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Harry McCracken at The Technologizer says we need to be ready for all the Tablet/Slates coming our way, especially all those alternatives to the iPad. He’s not alone. Lots of folks are saying the same thing as we’re supposed to see Android Tablet/Slates raining from the sky like manna from Heaven. The Technologizer has published a list of 32 alternatives (he calls them iPadadversaries, as in adversaries to the iPad) that are here, coming, or promised to be coming. It’s a decent list, and McCracken lays out his parameters for inclusion very clearly.

Steve “Chippy” Paine after seeing this tweeted a url that lists over a 100 Tablet/Slates out there, maybe out there, or might have been out there. It’s a long list (if you haven’t already been following or bookmarking the database at UMPC Portal you’ve been missing out.)

These lists are great places to start if you’re looking to see what might be available, but I’ll offer this word of caution. As much as we keep hearing about the Tablet/Slate tsunami that is supposed to come crashing onto the shores any day now, keep in mind that some of these devices will never appear, some will not appear in all countries-especially the US (at least initially), and some will be here and be gone before you have a chance to hit the product page. Also keep in mind that you’ll have to keep your eye on the bouncing Android ball as to which version of Android a fancy new Tablet may offer. Case in point, the Dell Streak is shipping with Andorid 1.6. I’m sorry, but when I see that, I compare that to many of the Tablet/Slates/UMPCs on Chippy’s list that are running Windows XP. In my book, that’s not just too little too late, but it’s called “why bother.”

Don’t get me wrong, I’m as excited as the next geek to see what will happen when we start seeing lots of Tablet/Slate alternatives actually reach the market, but I’m also skeptical that the wave that is supposedly coming is going to be as big or have as much impact as the geek world seems to want it to.

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  1. dstrauss

    08/12/2010 at 8:33 am

    Very interesting observation. I think the entire market is suffering from iPad freeze – a little bit like deer in headlights not sure which way to jump. Worse still, all their hard work could go for naught as iPad 2 fever ramps up right after the New Year and they’re no longer compared to what is, but what is about to drop.

    Despite really liking the iPad, I would kill for the following: an iPad size, weight, and battery sipping single purpose OneNote tablet with Windows 7 quality inking. Do not even let me install Office or any other stuff (well, maybe I’d allow Outlook because the two are even better together and I will want to check email or browse files while in that meeting)! WHY – because I envision the perfect office tablet would be a a yellow pad replacement that automatically syncs OneNote constantly with your regular notebook or desktop without user intervention – so whether I’m taking notes on the phone, running off to a meeting, whatever, my electronic notes transfer on the network to my workhorse computer.

    Just think about it – how often are you willing to un-dock or un-cable that great HP 2730/2740 so you can take notes in either instance. It is a royal PITA, and so there I go and grab my trusty yellow notepad and kill another tree. If you do any heavy production work (Word or Excel), its near impossible to use the HP tablet for what it is best suited – a great tablet.

    • SpectRet

      08/15/2010 at 4:25 am

      My soul interest in a slate is One Note 2007. It could be the complete replacement for paper I’ve been looking for. I use it on a think tablet and just love it. Now if I could get that on a Ipad like thin slate It would be perfect and using my phone for the hotspot I would have internet (google) power. Get me through an entire day of work or school on battery and its the perfect device. Let me know if anyone finds this.

  2. ChrisRS

    08/12/2010 at 8:56 am

    Quote — “(he calls them iPadadversaries, as in adversaries to the iPad)”

    I like it! SOunds like copyright infringement!

  3. Sumocat

    08/12/2010 at 8:59 am

    Having posted a list of iPad alternatives myself, I should be offended. However, that was seven months ago when the iPad was introduced, so I agree that playing that same game now is a bit silly and also a little sad, especially since his list is so packed with question marks. My list was primarily existing devices with a few maybes that were strongly promoted at CES. Only two became vapor. Half a year later, you’d think a list of iPad alternatives would be more solid, not less.

  4. Zeuxidamas

    08/12/2010 at 11:09 am

    For the HP2730P topic: may be that the problem is using the HP dock. I use a dual monitor setup, with bluetooth keyboard and mouse, and place the HP2730p on a laptop stand/easel in tablet mode. I write on it like a tablet, and when I need to stop inking and do work in MS Office, I use the wireless KB, not needing to change the status/cfg of the HP2730p.

    I agree on the generic lists issue. I like UMPCPortal, and its sister-site CarryPad. But the list is only of value if you look at the top 10 – 30 most popular items. The rest have been on the list for sometimes more than a year and are not representative of devices that are currently competitive against the iPad. You also have to know what the cutoffs are for reasonable requirements to be iPad-competitive in order to eliminate the right items for the list to have any value if you are really looking for an iPad alternative.

    The big problem with the competitive state of the tablet industry in North America is that no one is competing. Of the devices listed on the UMPCPortal that are desirable as potential iPad competitors, most are not available for direct retail sale in North America. You are rolling the dice on ordering from China. My fear has always been raised as to what the timeline will be if I have a HW and/or warranty issue. It is just not a route for me to go if I need something to fill a functional need right now, as I did when I bought my iPad (after many months of mulling over the WiTs A81, SmartQ V7, buying an Archos 7 Home Tablet, and looking at other options).

    I am sure building these things is hard. But I/we have all suffered basically three years minimum of uberPDAs being announced as coming to market “soon”. They exist, they are just not being sold here. I was tired of getting the same head-fake I have been getting, waiting to pull the trigger on a device.

    The one thing that makes the lists dubious is that the iPad is available, works out of the box (depending on your needs; for some, it meets their needs, for others not), and can be bought in North America now. All of the other devices, when will they get here and how many articles do we have to go through a day saying “New Tablet X, will have specs Y. No release date or pricing announced, though”.

    I am not interested in anything the MID/Tablet industry has to say until their product is posted on BestBuy/NewEgg/Buy.com/Amazon…whatever, and not as the head-fake pre-order posts that went up for the Archos 7 on Amazon or for the Dell Streak, both of those products becoming available roughly a month after they initially went up for pre-order. Sorry for the vent. I’ve been keeping some of this bottled up for a while.
    – Vr/Zeuxidamas

    • ChrisRS

      08/13/2010 at 9:59 am

      Your set up sounds good. Can you post a picture?

      • Zeuxidamas

        08/13/2010 at 3:44 pm

        Unfortunately I can’t, at least not of the actual setup. My company does a lot of DoD work, so I can bring a camera phone into work, but I am not supposed to take photos in the plant without specific permission. Things at the plant are a little dicey these days with a recent layoff, so I reckon I should not push any envelopes right now. I’ll see if I can replicate a faux setup at home that mimics my office setup. Might not show the easel, but everything else I can show using some of my iPad accessories like the BT keyboard I use with it.

      • Roger J

        08/14/2010 at 1:40 am

        Here are three photos of my set-up in the link below. Please email me rhj1947ATgmail.com if the link doesn’t work.

        The first two photos are in my current Damascus apartment, set it up last night after reading posts on this thread. I have not yet got my customised desktop box to raise the working height to a standing level, my project office here has such a box.

        Tablet is Toshiba M700 (UK), replaced XP with Windows 7 Ultimate last October (first time I’ve ever gone for a new OS on first release!), replaced 160 Gb HDD with 250 Gb earlier this year.

        External monitor (in extended desktop mode) is a Samsung LD190 19″ ‘laptop’ model. I found I was missing my UK home office similar Samsung 21″ model and my 63 year-old eyes were not happy.

        The Toshiba, Aviator stand, cables, MS keyboard and mouse etc travel in my Redoxx Airborne rucsac, the LD190 goes in its carry handle type original box and foam inserts.

        The third photo was taken in my UK home office last year after raising the desktop to standing height. This was easy as the desktop was ‘loose’ on top of the two filing cabinets, so I just inserted two large Really Useful Storage boxes. The monitor is the one I used before I got the Samsung LD 21″ monitor.

        For standing height, I still have to put a small box under the monitor to get it to a comfortable height.

        https://www.dropbox.com/gallery/5284941/1/Standing%20at%20desk?h=91e87e

        • Zeuxidamas

          08/14/2010 at 5:26 am

          Ok, your first two photos are similar to my office setup. My easel inclines the tabletpc up more, and my monitor is on a stand. One note on this setup is that I usually have to turn off one of the two overhead lights in my office. Despite the fact that the HP2730P has a matte screen, extremely intense overhead fluorescent lights make for a bad tablet experience regardless.

  5. Tuur

    08/12/2010 at 12:43 pm

    Maybe a dumb question: I think it’s clear that me might see more Android tablets/pads appear in the near future then the always promising but always late W7 OS.

    I’m urgently waiting for a iPad like tablet with full inking features. Is it possible for Android devices to integrated pen enabled input too or is this just a Windows feature?

    I think the iPad rocks, if only it had inking possibilities…

  6. Zeuxidamas

    08/13/2010 at 2:48 am

    I suspect that developers will provide capacitive stylus’ and ink apps as has been done for the iPad. I have a couple of inking apps for the iPad and am pleased that the capability is now there, although of course it falls short of the native support in Win7, and no app matches OneNote. However, for a portable slate-style form-factor, it is a plus over not having it at all.

  7. dstrauss

    08/13/2010 at 7:52 am

    Zeuxidamad is right – given the lower quality of inking on a capactive screen (similar to me to the old pressure touch only screens), the iPad is still a very useful device (keep an eye on Bricklin’s Note Taker HD – it just keeps getting better if you can deal with writing in the second box).

    Still, that OneNote only slate that lasts 10 hours would be a dream come true…

  8. Roger J

    08/13/2010 at 9:09 am

    I think I’m with dstrauss and Zeuxidamas in this batch of comments.

    I’m the first to blame myself for not taking advantage of my Toshiba M700 and OneNote like others have done. The schlep of turning the screen and going off has put me off, along with the weight, so Zeuxidamas’ description of his work setup is very tantalising, the more so because I already have the Toshiba on an Aviator stand and an Extended desktop with a Samsung LD190 for accommodate my 63 year-old eyesight.

    It’s all made possible by a BT MS 6000 keyboard and numeric pad, I lug the LD190 around in its cardboard box, everything else goes into my Redoxx Airborne rucsac on my current assignment in the Middle East

    I work in a standing position most of the time (see my response a few minutes ago in another article here), so trying Zeuxidamas’ configuration is worth exploring.

    What would I REALLY like? First, the “touch screen” MUST be able to handle handwriting. Second, it must be compact (10.12 – 7″ netbook dimenstions) to use as my digital yellow pad AND use easily in cattle class on long intercontinental flights. Maybe that Toshiba Libretto will do the trick?

  9. dstrauss

    08/14/2010 at 6:45 am

    Ok – for all you really experienced “Mobilers” – what about a used TC1100 as that yellow pad I am looking for? I’ve been reading about these little gems, and could see they are underpowered by modern standards, but for a single use system (Outlook & OneNote) with Win7 and a memory boost, it might do the trick?

  10. StanB

    08/14/2010 at 8:14 am

    To me the ipad is like the PSP. Tons of hype but never see anyone using one. Great product that ipad but, like it’s been said a 1000 times before. It all comes down to usage. Consumption vs production.

    I would never trade my x70 for an Ipad. I update word and excel files for work etc. Did my yearly evaluation/ learning plan and reviewed those submitted by staff.

    Nothing better to take notes in meetings or do presentations. The x70 was on those lists!

    I even use it as a phone, while working. GPS etc…

    How many have umid’s etc… there is a reason those sell so well. Productivity… plus flexibility. I even have a playstation emulator on the x70.

    This read like excom meeting minutes. Complete disconnect with reality in the field.

  11. zeuxidamas

    08/16/2010 at 9:59 am

    I will disagree with you, Stan, on a few points.

    Not sure what areas you frequent where you do not see the iPad in use. I flew through Dulles and Pittsburgh last week and saw significant iPad use throughout the airports. Not huge, but every gate I had a connecting flight in had 3 to 6 in use. This was at the small puddle-jumper gates. Not a metric per se, but just to give a rough feel for what I saw.

    The iPad is not solely a consumption device. It is a matter of the individual user, so coloring the device for one purpose, is like a cop giving a 70 year old doing 35 in a 40 zone a ticket because he’s in a corvette. Just because the car was designed to go fast, does not mean every person driving one is doing so. Just because the product lends itself to one purpose more than the other does not mean it cannot be applied to other uses.

    I have 3 games on my iPad, all pasted to the 7th page of my 7 home screens. I have 20 icons on my main home page alone, which is also my productivity page. Numbers, Pages, Penultimate, SpringPad, Evernote, Documents-to-Go, Notes, Noterize…none of these apps are made directly for consumption. I read and surf and do a lot of other things, too, but my iPad is predominantly a productivity device that I use when I have a need for the utmost portability and battery life.

    Your discussion seems to proceed mainly from a premise that I have been advising the media that they are platforming from incorrectly: that any discussion concerning the iPad is about choosing it over one device or another. In this day and age where lots of people use multiple devices, it is not automatically a binary argument.

    As far as doing annual performance reviews in excel and word documents, that is a task accomplished easily on an iPad. I assume that you are talking about a Viliv X70, and I cannot imagine taking meeting notes on a 7″ device that has no palm rejection. The lack of active digitizers in UMPCs for a reasonable cost and a lack of apps (as far as I know) for Windows 7 that have palm-rejection in SW is exactly why I went with an iPad over a UMPC (having previously owned a Samsung Q1, Q1 Ultra Premium, and Fujitsu U820).

    I have used UMPCs, TabletPCs and the iPad “in the field” (and I mean really in the field…pouring over spaghetti-like electrical schematics and signal-flow diagrams for complex systems while on-site for initial commissioning or trouble-shooting events). In these scenarios, the iPad is just as serviceable as the other two. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses.

    Not saying your opinion is without merit. But I find it hard to not disagree with posts that do not explore the merit of both sides of a device-based argument, or from users who have not used both or all of the devices being compared. UMPCs were slick for their time, and if they meet the needs of a particular user, they are great devices. I personally had to look across my whole mobile setup…smartphones, TabletPCs, UMPCs, tablets…and I settled on a mix of all except another UMPC. People have to make choices, but they do not make binary choices because one device is absolutely useless and another is not. It’s about fit and applicability to the user, some of which includes the user’s ability to figure it out and not feel bound by what the rest of the world says about the limitations of a device’s use. In this case, a UMPC works for you, and the iPad works for me. Let’s leave it at that instead f always trying to decide who always wins out of a fight between the two.
    – Vr/Z..>>

    • Sara

      08/18/2010 at 3:53 am

      Agreed. The iPad can be an incredibly productive tool. I hadn’t realized (until I googled) that the x70 was a UMPC. Stan’s same argument can be held if we compared the iPad to my tablet PC. I can talk (VoIP), and do pretty much everything I can do on the iPad, but better, and have a real active digitizer to boot. But even with this in mind, the iPad is a compelling device to own. Many apps are made for it that are incredibly useful, and unique to the iPad/iPhone. Touch on such a large screen makes it a joy to use. I can make the iPad so useful with apps, it would replace half the functionality I get from my tablet PC, which is precisely why I’m not buying one.

      I feel the shift from netbooks/laptops to the iPad heralds the beginning of another era, similar to the shift from desktop PCs to laptops. People began using laptops for portable power. But now, our “portable power” is being largely supplanted by even more portable devices, making the laptop almost like the desktop PC of the past. So the iPad is the new laptop.

      I’m not sure I want to make the shift, to allow the iPad to be my new “laptop”, and thus not have to carry my real laptop/tablet PC wherever I go. If I had no qualms about doing so, I definitely would buy the iPad for myself.

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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.

Wait for 5G

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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iOS 14.2 Release Date: Tips & Tricks

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

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

Now that iOS 14.2 is in beta, a pre-release version of the firmware is available via Apple’s developer program and its public Beta Software Program. The Beta Software Program is free to anyone with a compatible device and Apple ID.

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

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

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

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iOS 14.2 Release Date

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

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

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

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

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

Prepare for the iOS 14.2 Release Date

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Get Familiar with iOS 14.2 and Older iOS Updates

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

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

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

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

Most People Should Avoid the iOS 14.2 Beta

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

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

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

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

Monitor Feedback from the iOS 14.2 Beta

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

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

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

iOS 14.2 Release Time

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

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

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

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

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

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

iOS 14.2 Download Size

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

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

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

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

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

Prepare for iOS 14.2 Problems

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

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

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

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

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

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

Be Ready to Downgrade

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

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

Keep Your Apps Updated

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

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

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

Take Your Time with iOS 14.2

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

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

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

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

Avoid iOS 14.2 If You’re Jailbroken

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

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

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

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Install iOS 14 for Better Security

Install iOS 14 for Better Security

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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7 Things to Know About the iPhone 8 iOS 14 Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

iPhone 8 iOS 14 Impressions & Performance

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

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

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

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

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

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

You Should Prepare for iOS 14

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

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

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

iPhone 8 iOS 14 Problems & Fixes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

iOS 13 Downgrade Open

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

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

The company won’t sign on iOS 13 forever. So if you really want to get your phone off iOS 14, you’ll need to move back soon. Once Apple stops signing on iOS 13.7, there won’t be a way back to iOS 13.

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

iPhone 8 iOS 14 Update: What’s New

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

iPhone 8 iOS 14 Jailbreak

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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