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HTC ThunderBolt Gingerbread Update: The Wait Continues

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Today was supposed to be the day that Android 2.3 arrived for the HTC ThunderBolt. If you recall, and I am sure many of you do, the rumor pegged today, June 30th, as the day that the glorious Gingerbread update would roll out. It’s now noon here in San Francisco, 3PM on the east coast, and there is no sign of the update, an update that an HTC rep recently said would be coming soon.

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What does this mean?  It just means that you’ll have to continue to wait. That shouldn’t be a problem right? After all, the HTC ThunderBolt has been out since March? Oh wait, that’s right, I’m forgetting. Some of you are barely able to use your phones because of the random reboot issue. Oh, and that’s right. The newly released Skype with video calling doesn’t work either. And neither does Netflix.

Yes, there is a laundry list of issues that will apparently be fixed once Gingerbread arrives but one can’t help but wonder what new problems will surface once it does in fact reach the ThunderBolt.

Let’s hope that the extra time that Verizon and HTC are taking with this means that they will get it right the first time and avoid a similar situation to what’s going on with the Motorola Droid X and the other Droid devices on Verizon.

There’s still time left in the day but it looks like the wait for Gingerbread continues for HTC ThunderBolt owners.

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  1. Anonymous

    06/30/2011 at 7:49 pm

    I was so pumped for the update, I hope it comes this afternoon. Sometimes Verizon releases updates when Cell Phone usage is at a minimum because it is less stress.

    • Cory

      07/07/2011 at 1:30 am

      I talked to an HTC rep yesterday, and he said the update will be a software fix only..it’s not going to be Gingerbread. Sorry folks….

  2. Adam Mills

    06/30/2011 at 9:15 pm

    Yup. I’ve got my fingers crossed for you and the four guys here at GBM who rock the TBolt.

  3. Mail

    06/30/2011 at 9:18 pm

    I’d rather wait and get it right.

  4. dave

    06/30/2011 at 10:03 pm

    Your right mail but when waiting for this fixupdate it can get damn frustrating. I know I’m not the only one out there that has been waiting for this. All we can do for the mean time is wait, wait, wait.

  5. JayDub

    07/01/2011 at 12:30 am

    Just like i’ve said before i’ll beleive it when I see it. Don’t get so pumped on the udate coming out it will probably be another 2 or 3 more weeks if not more. Thanks HTC & VZW for a phone we’ve had since March that still sucks  I mean it’s only been ALMOST 4 months that we’ve had problems with the TBolt. When will everything get fixed ? When i’m eligble for my upgrade in 2 years ?

  6. Yotehtr1

    07/01/2011 at 12:54 am

    ya loli actually talked to averizon tech tonight and he acted like he didnt havea clue the tbolt was even supposed to get an update! i called htc and they said yes, soon……… last week an htc rep said the tbolts were fine and functioning correctly. lots of rumors, denials, comformations, and general b.s. while we all try to continue fighting a phone we paid enough for we shouldnt  have to. so yes, frustrating is an understatement to say the least.

  7. speer

    07/01/2011 at 1:30 am

    Root it and flash it to bamf 2.1 with the mr2 radio. No more reboots and you have gingerbread 2.3.4.

  8. AGuest

    07/01/2011 at 4:41 am

    All I can say is I am glad I decided to wait on purchasing the Thunderbolt and wait on consumer reviews. I spoke with a Verizon sales rep this past weekend and asked about the GB update. He said it would be out June 30 and then proceeded to display his own Thunderbolt and said he was just as anxious as anyone else for the update. Well June 30 came and went and still no update. I don’t blame people for being furious after spending all that money for a phone that suffers from the issues this one does. HTC and Verizon should have done more testing before releasing the phone. It has damaged both their reputations.

  9. John Chen

    07/01/2011 at 12:24 pm

    I’m part of the group of users that haven’t suffered from random reboots since the first update. However, like everyone else I was very hopeful for the gingerbread update to fix everything. Not surprised that Verizon decided to shit on us all again. I mean they already loaded the phone with trash spyware type apps like blockbuster (FYI, performing the blockbuster fix probably boosted my battery 50%), screwed us with the first update, it should be no surprise they will continue to distribute the shaft, and a big one at that, amongst its customers.

  10. Charles Geary

    07/01/2011 at 1:28 pm

    WE continue to wait,& wait & wait for the next update, then the next, then ???? I’m about ready to root this
    bad boy once & for all even if it voids a warranty for a recon’d T-bolt….

  11. HTCme2011

    07/05/2011 at 4:05 am

    I called HTC the other day (July 2, 2011) and they confirmed that the Gingerbread 2.3.4 (which will also fix random reboot issues, GPS issues, improve battery life by little, and will put Skype and Gtalk on all TB models) update has started to go out in batches based on MEID #’s. Although they would not confirm the time between batches, which is kinda crappy. Verizon Wireless did not cause the issue of delay though, it was caused by HTC with an early upgrade release even though it was not ready to be released on June 30 . They have also said we should see the Android Ice Cream Sandwich 3.4 update sometime in Q4 2011, which will come with many improvements on the HTC Thunderbolt, such as importing certain HTC Sense 3.0 aspects on the phone, But HTC did not state which aspects would be imported. Hope this helps.

    • Pcar1947

      07/08/2011 at 5:47 pm

      Really that is great news. Now the only question is WHO HAS IT?. I have perused all the forums and no one has jumped and said they have it on the TB.

      Thanks for the info

  12. HTCme2011

    07/05/2011 at 4:05 am

    I called HTC the other day (July 2, 2011) and they confirmed that the Gingerbread 2.3.4 (which will also fix random reboot issues, GPS issues, improve battery life by little, and will put Skype and Gtalk on all TB models) update has started to go out in batches based on MEID #’s. Although they would not confirm the time between batches, which is kinda crappy. Verizon Wireless did not cause the issue of delay though, it was caused by HTC with an early upgrade release even though it was not ready to be released on June 30 . They have also said we should see the Android Ice Cream Sandwich 3.4 update sometime in Q4 2011, which will come with many improvements on the HTC Thunderbolt, such as importing certain HTC Sense 3.0 aspects on the phone, But HTC did not state which aspects would be imported. Hope this helps.

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6 Reasons to Wait for the iPad Mini 6 & 5 Reasons Not To

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According to reliable sources, Apple is working on a new sixth-generation iPad mini. With a release reportedly on tap 2021, we want to take you through the best reasons to wait for the iPad mini 6 and the best reasons to skip it and go with something else.

If you’re on the hunt for a new iPad in 2020, you’ve got a lot of options.

Earlier this year Apple released new iPad Pro models and they come with an assortment of enticing upgrades. The company’s 2018 iPad Pro models are also excellent and they’re also much cheaper than they once were.

You should also check out the new iPad Air 4, new eighth-gen iPad, 10.2-inch iPad, 2019 iPad Air, and the iPad mini 5. We’ve seen some significant price cuts on the latter three and they’re worth a look if you’re interested in buying a new tablet this fall.

You might’ve heard that Apple might be cooking up additional iPads for release in 2020 and beyond. The list reportedly includes a high-end iPad Pro and a iPad mini 6.

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iPad mini 6 Rumors

Respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple is planning to launch a brand new iPad mini. He initially thought the device would arrive before the end of the year, but that’s changed.

Kuo’s backtracked a bit and now says that Apple hardware with mini-LED technology, the same tech that’s supposedly on board the iPad mini 6, has been pushed into 2021.

A newer research note from Kuo backs this up. The analyst claims a new version of the iPad mini should launch sometime in the first half of 2021. An even newer note suggests the same.

Digitimes, a hit-or-miss publication, believes Apple will launch a brand new iPad mini in the second half of 2020, but that should be taken with an immense grain of salt now that the company’s put two new iPads on shelves.

Other than the potential launch date, and a few other details, we don’t know a whole lot about the iPad mini 5‘s successor. It’s unclear if it will be another modest upgrade or if Apple will make significant changes to the budget iPad line.

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With new iPads on the way, that puts those of you in the market for one in a tough position. Should you buy a new iPad now or wait and see what Apple’s got up its sleeve?

In this guide we want to help you answer that question. We’ll take you through the best reasons to think about waiting for the rumored iPad mini 6 and the best reasons to go with another model.

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Wait for Performance Improvements

If Apple is developing a new version of the iPad mini, you can expect it to come with numerous performance improvements. In fact, we've already heard about a few of them. 

According to Kuo, the iPad mini 6 will come with mini-LED backlighting. The company is reportedly bringing the technology to the iPad Pro line, a new 10.2-inch iPad, the MacBook Pro line, and the Mac Pro. 

According to a report from DigiTimes, Apple is planning to use super-thin rigid PCB boards from manufacturer Tripod Technology. Volume production will reportedly start in early 2021.

In a more recent note, Kuo says Apple will accelerate its adoption of mini-LED displays in its iPad and Mac lineups. 

The analyst believes mini-LED technology will be used on board 30–40% of ‌iPad‌ shipments and 20–30% of the company's MacBook shipments next year. 

So what does this all mean for you? Well, mini-LED has some advantages over the LCD and OLED displays you find on most devices.

For one, they offer higher contrast. They're also less prone to some of the burn-in issues that often plague OLED displays. 

They also provide deeper blacks, higher brightness, and they're also more power-efficient which could help with battery life. 

In addition to this you can expect the iPad mini 6 to include a new processor which could also help with battery life, overall speed/multitasking, and experiences like gaming. 

Again, Kuo claims the next-gen iPad mini will follow the iPhone SE 2’s product strategy which would call for an up-to-date processor. The budget iPhone SE 2 utilizes the same chip inside the company's flagship iPhone 11.

Kuo also believes the iPad mini 6 will come with a 20W fast charging power adapter.

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4 Reasons to Wait for the 2021 iPad Pro & 4 Reasons Not To

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Apple is reportedly working on a new version of the iPad Pro. And while it initially looked like a souped up model would launch in late 2020, it now looks like the release will probably take place in 2021.

If you’re in the market for a new iPad you’ve got a lot of options.

Apple’s iPad mini 5, iPad Air 3, and 10.2-inch iPad are worth a look if you want solid performance, but don’t want to break the bank. Same goes for the new iPad Air 4 and eighth-gen iPad.

You’ll also want to investigate the 2018 iPad Pros which can still hold their own in 2020. They’re also much cheaper than they once were thanks to the 2020 iPad Pro launch.

Earlier this year, Apple released new iPad Pro models with an assortment of upgrades including new processors, a LiDAR Scanner for enhanced AR (Augmented Reality), and better microphones.

Despite these upgrades, the new iPad Pros are more of a refresh than an overhaul and some of you might want to hang around and wait for Apple to make additional changes to the iPad Pro line.

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2021 iPad Pro Rumors

Earlier this year it looked like Apple would launch a new flagship iPad Pro model in the fall of 2020. Rumors repeatedly hinted at an arrival in 2020. However, rumors are now telling a different story.

In April, multiple reports stated that the new iPad Pro’s release had been pushed to 2021 due to the strain the coronavirus outbreak’s put on Apple’s supply chain.

Respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has thrown his weight behind the rumored delay. Kuo, who initially said that we might see multiple iPads launch in the fall, now says these products have probably been pushed into next year. Kuo is a reliable source who has accurately predicted many Apple launches ahead of time.

According to Jeff Pu, an analyst at Chinese research firm GF Securities, Apple will launch a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro with mini-LED tech in the first quarter of next year. This lines up with Kuo’s timing.

Another a batch of rumors that come from Twitter accounts L0vetodream and choco_dream suggest that Apple is working on multiple iPad Pro models for 2021.

The devices are reportedly codenamed J517 (small model) and J522 (big model) and are set for release sometime in Q1 or Q2 of next year.

According to Korean publication The Elec, the new iPad Pro has entered trial production ahead of a release in Q4 2020 or 2021 with 2021 more likely.

TrendForce also believes Apple will launch a new iPad Pro in 2021 and that the release will come sometime in the first quarter of the year.

Hit-or-miss source Digitimes says Apple’s new 5-nanometer-based A14X processor, which is reportedly on board the new iPad Pro, will enter mass production in the fourth quarter of this year. That points to a launch next year.

We don’t know everything about Apple’s rumored 2021 iPad Pro, but rumors have outed several potential features including faster data speeds, new display technology, and a better processor.

This information puts those of you in the hunt for a new iPad in a tough position: Upgrade now or wait. While there are some great reasons to buy a new tablet right now, there are also some great reasons to hang around and wait for Apple’s announcements.

In this guide we’ll take you through the best reasons to consider waiting for the rumored 2021 iPad Pro and the best reasons to go with something else.

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Wait for 5G

Here's one of the best reasons to skip the 2020 iPad Pros and wait for the new flagship.

Later this year, Apple will release its first 5G-powered devices. The iPhone 12 will likely be the first device with the feature on board, but you can expect Apple to extend 5G connectivity to the iPad down the road. 

In fact, the new high-end iPad Pro is rumored to have 5G on board. Multiple rumors have hinted at 5G connectivity and there's a good chance the new iPad Pro is one of the first 5G-capable iPads.

So if you tend to take your iPad out of the house for work or fun, and you can't or don't want to rely on Wi-Fi connectivity, you might want to hang back and wait for the 5G iPad Pro.

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iPhone 11 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know

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We continue to see complaints about iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max problems as we push deeper into 2020.

Last September Apple confirmed, and released, its 2019 iPhone models. The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max replace the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR as the company’s flagship models and they do so with some big time upgrades on board.

As we move further away from their release date, we’re getting a lot of feedback from those who now own one of Apple’s flagship iPhone models.

A lot of the feedback is good. These are powerful devices with outstanding cameras and they’re worth a look if you’re in the market for a new smartphone.

They’re solid devices, but they aren’t perfect. We’re also getting a list of the hardware and software problems plaguing the devices.

We haven’t heard about any widespread “gate” issues, but we have heard about various bugs, performance issues, and issues with the design. We expect the list of iPhone 11 problems to grow as more people adopt these devices throughout 2020.

With all of that in mind, we want to take you through the most important things to know, right now, about iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max issues.

This guide we’ll take you through the current state of these issues, potential fixes for problems, places to find feedback about problems, and what’s next for the devices.

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iPhone 11 Problems

If you’re having issues activating your new iPhone 11, check Apple’s System Status page. If it’s not showing green, you’ll want to wait until it’s green and then try activating the phone again.

If it’s green and it’s still not working, make sure you have a SIM card inserted in your iPhone. If you’re receiving a “No Sim” or “Invalid SIM” error, you’ll want to head to this guide for assistance.

Some iPhone 11 users are complaining about iCloud Restore issues. This is another common problem with new iPhones. If you run into issues restoring from iCloud, head here for some potential fixes.

We’re also hearing about Face ID problems, issues with first and third-party applications, RAM management problems, Exchange problems, iCloud issues, visual voicemail problems, Bluetooth issues, Wi-Fi issues, and sound problems.

On top of that, some iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max users are seeing a weird green tint seconds after unlocking the phone.

As of right now it doesn’t look like a widespread issue, we haven’t seen the problem on the iPhone 11 models in our possession, but it’s something to keep an eye if you own an iPhone 11 or if you’re thinking about buying one.

A number of iPhone 11 users are also complaining about scratched displays and you can read more about those complaints in our report.

Where to Find Feedback

If you’re thinking about buying an iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone Pro Max, or if you already own one, you’ll want to monitor feedback from early adopters. This feedback will alert you to potential issues with the hardware and software.

We recommend keeping an eye on YouTube, Apple’s discussion forums, social media sites like Twitter, and the MacRumors forums for ongoing feedback about the flagship phones.

We’ve also released our impressions of the iPhone 11’s iOS 13.7 update. Check out this roundup for additional feedback if you need it.

We’ll release our impressions of the iPhone 11’s iOS 14 update in the near future so be on the lookout for that.

How to Fix iPhone 11 Problems

If you run into a problem on your new iPhone, there’s no need to panic. There’s a good chance you’ll be able to avoid taking it into an Apple Store or your local carrier store for help.

First, take a look at our list of fixes for the most common iOS problems. It will take you through fixes for common issues like broken Bluetooth and busted Wi-Fi.

We’ve also released some tips to help you improve performance and a guide that could help you improve battery life if you’re noticing abnormal drain.

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If you can’t find a fix for your issue in our guides, you’ll want to check Apple’s discussion forums for potential fixes for your problem(s).

If you can’t find anything there, it’s time to get in touch with Apple and you can do so via the company’s support account on Twitter. You can also get in contact with Apple Support via the company’s website.

If you’d rather explain your issue in person, you should take your new phone into your local Apple Store and see if they can diagnose your problem. If you’ve got an Apple Store in your area, and it’s open, you’ll want to schedule a Genius Bar appointment.

Your iPhone is currently under warranty so they might offer you a replacement if the problem is serious enough.

How to Downgrade the iPhone 11

If you’re having issues on your iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Pro Max, and you’re running iOS 14, you can’t move your iPhone back to an older version of iOS.

Apple is signing on iOS 13.7 which means iPhone 11 users dealing with performance issues and bugs on iOS 14 can move back top the previous operating system in an effort to improve performance.

If you’re unfamiliar with the downgrade process our guide will walk you through everything you need to know.

What’s Next

If you’re dealing with iOS 14 issues, help is almost certainly on the way.

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

We don’t have an official iOS 14.2 release date yet, but if you can’t wait for the official release you can download the beta via one of Apple’s programs.

There’s a good chance we see another version of iOS 14 (iOS 14.0.1 or iOS 14.1) roll out before 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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Xbox Series X Pre-Order Problems: What You Need To Know

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This is what you need to know about the potential Xbox Series X pre-order problems that you may run into this week and even this month.

The Xbox Series X and Series S pre-orders start at 11 AM Eastern, 8 AM Pacific on September 22nd.

Here’s what to know ahead of time, and what you need to prepare to deal with the morning of pre-orders.

Xbox Series X Pre-Order Errors

Prepare for Xbox Series X pre-order problems.

Prepare for several issues with Xbox Series X pre-order problems relating to web pages.

The first issue is that retailers may only show the pre-order landing at first. Another issue is that the search may not show you the consoles. Finally, some websites may not load at all.

If the page isn’t loading, you may be able to load it on your phone. You can also check Twitter for a specific link directly to the product.

If every page is broken at a retailer, the only thing you can do is keep trying.

Xbox Series X Removed from Cart & Checkout Problems

One issue that you may run into fairly early is that the Xbox Series X or Series S can be removed from your cart before you check out.

This happened with the PS5 multiple times for us, and we expect that it will happen with the Series X.

To get ahead of this, you should make sure that you can log in and that you have up to date payment information.

Xbox All Access Problems

Watch out for issues signing up for Xbox All Access.

With Xbox All Access, you can buy the Xbox Series S for $24.99 a month or the Series X for $34.99 a month.

You can find these payment options at Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Microsoft, and GameStop.

If you can’t use Xbox All Access payments, you may not be approved based on your credit. The financing is through Citizens One, and you will likely get a letter about the denial.

You can’t do much about this, so be prepared to make a payment with another option.

Xbox Series X out of Stock

The biggest problem that you will run into is that the Xbox Series X and Series S are out of stock.

This will happen multiple times throughout the day, and you can work around the issues.

Check on Twitter for direct links. Some of these will add the console directly to your cart. This can look questionable, but in the case of the PS5, it allowed us to get the PS5 while others weren’t able to check out.

Xbox Series X Accessories Out of Stock

Don’t worry about finding accessories on the first day. Once you secure your console, then you can go back.

Keep in mind that your Xbox One accessories will work with the Series X and Series S in most cases, so you have time to get new controllers or headphones.

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5 Things to Know About the iOS 14.0 Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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iOS 14 Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

Connectivity

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

Apps

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

Speed

  • iOS 14 feels faster than iOS 13.7 did.

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

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

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

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iOS 14 Problems

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

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

The company recently told CNET that it is “aware of an issue that can impact default email and browser settings in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 and that a “fix will be available to users in a software update.”

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

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

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

iOS 14 Update: What’s New

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

Here are Apple’s release notes:

All-new widgets

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

App Library

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

Compact design

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

Messages

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

Memoji

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

Maps

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

App Clips

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

Translate

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

Siri

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

Search

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

Home

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

Safari

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

Weather

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

AirPods

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

Privacy

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

Accessibility

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

This release also includes other features and improvements.

App Store

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

Apple Arcade

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

Apple Cash Family

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

Augmented Reality

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

Camera

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

CarPlay

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

FaceTime

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

Files

  • APFS encryption support for external drives

Health

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

Keyboard and International

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

Music

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

Notes

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

Photos

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

Podcasts

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

Reminders

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

Settings

  • Option to set your default email and web browser

Shortcuts

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

Voice Memos

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

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

iOS 14 Jailbreak

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

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

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

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

What’s Next

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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