Apple’s iOS 14.2 update could have a tremendous impact on your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus’ performance.
The company’s rolled out its second iOS 14 milestone upgrade and iOS 14.2 brings new features and bug fixes for a variety of lingering issues.
Many iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus users have already made the jump to the new software which means we’re getting a lot of feedback.
iOS 14.2 could have a positive impact on your phone’s overall performance. Some users are noticing improved battery life and stability.
We’re also hearing a growing number of problems. Some iOS 14.2 users have stumbled upon performance issues and several annoying bugs.
If your phone is currently running iOS 14.1 and you decide to install iOS 14.2 on your iPhone, the download requires a large chunk of space on your device’s internal storage.
If you’re moving up from an older version of iOS, the upgrade will be far more substantial. That’s because the features and fixes from the updates you skipped are included.
With that in mind, we want to guide you through the most important things to know right now about the iPhone 8’s iOS 14.2 update.
It’ll take you through the software’s current problems, provide you with some fixes for common issues, fill you in on the downgrade, and a whole lot more.
We’ve been using the iPhone 8’s iOS 14.2 update for several days and we’ll start with some quick impressions about its performance.
iPhone 8 iOS 14.2 Impressions & Performance
We installed iOS 14.2 on the iPhone 8 shortly after it went live. Our device was previously running iOS 14.1 and it took about 10 minutes for the installation to complete. For more on the installation, check out our guide.
As for the software’s performance, iOS 14.2 has been running smoothly on our device. The software feels snappy and we haven’t encountered any UI lag in key areas like Control Center, Notification Center, or the keyboard. Apps open up quickly on our device and animations and transitions feel fluid.
We haven’t encountered any abnormal battery drain and connectivity (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS) is strong at the moment.
Our primary apps, which include Slack, Asana, Spotify, Chrome, and Gmail, are all stable right now.
Developers are still rolling out iOS 14 support updates. If you run into trouble, try downloading the latest version because it could help stabilize the app’s performance.
We haven’t encountered any debilitating bugs or performance issues yet, but we’ll let you know if that changes. The software is still new and there’s always a chance a bug, or three, pops up down the road.
If you’re currently on the fence about a move from iOS 13 to iOS 14 or iOS 14.0/iOS 14.0.1/iOS 14.1 to iOS 14.2, take a look at our list of reasons to, and not to, install iOS 14.2 right now.
You Should Prepare for iOS 14.2
If you plan to install iOS 14.2 today or at some point in the near future, make sure you prepare yourself, and your device, for the move. Doing so will help you avoid headaches.
If you don’t know where to start, have a look at our pre-installation guide. It will take you step-by-step through the process we use before we install new iOS software on our iPhones.
If you don’t have a lot of time to devote to the pre-installation process, you’ll want to at least spend time making sure all of your data is backed up properly.
iPhone 8 iOS 14.2 Problems & Fixes
iOS 14.2 is treating our iPhone 8 well, but others have run into problems. Some of these issues are brand new, others have carried over from iOS 14.1, iOS 14.0.1, iOS 14.0, and iOS 13.
The current list of iOS 14 problems includes weird battery drain, crashes, various issues with first and third-party apps, Touch ID issues, Exchange issues, Wi-Fi issues, UI lag, and more.
This is an early list and we expect it to grow as more people download iOS 14.2. If you’re feeling leery, it might be a good idea to wait for Apple’s next batch of fixes.
If you do run into an issue with the software there’s a very good chance you’ll be able to solve the problem on your own.
We’ve released a list of fixes for the most common iOS 14 problems and it’s a great place to start if you don’t have an encyclopedia of remedies stored inside your head.
If your iPhone 8’s battery life takes a major hit after the move to iOS 14, we have a list of tips that should help you improve battery life going forward.
And if you’re running into bad performance (lag, slow download speeds, etc), have a look at our guide to fixing bad iOS 14 performance.
iOS 14.1 Downgrade Closed
If you move your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus to iOS 14.2, and you hate the performance, note that you can no longer downgrade your phone’s software.
Apple has stopped signing on iOS 14.1 which means you can’t bring your device’s software back to the previous version of iOS 14 in an attempt to improve its performance.
The company isn’t signing on older versions of iOS either. So if you’re having a good experience on older firmware, take your time with iOS 14.2. Once you make the move, there’s no going back.
If you’re unfamiliar with the downgrade process, take a look at our guide.
iPhone 8 iOS 14.2 Update: What’s New
The iPhone 8 iOS 14.2 update delivers a mix of new features, under-the-hood improvements, and security patches. Here’s the full change log:
- Over 100 new emoji, including animals, food, faces, household objects, musical instruments, gender-inclusive emoji, and more.
- Eight new wallpapers in both light and dark mode versions.
- Optimized battery charging for AirPods to slow the rate of battery aging by reducing the time your AirPods spends fully charged.
- Headphone audio level notifications to alert you when audio level could impact your hearing.
- New AirPlay controls to stream entertainment throughout your home.
- Intercom support with HomePod and HomePod mini using iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods, and CarPlay.
- Ability to connect HomePod to Apple TV 4K for stereo, surround sound, and Dolby Atmos audio.
- Option to provide statistics about Exposure Notifications, without identifying you, to participating Public Health Authorities.
- Addresses an issue where apps could be out of order on the Home Screen dock.
- Addresses an issue where the Camera viewfinder may appear black when launched.
- Addresses an issues where the keyboard on the Lock Screen could miss touches when trying to enter the passcode.
- Addresses an issue where Reminders could default to times in the past.
- Addresses an issue where the Photos widget may not display content.
- Addresses an issues where the Weather widget could display the high temperature in Celsius when set to Fahrenheit.
- Addresses an issue where the next-hour precipitation chart description in Weather could incorrectly indicate when precipitation stops.
- Addresses an issue where Voice Memos recordings are interrupted by incoming calls.
- Addresses an issue where the screen could be black during Netflix video playback.
- Addresses an issue where Apple Cash could fail to send or receive money when asked via Siri.
- Addresses an issue where the Apple Watch app may unexpectedly close when opened.
- Addresses an issue where workout GPS routes or Health data are prevented from syncing between Apple Watch and iPhone for some users.
- Addresses an issue where audio is incorrectly labeled as “Not Playing” in the CarPlay Dashboard.
- Addresses an issue where devices could be prevented from charging wirelessly.
- Addresses an issue where Exposure Notifications is disabled when restoring iPhone from iCloud Backup or transferring data to a new iPhone using iPhone Migration.
iOS 14.2 also includes 24 security updates and you can read about those on Apple’s security page.
If you skipped iOS 14.1, you get its changes with your upgrade. If you’re interested, you can read more about iOS 14.1 in our roundup.
If you skipped iOS 14.0.1 you’ll get its bug fixes in your iOS 14.2 update. Here’s what iOS 14.0.1 fixed:
- Fixed an issue that could cause default browser and mail settings to reset after restarting your iPhone
- Fixed an issue that could prevent your iPhone from connecting to Wi-Fi networks
- Resolved an issue that could prevent sending email with some mail providers
- Addressed an issue that could prevent images from appearing in the News widget
As for iOS 14 itself, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus get most of what the new operating system has to offer. That said, the two devices do miss out on a few features which you can learn more about over on Apple’s website.
We’ve released a guide that will take you through some of iOS 14’s best features and it’s worth a look if you haven’t spent time digging into the software.
If you’re moving up from an older version of iOS 13 to iOS 14 you’ll, again, get the features and fixes from the updates you skipped.
We’ve also released a guide that goes over the latest iOS 13 features so make sure you check it out if you’re curious.
What’s Next for the iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus
Apple’s confirmed a new iOS 14.3 update for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.
iOS 14.3 is a milestone upgrade (x.x) which means it will bring new features, fixes, and important security patches to these devices.
We don’t have an iOS 14.3 release date on the calendar yet, but there’s a good chance Apple rolls the software out in December. If you can’t wait, join one of Apple’s beta programs.
For more on iOS 14.3, take a look at our guide.
iPhone 8 iOS 14 Jailbreak
You can safely upgrade to iOS 14.2 if you’re jailbroken or want to jailbreak your iPhone.
This version of the tool works with A10/A10X devices on iOS 14.x . There’s also limited support for A11-powered devices on iOS 14.x. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus both utilize Apple’s A11 chip.
For more on the jailbreak, check out Checkra1n’s website.
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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