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When I started seeing posts about this YouTube video in which a father shoots his daughter’s laptop with a gun because she posted something on Facebook he didn’t like, my immediate reaction was not to applaud his actions and shake my fist at the state of youth today like so many other people I saw.

My first thought was that this is why Facebook needs better privacy settings and needs to explain them better, too.

My second thought was that someone really needs to come take this man’s gun away because that’s an extreme and violent reaction to something so small and normal as a teenager complaining, in private, to her friends, that her parents are annoying her.

My third thought was that it’s no wonder poor Hannah is so spoiled since her father can apparently afford to completely ruin an expensive piece of electronics just because he’s cheesed off.

I’m inclined to agree with the person in this thread that sees the family dynamic here as very abusive and scary, but I also can’t ignore all the mommy bloggers on my Twitter feed roundly congratulating this dad for teaching his daughter a lesson. I just wonder what lesson is being taught?

I am not a parent, but I am an aunt. My two oldest nieces are old enough to use computers and tablets, surf the Internet, interact on social networks, and in general do a lot of things that are both awesome and scary as an adult who loves them. I am an advocate of keeping an eye on what kids and young adults do online and making them understand the dangers and consequences they expose themselves to.

I also understand that when you’re a teenager you’re going to vent about your parents to your friends. Quite frankly, if you do that in what you thought was a private space, that should be okay. If you, as a parent, are going to get bent out of shape every time your teen says something uncharitable about you behind your back, you’d best learn some Yoga to make that more comfortable.

So yes, I do feel the father’s actions were over the top and scary and incorrect. Team Hannah!

Parents, teens, unaffiliated adults, what say you to this?



  1. Mike Birkmeyer

    02/10/2012 at 10:40 am

    I believe this only perpetuates an ongoing grudged relationship between the parent and teen.  He’s playing into the same petty forum that his daughter was playing towards, and is therefore no wiser or mature for it.

    • Thfmms59

      02/11/2012 at 3:02 am

      Yes he is just playing her game but sometime this action is the only one they understand

  2. John Wood

    02/10/2012 at 10:51 am

    Get a damn life…..pay me to raise my kid and you can tell me what to do….otherwise be an active parent and provide for your kids.

  3. Herpderp

    02/10/2012 at 11:12 am

    “I am not a parent, but I am an aunt.”   In case tl;dr  Writer doesn’t know what she’s talking about.

  4. David

    02/10/2012 at 2:25 pm

    An aunt is to a parent what Auto magazine reader is to a mechanic. You don’t know what you are talking about so please write about what you do. I am not sure what that is, but it is not parenting or kids.       

  5. Anonymous

    02/10/2012 at 3:13 pm

    Kids today feel entitled to everything, but don’t want to do anything for it.  I know there are many teens that are respectful of parents, don’t ask for anything and appreciate what they do get.  But being in an industry where I see children and their parents everyday…I see nothing but complete disrespect coming from a child.  The father wasn’t the most articulate for an IT professional, but you can see he was noticeably upset.  he began to stutter and stumble on words as he remembered the different things she did.  I say kudos to him.  I get that kids rebel, but then if she’s going to rebel…accept the consequences.  You want to be treated like an adult, act like an adult.  I really believe this all began when children of the 60’s and 70’s began having their own kids in the seventies and 80’s and promised that there children were never going to have to work as hard as they did.  Those parents created monsters; and probably the only ones that will disagree are those that did just that.
    I say good for the parents.  What other options are there to punish a child today.  You yell at a child and they call child protective services.  A time out?  That’s a joke.

    • ConcernedParent

      02/10/2012 at 7:43 pm

      I think the same thing was said when we were growing up.
      The general rift is as old as mankind; just look at the graffiti found on the
      walls of Pompeii.  At the end of the day,
      parents need to be allowed to and have confidence in being a parent.  It feels that parenting has come under such a
      microscope that parents are getting their hands tied and then what do our
      children have to look forward to when it comes to getting the appropriate
      experiences to prepare them for life? 
      Are we to let the “system” train them? 
      I think not.  Back to tough love
      (not abusive, tough).  That’s my
      philosophy.  The hand that provides all
      the niceties and material goods has the power to take them away.

      • Anonymous

        02/10/2012 at 7:44 pm

        You said it much better than me.

        • Arran100

          02/13/2012 at 3:17 pm

          I think you both are both incredibly hyprocritical, I imagine both of you as teenagers ‘rebelled’ against your parents. If teenagers didn’t they would be institutionalized into acepting all authority, which would be an awful thing. Trying to make people fit into the system is how the human race would be bogged down and great thinkers would be scarce and few, shooting this laptop isnt going to make his daughter like him anymore, this will just cause more distress, if anything, he was the child in this situation for not taking the higher ground, something a weel rounded adult should know to do for someone whos is still a child.

          • Anonymous

            02/13/2012 at 3:42 pm

            This child isn’t going to learn to respect from getting a timeout. Kids seem to feel entitled to everything because of exactly the type of parenting you seem to expect.
            And for the record, I never rebelled as a teen. I was disciplined if I did something wrong…I was spanked ONCE as a young child for who even remembers what, and I just knew how to behave from then on. My siblings and I may have had moments of being angry, but that fades fast. My siblings and I have the best relationship with our parents. And despite my sisters being disciplined regularly as teens, they remember all the great times over the discipline. We all agree we turned out great because of being kept in check, and taught what behavior is/isn’t appropriate. Not all discipline is beating a child…everything is not black and white. Maybe shooting the laptop is extreme where you live, but in some parts of the country, owning a gun and using it without intent to harm…is not all that unusual. Whether he did what he did, (broke it, burned it, took a hatchet or any other weapon to it) or some other way of breaking the laptop and taking it from her…it was completely within their rights to do so. And at least both parents were on the same page. Tjhe daughter sounds like a spoiled brat.

        • HuskyC

          02/13/2012 at 5:52 pm

          The child never learned respect at all from her dad. Yeah, her parents are in agreement now that, finally, they have a common enemy. They can finally get along when they are equally incensed that their own behavior came back to bite them in the form of their daughter. 
          Too bad they couldn’t manage that when they decided to divorce. I’m sure the daughter was consulted in that decision and yet again when daddy married step-mom.

          • Anonymous

            02/13/2012 at 6:30 pm

            Those are pretty big assumptions. Because she doesn’t have respect, they never taught her? He states a few times that they were disappointed because they “raised her better”and expected better from her.

        • HuskyC

          02/14/2012 at 5:54 pm

          One can assume quite a bit when a man behaves the way I’d expect a 16 year old man-child to act, not a father who is supposedly setting an example. I can see where this teen-aged girl learned all of her behaviors. A few more lessons and she, too, could go from ranting about her parents in private to a group of friends to filming it for the whole world then shooting something up in a fit of anger.

      • HuskyC

        02/13/2012 at 5:47 pm

        The hand that provides all

        the niceties and material goods has the power to take them away.”
        Yeah, I learned that a long time ago about my mother. That’s why I won’t accept a so-called gift from her again. It’s never a gift. It’s always hers to take away whenever she pleases, even though I’m looming closer to 30. I’m on my own; and she can take her “gifts” and shove it.

  6. K. T. Bradford

    02/10/2012 at 3:40 pm

    For all the folks jumping on the ‘entitled spoiled brats” bandwagon,it  should be noted that the teen in question bought that laptop herself with her own money. It wasn’t given to her.

    Carry on.

    • Kelsey

      02/10/2012 at 9:13 pm

      Actually, he says in the video that he bought it for her AND paid $130 the day before to add software to it.  He says that in the future she will have to buy her own laptop.  With what money would she have purchased it as a 15 year old with no job?

  7. Regreg

    02/10/2012 at 3:50 pm

    Gun not understand smart machine…what machine do? Gun not know. GUN SHOOT!!  DESTROY! That what gun do.

  8. Anonymous

    02/10/2012 at 4:43 pm

  9. Ant_zilla

    02/10/2012 at 9:20 pm

    Based on the information i have read above, i believe that the parent is in the wrong, more so than that of the teen. pulling a gun on private property, as well as ultimately destroying it, that isn’t yours, that someone else bought is actually an offense, regardless of who owns it. I am surprised that the man hasn’t been questioned by the police on this matter. I frown upon this as i feel society itself is on the verge of collapse.

  10. Cuhulin AmHairghin

    02/10/2012 at 9:37 pm

    I am going to agree with the OP, and I am a parent.  Shooting the laptop was over the top, abusive and did next to nothing to teach his daughter anything appropriate.

    I happen to agree that many of today’s teens are self-entitled brats whose parents were more absent than parents.  Shooting the laptop, however, is simply the wrong way to go about things.

  11. Frenchman94

    02/10/2012 at 9:51 pm

    Your not a parent… that says it all… and what exactly is abusive about shooting an object in a field, with no one around… honestly! This was a creative way to get this kids attention… what she said was SO disrespectful… If he had grounded her, she would have retaliated on FB… this way… she needs to get a job and understand hard work and respect… maybe by that time, she won’t want to be quite so disrespectful!

  12. Boo!

    02/10/2012 at 9:57 pm

    What was so  scarey about that?
    You may have to much drama in your life if you think that is scarey and violent.  Do you pee your pants everytime someone cracks a walnut open?

  13. nobodies business

    02/11/2012 at 4:49 am

    as a grandma to 7 kids I agree with the father.He had warned little Miss 15yrs not to post crap but she knows all and then tried to hide it plus all the swearing. Swearing is swearing regardless of the words. And she did disrespect her family. Dad bought it and dad took it away Get over it and grow up kid and play by the rules plus don’t try and hide your posting from your dad, and then ask him to fix your computer

  14. cookie

    02/11/2012 at 5:30 am

    I have kids and I believe in whooping their butt. Now that they are teenagers, that is not the first reprimand of choice (but will always remain an option). I would have tried options just like this dad. As they have gotten older, I found that removing privileges get a better response. I am also an aunt. Sorry, but at the end of the day, you do get to give those kids back.       Now, after I got over the surprise that he really is going to shoot the computer, I realized, that he was only shooting something he probably paid for anyway. Although the video did not specify who purchased it, did you not hear him say he paid for upgraded software. That would be enough to piss me off to. There is no violence in the video.The crime would be if he shot the kid; that’s not what happened.      

  15. Reggie53

    02/11/2012 at 7:01 am

    I agree [email protected] with what the father did.  Kids nowadays feel that they can be so disrspectful to their parents and still want to get all the new technology items and expensive clothes and they dont want to work to pay for them.  Its time we go back to the days where the parents are in charge and not the government who dictates how we can discipline our children.  Let her find a job and buy her own stuff and she will then learn how to appreciate these things and not take them for granted.   

  16. Anonymous

    02/11/2012 at 8:58 am

    Personally I would have just reformatted the disk and let it set on her desk with no software on it, a constant reminder works better I think.

  17. Marx Dudek

    02/11/2012 at 10:07 am

    A parent who takes out their aggression, whether directly or indirectly, with a gun needs psychiatric help.  If I told you the number of “I HATE YOU I HATE YOU I HATE YOU” letters I found as my daughter was growing up … it’s part of adolescence.  It’s part of the hormone surge that happens. If your solution is to point a gun at ANYTHING – and he was clearly taking out his hollow-point aggression out on his daughter using the laptop as a surrogate – he has issues that need to be resolved, and NOW.

    This is from a mother of a beautiful, well-adjusted self-sufficient adult daughter.

  18. Michael McLaughlin

    02/11/2012 at 11:40 am

    Just a joke, but here’s my video response:

  19. Junebelle

    02/11/2012 at 2:02 pm

    Wow. It is truly sad to see the state of parenting today. 
    Tommy — “My kid disrespected me privately to her friends! Well, them Ima gonna teach ‘er how ta reeeeally get ‘er done! An’ Ima IT guy, too, yeah. That’s it. Ya kin tell by how I is talkin’. Nope. I wasn’t a snoopin’ on my kid’s laptop while supposedly updatin’ software. She mad about fetchin’ me my coffee! She tell her kiddie friends! Well, I’ma gonna tell the whole world! Yep!”

    Great maturity. I’d like to see his daughter mimic ol’ daddy, whose trying to be all cool and hip about throwing a tantrum in front of the whole world just to get attention. 

    She saw something she didn’t like and ranted about it where only she and her friends would see. He saw something he didn’t like and decided to destroy property while ranting about it in front of the whole world, EXCEPT (take note of what the guy said with his own words in the video) the person he was supposedly supposed to be teaching the lesson to: his DAUGHTER. She’s the one person who canNOT see it because (duh) she no longer has a laptop! Wow! Genius! Such a GREAT teaching moment! A teaching moment she won’t see!

    This guy is truly a child of the 70’s. And by child, I really mean child. He clearly has yet to grow up.

  20. Brrngr

    02/11/2012 at 2:12 pm

    Writer of this article, stay being an aunt, DO NOT HAVE CHILDREN! You have no idea what it takes to raise children and what it takes for parents to teach them respect and what will be expected of them as adults.

    • HuskyC

      02/11/2012 at 2:23 pm

      Clearly this guy has no idea how to raise a child since, by his own admission, he raised a hellion. How do you think she got to the way she is? Good parenting? The divorce was quite helpful in raising his daughter, I’m sure.

  21. Anonymous

    02/12/2012 at 4:15 am

  22. Gabey8

    02/12/2012 at 6:29 am

    If his response to her online misbehavior is to film himself destroying her property, then post the video on YouTube, then he is a “Do as I say, not as I do” parent.

    There are saner and more constructive ways to make a point.

  23. Cody200

    02/12/2012 at 7:20 am

    He didn’t teach her any lessons. he got even with her. he humiliated her in public unlawfully discharged a firearm, destoryed personal property, sandered his daughter in public. he didn’t scold her. he slandered her. He didn’t punish her; he got revenege. A punishment would be to have her write a public apoplogy and post it admitting what she really did for chores and why. Punishment would have been making the daughter correct her mistake. He did not do any of that. Worst father of the year!

  24. Eochaid

    02/12/2012 at 2:39 pm

    You know why teens are spoiled self-entitled brats? Because their parents were too. And they never learned. And instead of actually talking to your kid and..you know..parenting, the parents go ape shit crazy and then the kids go ape shit crazy in return. 

    You think kids are raised in a vacuum? Parents seem to forget that their kids are a reflection of themselves. Parenting is about setting an example and communication. Set an example for how you’d like to be treated through your actions, not by yelling or screaming. What did the daughter learn? When you’re pissed, go ape shit crazy and shoot something. 

    I also think people have forgotten that we live in a world with a bunch of people. The only way to get along with people is to use the one thing that separates us from animals: language. I highly doubt that he actually sit her down to talk to her about the problems in their relationship. The only communication they have is to scream at each other. Believe me, people listen less as your voice gets louder. 

    Whenever I see a parent actually praising this clown, my palm goes right to my forehead. “Yeah you teach ’em a lesson! Kids these days…” Yeah well, we were all kids once. Look in a mirror before you judge your kids.

  25. Anonymous

    02/13/2012 at 4:04 am

  26. Josh

    02/13/2012 at 2:45 pm

    Wow, so many experts on parenting.  Listen up folks, I’m going to make it plain and simple.  The man took a gun, a loaded gun, and then took his daughter’s laptop and shot it.  9 times he shot the computer.  All the while recording the show for his daughter and the world.  What, pray tell, what in his actions was healthy or a sign of good parenting?  She’s a teenage girl whining online about chores and not getting paid.  WOW, who the F cares?!  If you are so insecure in your parenting skills that your daughter’s online posts bring you to a place of pulling out a gun, then you are NOT healthy.  Take the computer away, lock it up, keep it from your daughter.  Let her use it only when she does chores.  That way she’ll be getting “paid” for her chores.  That will teach her a damn lesson.  But no, he took it and shot it.  NINE TIMES.  The only thing this girl learned is that violence “solves” problems, and guns are toys.  Great lesson.  Great parenting.

    Oh and will all of you with kids telling the writer she has no right to even an opinion simply because she doesn’t have a kid get a freaking life.  You don’t own the book on opinions or child rearing.  At the end of the day, this video isn’t about parenting, it’s about reacting to frustrations, and how to do so in a very unhealthy manner.

  27. hippiehater

    02/13/2012 at 9:12 pm

    . Id hate to live in a world that thats illegal. Guns are not illegal yet (despite all you hippies best efforts).And shooting a gun is only illegal in some city boundries, not all places like the suburbs. And shooting and destroying your own property,oh legal too. You may disagree with the way he handled it but lets not be stupid. We still live in the U.S.A and we still have the right to make our own decisions on how to handle our own children. Complaining to your friends in your room is one thing but this social media crap is out of control and we all know it. lets also remeber she was warned before about this.

  28. Baddawg2001

    02/14/2012 at 11:06 pm

    I personally agree with the fathers decision. No one knows what else the daughter has done or how she truly acts, and before you say it no I am not saying that it is all the daughters fault. I know when my parents grounded me as soon as it was over then I was right back to the same stunts.

    The father took an extreme approach to get his point across. I bet that she thinks twice before acting out again.

  29. a good parent

    02/15/2012 at 7:09 pm

    Sorry but rebelling against your parents is not standard adolescent behavior due to hormones.  None of my siblings rebelled or dissed our parents the way this girl did and neither did most of our friends.  You can agree or disagree as to whether shooting the laptop was the best way to deal with it but saying that all teenagers act that way and that the behavior should be ignored is wrong. She was clearly acting like an entitled spoiled brat and deserved punishment for it.  Hurray to the dad. 

  30. David Toews

    02/16/2012 at 8:56 pm

    K.T. your writing about this is excellent!  Good going.

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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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Xbox Series X Deals: Save with Trade-Ins



You can buy the Xbox Series X for $300 if you trade in an Xbox One X or PS4 Pro. Here are the best Xbox Series X deals and Series S deals when you trade in your old console.

The Xbox Series X pre-orders start on Tuesday, September 22nd at 11 AM Eastern, 8 AM Pacific. Here are some Xbox Series X pre-order tips and tricks to help you get one.

GameStop offers a range of Xbox Series X deals when you trade in an old console. This works for the Xbox Series S as well.

  • $200 – Xbox One X or PS4 Pro
  • $175 – Nintendo Switch or PS4 1TB
  • $125 – Nintendo Switch Lite, Xbox One S, PS4 500GB
  • $100 – Xbox One 500GB

These trade in deals last until November 30th, so you have time to order and then bring your console in when you upgrade.

Save with Xbox Series X deals when you trade-in an old console.

You can start the process online, or you can go into a local GameStop. If you are trying to pre-order the Xbox Series X at GameStop, you can do it in store when the online pre-orders open. Keep in mind that there may be lines.

Given the time frame of this deal, your best bet is to wait until you get your Xbox Series X from GameStop and trade in at pickup and put the $200 towards the console.

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7 Things to Know About the iPhone 8 iOS 14 Update



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.

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 we’ll see a public iOS 14 jailbreak tool. It could take months.

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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iOS 14 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know



The iOS 14 beta wiped out some glaring issues, but a number of problems have slipped into the final version of Apple’s iOS 14 update for iPhone.

Apple’s finally pulled its long-awaited iOS 14 operating system out of beta. The update is available for the iPhone 6s and newer and it brings a long list of new features including improved Widgets, enhancements to the Messages app, new Memoji, and a whole lot more.

iOS 14 also features under-the-hood improvements and some iPhone users are already noticing a huge difference after moving their device up from iOS 13.

On the flip side, some iPhone users have already run into bugs and a variety of performance issues. Some of these issues have carried over from iOS 13, others are brand new.

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

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

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iOS 14 Problems

As we push away from the software’s release we’re seeing complaints from those who have adopted Apple’s new operating system. Some of the problems are minor, others are far more problematic.

The early list of iOS 14 problems includes some very common issues. iPhone users are having trouble downloading and installing the new operating system. If your iOS 14 installation gets stuck, try hard resetting your phone. This typically resolves the issue.

We’re also seeing complaints about UI lag, AirPlay issues, Touch ID and Face ID issues, abnormal battery drain, issues with first and third-party apps, iMessage issues, Wi-Fi problems, Bluetooth problems, CarPlay issues, lockups, freezes, and crashes. There’s also an issue with one of iOS 14’s new features.

iOS 14 lets users set third-party applications as alternatives to the company’s default mail and browser apps. However, iPhone 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.”

Again, this is an early list and we expect the list of iOS 14 problems to grow as more people transition over from iOS 13.

If you haven’t downloaded the iOS 14 update yet, we recommend preparing your iPhone for the download. Some prep work ahead of time can help you avoid major headaches.

We’ve put together a step-by-step pre-installation process and it will take you through the best way to prepare for iOS 14.

Where to Find Feedback

If you’re currently running iOS 14 or if you’re planning to upgrade, you’ll want to sift through feedback from early adopters. This feedback will alert you to potential bugs and performance issues.

We’ve released our list of reasons to and not to install the iOS 14 update and it’s a good starting point for those of you weighing a move from iOS 13.

We also recommend keeping an eye on YouTubeApple’s discussion forums, social media sites like Twitter/Facebook, and the MacRumors forums for additional feedback about iOS 14 performance.

We’re in the process of publishing our mini iOS 14 reviews for the iPhone 11, iPhone XS, iPhone X, iPhone 8iPhone 7iPhone 6s, iPhone SE 2, and iPhone SE so check those out if you need additional feedback about iOS 14.

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How to Fix iOS 14 Problems

Some issues might require a fix from Apple, but some you might be able to fix on your own.

Before you make an appointment at your local Apple Store, have a look at our list of fixes for the most common iOS 14 problems. It might have what you’re looking for.

We’ve also released some tips that could help you improve your device’s performance and a guide that shows you how to fix iOS 14 battery life problems.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for in our guides, you should head on over to Apple’s discussion forums. If they can’t help you, you might want to get in contact with Apple Support via Twitter or via the Apple’s website.

If you still can’t fix your issue(s), you might want to schedule an appointment to see a Genius at your local Apple Store. They should be able to diagnose your problem in minutes.

You Can Downgrade from iOS 14

If you can’t stand iOS 14’s performance on your iPhone, you can try downgrading your device’s software.

Apple is currently signing on iOS 13.7 which means you can use a loophole to bring your device’s software back down in an effort to improve performance.

Unfortunately, Apple’s closed off the downgrade to iOS 13.6.1 and older versions of iOS. There’s no way back to any of those updates.

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

What’s Next

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

Apple is currently working on iOS 14.2, a new milestone update. The update is currently in beta and it should carry new features and bug fixes for initial iOS 14 problems.

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

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

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

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



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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  • Tested for battery health and guaranteed to have a minimum battery capacity of 80%.

iPhone 12 Rumors

We’re just weeks 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.

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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