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I’ve been living with the new iPad since its arrival on Friday. Apple has done it again. But not necessarily in the way you might think I mean. More on that later. I won’t call this a review. Simply because I think the category “review” is quickly losing its currency when it comes to talking about gadgets. Apple bears some (not all) responsibility for that as well. Again, more on that later. Instead of a review, I’m going to toss out some (still) early impressions of the new Tablet based on a weekend of testing and playing around.

First, here’s a general summary. The new iPad is a nice successor to the two previous models. I would somewhat agree with those who say if you’re looking for your first iPad or your first Tablet, this is the way to go if you want the top of the line in 10 inch Tablets. I will qualify that and say that based on what the new iPad currently brings to the table, as a device, you could do just as well with an iPad 2 and spend $100 less. That said, the iPad is still what I believe to be unquestionably the best Tablet on the market at the moment.

I keep holding out hope that we’ll actually see some real competition in the Tablet scape. I also root for number 16 seeds to knock off number 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament. It could happen. Maybe one day. But for the time being there really isn’t any. In my view, Google continues to flail and fail with the Android Tablet experience. Microsoft still is just a possible promise. Amazon’s Kindle Fire, which I own, (running Amazon’s version of Android)  may be competition for dollars spent. That’s a horse-race, certainly, but one that ultimately bears no meaning except to those counting the dollars. I can’t place the Kindle Fire and the iPad in the same device category based on my usage and the way I see others using them. Don’t get me wrong, the Kindle Fire is a great first start by Amazon and does what it does well. I like that device very much and use it often for reading and some other tasks. But it can’t compete for most of my time in the way I use a Tablet and in the way Apple is positioning the iPad.

Apple continues to do things its way. You can’t argue with the approach based on the successful track record. What strikes me as both humorous and maddening is that Apple’s evolutionary approach continues to leave so much room for competition, but no one has yet found a way to gain any traction, much less an advantage. The “we control it all” approach is certainly the winner here. However, I think the release of the new iPad may be the first real moment that focuses some attention on how Apple’s evolutionary process might begin to diminish Apple’s daunting lead.

When rolling out the new iPad, Apple selected to promote the Retina Display, the A5X Chip, the iSight camera, and LTE as the major innovations. In my early usage each of these are indeed powerful advances that make the new iPad a nice next step. Combined they serve to keep the iPad far ahead of its weak competition. But in all honesty, I don’t think any of those advances are necessarily worth the price of the upgrade, if that’s the position you find yourself in. I’ve been going back and forth between the new iPad and the iPad 2 over the weekend, and my early view is that the the evolution is, in the end, subtle enough to make Charles Darwin wince. There is though, great evidence of intelligent design.

So, let’s start with those big categories, or tent poles, that Apple rolled out in the keynote.

The Retina Display

I’ve already written a bit about the Retina display in this post. I’m taking the new iPad into the Apple Store early tonight to see what they have to say about the yellowish tint. They were very intrigued when I called to discuss this and set up the appointment. Several theories abound about this. One of which says that some displays are manufactured by Samsung and others by LG and this might account for the color differences some are seeing.

Here’s an interesting point about that. With the release of iPhoto for the iPad, Apple is holding the device up as an excellent tool for photographers. Last I looked, accurate color means something to advanced shutterbugs. Since I’m seeing reports from those who have the same issue I do and those who don’t, I’m guessing there’s something going on here beyond the adhesive issue that we’ve seen before. Maybe Apple will have to put a filter in iPhoto that specifically corrects for the new iPad yellowish tints.

There’s no question that Apple has advanced display technology with its 3.1 million pixels. But as I have already said, while I’m seeing the difference, I’m not seeing it as the wide-eyed, awe inspiring, adjectival challenging, greatest thing since sliced bread feature that others are. I will grant that since eyes are as different as the humans who sport and use them, you might see things differently than I do here.

I’ve seen quite a few say this Retina display will spoil you and you can’t go back again. With apologies to Thomas Wolfe, I’ve got no problems going home again to the iPad 2. There has always been something wonderfully pleasing and visually fulfilling about reading or viewing images on the iPad. That’s still how I feel. I just don’t feel the Retina display is as big a deal as Apple made it out to be, or as many early reviewers seemed to think it is. I’m noticing as the weekend goes on, others are saying similar things to what I am, so perhaps I’m not as blind to how I view this change as I originally thought. In fact, I think this might be a case where the hype and echo chamber created expectations that were too high. Not to mention controlled lighting and displays cranked up to full brightness in the room where reviewers got to check out the new iPad after the keynote. Note that you didn’t see comparison shots with the iPad 2 from that exercise. I can’t question anyone’s response to the Retina display, but as for me it’s nice to have, not a game changer.

I will say that I’m generally pleased with Apps that have not updated for the Retina display. They look better than I thought they would. If you want to see a fundamental Retina display difference between the iPad 2 and the new iPad, load an iPhone app on the both and hit the 2x button. Here the Retina display has a clear advantage.

Apps optimized for the Retina display do look very, very nice. One interesting note, though. Web surfers are going to notice when sites and images are low quality. Another example of this is Netflix. The home screen where tiles of movies are displayed looks gorgeous. Playing a movie though doesn’t look nearly as nice as the streaming video quality isn’t the same resolution. It’s a disappointing tease. I’m guessing Netflix will look to up the resolution but watch out for that bandwidth if that happens. If this means we’ll see more high res work on web sites and more high def video streaming then that is going to cause some friction with another of those new tent poles, high speed LTE.

LTE and Radios

I do not live in a 4G area. I do travel to areas that have it and that’s why I opted for a 4G model from Verizon. So I can’t comment on the speed or performance. I can say that in my area Verizon’s 3G suffers decidedly in comparison to AT&T’s. Others here at GBM are seeing the same thing. Running the new iPad and the iPad 2 where I live and where I work, Verizon is significantly inferior to AT&T on the iPad 2. I’ll be in a 4G area in a couple of weeks so I’m anxious to check this out on the faux 4G network. Your mileage is going to vary here depending on the service in your area.

I’ve noticed that the new iPad has prompted a resurgence of commentary on battery life and carrier ineffectualness. I’m glad to see this happen. If nothing else the new iPad will push both arguments to the forefront of conversation, and they deserve to be there. Especially here in the US where we are all victims of what looks like serious misrepresentation of the facts in carrier marketing, much less an obvious inability or desirability to produce networks that can live up to the hype.

While I’m speaking of connectivity, I have noticed that the WiFi radio on the new iPad is not as efficient in picking up a signal at my house or in my office as the previous one. It will connect readily enough, but not as quickly. I seem to have lost some range as I approach the extremes of the networks I use.

The iSight Camera

Yep, it’s better. For both video and photography. Glad to have it. But then any improvement over the camera in the iPad 2 would have been just that, an improvement. The difference is akin to grabbing a sandwich off of the shelf at a roadside 7/11 and stopping at a decent restaurant for a meal that actually has some taste to it. It will sell a lot of iPads, especially to families. I’m not one of those who think we’ll become accustomed to lots of folks holding up iPads and capturing memories though. I don’t think we’ll see people replacing point and shoot cameras with a larger device that will look more like flap and shoot. That said, if you see yourself taking video or photos with the new iPad, this is certainly a reason to purchase the newer model.

Taken with new iPad

Taken with iPhone 4S

Photos in low light show a great improvement bit are still noisy.

Taken with new iPad

 

The A5X Chip and Performance

Performance is improved here and more noticeable in some areas than others. Graphic heavy games like Infinity Blade show this off noticeably. An improvement in graphics processing needed to happen with the Retina display and it did. I also notice that opening files from Dropbox is much snappier than on the iPad 2.  Increased speed and performance is not such a jump that you drop your jaw in awe. It’s noticeable but not greatly so. Some are saying that the new iPad gets warm when you are using it a lot. I’ll agree with that. This is a noticeable, but not welcome change from the iPad 2.

Battery Life

This is also a tent pole for Apple. They set the bar with the original iPad and continued it with the iPad 2. The battery capacity is almost doubled with the new version, accounting for the increased weight and density. In case you are wondering, I do notice that increased weight and density. Of course this gives Apple room to improve on something in its next evolution of the iPad. Apple had to pump up the juice with the battery to run that Retina display and it did, basically netting a wash in battery life over previous models.

I put the new iPad through some insane and not real world testing over the weekend. We are in dress rehearsals for our next play, Greater Tuna. It is a quick change show, with actors changing costumes quicker than you’d think possible. These kind of quick change rehearsals mean that as the director I sit and wait a lot while the costume crew and the actors work out the changes. So, while doing that waiting I cranked the screen brightness up to full. I turned off Auto-lock, to leave the screen on constantly. I turned on both WiFi and Verizon’s LTE, which since I can’t get a signal in the auditorium proper had the effect of inducing a constant searching for a signal sure to hit the battery. I played some games, did some reading, and watched some video while waiting for the costume crew to be ready. I began using the iPad around 8am in the morning with heavier usage than normal. The crazy testing really started around 1pm. When I turned up the heat battery life was about 87%. After a four hour or five hour period of stressing the machine I had reduced battery life to 30%. Returning the iPad to more normal settings after the dinner break,  and using it again heavily during the evening hours with normal settings, I saw battery life around 18% before heading off to bed for the night around midnight.

The result of that heavy testing tells me that how I normally use the iPad will result in more than satisfactory results. So, I give Apple high marks here. I’d never use the iPad that way in every day life so I’m quite pleased.

Dictation

Given that Siri is still a promise waiting to be fulfilled (Beta anyone?), I’m glad Apple didn’t include it completely on the new iPad. The dictation aspect that is included does work largely as advertised in my testing. I’m pleasantly surprised at how well this works when the iPad is on my desk and quite a distance from my mouth. I’m hoping this improves with time, just like I hope Siri does as well. By the way, Apple needs to move on this sooner rather than later in my view.

Setup and iCloud

If you’re purchasing a new iPad and moving your settings, applications, and data over, I would highly recommend that you tether back up to iTunes to do so rather than using iCloud. I know this isn’t quite post-PC thinking. But, depending on your connection, this can be an excruciating time waster. If you’ve been backing up to iCloud, then before you do the setup, do a backup locally to your computer and restore from that source. Trying to download all of my Apps from iCloud took forever. I wish I had put that on the clock, but I will say the amount of time I spent watching Apps load in brought back painful memories of setting up a Windows computer. I’m also surprised at how many Apps I had to reenter preferences for after things were set up.

Here’s a tip. If you’re stuck in a cue downloading Apps and want to get to a specific App quicker, double tap the icon for that App and it will move to the front of the line and download right away.

Digital Inking

I did take some notes in those rehearsals I mentioned earlier. Apps like Penultimate and Noteshelf work just as well, if no better than they did previously.

iCloud

The promise of iCloud is still just that a promise in my opinion. You just feel like there is more to come. Let’s hope it does. While Apple continues to incrementally advance what iCloud could mean, it needs to speed up its progress here. It’s nice now that movies can work in iCloud the way songs did previously, allowing you to view them from any device tied to iCloud. It’s not so nice that documents still can’t. Perhaps when Mountain Lion rolls out, we’ll see an advance here. Let me rephrase that. That better happen or we’re going to start being reminded of the MobileMe fiasco.

Why Apple Continues to Lead the Pack

As I’ve said many times Apple set the bar with the iPad. It continues to do so. No one comes close at the moment. I’ve also said many times that as far as Tablets go, the form factors we see today are the same form factors we’re basically going to see for the next few years. The new iPad proves this like no device before it.  Some of its innovations (Retina display, LTE) unfortunately require a battery size that takes up the majority of the internal real estate making dreams of an ever decreasing size and weight for Tablets almost a delusion for the foreseeable future. For my money, that’s OK. I’d rather have the battery life than fewer ounces and thinner form factors. I do struggle imagining what other manufacturers will do on this front to try and meet Apple’s advances here. But, like I said, there is room for them to compete. If I were Samsung or anyone else, I’d be doubling down on my investment in battery technology.

But that’s the device. And that’s all well and good. Where the iPad continues to shine, and will for some time, is the user experience. To beat a cliché to death like a dying horse, it just works. While it isn’t perfect, and there is still room for improvement, Apple has more than succeeded in creating an easily and effortlessly controllable portable window that mirrors how many want to use a device called a Tablet. The great myths that were used to sell faster and more powerful computers to those who didn’t need all that power and speed are now laid to rest. We’re not quite post-PC yet, but we’re getting closer. Touch the screen and things happen the way you expect them to. What you see looks great, Retina display or no. How you interact with the device makes logical and tactile sense, and offers no compromise from thought to execution.

Others might catch up someday. Here’s hoping. But I’m increasingly beginning to believe that to do so, the competitors need to shift their thinking away from selling devices, licensing, and advertising, to creating user experiences that have a chance of making us forget that paradigm in the way the iPad makes us forget about hard drives, keyboards, and optical disks.

One More Thing

In the opening of this post I mentioned that I wouldn’t call this a review because I think that label is losing currency. Here’s why I think that. The game that is played by reviewers (both bloggers and main stream media) and manufacturers has always been about selling product. Manufacturers want to sell their gear. Reviewers want page views. (Remember the days where they wanted to sell papers?) While this has gone on forever, I’m becoming more cynical about early reviews than I ever was. And I was always cynical. If you’ve followed the review cycle for the new iPad, you’ll notice that those who got early access were universally full of praise in those beat the deadline reviews. But over the weekend you’ve seen more introspective thought start to rise above the chatter. It is still early and in a few weeks you’ll see more of that. I’m just as guilty of this as the next gadget freak. But I think the seams in the fabric are beginning to show in this process and Apple isn’t doing itself or the industry any favors in the long run. I don’t think gadget reviewers are either.

Again, I can’t argue with Apple’s incremental and evolutionary advancement. They make more money than some countries doing things the way they do. And as long as the competition continues to flag and flail like a moped trying to chase a Harley, Apple has the breathing room to do things the way it wants. But the public is a wary and weary if not always watchful beast. You can only feed it so many “bigger and better” slogans before they began to catch on, and I think Apple and those of us who cover them, are getting perilously close to the point where the pubic might just be starting to view the game with a wary eye. In the absence of real competition Apple may have a leg up, if not both legs. Problem is, I think that posture is allowing more and more of us to see up our collective skirts.

19 Comments

19 Comments

  1. Joshua

    03/19/2012 at 1:24 pm

    My screen is yellowish — waiting a week or so before I exchange. I noticed it immediately upon switching from the 2 to the 3. Right now its driving me crazy. Why or why wont Apple allow a simple APP to be used in the settings for color correction. Would solve 99% of the yellow screen issues. I shouldn’t have to have my iPad jailbroken to solve this problem…but if it means going through my local Apple store’s stock of iPads until I am happy, so be it.

  2. Carlos

    03/19/2012 at 8:12 pm

    I have filled up 7.7 gb on my iPads first day, and now I have 5.5gbs left! So now I have to take my ipad back, but I dont know if I should go all the way to 64gb or go with the 32gb. Im leaning towards 32 anyways but am still open to all my options. I only have 20 apps (5 games), 90 songs, 5 music videos, 1 book, and 5 pictures! This is my first iPad! What should I opt for?

    • Joshua

      03/19/2012 at 10:32 pm

      Videos are the iPad killer. One HD movie can be 2-4gb, so depending on how many movies you want should dictate which size. If money isn’t a factor go with the 64gb model, it will have a higher resale value in the end.

    • WarnerCrocker

      03/20/2012 at 7:14 am

       If you are using iCloud you can, if this fits your style and connection preferences, delete your music and access it through iCloud via streaming. I usually don’t put music on the iPad, but using this method via iCloud makes having music available a good alternative.

  3. ken

    03/20/2012 at 12:19 am

    Yea for me i would go for the 64GB to solve the headache later on.

  4. Uncle Mikey

    03/20/2012 at 9:27 am

    I never used an iPad 2, but as someone up upgraded from an iPad (2010), I can tell you that the iPad (2012) lives up to most of its hype, especially in terms of performance improvement. The iPad (2010) had become a fairly sluggish device under iOS 5 — still usable, but definitely slow in some fundamental ways (like, getting the keyboard up and ready to accept input!). The iPad (2012) restores…well, I hate to sound too fan boyish, but it restores the “magic” of the device, because not only do things “just work”, but they work smoothly again!

  5. zuyun190

    03/20/2012 at 6:04 pm

  6. zuyun190

    03/20/2012 at 6:11 pm

  7. Bksmithers

    03/20/2012 at 7:39 pm

    For all the wonderfulness that the new iPad provides (I’ve moved up from a first generation) the issues with iTunes 10.6 have really tarnished this upgrade for me.  Outlook calendar and contacts sync has disappeared from the preferences selection (I’m still running a WinXP desktop) and even though I’ve spent hours on the phone with tech support, I won’t be holding my breath waiting for a solution any time soon.  I’m also a bit concerned about the breadth and depth of personal info Apple is collecting from my iPad and storing on their servers in order for me to use the built in dictation.  Even Nuance gave folks a opt out when it came to sharing dictation use scenarios.  It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the legal arena of e-discovery.  

  8. Gmichie38

    03/20/2012 at 8:46 pm

    Warner, I always appreciate your fresh take on things and your willingness to tell it like it is, whether that means praise, criticism, or a combination of the two. I’m with you on the new display: it’s nice, but come on, the way some of these “reviewers” drooled over it borders on embarrassing. You’d think they were getting a cut of sales.

  9. Smeeta Goyal

    03/21/2012 at 12:10 am

    Hi,

    Recently
    I have been hearing a lot about this Xtab A10 which is the cheapest 5point
    Capacitive, 1.5 GHz, HDMI, USB, Android 4.0 tablet @ Rs 5490 Launched by NXG
    Electronics. Can you please suggest me whether or not I should book this tablet
    for me as I am really new to this tablet world.
     

  10. BroadbandBlogger

    03/24/2012 at 7:05 am

    Well, this post somehow triggered my curiosity about the new iPad. You really went into details and even used photos to put emphasis on the iSight camera. I will definitely recommend this post  to my friends who are looking for accurate “review” about the new iPad. Many thanks!

  11. cmwilkerson

    03/28/2012 at 7:53 am

    I agree, the Retinal display is much hype. In fact, with iPad 2 and the newest iPad lined up next to each other, even my saved pictures are not really different. I’m sure they would be if I took a picture on my new iPad because of the increased resolution of the camera. I’m giving my iPad 2 to family as I have ipad1, but otherwise, the only thing unequivocally better about the new Ipad is the camera. Hopefully, in time, I will be able to appreciate the difference, although I wonder if the content bloat and increased load time, will be worth it, with the higher resolution.

  12. lywell

    03/28/2012 at 7:47 pm

    Nice review!
    Well, this is a fact based review, same here, from everything I’ve heard from people who have actually played with it, the new screen is the killer feature.  And I went to the Apple sale store tried the New iPad, I really like the the retina display and better camera.
    Im a iPad 1 user, and didn’t upgrade to the iPad 2 just wait for the new iPad, would get my new iPad soon! Hope can get much surprises and surprised with mirror playing 1080p on the TV! 
    BTW, for some cool iPad tips&Apps I found the iFunia iPad Column is very informative and useful.  

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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 comes 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 and there’s a chance it accompanies the iPhone 12 series to shelves in October.

Now that iOS 14.2 is in beta, a pre-release version of the firmware is available via Apple’s developer program.

We expect the company to push the software into its public Beta Software Program as well. The Beta Software Program is free to anyone with a compatible device and Apple ID. Most people should wait for the public iOS 14.2 beta.

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.

It’s all a bit murky right now.

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

Prepare for the iOS 14.2 Release Date

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Get Familiar with iOS 14.2 and Older iOS Updates

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

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

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

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

Most People Should Avoid the iOS 14.2 Beta

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

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

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

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

Monitor Feedback from the iOS 14.2 Beta

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

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

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

iOS 14.2 Release Time

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

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

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

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

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

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

iOS 14.2 Download Size

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

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

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

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

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

Prepare for iOS 14.2 Problems

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

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

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

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

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

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

Be Ready to Downgrade

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

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

Keep Your Apps Updated

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

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

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

Take Your Time with iOS 14.2

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

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

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

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

Avoid iOS 14.2 If You’re Jailbroken

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

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

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

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Install iOS 14 for Better Security

Install iOS 14 for Better Security

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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7 Things to Know About the iPhone 7 iOS 14 Update

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Apple’s finally released its iOS 14 update and the new operating system could have a tremendous impact on your iPhone 7’s performance.

After a year on iOS 13, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have made the move to Apple’s new iOS 14 software.

As expected, iOS 14 is a huge upgrade for both models as it’s chock full of new features, upgrades, and under-the-hood improvements. It also have important security patches on board.

Many iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users have made the jump up to iOS 14 and we’ve seen a lot of positive feedback in the early going.

We’ve also heard about a number of problems with the software with some users encountering an early batch of bugs and performance issues.

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If you make the decision to download iOS 14, note that it requires a lot of free space on your internal storage. It’s a 2GB+ download.

If you’re running an older version of iOS, your iOS 14 upgrade could be larger because the features and fixes from iOS updates you skipped are baked in.

With that in mind, we want to take you through the most important things to know, right now, about the iPhone 7’s iOS 14 update.

Our walkthrough will guide you through the software’s initial problems, the downgrade status, the iOS 14 jailbreak, and the iPhone 7 iOS 14 update’s performance.

We’ll start with the operating system’s early performance. We’ve been testing the iPhone 7’s iOS 14 update for a very short time and here’s what we’ve learn thus far.

iPhone 7 iOS 14 Impressions & Performance

We’ve been testing the official version of iOS 14 on an iPhone 7 for a very short time and we’ve come away pretty impressed with the software’s performance.

While some iPhone 7 users have noticed bugs and performance issues, iOS 14 is performing at a high level on the device in our possession.

The software feels extremely snappy. It’s noticeably faster than iOS 13. Apps open faster and the software’s animations and transitions are crisp.

We haven’t noticed any slowdown in problem areas like Notification Center, Control Center, or the keyboard. There are areas where we’ve seen sluggish performance in the past.

Battery life is very strong at the moment and we haven’t noticed any issues with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. All of these connections are strong.

Our core apps, a list that includes apps like Netflix, Chrome, Gmail, Dark Sky, Asana, and Slack, are all stable. We haven’t noticed any hiccups.

App developers are currently rolling out iOS 14 support updates so if you’re having issues with your apps, make sure you’re running the latest version.

Overall, iOS 14 is treating our iPhone 7 well. We haven’t stumbled upon any massive bugs nor have we run into any catastrophic performance issues. It’s early, but this is a good sign.

As of right now we’re recommending iOS 14 to most users. That said, if you’re having a good experience on iOS 13, you might want to wait for more longterm feedback.

If you need more help making a decision, have a look at our reasons to, and not to, install iOS 14 right now.

How to Prepare for iOS 14

If you’re planning to make a move to iOS 14, make sure you prepare for the upgrade.

While some of you might see a performance boost after upgrading, many others will run into trouble. This is why it’s important to prepare yourself, and your device, for the transition.

To assist you we’ve released a pre-installation guide that will take you step-by-step through the process we typically use before we install new iOS software on our phones.

If you’re new to iOS or you just want to play it safe, it could help. If you don’t have a ton of time to devote to the pre-installation process you’ll at the very least want to make sure your files are backed up before you tap download.

iPhone 7 iOS 14 Problems & Fixes

We’re having a very good experience on iOS 14, some iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users are running into problems.

The current list includes abnormal battery drain, connectivity issues, UI lag, issues with first and third-party apps, issues with Touch ID, Exchange issues, and many more. Note that this is extremely common after a major iOS release.

If these problems have you feeling leery about an upgrade to iOS 14, you might want to hang back and wait for Apple’s first batch of bug fixes.

If you’re already running iOS 14, and you’re dealing with issues, have a look at our fixes for the most common iOS 14 problems. It’s a great place to start.

We’ve also released tips to improve iOS 14 battery life and a guide to fixing bad iOS performance.

iOS 13 Downgrade Open

If you move your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus to iOS 14, and you hate the performance, you might try moving your phone back to iOS 13.

Apple is currently signing on iOS 13.7 which means you can drop your iPhone’s software back to the final version of iOS 13. If you were having a good experience on iOS 13.7, it could help.

The company won’t sign on iOS 13 forever so if you really want to get your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus off of iOS 14, you’ll need to move soon. Once Apple stops signing on iOS 13.7, there won’t be a way back to the operating system.

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

iPhone 7 iOS 14 Update: What’s New

The iPhone 7’s version of iOS 14 is robust. The devices miss out on a few features, but all of iOS 14’s key components are on board.

The list includes Widgets on the home screen, improvements to Messages and Maps, the new Translate app, and a laundry list of changes to Siri.

We’ve put together a guide that will take you through some of iOS 14’s best features and it’s worth a look if you haven’t been following along.

If you’re moving to iOS 14 from an older version of iOS 13 you’ll, again, get the features and fixes from any updates you skipped. We also have a guide that goes over the latest iOS 13 features and you should check it out if you’re playing catchup.

What’s Next for the iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus

We probably won’t have to wait long for the next version of iOS 14.

Apple is reportedly working on new iOS 14 software. The company recently confirmed iOS 14.2 and there’s also been chatter about an iOS 14.1 release alongside the iPhone 12 series in October.

One way or another, we should see a new version of iOS 14 roll out soon and that should be music to the ears of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users dealing with issues on the current version.

iPhone 7 iOS 14 Jailbreak

Developers have released an iOS 13 jailbreak tool that’s compatible with iOS 13.5 and older versions of iOS 13. However, we haven’t seen anything on the iOS 14 front just yet.

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.

For more on the iOS 13 jailbreak, head here.

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Install iOS 14 for Better Security

Install iOS 14 for Better Security

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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10 Common iOS 14 Problems & How to Fix Them

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As we push away from iOS 14’s release we’re starting to hear about the bugs and performance issues plaguing Apple’s new operating system.

iOS 14 went through a lengthy beta process, but problems have unsurprisingly slipped through the cracks into the official release.

The current list of iOS 14 problems includes abnormal battery drain, Wi-Fi issues, UI lag, crashes, Touch ID, problems and installation issues. A lot of these problems are brand new, others have carried over from iOS 13.

While some of these issues will require a fix from Apple in a new version of iOS 14 or a visit to your local Apple Store (if it’s open), some issues can be fixed in minutes from the comfort of your home.

In this guide we’ll take you through fixes for the most common iOS 14 problems we’ve heard about. If you’re noticing battery drain, issues with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, or if you’re having issues installing iOS 14, have a look through these fixes before you pick up the phone or take your iPhone into a store.

How to Fix iOS 14 Installation Problems

If your installation gets stuck, here’s how to get it unstuck.

First, you’ll want to perform a hard reset. On older iPhone models you’ll need to hold the home button and the power button down at the same time and wait until the device reboots.

If you own an iPhone 7,  hold the volume down and power button until the device resets. If you own an iPhone 8, press volume up and release, press volume down and release, then hold the power button for about 5-10 seconds until it resets.

If you own a newer model like the iPhone X, you’ll need to press volume up, volume down, then hold the side button on the right edge of the device until the device reboots itself.

If your download is taking forever, you’ll want to pause the download, wait a few minutes, and try again. You also might want to investigate your router or check Apple’s service page for an outage.

How to Fix iOS 14 Battery Life Problems

If your iPhone’s battery starts acting up after the upgrade, there are a few things you can try.

If you’re experiencing extreme battery drain after installing iOS 14, take a look at our list of fixes.

If nothing in that guide works, there’s a chance you’ve got a bad battery. If you determine that might be the case, you’ll need to get in touch with Apple about a replacement.

If you live near an Apple Store, and it’s open for business, make an appointment at the Genius Bar. They should be able to diagnose your problem in minutes.

If you don’t have an Apple Store near you, you’ll want to get in contact with Apple customer service.

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How to Fix iOS 14 Bluetooth Problems

If you’re unable to connect to one or more of your Bluetooth devices, here’s what you’ll need to do.

First, you’ll want to forget the Bluetooth connection on your device. Here’s how to do that on iOS 14:

  • Head into your Settings.
  • Tap Bluetooth.
  • Select the connection using the “i” in the circle.
  • Tap “Forget this Device”.
  • Try reconnecting.

If that doesn’t work, try resetting your iPhone’s Network Settings:

  • Go to your Settings.
  • Tap General.
  • Tap Reset.
  • Tap Reset Network Settings.

This process will take a few seconds to complete. It’ll cause your device to forget known Wi-Fi networks so make sure you’ve got your password(s) handy.

You can also try resetting your device’s settings back to their factory defaults. Here’s how to do that:

  • Head into Settings.
  • Tap General.
  • Tap Reset.
  • Tap Reset All Settings.

Bluetooth issues can be difficult to fix so if none of these solutions work, you might have to contact Apple’s customer service or the company who makes the product you’re trying to connect to.

How to Fix iOS 14 Wi-Fi Problems

If you’re noticing slower speeds or dropped connections, here are some steps to take.

Before you start messing around with your iPhone’s settings, investigate the connection. If you’re on your home Wi-Fi network, try unplugging the router for minute before plugging it back in.

If you can’t access the router you’re connected to or if you’re positive the issue has nothing to do with your router, head into your iPhone’s Settings app.

From here you’ll want to forget the Wi-Fi network that’s giving you problems. Here’s how to do that:

  • In your Settings, tap Wi-Fi.
  • Select your connection by tapping the “i” in the circle.
  • Tap Forget this Network at the top of the screen. (Note: This will cause your iPhone to forget the Wi-Fi password so you’ll want to have that handy.)

If this doesn’t work, try resetting your phone’s network settings:

  • Go to your Settings app.
  • Tap General.
  • Tap Reset
  • Tap on Reset Network Settings.

If none of those help, you’ll want to check out Apple’s guide to Wi-Fi problems.

How to Fix iOS 14 Cellular Data Problems

If your device suddenly starts telling you you have “No Service” and you can’t connect to your cellular network, here are a few steps to take.

First, make sure there isn’t a cellular outage in your area. Check social media for reports and/or get into contact with your service provider on social media. We also recommend checking Down Detector to see if others in your area are having similar issues.

If you determine the issue is unrelated to a network outage, you’ll want to restart your iPhone and see if that jumpstarts the connection.

If that doesn’t work, try turning Airplane Mode on for 30 seconds before turning it off. Airplane Mode kills all of the connections on your device.

If you still can’t get it to work, you’ll want to try toggling Cellular Data and/or LTE off to see if that helps. Here’s how to temporarily shut LTE off:

  • Go into Settings.
  • Tap Cellular.
  • Tap Cellular Data Options.
  • Tap Enable LTE.
  • Toggle it off.
  • Leave it off for a minute then toggle it back on.

If you want to shut off Cellular Data completely without turning off your other services, here’s what you need to do:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap Cellular.
  • Tap Cellular Data.
  • Toggle it Off.
  • Leave it off for a minute and toggle it back on.

How to Fix iOS 14 FaceTime Issues

If you’re having trouble making or receiving FaceTime calls, you’ll want to make sure Apple isn’t having any issues. If FaceTime has a green symbol next to it, the issues are on your end.

Make sure your iPhone is properly connected to Wi-Fi or your cellular network. If it is, make sure FaceTime is turned on. Here’s how to do that:

  • Head into Settings.
  • Tap FaceTime.
  • If you notice a message that says “Waiting for Activation”, turn FaceTime off and then toggle it back on.

If FaceTime is on and you’re connected to Wi-Fi or a cellular network, try restarting your iPhone.

If you’re having trouble connecting via FaceTime over a cellular network, make sure cellular data is currently turned on for FaceTime. Here’s how to check:

  • Head into Settings.
  • Tap Cellular.
  • Scroll Down and make sure FaceTime is toggled on.

How to Fix iOS 14 App Problems

If one or more of your applications are acting up after the move to iOS 14, here are a few things you can try before getting in contact with the developer.

First, try restarting your iPhone. If that doesn’t improve performance, you’ll want to check the App Store for an update. Developers are pushing iOS 14 support updates and the downloading latest version of the app could help.

You can also try deleting the app and downloading it again.

If you can’t fix the issue yourself, get in contact with the app’s developer and see if it knows about the issue. If it does, it might have a manual fix or an ETA on an update that will address the issue.

How to Fix iOS 14 Random Reboots

If your phone starts randomly rebooting, here are a few fixes to try before getting in contact with Apple.

First, restart the device. If you haven’t turned your device off in awhile, this could solve the issue.

If you’re still seeing random reboots, update all of your applications and see if that solves the issue. If it doesn’t, you might need to have a chat with Apple’s customer service.

How to Fix iOS 14 Visual Voicemail Issues

iOS’ Visual Voicemail feature often breaks after Apple releases a new version of iOS. If you can’t get visual voicemail to popup on your phone, here are a few things to try.

First, try letting the voicemail play all the way through. Once it’s done, exit the Phone app and re-open it. If that doesn’t work, you’ll want to restart your iPhone.

How to Fix iOS 14 GPS Issues

If GPS starts acting up, try restarting your phone before you do anything else.

If that doesn’t help, you’ll want to try toggling Airplane Mode on and off. If it’s still acting up, go into your location permissions and make sure you’re permitting the app to use GPS. Here’s how to do that:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap Privacy.
  • Tap Locations Services at the top.
  • Tap on the app in question and make sure you’re using something other than “Never.” If you have Never selected, GPS won’t work.

You can also try toggling Location Services off and on. Here’s how to do that:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap Privacy.
  • Tap Locations Services at the top.
  • Toggle Location Services off, wait a few seconds, and toggle it back on.

If you still can’t get GPS to work properly, try resetting your device’s network settings:

  • Go to your Settings.
  • Tap General.
  • Tap Reset.
  • Tap Reset Network Settings.

Downgrade to iOS 13

If everything fails, and you can’t wait for the next version of iOS 14 and can’t/don’t want to get in touch with Apple customer service, you can try downgrading back to iOS 13. This could help improve your phone’s performance.

If you don’t know how to downgrade an iPhone’s software, take a look at our walkthrough.

Restore as New

If the problems are really bad, you can try restoring your iPhone as new. You can do this via Finder, iTunes, or iCloud. This should only be used as a last resort.

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Install iOS 14 for Better Security

Install iOS 14 for Better Security

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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5 Things to Know About the iPadOS 14.0 Update

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Apple’s pushed its long-awaited iPadOS 14 update to iPad users around the world and the new software could have a big impact on your tablet’s performance.

After several months of testing, iPadOS 14 is finally out of beta and ready to download. It’s a massive upgrade for iPad, iPad Pro, iPad Air, or iPad mini.

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

With iPadOS 14 out of testing, we want to take you through everything there is to know about Apple’s latest and greatest operating system.

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

We’ll start with our impressions of iPadOS 14 update’s performance.

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If your tablet is currently on iPadOS 13.7, you’ll see a large download.

For iPadOS 13.7 users, the iPadOS 14.0 update requires a 2GB+ download. The exact download size will vary based on your device and the version of iPadOS 13 your device is running. If your slate is on an older version of iPadOS 13 you could see a larger download size.

The iPadOS 14 installation will probably take at least 10 minutes to complete. It took about 15 minutes to install on an older iPad Pro.

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

We’ve been using the iPadOS 14 update on the iPad Pro for a very short time and here’s what we’ve learned thus far:

Connectivity

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

Apps

  • Third-party apps like Netflix, Dark Sky, Twitter, Slack, Asana, Gmail, Chrome, and Spotify are behaving normally.
  • First party apps like Safari, Podcasts, and Calendar are stable as well.

Speed

  • iPadOS 14 feels a bit faster than iPadOS 13.

If you’re dealing with problems on iPadOS 13.7 or an older version of iPadOS 13, you might want to install the iPadOS 14 update on your iPad right now. It could help.

If you need help making a decision, take a look at our list of reasons to, and not to, install iPadOS 14 today.

iPadOS 14 Problems

iPad users are unsurprisingly running into problems with the operating system.

The current list of problems includes some of most common iPadOS issues. The current list includes installation issues, issues with first and third-party apps, issues with Face ID, UI lag, Wi-Fi issues, and Bluetooth issues.

If you encounter a problem after upgrading, take a look at our list of fixes for the most common software issues. We’ve also released tips that will help you improve performance and some tips that should help you improve battery life.

If you can’t stand the iPadOS 14 update’s performance on your device, you can try downgrading back to iPadOS 13 in an attempt to improve performance. Apple is currently signing on iPadOS 13.7.

You can’t move your iPad’s software back to anything older than iPadOS 13.7. So those of you jumping up from iPadOS 13.6.1 and below need to approach iPadOS 14 with caution. Once you move, there’s no getting back.

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iPadOS 14 Update: What’s New

Like iOS 14, iPadOS 14 is a huge upgrade and it brings a long list of new features, improvements, and security patches with it.

Here are Apple’s full release notes:

Redesigned Experience

  • 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
  • App sidebars have a new look that deliver more of the app’s functionality in the main window
  • New app Toolbars, Pop-Overs and Pull-Down menus make it easier to get to all of the controls for an app

Compact Design

  • Siri has a compact design that allows you to refer to information onscreen and seamlessly launch into your next task
  • Compact Search has a simpler design that works on the Home Screen or over any app
  • Incoming Phone and FaceTime calls appear as a banner at the top of the screen

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

Scribble

  • Write in any text field with Apple Pencil and your writing automatically converts to typed text
  • Scratch to delete a word or space
  • Circle a word to select it for editing
  • Press and hold between words to add space for additional writing
  • Shortcut Palette offers commonly used actions for the app you are using
  • English, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese are supported as well as mixed Chinese and English

Note-taking with Apple Pencil

  • Smart selection makes it easy to select text, distinguishing handwriting from drawings
  • Copy and paste as text converts your handwritten notes into typed text for use in other documents
  • Make space is a new gesture to create more room for handwritten notes
  • Data detectors allow you to take action on phone numbers, email addresses and other handwritten information
  • Shape recognition enables drawing perfect lines, arcs and other shapes

Siri

  • An all-new compact design surfaces results in the bottom right corner of the screen in a new layout
  • 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

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

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

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 iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Mac
  • Battery notifications let you know if you need to charge your AirPods

Augmented Reality

  • Depth API provides more precise distance measurements captured by the LiDAR Scanner on iPad Pro to allow more realistic interactions between virtual and real-world objects
  • Location Anchors in ARKit 4 enables apps to place AR experiences at a specific geographic coordinate
  • Face Tracking is available to support AR experiences through the front camera on iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation) and later, iPad Pro 11-inch and later
  • Video textures in RealityKit enable apps to apply video to any part of a scene or virtual object

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 at the right moment through 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

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

  • 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

Camera

  • Quick toggles in Video mode to change video resolution and frame rate from the Camera app
  • 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

FaceTime

  • Improved video quality with up to 1080p resolution on iPad Pro 10.5-inch, iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation) and later, and iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation) 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

  • New sidebar and toolbar consolidate controls for quicker access to files and functions
  • APFS encryption support for external drives

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
  • Enhanced scanning captures sharper scans and more precise auto-cropping

Photos

  • New sidebar gives you quick access to Albums, Search and Media Types, and makes it easy to edit the order of albums under the My Albums view
  • 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

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

iPadOS 14 Jailbreak

If you jailbreak your iPad, you’ll have to skip iPadOS 14 for now.

Earlier this year, the developers behind the “unc0ver” jailbreak tool released a new version that’s compatible with iPadOS 13.5 and most versions of iOS/iPadOS 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 iPadOS 13.5.1, iPadOS 13.6, iPadOS 13.6.1, and iPadOS 13.7.

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

What’s Next

The next version of iPadOS 14 could arrive in October.

Apple is reportedly prepping a milestone iPadOS 14.1 update for release alongside the iPhone 12 series in October.

iPadOS 14.1 will likely bring bug fixes for some of the initial problems plaguing iPadOS 14. We also expect it to have some new features on board.

If you’re feeling leery about making the move to iPadOS 14,0, you might want to wait for iPadOS 14.1 and its batch of bug fixes to arrive.

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Install iPadOS 14 for Better Security

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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The Cyberpunk 2077 release date is getting closer which means you might be thinking about putting in a pre-order. If you do decide to purchase the game ahead of time, make sure you buy the right version for your interest level and budget.

Last year, CD Projekt Red, the developer behind the popular Witcher series, finally confirmed an official release date for its next game.

The developer initially said Cyberpunk 2077 would land for current-generation consoles (Xbox One, PS4) and Windows PC on April 16th, 2020. It then pushed the game’s release date to September 17th.

Unfortunately, the developer announced another delay. Instead of launching on September 17th, the Cyberpunk 2077 release date is now November 19th. This is so CD Projekt Red can add additional polish which, given the scope of this game, isn’t a bad thing.

This will almost certainly be the final delay. CD Projekt Red says it doesn’t expect to push the game’s release date any further than November.

As of right now, it looks like the game’s release date for Google’s Stadia platform might come a little later. The developer says the release will come by the end of the year, but hasn’t provided a specific date.

The game is also heading to Sony’s new PS5 and Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.

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As of right now there are two versions of the game: a standard edition and a Collector’s Edition, and some of you are probably trying to decide which one to buy.

Each has its pros and cons and today we want to guide you through each edition and the key differences between a physical and digital copy of the game.

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Cyberpunk 2077 Standard Edition

The standard edition is the most basic version of the game. For $59.99, or less, you get a copy of the game and some bonuses if you order before the game’s release in November.

There aren’t a ton of Cyberpunk 2077 deals out there right now, but you don’t have to spend the full $60 if you pre-order a copy right now.

Amazon is currently selling the game for $49.99 and other retailers have the game listed below the standard $59.99 price point. It’s unclear how long these deals might last.

Best Buy says that My Best Buy members who pre-order a copy of the game will get $10 in rewards certificates. This offer is worth a look if you tend to buy most of your electronics at the retailer.

The standard edition is the most basic version of the game, but it’s also the cheapest version. It’s the edition most people should buy.

The standard version of Cyberpunk 2077 is for:

  • Those who don’t want to spend a ton of money.
  • Those who don’t have a ton of time to play games and aren’t sure how much time they can invest in a first-person, open-world, roleplaying game.
  • People who aren’t collectors.

You can buy the Cyberpunk 2077 Standard Edition at retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, GameStopNewEgg, and Walmart.

Cyberpunk 2077 Collector’s Edition

There’s also a Cyberpunk 2077 Collector’s Edition though it costs way more than the standard edition.

The Collector’s Edition is a $249.99 bundle that comes with a bunch of goodies aimed at Cyberpunk fans and collectors. For that price you get a copy of the game and the following items:

  • Collector’s Edition box
  • Case with game discs
  • Collectible SteelBook
  • 25 cm / 10 inch statue depicting V – the game’s protagonist – in action
  • Hardcover art book
  • Metal pin set
  • Quadra V-tech metal keychain
  • An annotated copy of A Visitor’s Guide to Night City sealed in an NCPD Evidence Bag
  • Embroidered patches
  • World Compendium detailing the game’s setting and lore
  • Postcards from Night City
  • Map of Night City
  • Sticker bomb set

That’s more than you get from your average collector’s edition bundle, but it’s not for everyone. Again, this edition is aimed at collectors and huge fans of the series. Most people should go with the standard version of the game.

You can buy the Cyberpunk 2077 Collector’s Edition at retailers like AmazonBest Buy, and GameStop.

Digital vs. Physical

Cyberpunk 2077 is sold in both physical and digital formats. Here are a few things to consider before you go one way or the other.

If you’re tired of discs cluttering up your house, you should go with the digital version. You’ll also want to go digital if discs sometimes go missing or get damaged in your home.

If you play a lot of different games and don’t want to pull the disc out every time you want to play, go digital. Downloading it digitally means you’ll have easy access every time you start up your console.

If you want to play the game ASAP in November, purchase a digital copy. You should be able to pre-load the game ahead of its release date which will allow you to start playing the second it goes live.

There are also a few reasons to go with a physical copy of the game.

If you buy a physical copy you’ll be able to sell it to GameStop or a reseller like Craigslist or eBay if you get tired of it or don’t want to play it again after you beat it

You’ll also be able to lend your copy out to friends or family members when you decide to move onto another game.

Cyberpunk 2077 PS5 and Xbox Series X Upgrades

One other note. CD Projekt Red says that owners of Cyberpunk 2077 for Xbox One will receive the game’s Xbox Series X upgrade for free when it becomes available. 

The company didn’t provide a release date or a list of changes, but you can expect a variety of graphical upgrades and performance improvements. 

The same will apply to Sony’s PS4 and upcoming PS5.

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Pre-Order for These Bonuses

Pre-Order for These Bonuses

If you pre-order a copy of Cyberpunk 2077, you'll get some nice bonuses. 

Everyone who pre-orders a copy of the game will get a collection of physical and digital items. Here's what you can expect if you buy a copy before the release date:

Physical Items

  • Case with game discs
  • World Compendium detailing the game's setting and lore
  • Postcards from Night City
  • Map of Night City
  • Stickers

Digital Items

  • Game soundtrack
  • Art booklet featuring a selection of art from the game
  • Cyberpunk 2020 sourcebook
  • Wallpapers for desktop and mobile

There are also some unique pre-order bonuses through retailers like GameStop and GOG. 

If you pre-order through GameStop you get a Samurai Medallion. The retailer says this offer is only available to PowerUp Rewards Members.

If you pre-order through GOG you get an exclusive digital game booklet, additional wallpapers and avatars, print quality posters, and 30% off official Cyberpunk 2077 merch store.

If any of these sound interesting to you, think about pre-ordering.

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