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Google and Motorola took the stage today to announce the Droid RAZR family of devices, including the RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX MAXX HD, and Motorola also talked about the Jelly Bean upgrade process.

Google and Motorola stated that they are committed to the Jelly Bean update process, but some devices won’t see the update because it would degrade the performance of the devices.

Read: Droid RAZR HD Announced

For these devices that Motorola can’t upgrade to Jelly Bean, the company will offer a $100 upgrade credit to help users get on a new device.

Motorola $100 Jelly bean Upgrade Credit

Motorola announces $100 upgrade credit for device’s stuck without Jelly Bean.

Motorola did not identify which devices won’t get a Jelly Bean update or when the cutoff will be. Motorola is currently trying to get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out the door to many devices, so we hope they offer the credit to those owners.

These devices may include the following Motorola smartphones. We’ve reached out to Motorola for details.

  • Atrix 2
  • Atrix 4G
  • Droid Bionic
  • Droid 4
  • Electrify

All of these devices are still pending an update to Ice Cream Sandwich, which isn’t promising news for a swift update to Jelly Bean.

The DroiD RAZR and Droid RAZR Maxx already have Ice Cream Sandwich, but don’t have any news on a Jelly Bean update, so they could possibly be part of this plan. Owners may take hope in the promise of Jelly Bean Updates for the new Droid RAZR family by the end of 2012.

Read: Will My Phone Get Jelly Bean?

Stay tuned for more details on the $100 Motorola Jelly Bean upgrade credit as details emerge. We assume this credit will be available across carriers and will be some sort of mail in rebate, but we hope it is offered as a point of sale upgrade credit.

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24 Comments

  1. Steven Steinberg

    09/07/2012 at 9:58 pm

    I’m a Droid Bionic owner for the past year and don’t care a lot about ICS except if it were a fix for this brick of a phone. My Bionic has been useful as a voice device and a wifi “terminal” but not much else. I drop data daily, lose connection on a regular basis and can’t even get a reliable satellite signal for GPS when my wife’s same brand Droid 4 connects immediately and stays connected. Talk about frustrating? We took a trip to Florida a earlier this summer and my wife’s phone was flawless where mine was useless! I can’t stand this phone yet my contract doesn’t leave me with options short of spending a ton of $ for an off cycle upgrade. Plus the fact that Verizon and/or Moto continue to feed us information that our fix is coming. If only that were true! A year is a long time for a consumer of a retail product to await a fix for it. In most other worlds, a recall would have been issued for this lemon of a product and actions taken to satisfy the customer. How we became the bastard children is beyond my comprehension, having worked in the corporate world my whole career. How a company can ignore a large user group with issues defies explanation!

    • David

      09/08/2012 at 12:33 am

      I am with you I also own the bionic and it also drops signal from one second to the next and it is very frustrating. I took it to the verizon store and said the problem would be fixed with a sim card change but yet again the problem still remains. Verizon should do something about this we are paying for 4G network and yet we cant use it all the time with out it dropping signal.

    • FastKatt

      09/13/2012 at 6:03 pm

      VZW Let me trade my Bionic “even-up” for a RazrMaxx, because of the “issues” with my Bionic…
      I got the MAXX because of my extended battery. They also replaced my 2 car docks & belt clip…

    • Imgir

      09/17/2012 at 6:00 am

      I have the exact same issues you describe with this POS device. I suppose we shouldn’t bee too surprised that the new red headed stepchild of the Motorola brand is so problematic. They superseded it less than a month after it’s launch with the DROID Razor and Verizon stopped even listing it as an available phone back in May.

      My theory is Motorola wanted their Razor launch to go well so they made this thing just a little bit crappier than their usual offerings so the normally jinxed Razor line would come off smelling like a rose.

  2. Ritchie

    09/08/2012 at 6:17 am

    I had this same issue were I was told I need a new Sim however this never worked. However one item did work, I made sure to download the most current software update and since my Bionic had been ok. Just trying to help you Guys, well anyway I hope Moto and Verizon gets there act together and soon for us Bionic holders because I to feel as if we were all sold a piece of equipment which was very quickly thrown to the back burner. Every time I have ever contacted Motorola for anything they have never helped me, all they would do is feed me script and tell me they would have to do more research just to never call me back. IM not going to trash the Bionic Device because it has been alright to me however coming out of the original Droid which never gave me any headache and then transferring in to this buggy device it makes you scratch your head on how could they (Motorola ) do this to so many folks, I do deal with battery pulls everyday and freezes? ??? Oh and they told me that because on average that I use my phone 8000+ minutes a month that the freezes would be normal …. HA Im not amused I did this for over two years with Droid og never this??? Frustrated is all I can say

  3. R

    09/08/2012 at 8:26 am

    I have the same issues, and have been waiting for ICS to hopefully fix them. Sadly this experience with the Bionic maybe the last straw and push me to an iPhone. $100 credit or not.

  4. Me

    09/08/2012 at 1:48 pm

    As someone who is running one of the ICS leaks on my phone, it’s working beautifully! I haven’t had any issues with my 4g data dropping like it was before. It’s def worth waiting for them to make sure they have it right, even though it’s been frustrating.

    • me

      09/12/2012 at 12:15 pm

      what leak are you running? .232 for me has concurred constant signal drops

      • vc

        09/18/2012 at 6:44 pm

        I’m on. 244 ( hopefully ota.) And it’s sweet

  5. Chris

    09/08/2012 at 7:35 pm

    This forum is like a broken record but it’s true! I am also a Bionic owner and it also drops 4G every where I go. It’s so frustrating and I thought it was jst my crappy phone. It a shame to heat so many people having the same issue doesn’t make me feel any better. We shouldn’t be going through this crap we pay too much for service and phones and we can’t even get taken care of as customers. Give me the $100 rebate and I well go to Apple and become a life long customer

  6. jerry shea

    09/09/2012 at 1:49 pm

    I too am disgusted with Verizon/Motorola, I waited long for the release of the Bionic and look what happened they released the Razr right after and forgot about the Bionic, the hype they built up the bionic with never net the expectations, I too have all the same issues described above. Come on Motorola get on the stick my wife was led to a Samsung that operates without flaws while mine is a piece of &^%*&^.

  7. Earl

    09/09/2012 at 9:50 pm

    My Bionic drops 3G connections constantly, and very rarely do I ever even see 4g. Its my 2nd phone, and 2nd sim card, nothing has helped at all. Motorola support is completely useless. They could give me a $500 credit and I would flush it down the toilet, where this phone belongs. Sucks that I am stuck with this trash for another year. Never again will buy Moto, and more than likely done with Android as well, seeing as how Moto is owned by Google now, so we are getting double screwed.

  8. roly

    09/11/2012 at 2:28 pm

    y’all need to make the jump to ics cuz my bionic works like a champ and doesn’t have any issues.. I went back to gingerbread and it’s garbage on the bionic!

  9. Roy

    09/12/2012 at 6:55 am

    My Bionic has always worked well for me. I’m not in a 4G area but those times that I have traveled to 4G areas I’ve not had the issue folks are describing here. It has been a reliable device for me and I’m looking forward to the ICS update. Next year I’ll use the $100 credit towards either another Moto phone or perhaps a Samsung.

  10. Steve

    09/18/2012 at 12:23 pm

    I just recieved my 3rd Bionic in less than a year now… I’ve had it for 3 hours as of typing this… and I’ve counted atleast 7 times so far that it has dropped data, asking me to log back into my Google acct. Right now…. Motorola should issue us a 100.00 credit for keeping the piece of crap…. lets face it, we’ve seen the Razor, Razor Maxx, Droid 4, Razor Maxx M…. All rocking ICS… and still nothing for Bionic. Pssstttt….. Hey, Yea you hello moto…. Keep your crap, Headed to the new Galaxy.

    • Kevin

      10/03/2012 at 8:41 am

      I’ve had my Bionic since February of this year, it was a factory refurb, and other than occasional data drops, I really don’t have many issues with this phone

  11. kitcostantino

    09/18/2012 at 4:58 pm

    Wow. I read about the Bionic when it was
    just a rumor. I went to verizon on launch day, and decided not to buy it. Back in march, my og droid incredible died, so i picked up a bionic on craigslist for $150. My bionic is the second run (16 gb internal memory vs 8) i have flaky data when im indoors or almost out of reception. I should mention, though, i am
    always rooted. .902 had shottier, but decent for my area data that was far better than my droid inc. On .902, i ran droid theory’s kinetx rom. His custom throttle values fixed many issues i had. On .905, i ran eclipse rom 3.0 which also ran better than stock. Now im on ics leak
    .232. While there may be some issues with data in areas with minimum coverage, its nothing airplane mode doesnt fix. If moto is giving a credit, i would decline because we have yet to see a google/motorola phone. The razr design has its problems, and i am sure the next generation after this will be epic.
    if you want a simple easy to use, no skills or knowledge required phone, maybe iphone is for you. I enjoy different user interfaces and hacking in general. The bionic is my 4th android phone and by far is the best for all of you who have problems, call verizon tech support until they offer you a trade. Many people have and you can too. Get a g nex, rezound, or razr/razr maxx. Hell, get an iphone. You will realize the bionic is better than you give it credit for. Im waiting on the phone
    that comes after the intel medfield. Or the first phone to have a Texas Instruments Omap 5 processor. Maybe ill take the $100 credit then.

  12. Sergey

    09/19/2012 at 12:30 pm

    Same problem here – 4g drops constantly, though I’m a block away from a Verizon store, and no tall buildings, or anything, around to obstruct the signal. SIM card has been changed, but still the same problem… Plus the phone reboots itself at random. About a year until the end of the contract, so I’ll have to try the ICS in the mean time…

    • Jeremie Wells

      09/22/2012 at 12:02 am

      What does being a block away from a Verizon store have to do with signal strength?

      • VISSION

        09/27/2012 at 12:58 pm

        Yup I have always wondered why people think this…Theres not some magical tower at each Verizon store…LOL tools!

  13. Unknowndestiny

    09/22/2012 at 9:26 pm

    can u say iphone?

  14. scott

    09/24/2012 at 1:53 pm

    From the looks of it I was sold the only fully functioning bionic. I opted for the extended battery but other than that I’m not on ICS like everyone else. I never have problems with data dropping and GPS works flawlessly too. Would I like an upgrade to ICS? Sure, who wouldn’t but I’m not about to throw my phone at the wall over it. Might as well drop all ICS focus and get started on Jelly Bean in my opinion. But either way I got the phone for free a week before the Razr came out so I can’t complain. It was a steal for me.

  15. Tom F

    10/02/2012 at 12:42 pm

    My Bionic drops the radios 3G, 4G, GPS randomly. Rebooting cures the problem for another day. ALLOW US TO TRADE IN DEFECTIVE BIONICS!

  16. Unhappy Consumer

    10/02/2012 at 7:10 pm

    I have a DROID RAZR and the ICS ruined it ! Adobe Flash isn’t compatible with ICS and … AND.. it won’t work on Jelly Bean so you will not want to get a phone with that OS. So freakin mad at Verizon, Motorola and Google. The whole reason I bought the phone has been comprimised. You would think Verizon would be more responsible. All it did was LESSEN my data usage. I used to exceed 2GB but NOT now. I had to change the preferred network to 3G only b/c 4GLTE was draining battery. There was no way to change between them.. So now I’m stuck in 3G land.. Thanks Dummies! .

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Xbox Series X Pre-Order Problems: What You Need To Know

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

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

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

Xbox Series X Pre-Order Errors

Prepare for Xbox Series X pre-order problems.

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

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

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

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

Xbox Series X Removed from Cart & Checkout Problems

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

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

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

Xbox All Access Problems

Watch out for issues signing up for Xbox All Access.

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

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

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

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

Xbox Series X out of Stock

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

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

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

Xbox Series X Accessories Out of Stock

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

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

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5 Things to Know About the iOS 14.0 Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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iOS 14 Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

Connectivity

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

Apps

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

Speed

  • iOS 14 feels faster than iOS 13.7 did.

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

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

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

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iOS 14 Problems

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

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

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

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

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

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

iOS 14 Update: What’s New

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

Here are Apple’s release notes:

All-new widgets

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

App Library

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

Compact design

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

Messages

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

Memoji

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

Maps

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

App Clips

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

Translate

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

Siri

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

Search

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

Home

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

Safari

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

Weather

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

AirPods

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

Privacy

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

Accessibility

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

This release also includes other features and improvements.

App Store

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

Apple Arcade

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

Apple Cash Family

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

Augmented Reality

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

Camera

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

CarPlay

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

FaceTime

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

Files

  • APFS encryption support for external drives

Health

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

Keyboard and International

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

Music

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

Notes

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

Photos

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

Podcasts

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

Reminders

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

Settings

  • Option to set your default email and web browser

Shortcuts

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

Voice Memos

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

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

iOS 14 Jailbreak

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

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

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

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

What’s Next

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 iPadOS 14.2 Update

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Apple’s confirmed a new iPadOS 14.2 update and the firmware is currently in beta ahead of a release for iPadiPad ProiPad Air, and iPad mini.

iPadOS 14.2 is a milestone upgrade (x.x) for iPadOS which means it should bring a mix of new features and under-the-hood improvements to Apple’s new operating system.

iPadOS 14.2’s arrival came as a bit of a surprise because Apple hasn’t confirmed iPadOS 14.1 yet. There’s a chance iPadOS 14.2 serves as iPadOS 14.0’s successor, but we should see another version of iPadOS 14 arrive before it.

iPad users who don’t want to wait for the official iPadOS 14.2 release don’t have to. The iPadOS 14.2 update is available to try right now via Apple’s beta program.

With iPadOS 14.2 confirmed, we want to take you through everything there is to know about the firmware.

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

iPadOS 14.2 Beta

If you can’t wait for the official release you can download an early version of the iPadOS 14.2 update right now.

Apple’s pushed an iPadOS 14.2 beta to developers and those enrolled in the Beta Software Program. The company’s Beta Software Program is free to anyone with a working Apple ID. Most people should install the public iOS 14.2 beta.

Before you download the iPadOS 14.2 beta on your tablet 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 the software less than ideal for a daily driver.

You should be able to fix some of these problems on your own, but some bugs and performance problems will probably require a fix from Apple in a future beta or in the official release.

If you can’t stand the beta’s performance you can downgrade back to older software though Apple is only signing on iPadOS 14.0 and iPadOS 13.7. The downgrade path to other updates is closed.

iPadOS 14.2 Release Date

Apple hasn’t confirmed a iPadOS 14.2 release date.

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 launch is expected to take place sometime during the first half of the month.

If that pans out, Apple could release iOS 14.1/iPadOS 14.1 shortly before they arrive on shelves with the iPadOS 14.2 release coming sometime later.

We could also see the iPadOS 14.1 update drop first followed by an iPadOS 14.2 release alongside the new iPhones in late October.

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 iPadOS 14 (perhaps iPadOS 14.0.1 or iPadOS 14.1) roll out before iPadOS 14.2 arrives.

We’ll let you know when we learn more.

iPadOS 14.2 Release Time

The iPadOS 14.2 release date isn’t known, but we know exactly when Apple will roll the software out on release day.

The official version of iPadOS 14.2 will probably arrive in and around 10AM Pacific. It sometimes takes a few minutes for software updates to show up so don’t be surprised if your update appears after the clock strikes 10AM.

Apple will also release iPadOS 14.2 beta updates in and around 10AM Pacific. The company typically releases new beta updates every 1-2 weeks.

Here’s what you can expect from the iPadOS 14.2 release time in other U.S. timezones:

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

Keep these times in mind if you plan to install new iPadOS 14.2 betas, or the official version of iPadOS 14.2, right away.

iPadOS 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 what you can expect from iPadOS 14.2.

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

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

iPadOS 14.2 Jailbreak

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

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

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Install iPadOS 14 for Better Security

If security is important to you, and it should be, think about installing iPadOS 14 right now. 

iPadOS 14 has 11 new security patches on board. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website

If you skipped iPadOS 13.7 or any older versions of iPadOS 13, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your upgrade. They're baked in.

In addition to those patches, iPadOS 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 iPadOS 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 14.2 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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