive on shelves with an iOS 14.2 release coming sometime afterward.

We could also see the iOS 14.1 update drop first followed by the iOS 14.2 release alongside the new iPhones in late October.

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.”

Given the nature of the bug, we could see a new version of iOS 14 (perhaps iOS 14.0.1 or iPadOS 14.1) roll out before iOS 14.2 arrives.

We’ll let you know when we learn more.

iOS 14.2 Release Time

We don’t have an official iOS 14.2 release date yet, but we know exactly when Apple will roll the software out on whatever day it chooses.

The official version of iOS 14.2 will probably arrive in and around 10AM Pacific. It sometimes takes a few minutes for iOS updates to show up so there’s no need to worry if you don’t see new software right when the clock strikes 10AM.

Apple will also release iOS 14.2 beta updates for developers and those in the Beta Software Program in and around 10AM Pacific. The company typically releases new beta updates every 1-2 weeks.

Keep this timeline in mind if you plan to install the official version of iOS 14.2, or new iOS 14.2 betas, right away.

iOS 14.2 Update: What’s New

Apple’s x.x updates always bring a mix of features, security patches, and under-the-hood improvements and that’s exactly what to expect from iOS 14.2.

Developers digging through the first iOS 14.2 beta have discovered a new Music Recognition control for Control Center. The feature will let iOS 14.2 users discover music around them.

Apple could add, or subtract, from the iOS 14.2 change log as the beta progresses so keep an eye out for changes as the software makes progress behind the scenes.

iOS 14 Jailbreak

If you still jailbreak, make sure you avoid the iOS 14.2 beta. The only way you can jailbreak a device right now is if it’s running an older version of iOS 13 or iOS 12.

We don’t expect them to release a tool that’s compatible with the iOS 14.2 beta.

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.

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iOS 14.2 Release Date: Tips & Tricks

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Apple’s confirmed a new iOS 14.2 update and the software is in beta testing ahead of an unknown release date for iPhone.

The confirmation came as a bit of a surprise given that the company hasn’t confirmed iOS 14.1. iOS 14.1 is reportedly in testing behind the scenes.

Now that iOS 14.2 is in beta, a pre-release version of the firmware is available via Apple’s developer program.

We expect the company to push the software into its public Beta Software Program as well. The Beta Software Program is free to anyone with a compatible device and Apple ID. Most people should wait for the public iOS 14.2 beta.

If your phone is struggling on iOS 14.0 or iOS 13, and you can’t wait for the official release, you might want to move your device to the iOS 14.2 beta.

iOS 14.2 is a milestone release (x.x) which means it should bring a mix of new features and under-the-hood improvements to the iPhone.

It’s an exciting update, particularly for those dealing with issues, and one that many iPhone users should have their eye on as we push toward October.

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iOS 14.2 Release Date

According to Jon Prosser, Apple is prepping an iOS 14.1 update for release alongside the iPhone 12 series in October. Prosser claims the software won’t be done until October 9th. It’s unclear how iOS 14.2 might impact these plans.

We could see iOS 14.1 arrive with the new iPhones in October with an iOS 14.2 release coming sometime later. We could also see an iOS 14.1 update drop in late September or early October followed by a iOS 14.2 release alongside the new iPhones in late October.

On top of this, 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.”

Given the nature of this bug, we could see a new version of iOS 14 (perhaps iOS 14.0.1 or maybe even iOS 14.1) roll out sooner than iOS 14.2.

With the iOS 14.2 release date on the horizon, it’s time to start thinking about its arrival. In this guide we’ll outline some tips and tricks that will come in handy as we close in on the next major iOS 14 update for iPhone.

Prepare for the iOS 14.2 Release Date

It’s early, but some of you might want to start doing some prep work to make the installation as painless as possible.

iOS 14.2 will probably require a significant chunk of space on your iPhone’s internal storage. Milestone upgrades typically do.

If you don’t have enough storage available on your iPhone, iOS will temporarily remove downloadable parts of applications installed on your phone. Sometimes this isn’t enough and you will then be forced to manually delete files.

If you’re getting low on storage, use this time to do some cleanup. Go into your iPhone’s storage and delete files (things like photos, apps, etc) you no longer need.

This will help make room for iOS 14.2 and there’s a chance it improves your iPhone’s overall performance.

You should also start backing up the data you store on your iPhone. Data loss issues are rare, but there’s always a chance something goes wrong during the transition.

iOS 14.2 could log you out of your apps and services. We recommend having your Apple ID/iCloud/third-party app login information handy just in case.

Get Familiar with iOS 14.2 and Older iOS Updates

You should get familiar the changes coming your way in iOS 14.2. If you do this ahead of time you won’t be caught off guard.

We’ve released a guide that will walk you through the known changes on board Apple’s new version of iOS 14. It’s a great starting point.

If you’re still hanging around on an older version of iOS 13 and you don’t have plans to upgrade to iOS 14.0, make sure you get familiar with newer versions of iOS 13. The changes from the iOS 13 updates you skip will be baked into your iOS 14.2 upgrade.

For instance if you’re moving from iOS 13.6 to iOS 14.2, you’ll get changes from iOS 13.6.1, iOS 13.7, and iOS 14.0 with your upgrade.

Most People Should Avoid the iOS 14.2 Beta

Installing the iOS 14.2 beta on your iPhone might be tempting, but most people should avoid the beta and wait for the official release.

The beta will help Apple tackle bugs and performance issues before they become major headaches for millions of iPhone users. It’s also fun to try out new features before they’re released to the general public. That said, beta software can bring lots of trouble your way.

The iOS 14.2 beta is causing problems for some testers and you could run into some of the very same issues if you decide to install it on your phone.

If you rely on your device to get through a day of school or work, you’ll want to stay put on whatever version of iOS you’re currently running.

Monitor Feedback from the iOS 14.2 Beta

If you skip the iOS 14.2 beta, make sure you monitor feedback from beta testers as we push toward the official release.

Monitoring feedback will alert you to potential iOS 14.2 problems and it will also reveal the potential benefits of the software. More importantly, it might help you decide if you want to install iOS 14.2 right away or wait.

We’ve seen iOS 14.2 feedback emerge on sites like YouTube, Twitter, and the MacRumors forums. Check those if you’re curious about the iOS 14.2’s early performance.

iOS 14.2 Release Time

If you’ve owned an iPhone for awhile you already know this, but for those of you who are new to the iPhone and iOS, here’s your PSA.

Apple almost always rolls its iOS software updates out in and around 10AM Pacific. That will likely be the case for the final version of iOS 14.2.

These days, we sometimes see iOS updates roll out 5-10 minutes after 10AM so there’s no need to panic if the software doesn’t popup right away.

Here’s what that looks like for other time zones in the United States:

  • Eastern – 1 PM
  • Central – 12 PM
  • Mountain – 11AM

Keep this in mind if you plan to install the final version of iOS 14.2 right away.

iOS 14.2 Download Size

We don’t know how big the iOS 14.2 download will be but again, you can expect it to require quite a bit of free space.

You can expect long download times, especially right after Apple pushes the software live, but the installation process will probably take longer.

Once you pull the iOS 14.2 update from Apple’s servers, you might notice a prompt asking you to “Install” the software right now or “Later.” While most of you will probably want to install the software right away, others might benefit from scheduling the installation.

If you do decide to schedule it, you can choose to install it while you’re sleeping or you can have your device remind you to install it at a later date when you’ve got free time to deal with the installation.

If you do decide to install the iOS 14.2 update overnight, you’ll have to plug your iPhone into a power source.

Prepare for iOS 14.2 Problems

iOS 14.2 will probably go through an extensive beta process, but the final version won’t be perfect. Issues will slip through the cracks into the final release.

Common iOS problems include abnormal battery drain, Bluetooth issues, Wi-Fi problems, app instability, UI lag, crashes, and Exchange issues. These problems appear after every single iOS release and there’s a good chance we’ll see them all popup within hours of the iOS 14.2 update’s release.

It’ll be difficult to predict what kind of performance you’ll get once you move your iPhone to iOS 14.2 so you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared to tackle any issues you encounter on day one and beyond.

We’ve released a list of fixes for common iOS 14 problems. If you don’t consider yourself an iOS expert, you’ll want to bookmark those fixes.

You’ll also want to bookmark or follow Apple Support on Twitter and bookmark the Apple Support page on the company’s website.

You should also be familiar with Apple’s Discussion forums.

Be Ready to Downgrade

If you run into into issues with iOS 14.2 you should be able to downgrade back to an older version of iOS 14 or iOS 13 for a limited time.

If you aren’t familiar with the iOS downgrade process, now is a great time to familiarize yourself with it. Once Apple releases iOS 14.2, the downgrade path back to older software will only be open for a short time. That’s why we recommend getting comfortable with it ahead of time.

Keep Your Apps Updated

If you want the best experience on iOS 14.2, make sure you keep your apps updated.

As we push toward the software’s release, keep an eye out for iOS 14 support updates. These updates should help to stabilize performance and help your device make a smooth transition to the new operating system.

Before you download an app update, make sure you read reviews from users. These reviews will alert you to potential benefits and problems with the latest version.

Take Your Time with iOS 14.2

iOS 14.2 is an exciting upgrade and some of you might be tempted to install it the second it arrives.

For some of you, particularly those dealing with iOS 14 problems, this might be your best course of action. That said, some of you will be better off waiting a few hours, a few days or, in some cases, a few weeks before installing iOS 14.2.

There are plenty of reasons to skip a new iOS software update on day one. For one, iOS updates can wreak havoc on your device’s performance.

If you’re feeling leery, dig into early feedback from early adopters. If you’re still undecided, think about waiting.

Avoid iOS 14.2 If You’re Jailbroken

If you want to keep your jailbreak you’ll want to avoid the iOS 14.2 beta and the final version of iOS 14.2.

Jailbreak developers have jailbroken iOS 13.5 and older versions of iOS 13, but there aren’t any public jailbreak tools for the iOS 14.2 beta and we don’t expect a fast release for iOS 14.

If you want to jailbreak a device running iOS 14, keep an eye out for news from developers once the final version is released.

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.

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