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Apple iPhone 5s vs. Nokia Lumia 925: What To Buy

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That there are very few smartphones that can directly compete with Apple’s iPhone 5s smartphone isn’t up for debate. Even now, seven full years after Apple introduced its first iPhone, competitors are struggling to directly compete with it. Chief among the devices made to rival the iPhone is the Nokia Lumia 925.

As Nokia’s first modern smartphone made out of metal, the Lumia 925 is almost exactly what some users might picture as the perfect Windows Phone competitor to the iPhone 5s. Its screen size and exclusive Nokia-made applications and features make it the closest thing to a true iPhone competitor Windows Phone users have seen. So how do the iPhone 5s and the Nokia Lumia 925 stack up, and which should you buy if you’re AT&T or T-Mobile? Let’s take a look.

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Design

Make no mistake about it. Both of these devices have been designed to the hilt and the both come with the premium materials that modern smartphone buyers crave. How each approaches that same user – the person who hungers for a smartphone that doesn’t feel cheap – is completely different, however.

iPhone 5s

Apple’s latest device, the iPhone 5s uses the same design as the iPhone 5 ,and to a certain extent the iPhone 4s. Its front consists of a flat piece of glass that covers the areas above and below its 4-inch display. That glass only has two holes, a small pill-shaped speaker grate and a rounded out home button that comes complete with a metal ring around it. The device’s sides are flat and each corner is also rounded out. At the bottom of the phone is an Apple Lightning port, the headphone jack and individually drilled speaker holes. Finally, the back of the device mixes metal and glass and an embossed Apple logo. Flanking that logo is a rear-facing 8 megapixel camera.

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The tactile feedback when a button on an iPhone 5s is pressed feels substantial and every angle looks expertly crafted. That won’t come as news to buyers of the iPhone 5, but it must be said. This still is a great looking design – despite it being a year-and-a-half old at this point.

Read: iPhone 5s Review: 100 Days with Apple’s New iPhone

Lumia 925

Like the iPhone 5s, the Lumia 925 uses two different materials throughout most of its design. Unlike the iPhone 5s, neither of them are glass. To be clear, the device’s front is mostly covered by glass, but its rear consists of the same polycarbonate plastic that Nokia has made entire members of its Windows Phone family out of before.

On its front are a pill-shaped speaker hole and a front-facing camera. Below its 4.5-inch display are the customary Windows Phone keys that every device with the operating system is required to include. There are no physical buttons on the Lumia 925’s front. Instead, they’re all touch sensitive keys that glow in the dark and vibrate when touched.

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The edges of the Lumia 925 harbor all of the physical keys and ports that users need. Interestingly, enough none of them are on the left side or bottom edge of the device. Metal volume, camera and power buttons reside on the right edge of the Lumia 925. The headphone port, micro-USB port and SIM card slot are all on its top. It should be noted that the Lumia 925 heavily borrows the metal ring/antenna approach that the iPhone 5s uses. Instead of being flat, these edges are rounded out.  Where the device really stands out is its rear.

A rather large 8 megapixel camera equipped with Nokia’s PureView imaging technology protrudes from its polycarbonate plastic rear. It’s flanked by the Nokia logo and an LED flash. Below all of these things is the Lumia 925’s speaker grill and three metal contacts that allow the phone to be used with a wireless charging accessory that costs extra.

Both the iPhone 5s and Lumia 925 come in three different colors. The iPhone is available in white, gold and Space Gray on every major mobile carrier. The Lumia 925 comes in three different colors but T-Mobile and AT&T only carry one each. In T-Mobile’s case that color is white. In AT&T’s case that color is black. A third color borrows the light edges of the white Lumia 925 but switches out the rear for gray polycarbonate plastic.

The Lumia 925 also feels premium in the hand, though its plastic also feels misplaced when you pick it up. The top-mounted USB port also feels decidedly misplaced, but that’s just personal taste on my account.

The only thing that truly boggles the mind is the rather tactless placement of the carrier branding on each of the Lumia 925 handsets in the United States. AT&T was a bit more conventional and has their logo to the right of the handset’s front-facing earpiece. T-Mobile’s logo is placed on the bottom of its version and completely ruins the premium look of the handset. Again, this is just personal preference, but having used the iPhone 5s and the HTC One and played with Google’s Nexus 5, it completely takes away from the experience. It’s as if you purchased a Rolex watch and Amazon decided to etch its logo on the watch’s bezel because they shipped it directly to your door.

Read: Nokia Introduces Nokia Lumia 925

Camera

Nokia hasn’t just taken the iPhone 5s to task with comparable design. At the rear of the Lumia 925 is a camera that harnesses all of the PureView imaging technology the company created as of last May. In this respect the iPhone 5s and Lumia 925 are also pretty evenly matched.

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iPhone 5s

Apple iPhone users have long enjoyed a decent camera experience and the iPhone 5s is – anti-climatically — no exception.  The iPhone 5s includes a rear-facing 8 megapixel camera that’s backed up by a new camera experience and two LED flash modules.

This new camera software allows iPhone 5s users to capture slow motion video and take pictures using HDR technology that offers a wider range of colors in each photo. That Apple has kept an 8 megapixel camera but made the sensor larger so that it captures even crisper shots is impressive.

To be frank, shots with the iPhone 5s are dynamic, colorful and detailed. No one is replacing their high-end DSLR with an iPhone 5s, but as owning a DSLR camera itself is pretty rare at this point, the iPhone 5s gets the job done.

 

Lumia 925

Since launching its PureView imaging technology a few years back, Nokia has been all about using camera technology to offer the best value to consumers. The Lumia 925 continues this. The floating lens technology and software algorithms that are a part of the PureView camera portfolio are all present in the Nokia Lumia 925.

Pictures taking with the 8.7-megapixel PureView camera in the Nokia Lumia 925 look just as good as the iPhone 5s, however the really cool software features that the camera grants users are tied into an array of different apps that are quickly multiplying almost into insanity. For example, the Windows Phone 8 operating system already includes a pretty decent camera app that records 1080p video and full high-quality images. That app also allows users to fire up different lenses to customize their photos.

The problem is that Nokia offers its own camera experience in addition to this. That lineup includes Nokia Camera, Nokia Smart Cam, Nokia Create Studio, Nokia Video Trimmer, Nokia Glam Me and Nokia Video Upload. To be fair, users can set a particular camera app as the default that opens when they push the device’s camera button, however Nokia has some work to do if it hopes to simplify this experience. It’s already combined two of the apps in the latest update that’s still rolling out to users but it needs to do more.

Experience

There are those who would argue that comparing the Lumia 925 with the iPhone 5s isn’t possible because they run two different operating systems and thus have different strengths and weaknesses.

On some level that’s true, however they’e both smartphones vying for the same users. As such it’s worth comparing the two.

iPhone 5s

The iPhone 5s is Apple’s latest iPhone. In short, that means it comes equipped with all of the latest technologies and software available to the Apple users. Its Home button includes Apple’s new Touch ID technology. Once a user has set it up, Touch ID will instantly unlock when it detects their fingers on the sensor/button. It also comes equipped with an amazing looking Retina display and an M7 Motion sensor co-processor.

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Of all the hardware features new to this device it’s Touch ID that users will love the most. Not having to type in a pin code is very convenient and something that users will quickly appreciate after spending a few weeks with the device. On the other hand, the M7 motion Coprocessor that’s included in the device doesn’t yet do much to add the user experience beyond allowing Apple’s Maps app to tell when a user is walking and when they need driving directions. The iPhone 5s also includes a 64-bit processor that boosts the device’s processing power well past what previous iPhones were capable of. Of all the new hardware features it’s that 64-bit processor that will effect day to day use the least. The device is faster than any iPhone before, but most apps still haven’t been recoded to take advantage of it. Games do load quickly, so that’s something.

iOS 7 is the default operating system on the iPhone 5s and it includes both a visual refresh and a ton of interesting features that make the software experience better. In addition to the aforementioned camera app with slow-motion video, there’s also a new Control Center area for quickly accessing Bluetooth settings, tools and audio playback controls. There’s also a slightly refreshed notification area that makes it crazy easy to get up to speed on any messages or alerts you received.

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In everyday use, the breakout feature for the iPhone still continues to be Siri, the personal assistant that users access by holding down the home button. Using Siri to quickly get the date, play a song, open an app or research random topics is addicting and seamless. Siri is a treasure to use with headphones or with Bluetooth in the car. It’s a serious differentiator.

How the iPhone 5s includes a silence button but no physical camera button seriously ruins a top-notch photo experience. Pressing the device’s power button and then sliding the shade up to open the camera button still feels like a very clunky way to take a photo.

Finally, the iTunes App Store remains stocked as well stocked with the best apps available on any platform. There has been talk about apps not being a big deal anymore, but it’s time to kill that theory. If apps matter to you, the iPhone is the place to be.

One big negative on the iPhone 5s is the relatively small screen size. The 4-inch high-definition Retina display in the iPhone is looks gorgeous but feels seriously cramped.

Lumia 925

Having borrowed some design flourishes from the iPhone 5, its important to note that Nokia’s take on the metal design does include some flourishes that improve using it day to day.

As mentioned, any Windows Phone that has a rear-facing camera is required to include a physical camera button. That button alone makes the Lumia 925 and other Nokia phones equipped with PureView imaging technology stand above the iPhone 5s when it comes to photography.

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There’s simply no substitute for an actual dedicated camera button. Backing up that camera button is Nokia Camera, the combined Nokia Smart Camera app. It adds bracketing, burst shots and all sorts of flourish to the rather band Windows Phone camera experience. Setting it as the default camera app only takes a single settings change too. Other custom software additions like Nokia’s Glance on-screen notification system, and Double Tap to Wake also make the Lumia 925 a worthy iPhone competitor.

There are three small dots that allow users to add a rear charging shell to the Lumia 925. Nokia’s decision to not include it guaranteed the device’s thin design.

This biggest liability for the Lumia 925 happens to be Windows Phone itself. To be clear, apps are plentiful and the platform’s store has turned a corner. On the other hand, there are about 800,000 apps separating it and the iTunes App Store. Many of those might be garbage, however many of them are also useful and missed on Windows Phone.

Early on Microsoft limited the ability for device manufacturers to significantly alter the Windows Phone experience in anyway. More recently Nokia has supplemented the bare Windows Phone experience with tons of exclusive apps. In fact, it’s added so many one-off apps to the Lumia 925 that it almost feels as if Nokia’s simply padding the Lumia 925 with individual apps that could have been combined for a better experience. These apps can be removed, but why Nokia decided to include so many random apps is a mystery beyond all comprehension. For example, Here City Lens, Here Drive+, Here Maps and Here Transit are all separate apps that come preinstalled on the Lumia 925. Why not just make one Here app?

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It’s also worth noting that Windows Phone 8 is in dire need of some proper updates at this point. To be fair, Live Tiles, which act as both notification system and shortcut, are just as useful as they’ve ever been. So too is the People Hub that rolls in posts from Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. But those positives aside, app feature creep has really started to harm the whole integrated mantra Microsoft pioneered when it first introduced Windows Phone three years ago. For example, Facebook and Twitter now include so many features that the People Hub is no longer a suitable replacement for the Facebook experience. As such, only very casual users of those services will find that they don’t need to download the native versions of those integrated social networks. The same is true of the built-in Music + Video hub in relation to Xbox Music and Xbox Video to a certain extent.

Windows Phone 8 does runs stunningly well on the dual-core processor that’s included in the Lumia 925.

New smartphone buyers looking for a streamlined experience with a bigger screen, native integration with Microsoft services like OneDrive cloud storage, a capable camera experience and a free built-in copy of Microsoft Office will be impressed by the Lumia 925’s software. That’s true even if they’ll be waiting a few more months for a big software update to add some more competitive features like the upcoming Siri personal assistant rival Cortana.

Battery life on the Lumia 925 was solid, though not completely as solid as the iPhone 5s. It also felt as if specific apps running in the background were seriously harming battery life. That’s normal for any smartphone but iOS seems to handle battery hogging apps better than Windows Phone for now.

Conclusion

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Both the Lumia 925 and iPhone 5s are seriously nice smartphones.

The Lumia 925 feels slightly less premium then the iPhone 5s, however it makes up for that slightly cheaper feel with wireless charging compatibility, a dedicated camera button, a larger screen and a decent operating system that’s been modified by Nokia in a few key ways. For example, double tap wake is seriously useful. All of this is bogged down mainly by Windows Phone, which is seriously in need of updates. Thankfully, Lumia 925 buyers will get the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 software update and more upgrades for the next two years.

That’s not a problem that the iPhone 5s shares. Its fresh coat of paint and new options for accessing often-used settings are great to use, and it’s also equipped with the world’s premiere app store. That you can literally find an app for almost anything in the iTunes App Store simply can’t be overlooked. Hardware wise, the iPhone 5s is really a decent phone too. Photos taken in low-light and practically any other condition turned out excellent on the iPhone 5s. The colors in the photos taken by the Lumia 925 can look a bit better to the untrained eye, but really they’re comparable. Looking at those photos isn’t, as the iPhone 5s’ screen is feels really cramped in most apps.

In this case, the iPhone 5s is the better phone for users by just a small margin. Really, the Touch ID fingerprint reader and slightly improved camera aren’t mind blowing, but the Siri voice assistant is and all of these features together add up to a really robust experience. Maybe future software updates to the Lumia 925 will help it inch past it at some point in the near future, but for now, the iPhone 5s wins the race.

 

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. bigkampe

    02/26/2014 at 9:18 am

    This is a decent comparison. However, what are the “seriously needed updates” for Windows specifically? I’ve owned the Nokia 925 for about 6 months now, and it is hands down the best phone I have ever owned (and I’ve owned many!) Furthermore, the Nokia 925 will at least be getting the 8.1 update. Apple just ships out a “new” phone. Finally, the camera is not a wash for these two devices. The camera on the Nokia is simply better… waaay better, and it is continually getting better.

    The biggest complaint are the lack of apps, which I completely understand. However, here’s something I can do with my Nokia that I cannot do with an iPhone (at least easily). My son’s daycare provider sends daily excel documents of the day’s events. Because it’s Windows, it opens right up. I can save it to SkyDrive (OneDrive) and I can open it up with my PC. This phone is very computer-like in much of its functionality simply because Microsoft is ambitiously trying to unify the OS experience.

    I would suggest to anyone, give the phone a chance. It is a solid performer. If you have an Xbox (which I do not), then a whole new level of experience is available to you also via gaming, music, etc.

  2. Jargone

    02/26/2014 at 2:23 pm

    I’m with bigkampe. I’ve had the Nokia 925 for about 4 months. There is no comparison between its camera and the camera on the iPhone – it completely dominates that category – not in how easy it is to take a picture – in the quality of the picture – especially in low lighting. Not even a contest. GPS, Mapping, Navigation, Finding places, integration – I love the phone.

    Xbox music subscription – oh yeah!

  3. Travis Pope

    03/04/2014 at 8:56 am

    Notifications on Windows Phone bother me to no end and we can a both agree on apps. I’m actually with you guys, for people who know what they’re getting into the Lumia 925 is great, however that app gap and lack of refinements like Siri can’t be ignored. I think everyday users will enjoy the iPhone 5s because of all of the extras, for my personal use I prefer the Lumia 925.

  4. Angel

    03/17/2014 at 8:59 am

    Thanks everyone. Travis, why do you prefer the Lumia 925? I am about to get one or the other and came to your site for a side by side comparison.

  5. Taha

    03/17/2014 at 1:38 pm

    Its a decent comparison but the author seems yo be in favor of the iPhone hence the post is more biased…

    I’ve used the iPhone camera… Its poor in low light… It does not have any amazing features like the nokia camera…

    You did not speak about the build… IPhones are very weak. A simple drop could damage it… I drop my 925 at least once a day and nothing ever happened

    navigation on Lumia is better than iPhone… At least it does not show railway stations in water :P

    I’ve seen what apps are there in the store…. Most of the apps are useless whichever store we talk about…. The only thing is u can’t compare a 7 year old OS with a 3 year old… It takes time….

    4 years.ago apple made the dumbest iPhones…. Welll look where lumias stand in 3 years…

    and the 5s price tag is way more than 925…

    need i say more???

    • bigkampe

      03/19/2014 at 8:47 am

      Taha, you bring up really good points. Most of the apps in any of the stores are stupid. All we hear about are quantity and not quality, but of course quality is subjective. Also, Windows Phone finally integrated the Here map applications, which should have been done originally. Like you point out, this all takes time.

      One of the failures I think about these types of reviews is the inherent bias. The camera is the perfect example. Nokia set out to make the best camera phone. How does one do this? You need solid software AND quality hardware. Nokia has a Zeiss camera lens which is a quality product. iPhone is touting it has larger pixels, but this is advertising. Nokia has worked for 5 years on super-pixiling technology that essentially compacts multiple pixels into a single pixel based on a bunch of algorithms. And they have huge light sensors. My 925 has completely replaced my point and shoot. Why carry 2 things when my phone takes awesome pictures all around? Great night photos too!

      I know Siri is fun, but I know lots of people with Siri and it’s a novelty, not a necessity. They NEVER use it because it’s as convenient to do things without Siri. These technologies will progress and will have a place, but this is also where Microsoft has an advantage. The Xbox One will allow faster development of voice recognition because they have millions of people using their products.

      Nokia will not disappoint.

  6. jojo

    04/02/2014 at 9:24 pm

    Another biased review rebutted by the masses who actually use the phones.

  7. Paulo

    04/03/2014 at 3:05 pm

    I dont use any of these phones but im deciding about them right now.. Fact is, that WP 8.1 brings a Siri alternative and some of very usefull features ppl were missing. I like the Iphone build, quality of apps especialy they functioning and very solid system that makes me feel better whenever i see it.. Help me to decide guys, I also think this article is not good and author is slightly biaced..

  8. Michael

    09/10/2014 at 2:43 am

    Sorry – but the 925 is hands down better especially after the 8.1 update. Also, Cortana is way better than Siri.

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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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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 start, our list of fixes for the most common iOS 14 problems is a great place to start.

If you’re noticing horrendous battery life after the move to iOS 14, our tips should help you improve battery life going forward. And if you’re experiencing bad performance (lag, slow download speeds, etc), take a look at our guide to fixing bad iOS performance.

iOS 13 Downgrade Open

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

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

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

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

iPhone 6s iOS 14 Update: What’s New

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus get a pretty stacked version of iOS 14. While the devices do miss out on a few features, the key features are all there.

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

We’ve put together a guide that will take you through some of iOS 14’s best features and it’s worth a look if you haven’t dug into the new operating system yet.

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

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

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

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

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

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

iPhone 6s iOS 14 Jailbreak

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

Earlier this year the developers behind the “unc0ver” jailbreaking tool released version 5.0.0. It’s compatible with iOS 13.5 and most versions of iOS that fall between iOS 13.5 and iOS 11.0.

It doesn’t work with iOS 12.3-12.3.2, iOS 12.4.2-12.4.5, or iOS 13.7-iOS 13.5.1. It doesn’t work with the current version of iOS 14 either.

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

For more on the iOS 13 jailbreak, head here.

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

Install iOS 14 for Better Security

Install iOS 14 for Better Security

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

iOS 14 brings 11 new security patches to your iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website.

If you skipped iOS 13.7 or any older versions of iOS 13, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 14 update. 

In addition to those patches, iOS 14 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Home/HomeKit and Safari. 

For instance in Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.

With iOS 14 on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them. 

There is also a new recording indicator that will appear at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. You can see if an app has used them recently in Control Center.

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iPadOS 14 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know

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The iPadOS 14 beta squashed a good number of bugs, but issues are present in the first official version of the new operating system.

At long last iPadOS 14 is available for iPad. The software is compatible with all iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air, and iPad Pro models capable of running iPadOS 13.

While much of the talk is about iPadOS 14’s new features, the new software also has numerous under-the-hood improvements on board and some iPad users are noticing a big difference in performance after making the jump.

A lot of the feedback about iPadOS 14 is good, but we’re also hearing about some of the early issues plaguing the firmware. Some of these problems are brand new, others have carried over from iPadOS 13.

In this guide to iPadOS 14 problems we’ll take you through the current state of the software. We’ll show you where to find potential fixes for the most common iPadOS 14 problems and provide you with some resources that could help if you do happen to run into trouble.

We’ll also touch on the state of the iPadOS 13 downgrade and outline what you can expect from Apple and iPadOS 14 down the road.

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iPadOS 14 Problems

iPad mini, iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad users are complaining about a variety of bugs and performance issues including some that appear every time Apple releases a new operating system.

The early list of iPadOS 14 problems includes download and installation problems, UI lag, crashes, issues with first and third-party apps, Face ID problems, Wi-Fi issues, and Bluetooth issues.

iPadOS 14 lets users set third-party applications as alternatives to the company’s default mail and browser apps. However, iPad users have discovered that the software reverts these apps to Apple’s whenever a device is restarted. Fortunately, Apple is working on a fix.

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 haven’t downloaded iPadOS 14 yet, we recommend preparing yourself, and your iPad, for the move. A little prep work ahead of time could help you avoid major headaches.

We’ve put together a step-by-step pre-installation process and it will help you get ready for the installation.

Where to Find Feedback

If you’re currently running iPadOS 13 and you’re feeling leery about the move to iPadOS 14, you’ll want to dig into feedback from early adopters.

We also recommend digging around on YouTubeApple’s discussion forums, social media sites like Twitter/Facebook, and the MacRumors forums for additional feedback about the update’s performance.

We’ve also released our list of reasons to, and not to, make the jump to iPadOS 14.

How to Fix iPadOS 14 Problems

Before you contact Apple, have a look at our list of fixes for the most common Apple software problems. You might find the fix you’ve been looking for.

We’ve also released a list of tips that could help you improve your device’s performance and a guide that will show you how to fix  battery life problems.

If you can’t find a fix in those guides, head on over to Apple’s discussion forums. If you don’t find what you’re looking for there, you might want to get in contact with Apple Support via Twitter or via the the company’s website.

If nothing works, you’ll probably want to make an appointment to see a Genius at your local Apple Store if it’s open.

You Can Downgrade from iPadOS 14

If you can’t stand the iPadOS 14 update’s performance on your iPad, you can try downgrading back to iPadOS 13.

Apple is currently signing on iPadOS 13.7 which means you can use a loophole and bring your iPad’s software back if you think it could help improve performance.

Unfortunately, Apple’s no longer signing on iPadOS 13.6.1 or any older versions of iPadOS which means there’s no way back to those updates.

For more about how the downgrade process works, take a look at our detailed walkthrough.

What’s Next

If you’re struggling on iPadOS 14, or you’re nervous about upgrading to Apple’s new operating system, you might want to wait for Apple’s first batch of bug fixes for iPadOS 14 problems.

Apple is currently working on iPadOS 14.2, a new milestone update. The update is currently in beta and it should carry new features and bug fixes.

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

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

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

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Install iPadOS 14 for Better Security

If security is important to you, and it should be, think about installing iPadOS 14 right now. 

iPadOS 14 has 11 new security patches on board. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website

If you skipped iPadOS 13.7 or any older versions of iPadOS 13, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your upgrade. They're baked in.

In addition to those patches, iPadOS 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 iPadOS 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 iPadOS 14.2 Update

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Apple’s confirmed a new iPadOS 14.2 update and the firmware is currently in beta ahead of a release for iPadiPad ProiPad Air, and iPad mini.

iPadOS 14.2 is a milestone upgrade (x.x) for iPadOS which means it should bring a mix of new features and under-the-hood improvements to Apple’s new operating system.

iPadOS 14.2’s arrival came as a bit of a surprise because Apple hasn’t confirmed iPadOS 14.1 yet. There’s a chance iPadOS 14.2 serves as iPadOS 14.0’s successor, but we should see another version of iPadOS 14 arrive before it.

iPad users who don’t want to wait for the official iPadOS 14.2 release don’t have to. The iPadOS 14.2 update is available to try right now via Apple’s beta program.

With iPadOS 14.2 confirmed, we want to take you through everything there is to know about the firmware.

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

iPadOS 14.2 Beta

If you can’t wait for the official release you can download an early version of the iPadOS 14.2 update right now.

Apple’s pushed an iPadOS 14.2 beta to developers. We expect it to release a beta to those enrolled in the Beta Software Program, but it’s unclear when that will happen.

The company’s Beta Software Program is free to anyone with a working Apple ID.

Before you download the iPadOS 14.2 beta on your tablet 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 the software less than ideal for a daily driver.

You should be able to fix some of these problems on your own, but some bugs and performance problems will probably require a fix from Apple in a future beta or in the official release.

If you can’t stand the beta’s performance you can downgrade back to older software though Apple is only signing on iPadOS 14.0 and iPadOS 13.7. The downgrade path to other updates is closed.

iPadOS 14.2 Release Date

Apple hasn’t confirmed a iPadOS 14.2 release date.

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/iPadOS 14.1 shortly before they arrive on shelves with the iPadOS 14.2 release coming sometime later.

We could also see the iPadOS 14.1 update drop first followed by an iPadOS 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 iPadOS 14 (perhaps iPadOS 14.0.1 or iPadOS 14.1) roll out before iPadOS 14.2 arrives.

We’ll let you know when we learn more.

iPadOS 14.2 Release Time

The iPadOS 14.2 release date isn’t known, but we know exactly when Apple will roll the software out on release day.

The official version of iPadOS 14.2 will probably arrive in and around 10AM Pacific. It sometimes takes a few minutes for software updates to show up so don’t be surprised if your update appears after the clock strikes 10AM.

Apple will also release iPadOS 14.2 beta updates in and around 10AM Pacific. The company typically releases new beta updates every 1-2 weeks.

Here’s what you can expect from the iPadOS 14.2 release time in other U.S. timezones:

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

Keep these times in mind if you plan to install new iPadOS 14.2 betas, or the official version of iPadOS 14.2, right away.

iPadOS 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 what you can expect from iPadOS 14.2.

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

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

iPadOS 14.2 Jailbreak

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

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

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

Install iPadOS 14 for Better Security

Install iPadOS 14 for Better Security

If security is important to you, and it should be, think about installing iPadOS 14 right now. 

iPadOS 14 has 11 new security patches on board. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website

If you skipped iPadOS 13.7 or any older versions of iPadOS 13, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your upgrade. They're baked in.

In addition to those patches, iPadOS 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 iPadOS 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 iPadOS 14.0 Update

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Apple’s pushed its long-awaited iPadOS 14 update to iPad users around the world and the new software could have a big impact on your tablet’s performance.

After several months of testing, iPadOS 14 is finally out of beta and ready to download. It’s a massive upgrade for iPad, iPad Pro, iPad Air, or iPad mini.

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

With iPadOS 14 out of testing, we want to take you through everything there is to know about Apple’s latest and greatest operating system.

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

We’ll start with our impressions of iPadOS 14 update’s performance.

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iPadOS 14 Review

If your tablet is currently on iPadOS 13.7, you’ll see a large download.

For iPadOS 13.7 users, the iPadOS 14.0 update requires a 2GB+ download. The exact download size will vary based on your device and the version of iPadOS 13 your device is running. If your slate is on an older version of iPadOS 13 you could see a larger download size.

The iPadOS 14 installation will probably take at least 10 minutes to complete. It took about 15 minutes to install on an older iPad Pro.

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

We’ve been using the iPadOS 14 update on the iPad Pro for a short time and here’s what we’ve learned thus far:

Connectivity

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

Apps

  • Third-party apps like Netflix, Dark Sky, Twitter, Slack, Asana, Gmail, Chrome, and Spotify are behaving normally.
  • First party apps like Safari, Podcasts, and Calendar are stable as well.

Speed

  • iPadOS 14 feels a bit faster than iPadOS 13.

If you’re dealing with problems on iPadOS 13.7 or an older version of iPadOS 13, you might want to install the iPadOS 14 update on your iPad right now. It could help.

If you need help making a decision, take a look at our list of reasons to, and not to, install iPadOS 14 today.

iPadOS 14 Problems

iPad users are unsurprisingly running into problems with the operating system.

The current list of problems includes some of most common iPadOS issues. The current list includes installation issues, issues with first and third-party apps, issues with Face ID, UI lag, Wi-Fi issues, and Bluetooth issues.

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.”

If you encounter a problem after upgrading, take a look at our list of fixes for the most common software issues. We’ve also released tips that will help you improve performance and some tips that should help you improve battery life.

If you can’t stand the iPadOS 14 update’s performance on your device, you can try downgrading back to iPadOS 13 in an attempt to improve performance. Apple is currently signing on iPadOS 13.7.

You can’t move your iPad’s software back to anything older than iPadOS 13.7. So those of you jumping up from iPadOS 13.6.1 and below need to approach iPadOS 14 with caution. Once you move, there’s no getting back.

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  • 12MP Wide camera, 10MP Ultra Wide camera, and LiDAR Scanner
  • 7MP TrueDepth front camera
  • Face ID for secure authentication and Apple Pay

iPadOS 14 Update: What’s New

Like iOS 14, iPadOS 14 is a huge upgrade and it brings a long list of new features, improvements, and security patches with it.

Here are Apple’s full release notes:

Redesigned Experience

  • 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
  • App sidebars have a new look that deliver more of the app’s functionality in the main window
  • New app Toolbars, Pop-Overs and Pull-Down menus make it easier to get to all of the controls for an app

Compact Design

  • Siri has a compact design that allows you to refer to information onscreen and seamlessly launch into your next task
  • Compact Search has a simpler design that works on the Home Screen or over any app
  • Incoming Phone and FaceTime calls appear as a banner at the top of the screen

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

Scribble

  • Write in any text field with Apple Pencil and your writing automatically converts to typed text
  • Scratch to delete a word or space
  • Circle a word to select it for editing
  • Press and hold between words to add space for additional writing
  • Shortcut Palette offers commonly used actions for the app you are using
  • English, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese are supported as well as mixed Chinese and English

Note-taking with Apple Pencil

  • Smart selection makes it easy to select text, distinguishing handwriting from drawings
  • Copy and paste as text converts your handwritten notes into typed text for use in other documents
  • Make space is a new gesture to create more room for handwritten notes
  • Data detectors allow you to take action on phone numbers, email addresses and other handwritten information
  • Shape recognition enables drawing perfect lines, arcs and other shapes

Siri

  • An all-new compact design surfaces results in the bottom right corner of the screen in a new layout
  • 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

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

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

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 iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Mac
  • Battery notifications let you know if you need to charge your AirPods

Augmented Reality

  • Depth API provides more precise distance measurements captured by the LiDAR Scanner on iPad Pro to allow more realistic interactions between virtual and real-world objects
  • Location Anchors in ARKit 4 enables apps to place AR experiences at a specific geographic coordinate
  • Face Tracking is available to support AR experiences through the front camera on iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation) and later, iPad Pro 11-inch and later
  • Video textures in RealityKit enable apps to apply video to any part of a scene or virtual object

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 at the right moment through 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

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

  • 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

Camera

  • Quick toggles in Video mode to change video resolution and frame rate from the Camera app
  • 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

FaceTime

  • Improved video quality with up to 1080p resolution on iPad Pro 10.5-inch, iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation) and later, and iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation) 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

  • New sidebar and toolbar consolidate controls for quicker access to files and functions
  • APFS encryption support for external drives

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
  • Enhanced scanning captures sharper scans and more precise auto-cropping

Photos

  • New sidebar gives you quick access to Albums, Search and Media Types, and makes it easy to edit the order of albums under the My Albums view
  • 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

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

iPadOS 14 Jailbreak

If you jailbreak your iPad, you’ll have to skip iPadOS 14 for now.

Earlier this year, the developers behind the “unc0ver” jailbreak tool released a new version that’s compatible with iPadOS 13.5 and most versions of iOS/iPadOS 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 iPadOS 13.5.1, iPadOS 13.6, iPadOS 13.6.1, and iPadOS 13.7.

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

What’s Next

If your device is struggling on iPadOS 14, keep your eyes peeled for a new version.

Apple is currently working on iPadOS 14.2. iPadOS 14.2 is currently in beta testing and the milestone upgrade should carry new features and bug fixes.

We don’t have an iPadOS 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 iPadOS 14.2, take a look at our guide.

There’s a good chance we see another version of iPadOS 14 (iPadOS 14.0.1 or iPadOS 14.1) roll out sooner than iPadOS 14.2 so keep an eye out.

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

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

Install iPadOS 14 for Better Security

Install iPadOS 14 for Better Security

If security is important to you, and it should be, think about installing iPadOS 14 right now. 

iPadOS 14 has 11 new security patches on board. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website

If you skipped iPadOS 13.7 or any older versions of iPadOS 13, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your upgrade. They're baked in.

In addition to those patches, iPadOS 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 iPadOS 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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