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The original iPhone truly revolutionized the mobile phone industry. Can the upcoming iPhone 5 have as big of an impact as the original? Only if Apple introduces at least one killer feature that differentiates it from the rest of the pack.

The iPhone 4S  shares the iPhone 4’s  design, which is almost two years old, an eternity in smartphone years. It is highly unlikely Apple will repeat this performance when it introduces the iPhone 5. The company introduced iOS 6 at its Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this week, which will launch this fall.

The company did not introduce the iPhone 5  (or whatever it decides to call the next iPhone), but the company is almost definitely holding back some iOS 6 features until the iPhone 5 makes its debut in time for the holiday shopping season.

The iPhone 5 Years Ago

It’s easy to forget what mobile phones looked like before Apple introduced the iPhone. Phones like the Palm Treo 650 and the BlackBerry 8800 reigned supreme. Microsoft’s partners were selling truckloads of Windows Mobile devices.

Many industry insiders, including Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer thought the idea of Apple selling an expensive touchscreen phone was a joke. Above is his reaction to the first iPhone five years ago. Back in 2006 a Palm Inc. executive said future smartphones would have a lot in common with the Treo 650 when pressed for predictions of what phones would look like in five years.

Apple released the iPhone in June of 2007 and exceeded expectations by all measures. The original iPhone didn’t have third-party apps, 3G or other features found on competitive phones, but the touchscreen, user interface and media integration made up for it. Fast forward five years and we’re in a world where Apple just sold 35 million iPhones in a quarter.

Sure, you can argue that the iPhone 4S is the best smartphone currently available, but the competition is within striking distance and even surpassed the iPhone by some measures. For example, iPhone users are stuck with 3G while Android phones and Windows Phone often come with 4G LTE baked in. And of course there’s the whole issue of choice.

Android phones come in a range of sizes, feature sets and prices, while Apple offers just one size and buyers on a budget are directed to Apple’s older iPhones. How can the iPhone 5 be revolutionary? Apple will have to pull out all the stops and clearly differentiate the iPhone 5 and  make it more than ‘just’ a smartphone. Apple can’t simply match the competition’s advantages, such as 4G LTE. Here’s a few things that could propel iPhone 5 well beyond the competition.

Mobile Payments Done Right

Mobile payments like Google Wallet, Pay With Square and other mobile payment solutions are OK, but there is plenty of room for Apple to deliver a better mobile payment solution with the iPhone 5.

Apple already has over 400 million credit card numbers on file, and the clout to avoid carrier squabbles that keep Google Wallet off of popular phones like the Samsung Galaxy nexus.

By including NFC, the same technology in PayPass credit cards, Apple could deliver a seamless payment option at many national retailers. By partnering with PayPass or a similar already in place technology there would be no need for retailers to buy extra equipment to take iPhone payments.

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Credit cards could be an iPhone 5 only Passbook feature.

Apple says that the new PassBook app for iOS 6 is for loyalty card, gift cards and tickets, but the company loves to include exclusive features in new iPhones. Siri only worked on the iPhone 5 at launch, so it is possible that Apple will launch an NFC enabled iPhone 5 with PassBook that can act as your credit or debit card.

Mobile payments have not taken off in the States, but as we saw with the Pebble smartwatch, combining an already existing solution with the iPhone is a quick path to success.

Location Aware Phone

Starting with the iPhone 4S and iOS 5.1, Apple brought meaningful location aware apps and services to the iPhone. The Reminders app is the most prominent example of a location aware app on the iPhone. Reminders use location to trigger reminders when users leave or arrive at a location, making it possible to set up reminders such as, “Remind me to file the Johnson folder when I get to work.”

This is a good start, but the same technology could be used to do much more. Apple could build in support for profiles based on location, changing the ringers, text notifications and even app push notification sounds and settings based on where the phone is. At work, toned down tones and alerts replace loud ringers.

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Find My Friends for iOS 6 shows enhanced location abilities.

Apple has already introduced better location information into the iOS 6 beta. The Find My Friends app will be able to push alerts when friends enter or leave a certain area. The Passbook app is also location aware for flights and tickets. Apple could combine this location aware technology with the Do Not Disturb control over ringers and notifications to do much more than silence the iPhone at night.

Siri That Works

Siri is frustrating to use in its current form. Sometimes Siri does exactly what you ask, but it often doesn’t understand requests or fails to complete them.

To revolutionize the phone industry again, Apple needs to roll out a new version of Siri with improved recognition skills and additional features.

It’s time to drop the beta tag and deliver a Siri solution that doesn’t fail to send one in four text messages, stall even with a good connection and the inability to control more of the iPhone. Check out the new Siri features in the iOS 6 beta.

Apple needs to improve Siri’s reliability and add features. If Apple remains committed to burying settings controls behind multiple taps for the sake of aesthetics, at least let users control them with Siri. On a jailbroken iPhone users can already control brightness, airplane mode, Bluetooth and WiFi with Siri.

In IOS 6 users can finally open apps with Siri, but users still lack a good way to control third-party apps. For example, it would be great to tell Pandora or Spotify to start playing a station. Developers would need to build in support for Siri control inside apps, but a few are already working on it in private.

Spotify already claims to offer Siri control, at least  in a test version of Spotify on the CEO’s iPhone.

Even Easier to Use

The iPhone has a simple user interface, but setting up an iPhone and bringing media and other files over is still more complicated than it should be, especially for first time and novice users.

After helping a first time (computer or iPad) user set up her iPad it became clear that there are a lot of sign up screens and passwords. Apple could streamline much of this setup by defaulting to the free .me email address, included with iCloud.

Apple also needs to build in easier to use support for multiple computers and multiple family members. Shared apps in the same house would be amazing, without the need for a shared Apple ID, but even the ability to plug into any computer on the home network and add additional music would fix many of the complaints I hear.

Another area that needs attention is how to handle switching to a new computer. iCloud simplifies the experience for Apple purchased products, but there is still a need for a new computer utility or app that moves all the content into iTunes on a new Mac or PC.

A Serious Camera

iPhone camera The camera on the back of the iPhone 4S is adequate, but it’s not spectacular. Shooting photos with an iPhone is one of the easiest ways to share photos, but image quality isn’t nearly as good as what users get out of mediocre point-and-shoot cameras.

Apple could choose to upgrade the iPhone 5 sensor and lens to deliver a camera rivaling PureView and the average point and shoot camera. Rumors suggest Apple will use the same sensor as the iPhone 4S, but rumors have a habit of proving false when Apple releases a new iPhone.

Read: 5 iPhone Camera Features I Want in iOS 6

If Apple really wants to put an end to point and shoot cameras, they also need to focus on a better set of software features. Many new Android smartphones can take photos while shooting videos, take panorama photos and shoot many photos at once in burst mode.

Apple could also make use of iPhone connectivity options to allow the use of an iPhone or iPad as a remote viewfinder and shutter for the iPhone.

Extraordinary Battery Life

Battery life remains one of the biggest limitations for mobile devices. 4G LTE smartphones use much more power, leaving users of many 4G LTE smartphones in search of power outlets by late afternoon.

Apple has an advantage in this area. Apple makes the hardware and the software for the iPhone from the ground up. Apple could build a more efficient operating system to optimize battery life on the iPhone 5. Software optimizations routinely deliver better battery life for customized Android smartphones, but Apple has the resources and the ability to build efficiencies into the iPhone 5 right out of the box.

Additionally, Apple has the supply chain intelligence and the cash to outbid competitors for the new 4G LTE chips which are more power efficient and in short supply. It’s unlikely Apple will be the only company using a version of the new Qaulcomm 28 nm 4G LTE chip, but they could be the first to deliver it in bulk.

ipad is all battery

Will the iPhone 5 be mostly battery like the new iPad?

The inside of the new iPad is mostly battery, with a small circuit board for the components. By packing in a larger battery, even at the cost of a bigger device, Apple could ensure that the iPhone 5 lasts all day, even with 4G LTE.

A taller iPhone, like the mock up shown in the TechnoBuffalo rendering below, would allow Apple to pack a larger battery into the iPhone.

Motorola chose to add 1mm of thickness to the Droid RAZR when launching the Droid RAZR MAXX and nearly double the battery capacity, delivering real all-day battery life on a 4G LTE smartphone.

Apple may stay out of the quad-core smartphone race, opting for a more efficient processor that sips power, contributing to longer iPhone battery life.

iPad Integration

iCloud set the stage for keeping the iPad and iPhone in sync, but the real magic has yet to happen.

Imagine using an app on the iPhone, say editing a photo in iPhoto, and resuming the same state, including the tools open and the ability to undo changes, on the iPad.

Apple could also make iCloud better, building in the ability to share game saves and app data across devices as a standard feature for developers. The current version is a good step, but if a developer has to choose between implementing iCloud and tweaking gameplay, the obvious choice is gameplay. Apple could fix versioning problems and make the sync a default iPhone and iPad feature.

iPhone 5 iPad integration

Will the iPhone 5 and the new iPad work together?

Another feature would be the ability to take calls on the iPad if the iPhone is across the room. iMessage already allows users to respond to most text messages no matter which Apple device they are using, and a phone app that ties into the iPhone’s number would be a handy feature.

Tighter Mac Integration

Apple needs to deliver tighter integration between the new iPhone and MacBooks. The iCloud service and apps like Reminders in OS X Mountain Lion show the beginning of this, but there’s still a lot of room to grow.

Third Party tools already allow users to use their iPhone and Bluetooth to lock and unlock Macs and PCs when a user leaves or enters a room. Apple should build this functionality right into OS X and iOS 6. Many HP notebooks already include the ability to use facial recognition and Bluetooth connectivity on the iPhone and other devices to unlock notebooks.

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Tighter integration also includes better remote access to the Mac. The LogMeIn app allows users to remote control a Mac from the iPhone, but the experience is poor on a small screen. A better solution would use iCloud to deliver access to all the files on a Mac, but open them in iPhone apps. Obviously this wouldn’t work for every file, but with time, app developers could tap into a new API that allows users to accomplish more on the iPhone 5 and on the new iPad.

Two iPhone Models

iPhone JumboApple may revolutionize how the company handles the iPhone line, releasing two iPhone models this fall.

Apple could release a larger and wider iPhone this fall with the same resolution. This iPhone Jumbo, would still deliver a Retina Display, but the larger screen would provide bigger keys and larger text for users who find the small tap points and keyboard on the iPhone troublesome.

The larger iPhone could use the same processor as the iPhone 4S, to keep costs low, while the iPhone 5 maintains the smaller 3.5-inch display and gains a new processor with better graphics support.

Check out the latest iPhone 5 Rumors.

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  1. MicroNix

    06/16/2012 at 7:56 am

    While you bring up some nice points, almost NONE of them are revolutionary. I think that term is way, way overused when talking about iDevices. Let’s do a dive on a few of these shall we?

    1) Location aware apps – both iOS and Android have had apps that have done this for quite some time. For Android, apps like Locale have been doing the exact revolutionary thing you are asking for. Profile based ringers, wallpaper, volumes as well as turning wifi and BT one or off based on location or other variables. I’ve owned this app since *2009*. Absolutely nothing revolutionary there.

    2) Extraordinary battery life – Two words: Razr Maxx. I guess Motorola is revolutionary too!

    3) iPad integration – Could be cool but nothing that is revolutionary. The ASUS padfone and its associated insertion directly into a tablet and laptop bringing the EXACT same experience only to a bigger screen and keyboard is already available. I’d much rather have everything ON my mobile device as well as everything IN my cloud available on my tablet. Again, Apple has been beat to the punch with something even better.

    4) Tighter Mac integration – See point #3. Phones are powerful enough now to just about do it all without a desktop. Just a bigger screen is needed for some tasks. And really, is Mac integration that important with Windows desktops/laptops being a not-even-close majority?

    5) Two models (that look the same) – While fragmentation is used a lot for Android, there certainly is a wide range of phones to fit any style and use case you want. Since iOS itself is getting fragmented, we’ll set the fragmentation argument aside and focus on choice. Choice of colors, screen sizes, personalization, etc. Other platforms can’t be beat.

    There’s not a lot of revolutionary things coming out of Apple these days. Just a lot of over hyped features with clever marketing names that make it seem new and special when fact of the matter is its been available for other platforms all along or nearly in-line with development.

    • Roberto

      06/16/2012 at 9:57 am

      I would call this a pretty typical fan boy type article for this site. If it’s not on an I-phone, I guess it doesn’t exist. As for the Maxx battery, I would say it is revolutionary, particularity at the end of the day when just about everyone, I-phones and others are standing around, charging cables in hand, while my Maxx still has 40% battery left. The best 50 dollars I have spent on a mobile device in years.

      • Julian

        07/03/2012 at 9:34 pm

        Exactly… a bit of research wouldn’t be bad. Phones do everything posted for a long time now, and they are hardly revolutionary.

        Honestly, Apple is missing a lot lately. Binding Siri as a 4S-only feature (when it could work well with the 4) was a record low for them in the iPhone era, forcing people to buy new hardware to get one software feature. I always bought new iPhones (2G, 3GS and now 4 here) because the new iPhone was indeed better, not because I was being “forced to” in order to get new features. I mean, it’s fragmentation on the iPhone, not much different to what Android OEMs are doing (or at least try to, they can’t put out good software as fast as the Apple/Google duet)…

        Honestly, I refused to buy the 4S. If the iPhone 5 does not come with at least a 4″ screen (couldn’t care less about NFC), I’d be checking out the next Nexus. My brother has the Galaxy Nexus and it’s quite impressive, although definitely not as near as smooth as mine.

        The best thing about all this is that Google copied Apple, now Apple copied some Android things… now I actually can choose. Good stuff.

  2. Amit

    06/16/2012 at 10:52 am

    Micronix,

    you miss the point that these features are built into the OS of iDevices not as apps. Most of the APIs are available to 3rd party developers but having things like twitter and facebook integration baked into the OS is a lot more user friendly than using a 3rd party app. I agree that none of the stuff here is “rvolutionary” and that, that particular word does get thrown around Re: cupertino but give credit where credit is due: the iPhone and iPad turned out to be revolutionary devices that have turned their respective industries upside down, sold an insane # of units and MOST IMPORTANTLY the competition is good for consumers on both sides. Do you think motorola would have made the maxx if there was no pressure from other vendors including apple? I think that you are right that Android has had these abilities and if you are a tech savvy tinkerer you may be able to able to squeeze every last drop of functionality out of 4.0 (if it ever gets to your phone) but for older folks (my parents) the iphone makes all that same tech accessible to a wider audience. to see my 60 year old mom shazaming, facetiming, and using siri is awesome as is not having to explain to her how to unfreeze a droid repeatedly. Also goback and look at android circa 2006 pre iphone then look at it after iphone the “borrowing” of ideas goes both ways, thanks for notification center. The sheer # and quality of apps doesnt hurt either, android dont have nike+ WTF is that about?

    • MicroNix

      06/16/2012 at 11:33 am

      I’m glad you mentioned twitter and facebook integration baked into iOS. Not only has facebook integration always existed in Android, the Android OS itself has APIs that allow nearly ANY 3rd party app to be “shared” to and not just the couple selected by Cupertino. It was already in place years ago.

      Don’t get me wrong, Apple has made some significant contributions to mobile technology. They were the first to take what was available and wrap it into a more user friendly format. The iPhone pretty much was existing technology with Job’s putting the pieces together to complete the puzzle that no one to that point had figured out. And they did a great job. Same thing with tablets. They certainly were not the first with a tablet, but the first with a very functional tablet.

      I think there are significant ideas and contributions from all major smart phone developers. And the competition is only making it better for us, the end users. I just don’t see Apple “revolutionizing the industry” again. Others have finally woken up (can’t discount Microsoft quite yet) and there is a flurry of innovations going on that more often than not are not coming out of Cupertino. Starting with iOS 4, Cupertino has been borrowing more and more features from Android after stubbornly refusing to do so (notifications have been a sore spot for years) which they will claim as big strides of their own. I’m loving all the new stuff from all the devs…I could just do with a little less arrogance from articles like this and Apple itself. We’re not in 2007 anymore Toto!

  3. Binh tran

    06/16/2012 at 9:42 pm

    I am sorry but none of your points are revolutionary. You habe to think out of the box or work for Android.

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10 Things to Do Before the iPhone 12 Release Date

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Apple iPhone 12 rumors are heating up and the release date is getting close. If you’re thinking about buying an iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro this fall, there are some things you should do before Apple’s 2020 iPhones arrive.

Now that we’re pushing into the fall there are some great reasons to think about waiting for Apple’s next batch of iPhones.

The company’s new iPhone 12 models are reportedly coming with massive changes including 5G support, upgrades to the camera, new processor, and more.

We don’t have an official release date yet, that announcement won’t come for a few weeks, but all signs point to a launch in October.

According to AppleInsider, the iPhone 12 announcement could come on Tuesday, October 13th, followed by pre-orders on Friday, October 16th. This lines up well with iPhone 12 launch rumors and Apple’s standard protocol.

While it might seem like it’s a bit early to start preparing for the iPhone 12’s release date, taking some steps ahead of time will ensure that you’re fully prepared to buy one when the time comes.

In this guide we’ll take prospective iPhone 12 buyers through some steps to take ahead of Apple’s announcements.

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Track iPhone 12 Rumors

If you’re interested in buying one of the new iPhones in the fall, you’ll want to track the latest rumors as we push toward their release date.

Apple does its best to keep things under wraps, but rumors and leaks are inevitable and we’ve seen a ton of information emerge in recent weeks.

Rumors will fill in many of the blanks well ahead of the iPhone 12’s release and they will help you set proper expectations as we close in on Apple’s announcements. If you have proper expectations, you’ll avoid disappointment.

In addition to keeping an eye out for hardware and software rumors, you’ll also want to keep your eyes peeled for supply chain rumors.

We haven’t heard anything concrete yet, but if rumors start pointing to potential shortages at launch, you might want to think about putting in a pre-order in order to avoid a delay.

If you want a look at the latest iPhone 12 rumors, take a look at our guide.

Check Your Upgrade Status

If you’re planning to buy a new iPhone in the fall, you’ll want to keep an eye on your upgrade status as we push closer to the release date.

If you’re not eligible for an upgrade until October or later, you might not be able to put in a pre-order for a new device since your line won’t eligible.

Carriers will sometimes move up your upgrade status so you’ll want to check in on it to see if anything changes in the buildup to the announcements.

Checking your current upgrade status is easy and only takes a few minutes. Here’s how to check your upgrade online at VerizonAT&TT-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular.

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  • The device does not come with headphones or a SIM card. It does include a charger and charging cable that may be generic, in which case it will be UL or Mfi (Made for iPhone) Certified.
  • Inspected and guaranteed to have minimal cosmetic damage, which is not noticeable when the device is held at arms length.
  • Successfully passed a full diagnostic test which ensures like-new functionality and removal of any prior-user personal information.
  • Tested for battery health and guaranteed to have a minimum battery capacity of 80%.

Get Familiar with iOS 14

We recommend getting comfortable with the software that will power the iPhone 12.

Apple’s new iOS 14 operating system has arrived which means you can try it out on your current iPhone ahead of the official release.

If you do this before the iPhone 12 launches you won’t be caught off guard by all of the changes when you open up your new phone.

For more on iOS 14, have a look at our walkthrough.

Research iPhone Accessories

As we speed toward the release you’ll want to get familiar with case manufacturers and other iPhone accessory makers. This way, you’ll know exactly what to buy and how much to spend on accessories if you decide you need them.

We recommend reading reviews and digging into the best iPhone cases, screen protectors, and various other accessories before Apple confirms the devices.

Get a feel for the pricing, dig into pros and cons of each manufacturer, and find styles that appeal to you.

Figure Out How Much Storage You Need

Figure out how much storage you might need ahead of time.

iPhone 12 rumors are hinting at one major change to the iPhone’s storage capacity. Instead of 64GB, it looks like the iPhone 12’s storage will start at 128GB. Rumors point to additional 256GB and 512GB options.

Picking the right storage will help you save money and avoid headaches down the line. While some of you will be fine with the least amount of storage, others will want the peace of mind that comes with having more internal space available.

If you’re unsure about what you might need, take a look at our guide to picking the best iPhone 11 storage size.

Research iPhone 12 Alternatives

Before you decide to wait for the iPhone 12, make sure you go hands on with the current models. You might find a model you like at a price you love.

The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max are still fairly expensive, but their prices have dropped since launch.

We’ve also seen deals on Apple’s iPhones from 2018. The iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR are still solid devices and they’re worth a look as well.

You might also want to take a peek at Apple’s new iPhone SE and other budget alternatives like the iPhone XiPhone 8 and iPhone 7. All of these devices are holding up quite well in 2020 and all of them will get upgraded to iOS 14 this fall.

While the iPhone 12 models are exciting, a lot of you might be fine going with a device from the current crop.

If you aren’t committed to buying an iPhone, make sure you check out iPhone 12 alternatives.

Some of these alternatives are already out on shelves. We recommend checking out the Samsung Galaxy S20 series, Galaxy Note 10Galaxy S10Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9, OnePlus 8, OnePlus 7, and Google’s Pixel 3, Pixel 4, and new Pixel 4a.

Make a Plan for Your Current Phone, Headphones & Charger

Make a plan for your current phone ahead of time. That way, you aren’t scrambling when the time comes.

Some of you might know of a friend or relative who could benefit from your current device. Ask around and see if anyone might need a hand-me-down later on this year. You might also look into donating your phone to charity.

If you plan on selling your current device to help offset the cost of your new iPhone, you’ll want to dig into prices at resellers like Gazelle and NextWorth.

You’ll also want to keep your current phone in pristine condition because that’s how you’ll get the most money back from those resellers, your carrier, or Apple when the time comes.

It’s not confirmed, but it looks like Apple won’t include a pair of headphones or a charger in the iPhone 12’s box. And that means you should come up with a plan for those items.

If you already own a pair EarPods, hold onto them. If you don’t, and you were relying on Apple to provide you with a pair, you might want to look into buying a pair of AirPods, a cheap pair of EarPods, or an EarPods alternative.

Apple will likely sell a charger through its website, but you should be perfectly fine buying a cheaper alternative from a company like Anker.

Look Into AppleCare

If you’re set on buying an iPhone 12, you’ll want to protect your investment.

All iPhones come with a standard warranty, but AppleCare is an extended warranty service that delivers better support. If you aren’t familiar with AppleCare’s service and its benefits, you should research them in the days ahead.

You will be able to add AppleCare to your bag during the checkout process when you purchase a new iPhone. You can also buy it later if you decide you want to wait.

Apple now gives users in the U.S. and Canada up to one year to buy AppleCare+.

Research Carriers

If you’re unhappy with your current provider’s coverage or plan, use this time to dig into competitors and see if you can find a better fit. This is especially important because the iPhone 12 series should feature 5G.

Each carrier has its pros and cons, but you might find one that stands out. If you’re interested in switching carriers, please take a look at our guides covering AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon.

You’ll also want to dig into other carriers like Spectrum, Xfinity, Boost Mobile, and others. They don’t always get the iPhone on day one, but the pricing is often better.

11 Reasons to Wait for the iPhone 12 & 5 Reasons Not To

Wait Because the iPhone 12 Launch is Close

Wait Because the iPhone 12 Launch is Close

The iPhone 12 launch is just weeks away and that means those of you interested in picking one up should consider holding off on buying a new device until Apple makes its announcements. 

Again, it looks like the iPhone 12 series will start shipping in October due to supply chain issues related to the coronavirus outbreak. 

And again, it looks like the iPhone 12 Pro models might not start shipping until sometime in November. Plans can change, but the leaker who released this information has been spot on in the past. 

According to Jon Prosser, Apple is currently prepping an iOS 14.1 update for release alongside the iPhone 12 series. 

iOS 14.1 reportedly won't be ready until October 9th which means the iPhones likely won't start shipping until mid-to-late October.

If you don't think you can sit through a few more weeks of rumors and/or you phone isn't going to last that long, you'll obviously want to move onto something else.

That said, if you can wait, now is the time to do so. We're getting close. 

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11 Reasons to Wait for the iPhone 12 & 5 Reasons Not To

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Apple’s iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max are top notch, but some of you might want to wait for the 2020 iPhones, also known as the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Last September, Apple unveiled new flagship iPhone models. The iPhone 11 series is available in the United States and other countries around the world.

In April, the company announced a new iPhone SE which comes with a 4.7-inch display, an iPhone 8-like design, and upgraded internals.

As we push deeper into 2020, we’ve seen Apple and retailers offers deals on these devices and others. The iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR from 2018 are still fairly expensive, but price cuts and trade-ins can save you quite a bit of cash on the  former flagships.

If you’re in the hunt for a new iPhone in 2020, these devices should be at or near the top of your shopping list alongside budget alternatives like the iPhone XiPhone 8 and iPhone 7.

While many of you are perfectly fine with one of these devices, others might want to wait. Rumor has it, the 2020 iPhone lineup will come with a much bigger set of changes and those who aren’t impressed with the iPhone 11 series, or Apple’s older iPhone models, should consider waiting.

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  • Successfully passed a full diagnostic test which ensures like-new functionality and removal of any prior-user personal information.
  • Tested for battery health and guaranteed to have a minimum battery capacity of 80%.

iPhone 12 Rumors

We’re just days away from an official iPhone 12 announcement and that means we’ve seen a ton of credible information emerge.

The iPhone 12 series will reportedly feature an overhauled camera system with 3D capabilities, OLED screens across the board, display upgrades, a new processor, 5G support, and a new design that could include a smaller notch.

We’ve heard that Apple might pull EarPods from the box in an effort to push people to AirPods. EarPods have always come with a new iPhone so this would be a pretty notable change.

Ming-Chi-Kuo agrees and predicts that Apple won’t include a pair of EarPods with the iPhone 12. He believes their removal will help Apple keep costs down.

Taiwanese research firm TrendForce also thinks “Apple has decided to sell the upcoming iPhones without accessories such as wired earphones, power adapter” in order to keep costs down.

Leaker L0vetodream also says the box won’t include a charger or EarPods. They also claim the iPhone 12’s packaging will become “thinner” and “exquisite.”

Analysts at British bank Barclays have backed this rumor up. They also think the new iPhones won”t ship with a power adapter. If true, that would leave a USB-C to Lightning cable in the box.

In his research note, Kuo says he thinks Apple will pull the power adapter from the iPhone’s box. He believes the company will sell the 20W power adapter as an accessory. He also thinks Apple will end production of the existing 5W and 18W power adapters.

A report from Nikkei suggests the same. So, at this point, it really looks like the iPhone 12 won’t have EarPods or a charger inside the box.

That being said, it looks like Apple will include a new braided USB-C to Lightning cable with the iPhone 12. Apple sells braided cables for other devices, but it hasn’t sold a braided cable for the iPhone or iPad before.

Apple currently includes a USB-C to Lightning cable and USB-C power adapter with iPhone 11 Pro models. The iPhone 11 comes with a USB-A to Lightning cable.

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We’ve seen a ton of back and forth about the iPhone 12 launch date and we finally have an answer straight from Cupertino. Apple confirmed a delay during its quarterly earnings call with analysts.

The company’s CFO says Apple is currently planning to ship the new iPhone models a few weeks later than the standard September window.

YouTuber Jon Prosser has outlined what he’s heard about Apple’s iPhone 12 launch plans and they are as follows:

  • iPhone 12 launch event – Week of October 12th.
  • iPhone 12 pre-orders – Week of October 12th.
  • iPhone 12 – Shipping week of October 19th.
  • iPhone 12 Pro – Pre-orders and shipping in November.

According to AppleInsider, the iPhone 12 announcement could come on Tuesday, October 13th, followed by pre-orders on Friday, October 16th.

A report from Bloomberg outlines Apple’s plans even further. The site says all four iPhone models will launch in the fall.

The site claims the two lower-end iPhone 12 models, 5.4 and 6.1-inch devices, will arrive on shelves first followed by the higher-end iPhone 12 Pro models. The report notes that the company’s “rollout is on course to be the latest since the release of the iPhone X in November 2017.”

There’s also chatter about a 4G-only iPhone 12 arriving sometime in early 2021. The rumor comes from Wedbush Securities analysts who believe the phone could launch in Q1 with an $800 price point.

As for the names, leaker L0vetodream claims the new lineup might be called iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max.

If true, the iPhone 12 mini moniker would extend to the 5.4-inch model, the iPhone 12 Pro Max to the 6.7-inch model, and the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro to the 6.1-inch models.

With all that in mind, we’ll take you through the best reasons to wait and the best reasons to go with another device before the 2020 iPhone models arrive.

Wait Because the iPhone 12 Launch is Close

Wait Because the iPhone 12 Launch is Close

The iPhone 12 launch is just weeks away and that means those of you interested in picking one up should consider holding off on buying a new device until Apple makes its announcements. 

Again, it looks like the iPhone 12 series will start shipping in October due to supply chain issues related to the coronavirus outbreak. 

And again, it looks like the iPhone 12 Pro models might not start shipping until sometime in November. Plans can change, but the leaker who released this information has been spot on in the past. 

According to Jon Prosser, Apple is currently prepping an iOS 14.1 update for release alongside the iPhone 12 series. 

iOS 14.1 reportedly won't be ready until October 9th which means the iPhones likely won't start shipping until mid-to-late October.

If you don't think you can sit through a few more weeks of rumors and/or you phone isn't going to last that long, you'll obviously want to move onto something else.

That said, if you can wait, now is the time to do so. We're getting close. 

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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 14 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

Don’t upgrade to iOS 14 if you’re jailbroken or want to jailbreak your phone.

The developer team behind the Checkra1n jailbreaking tool for iOS has released version 0.11.0 which adds support for iOS 14. The tool works with the following devices:

  • iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, and SE
  • iPad (5th generation)
  • ‌iPad‌ Air 2
  • ‌iPad‌ mini 4
  • iPad Pro (1st generation)
  • Apple TV 4 and 4K

The team says it hopes to bring support to newer models like the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in the future, but we don’t have any specific timing. If you want to jailbreak your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, you need to stay on iOS 13.

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. That said, 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.

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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7 Things to Know About the iPhone 8 iOS 14 Update

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Apple’s new iOS 14 update could have a tremendous impact on your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus’ performance.

Earlier this month Apple pulled its iOS 14 operating system and pushed it to millions of iPhone models around the world. The update is available to download right now if you own an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus.

Apple’s decision to push iOS 14 to the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus means the two devices will get another year of software support and that means many of you can hold off on upgrading to a new iPhone model in 2020 and beyond.

iOS 14 is a massive upgrade and it includes a nice mix of new features, upgrades, and under-the-hood improvements.

A ton of iPhone 8 users have already made the jump to the new operating system which means we’re getting a lot of feedback about it.

The software could have a positive impact on your phone’s overall performance. Some users are noticing improved battery life and stability.

We’re also hearing a growing number of problems. Some iOS 14 users have stumbled upon performance issues and a number of annoying bugs.

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If you decide to install iOS 14 on your iPhone, the download requires a nice chunk of space on your internal storage. If you’re moving up from an older version of iOS the upgrade could be massive. That’s because the features and fixes from the updates you skipped are included.

With that in mind, we want to guide you through the most important things to know right now about the iPhone 8’s iOS 14 update.

It’ll take you through the software’s current problems, provide you with some fixes for common issues, fill you in on the iOS 13 downgrade, and a whole lot more.

We’ve been using the iPhone 8’s iOS 14 update for a few days now so we’ll start with some quick impressions about its performance.

iPhone 8 iOS 14 Impressions & Performance

We installed iOS 14 on the iPhone 8 shortly after Apple pushed it live. Our device was previously running iOS 13.7 and it took about 20 minutes for the installation to complete.

As for the software’s performance, iOS 14 has been running pretty smoothly on our device. The software feels snappy and we haven’t encountered any UI lag in key areas like Control Center, Notification Center, or the keyboard. Apps open up quickly on our device and animations and transitions feel fluid.

We haven’t encountered any abnormal battery drain and connectivity (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS) is strong at the moment.

Our primary apps, which include the likes of Slack, Asana, Spotify, Chrome, and Gmail, are all stable right now. If you’re having issues with an app on your device, developers are rolling out iOS 14 support updates. If you run into trouble, try downloading the latest version because it could stabilize performance.

We haven’t encountered any debilitating bugs or performance issues yet, but we’ll let you know if that changes. The software is still new and there’s always a chance a bug, or three, pops up down the road.

If you’re currently on the fence about a move from iOS 13 to iOS 14, take a look at our list of reasons to, and not to, install iOS 14 right now.

You Should Prepare for iOS 14

If you plan to install iOS 14 today or at some point in the near future, make sure you prepare yourself, and your device, for the move. Doing so will help you avoid headaches.

If you don’t know where to start, have a look at our pre-installation guide. It will take you step-by-step through the process we use before we install new iOS software on our iPhones.

If you don’t have a lot of time to devote to the pre-installation process, you’ll want to at least spend time making sure all of your data is backed up properly.

iPhone 8 iOS 14 Problems & Fixes

iOS 14 is treating our iPhone 8 well, but others have run into problems. Some of these issues are brand new, others have carried over from iOS 13.

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

This is an early list and we expect it to grow as more people download iOS 14. If you’re feeling leery, it might be a good idea to wait for Apple’s first batch of fixes.

If you run into an issue with the software there’s a very good chance you’ll be able to solve the problem on your own.

We’ve released a list of fixes for the most common iOS 14 problems and it’s a great place to start if you don’t have an encyclopedia of fixes stored inside your head.

If your iPhone 8’s battery life takes a major hit after the move to iOS 14, we have a list of tips that should help you improve battery life going forward.

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

iOS 13 Downgrade Open

If you’ve moved your iPhone 8or iPhone 8 Plus to iOS 14, and you’re dealing with issues, you could try moving your phone back to iOS 13.

Apple is currently signing on iOS 13.7 which means you can drop your device’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 iOS 14, you’ll need to move back soon. Once Apple stops signing on iOS 13.7, there won’t be a way back to iOS 13.

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

iPhone 8 iOS 14 Update: What’s New

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus get most of iOS 14 has to offer. The two devices do miss out on a few features which you can learn more about over on Apple’s website.

All of the core upgrades are there though. The list includes Widgets on the home screen, improvements to Messages and Maps, the new Translate app, and a whole lot more.

We’ve released a guide that will take you through some of iOS 14’s best features and it’s worth a look if you haven’t spent any time digging into the software.

If you’re moving your phone from an older version of iOS 13 to iOS 14 you’ll, again, get the features and fixes from the updates you skipped.

We’ve also released a guide that goes over the latest iOS 13 features so make sure you check it out if you’re curious about the most recent versions of iOS 13.

What’s Next for the iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus

If your iPhone is having a hard time on iOS 14, or you’re feeling a bit nervous about the move, you won’t have to wait long for 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.”

The company recently confirmed an iOS 14.2 update and we’ve also heard that Apple might release iOS 14.1 alongside the iPhone 12 series in October. We could also see a fast iOS 14.0.1 release.

We should see a new version of iOS 14 roll out sooner rather than later so those of you dealing with issues should keep an eye out as we push through the month.

iPhone 8 iOS 14 Jailbreak

Don’t upgrade your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus to iOS 14 if you’re jailbroken or want to jailbreak.

The developer team behind the Checkra1n jailbreaking tool for iOS has released version 0.11.0 which adds support for iOS 14. The tool works with the following devices:

  • iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, and SE
  • iPad (5th generation)
  • ‌iPad‌ Air 2
  • ‌iPad‌ mini 4
  • iPad Pro (1st generation)
  • Apple TV 4 and 4K

The team says it hopes to bring support to newer models like the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X in the future, but we don’t have a timeline right now. If you want to jailbreak, you need to stay on iOS 13.

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. That said, 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.

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

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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.

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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 look, 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 14 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 14 jailbreak tool that’s compatible with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

The developer team behind the Checkra1n jailbreaking tool for iOS has released version 0.11.0 which adds support for iOS 14 and the iPhone 6s series.

If you think you might want to jailbreak your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, you can learn more about it over on the official Checkra1n website.

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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