Apple’s iOS 14.2 update could have a huge impact on your iPhone’s performance. While some of you should install the milestone upgrade, others are better off waiting to move up from iOS 14.1, iOS 14.0.1, iOS 14.0, or iOS 13.
iOS 14.2 is available to download right now. The firmware is compatible with the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone SE 2, and the company’s new iPhone 12 models.
The fourth version of iOS 14 is much larger than the previous version (iOS 14.1) and it brings a mix of new features and bug fixes to the iPhone.
The iOS 14.2 update requires a large download. It’s 800+MB for iPhone owners moving their device up from iOS 14.1. It will be larger for those of you moving up from older versions of iOS. That’s because the features and fixes from the updates you skipped are baked in.
Those of you dealing with issues on previous versions of iOS could see a huge turnaround after installing iOS 14.2. We’re hearing about a number of positive changes.
We’re also hearing about various bugs and performance problems.
If you run into issues on iOS 14.2 note that you can no longer downgrade your phone’s software back to iOS 14.1. Apple has stopped signing on the previous version of iOS 14.
You can’t downgrade back to iOS 14.0.1, iOS 14.0, or iOS 13 either. This means that those of you having a great experience on iOS 14.1, iOS 14.0.1, iOS 14.0, and iOS 13 need to approach iOS 14.2 with caution. Once you make the move, there’s no going back.
If you’re currently debating a move to iOS 14.2, allow us to walk you through the best reasons to install the software today and the best reasons to hang around on iOS 14.1, iOS 14.0.1, iOS 14.0, or iOS 13 for a little bit longer.
Install iOS 14.2 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing the iOS 14.2 update right away.
iOS 14.2 includes 24 security patches that will help protect you and your device from harm. You can learn more about the patches on Apple's security website.
If you're still running iOS 13, iOS 14.2 will also include iOS 14.0's security updates.
iOS 14.0 brought 11 new security patches to the 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 14.2 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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