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The Lifeproof iPhone 5 case is now available at Best Buy and Lifeproof for $80 as the Lifeproof fre for iPhone 5.

Lifeproof Designed this the iPhone 5 case to withstand water, dirt, snow and shock — providing protection from almost any hazard that could damage the iPhone 5.

The Lifeproof fre joins the recently announced Lifeproof Nüüd iPad case that leaves the screen wide open, though it’s not clear if the fre includes a screen protector like the iPhone 4s case.

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The Lifeproof iPhone 5 case is here as the Lifeproof fre.

The Lifeproof iPhone 5 case doesn’t add significant bulk to the iPhone 5, even though it delivers protection from common smartphone hazards. The case is 12.18 mm thick. That’s 2mm thinner than the OtterBox iPhone 5 Commuter case and 4mm thinner than the OtterBox Defender for iPhone 5, neither of which is waterproof.

Read: Best iPhone 5 cases

Lifeproof designed the iPhone 5 case so that users don’t need to give up functionality for protection. While using the Lifeproof iPhone 5 case, users can still listen to music through the built-in speakers, use headphones, change the volume and use the mute switch as well as access the display and use the camera.

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Use the camera while using the Lifeproof iPhone 5 case.

The case includes a “CrystalClear optical-glass lens”, so users can take photographs and videos while using the case. This turns the iPhone 5 into an underwater camera. The back of the case also includes a window so users can show off their Apple logo.

From a protection standpoint, Lifeproof brags that the Lifeproof fre iPhone 5 case is military rated to MIL STD 810F-516 and a IP-68 Ingress Protection Rating, which essentially means the case protects the iPhone 5 form drops of 6.6 foot and seals out dirt, dust and snow. The case will protect the iPhone 5 in water up to 6.6 feet for 30 minutes.

For now Best Buy is the only place shoppers can find the Lifeproof iPhone 5 case in store, and supply is limited for the first several weeks. The Lifeproof fre is out of stock on the Lifeproof site, but shoppers can sign up for a notification. Stay tuned for our Lifeproof fre review.

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28 Comments

  1. Carla Wood

    11/08/2012 at 8:30 am

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  2. S Bal

    11/08/2012 at 7:21 pm

    I just got my LifeProof for my IPhone5 thru Best Buy. This is my first Lifeproof case. It passed the waterproof test which is quite impressive. I like how light and thin this case is. I am not a big fan of the way the front window doesn’t fit flush to the phone and forms a bit of a bubble so I have to push a little harder on the top and bottom for get the phone to respond. Also, the sound is horrible when playing music. It vibrates like an old broken speaker. I went into the equalizer and lowered the bass and this helped some but still very poor. If i open the charging door the sound improves but this is very inconvenient. I will be deciding in the next few days if I will be keeping the case. Not impressed…. but as I am outdoors a lot at my kids sporting events, I may just keep the case off until I have outdoor activity.

    • VRSCDX

      11/09/2012 at 11:16 pm

      I got my case today at Best Buy. I agree with S Bal.

      Cons: The sound quality is pretty bad. I use my bluetooth headphones often so I am not worry about it. I normally turn the volume off anyway. The protective front screen doesn’t fit flush to the phone. The upper left corner is where I have the most issue with. It is again very annoying.

      I just want to mention I can type just as fast with the onscreen keyboard. No complain there.

      Pros: I ride my motorcycle and workout daily so having a water proof case is a big plus. It does offer good protection and I don’t have to worry about damaging the phone if I drop it. The case is thin and you can add a strap to it (doesn’t come with one). It looks pretty good compare to other thick and huge cases in the market which offers the similar features. Most of them are not water proof neither. It is easy to put on.

      I think I will keep it.

    • Kelly Marshall

      11/23/2012 at 3:15 am

      YES! I had the exact same problem. Spent a week on the phone with Verizon only to learn it was the case. Also had problems hanging up calls with the case. Worst 80 bucks ever spent in my life. I took it back to Best Buy.

    • Chaz

      11/28/2012 at 11:32 am

      Hiya I have 2 recommendations for you. (sorry to butt in) I have motorola blue tooth headsets and the sound is amazing. I’m a helicopter pilot so I’ve probably lost some hearing but there are others out there that I am sure would be pleasing to you. 2nd if you decide you hate the case I’d be happy to buy it used from you! So to recap 1. buy bluetooth headset. 2. sell it to me cheap!

  3. Keith Dorsey (@YOUNGGUNSCEO)

    11/08/2012 at 11:23 pm

    These cases are super cool, I have to get one. but in the mean time, I had to get my case for cheap on https://swagmyiphone5.com/

  4. Keith Dorsey (@YOUNGGUNSCEO)

    11/08/2012 at 11:24 pm

    This is cool, But you can get cheaper cases at https://swagmyiphone5.com/

  5. Unknown 12

    11/12/2012 at 8:26 am

    Has anyone experienced any problems when using the phone to speak to someone on a call. People say I sound muffled or I get this annoying noise in the background. The kind of noise when u out two microphones together

    • Becky Martin

      12/07/2012 at 10:08 am

      Yes, I experience the same thing. I am trying to get a response from Lifeproof now. They have had so many calls, they are experiencing phone problems, according to their site! I also have issues with the touch response and the way music sounds. It’s ridiculous. They had a great product with the case for iPhone 4 & 4s. How can it be so hard to get it right for the 5?

  6. Jenriri

    11/13/2012 at 2:30 am

    Unknown 12… I get that feedback during phone calls all the time. Sometimes I have to ask people to repeat themselves because I can’t hear them over that noise. I haven’t decided if the cons are worth keeping this case.

    • Myron Spainhour

      11/15/2012 at 7:03 pm

      I get feedback as well.

    • Tracy

      11/18/2012 at 2:41 pm

      I had the same problems, I returned it to best buy… it’s not worth the $80. The lady at best buy also told me she heard they will be recalling the case since this is a common problem.

  7. JDukes

    11/13/2012 at 8:26 am

    Has anyone had trouble with ending calls. Won’t let you press end

    • Myron Spainhour

      11/15/2012 at 7:02 pm

      I have that problem, very odd.

    • Ben Hobbs

      01/18/2013 at 10:39 am

      My phone wont hang up when i press end. It starts spazzing out, screen goin black then back on. Very irritating.

  8. eric

    11/14/2012 at 9:43 am

    I have had proximity issues and speaker issues and bubbling on the screen. Lifeproof dropped the ball on this case. the 4S case was much better design,

  9. Brandon

    11/15/2012 at 7:35 am

    I have had a lifeproof case since the 4s and now one for my 5. Yes the sound is muffled and the screen not quite clear but at work I don’t have to worry about water dough and flour getting all over my phone and ruining it. The touch screen I have had no problems with typing or anything at all with the touch portion of the phone. As far as calls never had anyone tell me I sound muffled or I have not had a problem hearing anyone. Great case for protection and worry free around everyday life accidents.

  10. HarrytheHawk

    11/20/2012 at 9:33 am

    I too am having the feedback issues during phone calls and inability/difficulty in ending calls due to the proximity issue. I was so excited to get the lifeproof case because my friend had one for the iphone 4s, but this is a big dissapointment. I will be returning it to BestBuy and buying an alternative case. Hopefully lifeproof will recall these cases and fix them!

  11. vrsca

    11/24/2012 at 7:01 pm

    best buy should stop selling this case until lifeproof corrects the sound quality issues

  12. Chris

    11/29/2012 at 4:59 am

    Had the same problem with the sound and screen looking bubbly. Take a standard index card and fold it in half. Take pair of scissors and trip about 1/2 inch off the end of the index card(not creased edge). Take back side of Lifeproof case off put index card on back side of phone. Put back part of case on and test it out. For me, this totally fixed bubbly screen and the sound quality is 10x better than it was. Try it out, play around and go from there. Hope this helps.

  13. John B.

    11/29/2012 at 5:23 pm

    DO NOT BUY LIFEPROOF IPHONE 5 CASE Terrible case for iPhone 5. I’m on second case. Proximity sensor won’t allow phone to hang up. The sound is terrible and no one can understand me when I talk. I spoke to lifeproof they said they would take care of it, that was a week ago so far I have heard nothing. Booooo DO NOT BUY

  14. gerarda instone

    12/01/2012 at 4:04 am

    where can i get life proof case for iPhone 5 in white

  15. Ken K

    12/07/2012 at 1:14 am

    I had / have the iPhone 4 case and it works beautifully as well as the nud case for the iPad, also no complaints. I was very happy when I got the iPhone 5 case in the mail and I have to say for the first time I am disappointed with Lifeproof. I hear a very annoying buzzing when I’m talking to someone. The incoming audio is muffled. The proximity sensor seems to work in reverse, turning the screen on when it’s near my ear and I end up face mashing the buttons. I think I’ll be returning this one and waiting for the fix. I still have hope as they have done well with the other cases.

  16. Emmanuel Banks (@therealemmanuel)

    12/29/2012 at 5:42 pm

    I certainly don’t feel it’s the worse $80 spent. I just got mine in the mail today and in the beginning I was a bit pissed with it, however as I have been using it in games and with typing a few emails, I found that many of the problems are actually improving. The speakers don’t have the rattling sound like at first. While I think the screen issue is a bit of a nuisance, I can’t say that my typing speeds have changed overall. One tip: the new screen may make you feel like you have to change the way you type because of the new feel, I just advise you to type as normal. Don’t fear making a mistake, if it happens and autocorrect doesn’t catch it, then I’m sure you will. This tip has helped me type this whole comment with very minimal mistakes.

  17. Terry

    01/02/2013 at 5:15 pm

    Lifeproof for my iPad and iphone4 are superb. The new one for my iPhone 5 was horrible. With a bubbly screen and the headphone jack sticking I had to return it. Really disappointed.

  18. daniel amar

    01/22/2013 at 5:03 am

    I think the best option is :

    Lifeproof fre
    https://bit.ly/YayK2P

    Absolutely the perfect solution , amazing permanent case with full access for all buttons …

  19. Kurt

    02/21/2013 at 11:53 am

    Can’t hang it up. End up leaving 10 minute messages when getting voice mail because I can’t end the call (can’t even turn the power off when this happens). Very irritating given the cost.

  20. Jeremy Deets

    06/07/2013 at 11:41 pm

    I will say this much, the two problems that I did have with the case. Lifeproof fixed immediately and did not charge me a penny to fix. They even gave me a tracking number for the replacement parts. The first problem that I had was very minor. It involved the charge port door gasket coming out without me noticing and all I had to do is call and they sent me the new gasket within 5 days. The second problem was with the engineering of the case itself. The small hole for the proximity sensor was not designed correctly and was causing the phone proximity sensor to not respond correctly. This kept causing problems with the phone’s functionality during phone calls. I thought it was the iphone for the longest, until I tried using the iPhone 5 out of the lifeproof case and it worked perfect. Again, I called lifeproof instantly the assured me that there had been an issue with the proximity sensor port and that they would send me out a new front the following day at no charge. They would even send me a tracking number for the part being shipped so that I could keep up with the progress of the shipping of the replacement part. Lifeproof is amazing and I am very impressed with the customer service and commitment to quality and keeping the consumer happy! Thanks for going the extra mile to make things right.

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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.

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

Install iOS 14 for Better Security

Install iOS 14 for Better Security

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Xbox Series X Deals: Save with Trade-Ins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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7 Things to Know About the iPhone 8 iOS 14 Update

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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.

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

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

It doesn’t work with iOS 12.3-12.3.2, iOS 12.4.2-12.4.5, or iOS 13.7-iOS 13.5.1. It doesn’t work with the current version of iOS 14 either. We don’t know when we’ll see a public iOS 14 jailbreak tool. It could take months.

For more on the iOS 13 jailbreak, head here.

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

Install iOS 14 for Better Security

Install iOS 14 for Better Security

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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iOS 14 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know

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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 Downgrade from iOS 14

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

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

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

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

What’s Next

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

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

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

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

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

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

Install iOS 14 for Better Security

Install iOS 14 for Better Security

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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