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Apple should skip the iPhone 5S and jump straight to the iPhone 6 release if it wants to simplify the iPhone naming and avoid an iPhone that is seen as a minor upgrade.

The iPhone 6 name alone, even if it represents a minor jump in specs and features is one that Apple could benefit from as consumers look for a clear indication of a new model.

Read: Best iPhone 6 Concepts

According to Ken Segall, a former Apple Ad man and Apple consultant, the iPhone naming system is too complicated. While Apple’s mobile naming conventions are simple, other than the whole iPad, iPad 2, New iPad, iPad with Retina Display — Segall argues that the iPhone naming convention is broken.

If the iPhone 5S is a minimal upgrade, can it compete with the Samsung Galaxy S4?

If the iPhone 5S is a minimal upgrade, can it compete with the Samsung Galaxy S4?

It’s clear that the iPhone cannot simply switch to a non-numbered system as it would further complicate the naming system and potentially cause consumer confusion, but according to Segall, we would be better off if, “Apple never created a ‘4S.'”

Apple kicked off a trend of offering an iPhone with minimal changes when it introduced the iPhone 3GS in 2009 and cemented it when the company released the iPhone 4S in 2011 with Siri.

This fuels the speculation that Apple is planning an iPhone 5S release this summer, and not an iPhone 6 summer release. The “S” naming convention quickly became synonymous with incremental changes and the same design as the last iPhone.

As Segall explains it,

More important, tacking an S onto the existing model number sends a rather weak message. It says that this is our “off-year” product, with only modest improvements. If holding off on the big number change achieved some great result, I might think otherwise.

It’s easier, according to a man with decades of marketing experience, to focus on a full model number change that lets consumers and pundits debate the incremental or revolutionary changes of the next iPhone rather than let a model number and name do it.

Segall compares the naming convention to a new car, “if you’re looking for a new car, you’re looking for a 2013 model — not a 2012S. What’s important is that you get the latest and greatest.”

This leads him to call for the iPhone 6 name for the next iPhone model, though he admits his vote is “meaningless”.

The iPhone 5S may look just like this, next to the Galaxy S4.

The iPhone 5S may look just like this, next to the Galaxy S4.

In late 2012, Gotta Be Mobile called for the iPhone 6, arguing that Apple needs to deliver, “more than a minor hardware update or two.”

Gotta Be Mobile Publisher, Xavier Lanier argues that Apple needs to not only deliver the iPhone 6 in 2013, but that it can no longer ride the coat-tails of the major iPhone 5 release through a second year while competitors innovate at a much faster rate. Lanier writes,

Apple simply can’t afford to stand idle while Samsung launches the Galaxy S4, Google launches the next iteration of Android and Microsoft pours resources into Windows Phone. Apple needs to go back to the drawing board and announce the iPhone 6 at WWDC 2013. Sure, the iPhone 5 is still fresh in everyone’s minds, but if Apple wants to leapfrog the competition, it needs to pick up the tempo and release something that will make the Nexus 4 and Galaxy S4 look like the Treo 700 of 2013.

The HTC One is arriving in just over a week, and the Samsung Galaxy S4 is not far behind. Both of these phones impress Gotta Be Mobile in our hands-on and early time with the devices, offering up more than an “S” style upgrade from the HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy S3.

iPhone 5S vs. iPhone 6

The next iPhone is widely believed to carry the iPhone 5S name and to deliver a small feature-set with the same design as the iPhone 5. Tim Cook claims Apple has the screen size right, which points to a 4-inch Retina Display on the iPhone 5S, while competitors find ways to increase screen size and resolution without increasing the overall size of the phone.

According to Katy Huberty, a Morgan Stanley analyst, Apple is prepping a similar design to the iPhone 5, and will rely on a killer feature to compete with the Galaxy S4 and HTC One. Huberty does not drill down on the specifics of this feature, but based on her note which claims such a feature increases value for a large number of Apple users, it could be an IOS 7 feature that also arrives on the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 4S.

Apple founder and former CEO Steve Jobs reportedly influenced the design and features of the next two versions of the iPhone before his death, which means users may see his touch on the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6.

Apple is likely to announce the iPhone 5S, a minor upgrade in 2013. Image via Martin Hajek.

Apple is likely to announce the iPhone 5S, a minor upgrade in 2013. Image via Martin Hajek.

Apple is reportedly in the middle of an iOS 7 user interface overhaul which could deliver a new look and new features to iPhone and iPad users. The undertaking is apparently large enough that Apple is pulling engineers from OS X to help the delayed project meet internal deadlines, likely a summer WWDC 2013 announcement.

Rumors point to the possibility of an integrated fingerprint reader in the iPhone 5S home button which could enable secure mobile payment transactions and deliver better overall device security. One analyst believes Apple will not put this technology in the iPhone 5S, but will instead save it for an iPhone 6 feature. Rumors do not agree on whether the iPhone 5S will feature NFC technology, something that many mobile payment services require.

The next iPhone could feature a better camera, a faster processor and a new 4G LTE radio chip that makes using the device across a variety of carriers easier.

The iPhone 5S release date is currently looking good for the summer, with rumors of iPhone 5S production starting soon and multiple sources indicating a summer launch and release. While the dates don’t agree on each rumor, most credible sources are pointing to summer.

Unless Apple decides to take Segall’s advice and call the next iPhone the iPhone 6, users will likely need to wait until 2014 for an iPhone 6 release date.

27 Comments

27 Comments

  1. Alex

    04/08/2013 at 8:39 am

    Apple what the hell are you doing!!?

  2. Marcel

    04/08/2013 at 8:53 am

    Yess skip the 5S , if you want to compete with samsung galaxy S4 !
    Apple needs a complete new iphone 6 with bigger screen.
    I’m Sure Apple sales will give a boost if they release finally a Iphone 6 with 4.8 inch screen or max. 5.0 inch.
    A iphone 6 with 4.8 inch IGZO display and a great battery ! and a Super HD camera! that would sell outstanding .
    Let the iphone 5s be a less expensive model, and the Iphone 6 the Master of the Iphones. and not more expensive then the Samsung galaxy S4.

    Please i want bigger Iphone :) :) everybody wants it

  3. Lucas

    04/08/2013 at 11:05 am

    This article is mistaken, because the release of the 3gs and 4s actually came with big improvements. It was the iphone 4, and now iphone 5, which showed minor improvements with a redesigned body. This is actually a very smart marketing strategy. Release a slightly improved phone with a new body… everyone wants it. Now release that new body with real improvements, a few month later, and people want that.
    And please!!! do not make a bigger screen. If you want a huge phone, get a samsung… they are great phones for people who prefer a large screen. But there is obviously a market for people who do not want a massive phone. If anything, the screen size of the 5 is perfect. Now all they have to do is make it so home button, front camera, and speaker require less space, in order to reduce the length.

    • Sonny Wu` (@Hondaslzman)

      08/15/2013 at 12:15 am

      I agree with but still I am not buying iphone, screen size too small, I am using Galaxy s4, I have to say this is the best phone on the market

  4. John

    04/08/2013 at 11:28 am

    As much as I love Apple I am so close to trying Samsung if the 6 don’t compete. Yes we love you Apple but don’t think we will remain loyal whole Samsung leap frog you. Give us what we want! The 6 with large screen and HD.

  5. Steve

    04/08/2013 at 11:52 am

    I’ve alway had an iPhone but just got the wife a galaxy s3 & I’m majorly impressed with it, really fast & hasn’t crashed since she got it 2 months ago, I personally feel that apple is constantly playing catchup, ITunes is a real pain, the iPhone 5 has so many problems & we pay far to much for the apple name, will be off to android when my contracts up.

  6. Mandy

    04/08/2013 at 4:59 pm

    I agree with Marcel. Apple needs to release an iphone 6 with a bigger screen, faster
    processor and better camera. A killer feature or two would be nice. People want (need) bigger screens. And please, don’t give me that crap that ‘Apple has the screen size right.’

  7. Casey

    04/08/2013 at 5:45 pm

    I am a Apple Fan Boy per se, but lately, I have been looking at Android. Sure I am not used to it, but I don’t know, if Apple does not release IPhone 6 this year, I may have to go with an Orange… errr Android. Windows phone still is not something I am considering.

  8. alexis

    04/08/2013 at 7:00 pm

    yes it is better to skip iphone 5s and do iphone 6

  9. Leona

    04/08/2013 at 11:18 pm

    I use an iPhone 4S. I upgraded to the HTC One last week – I’m sending it back today.
    Lots of features tend to be gimmicky if the phone cannot handle normal day to day tasks such as allowing you to access important emails that were sent last week or typing without making errors on every word (buttons are too close together). Front facing speakers, great but it doesn’t really enhance the music experience, the phones not louder than others – what’s the point.
    I’m using my iPhone again and will wait for the next one.

    • Sonny Wu` (@Hondaslzman)

      08/15/2013 at 12:19 am

      seem to me you not a tech guy or gal, get used to user friendly IOs, Droid require a little brain to use not like iphone just a phone with nothing to offer

  10. Nicole

    04/09/2013 at 1:35 am

    I agree. Skip the 5s and give us a better iPhone 6. As for the size of the iPhone, it is perfect. iPhone should not go any bigger to compete with Samsung galaxy’s phone. That is the main reson I did not switch. The galaxy is too big to fit in your pocket. I have an iPad, no need for two.

  11. Larry

    04/09/2013 at 1:44 am

    I have an iPhone 4, I refuse to buy another iPhone until Apple decides to make something that can compete with the screen sizes of Samsung. It’s crazy to think that everyone wants that stupid little screen. Come on Apple. WAKE UP!!

  12. emmanuel

    04/09/2013 at 9:41 am

    I used to love iphones not anymore im moving to s4

  13. chesca

    04/09/2013 at 8:16 pm

    i have an iphone 4s but im planning to upgrade to iphone 5. then in realized i prefer my iphone 4s. but cmon APPLE make ipone 6!!!!

  14. Phil

    04/12/2013 at 12:17 am

    I love Apple stuff but I switched to a Galaxy note 2 – the phone looks and feels better than any iPhone – the Android UI is still a bit clunky in places compared to iOS but is improving all the time. Don’t regret the move but would still switch back if Apple made a phone like this. If Google fixes Android before Apple make a decent iPhone, Apple will permanently lose a loyal customer base

    • Sonny Wu` (@Hondaslzman)

      08/15/2013 at 12:31 am

      I agree with you, droid os still little clunky and laggy some tmes, don’t worry Google will fix all that, before you know Droid is the best os on he market. I was an Apple fan too, love the text and talk features, I do over 200 calsl and texts in combine that’s why I never give up iphone but I recently switched to Galaxy s4 this monster is beating the iphone 5 by all aspect and I am a very very happy camper. I would consider iphone again if the next Gen is 4.5 to 4.7 inch minimum, I don’t have to mention other features iphone will catch and at last of course the retina display is unbeatable and I still missed that. one more thing don’t worry about the finger scan gimmick cause I don’t lock my phone at all.

  15. Ken

    07/19/2013 at 8:32 am

    What could you possibly (need) a screen that size for! Its just rediculous! Samsung phones are garbage everyone I have seen is cracked chipped busted up
    My iPhone 5 has been dropped at least once a day and has barely noticeable dings and still works perfect!

  16. Ritesh

    08/21/2013 at 1:18 am

    Been a crazy apple fan for long time since iPhones lauched and I will be very disappointed if the 5s Is of the same dimensions as the iphone 5 , I am eagerly expecting an bigger screen may be 4.8 or 5 inch screen & better hd camera .
    If theses features are missed out I would rather be in iphone5 and will not upgrade

  17. Tandy Martin

    08/23/2013 at 2:38 am

    I’ve never owned any technology other than Apple but I want a bigger screen size also. I’m seriously considering switching phones when my contract is up in early 2014. I definitely don’t think the iPhone is the quote unquote perfect size. I am currently researching other phones like the Galaxy. Give me a bigger screen Apple !

  18. newschool2014

    09/05/2013 at 12:10 am

    Come on Apple ! Go big ( sceen) or go home . . . If Apple can’t make bigger sceen size (at least 4.8″ and up ) you are out of the game because Apple too far behight the compertition . Wake up Apple !

  19. yoguiro

    09/09/2013 at 6:38 pm

    I think people didn’t understand apple way. I am using apple for a long time, not only iPhone, but my Macbook Pro and Mac Pro. If you really need something reliable, fast, with a perfect workflow, and always working, its apple! And I am excluding the design, one of the most important things on the product feeling, nothing beats apple product. People talk about bigger screens? But why? The size is perfect, I take it on my jeans, or on a formal suit, it has the perfect weigh and don’t feel like plastic, we can share an presentation directly from the iPhone or we can share project changes by Autodesk glue on the field. I don’t use a bag, like my girlfriend..It has all inside we need..and works perfectly and always…it has a smaller screen than samsung, but it has bigger screen space, don’t you think?

  20. Hmoobs

    09/16/2013 at 8:23 pm

    I had the original iphone, 3g, 3gs, and iphone 4. Then jumped to bigger screen samsung galaxy s2, s3, then note 2 and waiting to get my galaxy note 3 on October 2. As you can see my pattern; i was a loyal iphone customer, but now ,never look back because i do not miss that tiny screenany more. As far as my money is concerns, there no phone on earth right now can be as good as the galaxy note series.

    • john

      09/17/2013 at 6:01 am

      I agree with you totally. I also was a loyal Iphone user. Got tired of the tiny screen. I’m now also a note 2 user and is loving it!

  21. Acute Mind

    09/22/2013 at 10:04 am

    I have been a loyal Apple customer from the beginning when I got an Apple IIC in 4th grade, but I am considering other phones because the screen size needs to be increased slightly. If they can manage to give more screen real estate without making the phone too big to fit in your pocket, it would be a big win for me as I’m not a huge fan of the whole finger print thing.

  22. CloseCoder

    09/23/2013 at 10:50 am

    While i may like big screen phones, i still prefer the iPhone 5S screen size just because i can use it with one hand and text. I learned that the bigger the screen, the more expensive repairs are going to be. The S3 screen assembly still costs more than an iPhone 5 screen assembly and its older wtf?

  23. Judy

    09/26/2013 at 10:48 am

    Personally I don’t want a large screen iphone that won’t fit in my pocket. So I hope it doesn’t get much bigger than the 5, which I love.

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iOS 14 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know

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

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

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

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

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

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

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iOS 14 Problems

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where to Find Feedback

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

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

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

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

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How to Fix iOS 14 Problems

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

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

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

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

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

You Can’t Downgrade from iOS 14

If you can’t stand iOS 14’s performance on your iPhone, you no longer have the option to downgrade.

Apple has stopped signing on iOS 13.7 which means you can’t bring your device’s software back in an effort to improve performance.

The company’s also closed off the downgrade path back to iOS 13.6.1 and older versions of iOS. There’s no way back to any of those updates either.

This means that once you make the move from iOS 13 to iOS 14, there’s no getting back. Keep that in mind if you’re still lingering on the previous operating system.

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

What’s Next

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

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

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

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

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

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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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5 Things to Know About the iOS 14.2 Update

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

iOS 14.2 is a milestone release (x.x) which means it should bring new features, security enhancements, and fixes for bugs impacting the current version of iOS 14.

There’s a chance iOS 14.2 serves as iOS 14.0’s successor, but we could also see the company release iOS 14.1, or another version of iOS 14, perhaps iOS 14.0.1, before it arrives.

We don’t have an official iOS 14.2 release date yet, but iPhone users who don’t want to wait for the official roll out can try the update out right now through one of Apple’s beta programs.

With iOS 14.2 on the way, we want to take you through everything there is to know about the software.

In this guide to 14.1 we’ll take you through the update’s known changes, what you can expect from the iOS 14.2 release date and release time, key information about the iOS 14.2 beta, and more.

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iOS 14.2 Beta

If you don’t want to wait for the official version of iOS 14.2 to arrive, you don’t have to.

The iOS 14.2 beta is available to those in Apple’s developer program and those enrolled in the Beta Software Program.

While a developer account requires you to pay money, Apple’s Beta Software Program is free to anyone with a compatible device and working Apple ID. Most people should install the public iOS 14.2 beta.

Before you download the iOS 14.2 beta onto your phone remember that pre-release software is almost always plagued with bugs and performance issues. These issues could impact the performance of your core apps, your device’s battery life, and its overall speed which makes it a less than ideal daily driver.

You should be able to fix some of these problems on your own, but some bugs and performance issues will probably require a fix from Apple down the road.

If you can’t stand the beta’s performance on your iPhone you can downgrade back to iOS 14.0. The downgrade path back to iOS 13 is now closed.

iOS 14.2 Release Date

Apple hasn’t confirmed an official iOS 14.2 release date for iPhone.

Nothing is confirmed, but the company is reportedly planning to launch iOS 14.1 alongside the new iPhone 12 series in October.  The iPhone 12 announcement is currently rumored for Tuesday, October 13th.

If that pans out, Apple could release iOS 14.1 shortly before the new iPhones arrive on shelves with an iOS 14.2 release coming sometime afterward.

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

Given the nature of the bug, we could see a new version of iOS 14 roll out in the near future. Apple could also bake the fix into iOS 14.1 or iOS 14.2.

We’ll let you know when we learn more.

iOS 14.2 Release Time

We don’t have an official iOS 14.2 release date yet, but we know exactly when Apple will roll the software out on whatever day it chooses.

The official version of iOS 14.2 will probably arrive in and around 10AM Pacific. It sometimes takes a few minutes for iOS updates to show up so there’s no need to worry if you don’t see new software right when the clock strikes 10AM.

Apple will also release iOS 14.2 beta updates for developers and those in the Beta Software Program in and around 10AM Pacific. The company typically releases new beta updates every 1-2 weeks.

Keep this timeline in mind if you plan to install the official version of iOS 14.2, or new iOS 14.2 betas, right away.

iOS 14.2 Update: What’s New

Apple’s x.x updates always bring a mix of features, security patches, and under-the-hood improvements and that’s exactly what to expect from iOS 14.2.

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

Beta testers have also discovered a new “People Detection” feature in Magnifier in Control Center that uses AR (Augmented Reality) to show you the distance between yourself and other people.

The Apple Watch icon has also been updated to reflect the new Solo Loop band that was released alongside the company’s new Watches.

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

iOS 14 Jailbreak

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

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

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

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Apple’s iOS 14 update could have a huge impact on your iPhone’s performance. While some of you should install the new operating system right now, others are better off waiting a few hours or perhaps even a few more days before moving up from iOS 13.

iOS 14 is out of beta and available to download. The new operating system is compatible with 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. It’ll also be on board Apple’s new iPhone 12 series.

The first version of iOS 14 is chock full of changes including improved Widgets, an assortment of changes to first-party apps, performance upgrades, and more.

The iOS 14 update requires a sizable download. It’s 2GB+ for iPhone owners moving their device up from iOS 13.7. It might be even bigger for those of you moving up from older versions of iOS 13. That’s because the features and fixes from the updates you skipped are baked into your version of iOS 14.

Those of you dealing with issues on iOS 13 could see a huge turnaround after installing iOS 14. We’re already hearing about positive changes. That being said, we’re also hearing about various bugs and performance problems.

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If you do run into an issue, note that you can no longer downgrade to iOS 13. Apple has stopped signing on iOS 13.7. The company isn’t signing on older versions of iOS 13 either.

This means that those of you having a great experience on iOS 13 need to approach the iOS 14 upgrade with caution. Once you make the move there’s no going back.

If you’re really desperate, you could try moving your iPhone to Apple’s iOS 14.2 update which is currently in beta ahead of an unknown release date.

If you’re currently debating a move to iOS 14, allow us to walk you through the best reasons to install the software today and the best reasons to hang around on iOS 13 for a little bit longer.

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 SE iOS 14 Update

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Apple’s iOS 14 update is out for the iPhone SE and the new operating system has the potential to help, or hurt, your device’s performance.

After a lengthy stint in beta, iOS 14 is now available for iPhone SE models around the world. Apple’s decision to push iOS 14 to the iPhone SE means owners can delay an upgrade to a new device and hold onto the device for another year or more.

The iPhone SE’s iOS 14 update is a big one. It’s packed to the brim with new features including upgrades to Messages, Widgets on the home screen, an upgraded Maps app, and a whole lot more.

Unsurprisingly, many iPhone SE users, us included, have made the jump up from iOS 13. And while a lot of the feedback has been good, we’re also hearing about various issues ranging from minor bugs to serious performance problems.

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If you decide to push ahead with the installation, know that iOS 14 requires a lot of free space on your internal storage. It’s multiple gigabytes.

If you’re running an older version of iOS on your iPhone SE, the download could be larger. That’s because the features and fixes from iOS updates you skipped are baked into the upgrade.

With all of that in mind, we want to take you through the most important things to know, right now, about the iPhone SE iOS 14 update.

This walkthrough will guide you through some of the early problems plaguing the software, the iOS 13 downgrade status, the iOS 14 jailbreak, and the software’s performance. We’ll also tell you about Apple’s plans for the future.

iPhone SE iOS 14 Impressions & Performance

We’ve been using iOS 14 on the iPhone SE for a few days and so far it’s running decently.

iOS 14 feels about as fast as iOS 13 did. Most of the time it’s pretty fast, but there are also times when the operating system feels a bit clunky.

We’ve noticed occasional lag when scrolling around the home screen and when using the keyboard. On the other hand, we haven’t seen any lag when using Control Center or Notification Center, both of which have given us problems in the past. Apps, both first and third-party, open up quickly.

Battery life is stable right now. We haven’t encountered any abnormal battery drain. Nor have we run into problems with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or GPS.

As for our core apps, which include Slack, Asana, Spotify, Chrome, and Gmail, they’re all working fine. If you’re running into issues with one or more of your applications, you’ll want to download the latest version. Developers are rolling out iOS 14 support updates and they should help.

Besides the occasional lag, we haven’t run into any game-breaking issues. It’s still early, but this is about what we expect from a device that was released all the way back in 2016.

If you’re feeling leery about the move to iOS 14, have a look at our reasons to, and not to, install the software right now.

You Should Prepare for iOS 14

If you’re gearing up to install iOS 14 on your device, make sure you prepare yourself, and your phone, for the move. This will help you avoid serious issues.

If you don’t know how to properly prepare for iOS updates, or you just need a refresher, we’ve released a pre-installation guide that will take you step-by-step through the process we use before we install new iOS software.

If you don’t have a time of time to devote to the pre-installation process, be sure to backup all of the data you store on your iPhone. Data issues are pretty rare, but it’s better to be safe than sorry, especially when moving from one operating system to another.

iPhone SE iOS 14 Problems & Fixes

We aren’t the only ones who have run into issues with the iPhone SE’s version of iOS 14.

We’ve heard about a variety of problems including abnormal battery drain, Touch ID problems, issues with first and third-party apps, touchscreen problems, Exchange issues, and more.

It’s still really early so we expect the list to grow as more iPhone SE users around the world decide to transition from iOS 13 to iOS 14.

If you’re nervous about potentially wrecking your iPhone SE’s performance, you might want to hang back and wait for Apple’s next batch of bug fixes. We expect a new version of iOS to roll out in the near future.

If you happen to run into an issue while running iOS 14, you might be able to fix the problem(s) on your own. If you don’t know where to start, our list of fixes for the most common iOS 14 problems is a good place to do so.

If your iPhone SE’s battery is draining faster than normal, we’ve got a list of tips that should help you improve the device’s battery life going forward.

If you’re dealing with bad performance (lag, slow download speeds, etc), take a look at our guide to fixing bad iOS 14 performance.

iOS 13 Downgrade Open

If you run into debilitating problems on iOS 14, and you can’t find a fix, you might try moving your phone’s software back to iOS 13.

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

The company won’t sign on iOS 13 forever so if you really want to get your phone off of iOS 14, you’ll need to make a move sooner rather than later. Once Apple stops signing on iOS 13.7, you won’t be able to get off iOS 14.

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

iPhone SE iOS 14 Update: What’s New

Again, the iPhone SE’s version of iOS 14 is packed to the brim with the changes. The device misses out on a few features, but most of the key upgrades are there.

Highlights include the new Translate app, improvements to Siri, upgrades to Messages, Widgets on the home screen, and a number of changes to the Maps app.

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

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

What’s Next for the iPhone SE

If your iPhone SE is having a tough time on iOS 14, you won’t have to wait long for Apple’s first batch of bug fixes.

Apple has 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 there’s also been chatter about an iOS 14.1 release alongside the iPhone 12 series in October. We could also see a fast iOS 14.0.1 release.

Whatever the case may be, we should see a new version of iOS 14 roll out soon and that’s great news for those of you looking for help.

iPhone SE iOS 14 Jailbreak

Developers have released an iOS 14 jailbreak tool that’s compatible with the iPhone SE.

The developer team behind the Checkra1n jailbreaking tool for iOS has released version 0.11.0 which adds support for iOS 14.

If you’ve moved to iOS 14 and you think you might want to jailbreak your phone, you can learn more about it over on the official Checkra1n website.

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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 Common WatchOS 7 Problems & How to Fix Them

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The watchOS 7 update brings new features, but it also brings new problems and errors. We will show you how to fix many of the common watchOS 7 problems that are popping up.

Apple is already working on a watchOS 7.1 beta that will fix some of these issues, but there is no specific release date for it yet.

The current watchOS 7 problems include familiar issues like; bad battery life, slow performance, connectivity errors, problems installing the update, watch face issues, and apps that don’t work.

You can try most of these fixes at home, but you cannot downgrade to watchOS 6. If you run into problems that you cannot fix, you can go to an Apple Store for help. It’s smart to make an appointment before you go.

This guide will walk you through fixes for some of the most common watchOS 7 problems. If your Apple Watch battery is draining fast, or the watch is feeling sluggish and experiencing connectivity issues, this guide will help you get your Apple Watch back to like new.

watchOS 7 Installation Problems

How to fix watchOS 7 installation problems.

You may see watchOS 7 installation problems depending on your Apple Watch model, your Internet connection, and the demand at the time.

It can take a while to download and install watchOS 7, so plan for that. You can speed this up by connecting to faster WiFi, or by waiting for others to finish and trying later.

If your iPhone doesn’t see the watchOS 7 update, you need to make sure that you install iOS 14 first. If that doesn’t work, restart your iPhone and your Apple Watch and see if that solves the problem.

Users who tried the watchOS 7 betas, need to delete those profiles to install the official release. Go to Settings -> General -> Profiles and then delete the beta profiles.

watchOS 7 Connection Problems

How to fix watchOS 7 connection problems.

Is your Apple Watch not working with Bluetooth, WiFi or LTE? While not common, an update like this can cause some weird connection errors.

Try turning these connections off and then back on. You can also try turning AirPlane mode on and then off.

  1. Swipe Up from the bottom of your Apple Watch
  2. Tap on WiFi to turn it off.
  3. Wait for a second and tap again to turn it on.

You can try the same thing with LTE. If you need to fix Bluetooth issues the best bet is to restart the Apple Watch. To do this, hold the side button and then slide power off to the right and then after the watch powers down press the digital crown to start it back up.

watchOS 7 Battery Drain

How to fix watchOS 7 battery life problems.

Is your Apple Watch battery life bad after installing watchOS 7?

It may be a watchOS 7 problem, or it could be that you are using the watch for sleep tracking more and need to change when you charge.

This is a very common watchOS 7 problem for the first day or two after the update. This should stop relatively quickly though. If not, there are some steps that you can take.

Try restarting your Apple Watch and your iPhone. This can solve many issues. Press and hold the digital crown and the side button at the same time until you see the Apple Logo. Then let go.

You can also try to limit notifications, or uninstall apps you no longer use.

Another option is to turn on power reserve mode if things get really bad. This isn’t a fix for bad battery life problems, but it will get your Apple Watch through the day. To do this, hold the side button until the menu pops up and then swipe over on power reserve.

For users with bad watchOS 7 battery life after a few days, you may need to unpair and re-pair the Apple Watch and iPhone. To do this, you need to go to the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.

  1. On your iPhone open the Watch app.
  2. Tap on My Watch and tap Apple Watch.
  3. Tap to Unpair Apple Watch.
  4. Next, tap to confirm and if you have Activation Lock on, enter your Apple ID password to turn it off.

Once this is done, you can connect the device and set it up with your iPhone again.

Missing Watch Faces in watchOS 7

How to find missing watch faces on watchOS 7.

Apple adds new watchOS 7 watch faces with this update. Some users are having trouble finding them. Ther are two reasons for this.

If you are on the official watchOS 7 update then you need to swipe and add the new watch faces.

  1. Press on any watch face.
  2. Swipe all the way to the right.
  3. Tap on New (+)
  4. Scroll with the Digital Crown to find the face.

If you don’t see any of the new watchOS 7 watch faces, you may be on the watchOS 7.1 beta, which at this stage does not have the new watch faces.

Slow Apple Watch After Installing watchOS 7

How to fix a slow Apple Watch after installing watchOS 7.

Is your Apple Watch running slow after installing watchOS 7? These fixes are similar to those for bad battery life on watchOS 7.

  • Try restarting your Apple Watch.
  • Try Restarting your iPhone.
  • Do a Hard Reset – Hodl the Digital Crown and Side Button for 10 seconds until you see the Apple Logo.

If these don’t work, you can try waiting a day or two for the device to index and update all the apps and adjust, or you can try to un-pair and re-pair. To do that,

  1. On your, iPhone open the Watch app.
  2. Tap on My Watch and tap Apple Watch.
  3. Tap to Unpair Apple Watch.
  4. Next, tap to confirm and if you have Activation Lock on, enter your Apple ID password to turn it off.

This process takes a while, so only do this when you are ready and able to dedicate time to the process.

WatchOS 7 App Crashes & Errors

How to fix Apple Watch app problems on watchOS 7.

If you experience watchOS 7 app crashes or errors there are a few things that you can try.

  1. Restart your Phone and Watch
  2. Update All Your apps
  3. Uninstall and Re-install the App

We’ve run into some apps asking for location access again with new prompts, so you may need to allow location access for different apps before they work. In most cases, you will get a pop-up. You can also change these settings in the Watch app on your iPhone.

How to Fix Lingering watchOS 7 Problems

How to fix other annoying watchOS 7 problems.

If you experience annoying problems and issues, you may need to reset your Apple Watch. Here is how to do that.

  1. On your, iPhone open the Watch app.
  2. Tap on My Watch and tap Apple Watch.
  3. Tap to Unpair Apple Watch.
  4. Next, tap to confirm and if you have Activation Lock on, enter your Apple ID password to turn it off.

This is resetting your watch, so you will need to set it back up. Once you do this, you can choose if you want to restore the backup or start from scratch. Most users will want to restore from backup.

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