Apple’s pushed the iOS 14.2 update to the iPhone X and the software could have a tremendous impact on your device’s performance.
iOS 14 is packed with new features and under-the-hood improvements and many users have already made the move from iOS 13 to iOS 14. Us included.
Apple’s new operating system isn’t perfect. While it went through a lengthy beta testing period, problems have slipped through the cracks into the final release.
To address these issues, Apple’s pushed out new iOS 14 firmware. The latest release is iOS 14.2, a milestone upgrade that brings new features and fixes for some of the problems plaguing the operating system.
If you decide to download iOS 14.2, note that it requires a fairly large download if your iPhone X is currently on iOS 14.1.
If your phone is running an older version of iOS, your iOS 14.2 upgrade could be much larger. That’s because the features and fixes from the update(s) 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 X’s iOS 14.2 update.
This guide will take you through the software’s initial problems, the downgrade status, the iOS 14 jailbreak, and the iPhone X iOS 14.2 update’s performance.
iPhone X iOS 14.2 Impressions & Performance
If your phone is on iOS 14.1, installing iOS 14.2 should take around 10 minutes. If you’re moving up from iOS 13, expect it to take a lot longer.
We’ve been using iOS 14.2 on the iPhone X for several days now and the software is holding up quite well.
Keyboard lag was one of the more prominent issues we ran into on previous versions of iOS 14. The keyboard would hang every time we tried to type out a text in the Messages app. Fortunately, we haven’t run into the problem on iOS 14.2.
The latest version of iOS 14 is fast and fluid. We haven’t dealt with crashes or lockups, apps open up quickly, and we haven’t noticed any slowdown in other problem areas like Control Center and Notification Center.
Battery life is strong. We haven’t noticed any abnormal drain. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity are both holding up on iOS 14.2 as well.
Our core apps which include names like Netflix, Chrome, Gmail, Dark Sky, Asana, and Slack, are all stable. We haven’t noticed any major issues yet.
App developers are still rolling out iOS 14 support updates so if you are having issues with your applications, you might try downloading the latest version.
iOS 14.2 is running smoothly on our iPhone X and as of right now, we recommend it to most users. That said, if you’re having a good experience on iOS 14.1, iOS 14.0.1, iOS 14.0, or iOS 13, you might want to wait for more long-term feedback about the software.
If you need more help making a decision, have a look at our reasons to, and not to, install iOS 14.2 right now.
You Should Prepare for iOS 14.2
If you plan to move your phone to iOS 14.2, make sure you prepare.
If you aren’t sure where to start, 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.
Spending some time preparing for the update could help you avoid major headaches.
iPhone X iOS 14.2 Problems & Fixes
We’re having a good experience on iOS 14.2, but some iPhone X users have run into trouble.
The current list of iOS 14 problems includes abnormal battery drain, crashes, connectivity issues, issues with Widgets, UI lag, Wi-Fi problems, issues with first and third-party apps, issues with Face ID, Exchange issues, and many more.
If these problems have you feeling nervous about an upgrade to iOS 14.2, you might want to hang back and wait for Apple’s next batch of bug fixes.
If you’re already running iOS 14.2, and you’re dealing with issues, have a look at our fixes for the most common iOS 14 problems.
iOS 14.1 Downgrade Closed
If you move your iPhone X to iOS 14.2, and you can’t stand its 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 drop your iPhone X’s software back to the previous version of iOS 14 in an attempt to improve its performance. You can’t downgrade to iOS 14.0.1, iOS 14.0, or iOS 13 either.
If you’re unfamiliar with the downgrade process, take a look at our guide.
iPhone X iOS 14.2 Update: What’s New
The iPhone X’s iOS 14.2 update includes new features and bug fixes. Here’s the full list of changes on board:
- 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 in those changes, you can read more about them in our iOS 14.1 roundup.
If you’re moving up from iOS 14.0, you get iOS 14.0.1’s bug fixes with your upgrade. 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, the iPhone X gets all of the operating system’s essential features which include 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 paying attention.
If you’re moving to iOS 14.2 from an older version of iOS 13 you’ll get the features and fixes from updates you skipped. We’ve also released a guide that goes over the latest iOS 13 features and you should check it out if you’ve fallen behind on updating your phone.
What’s Next for the iPhone X
Apple’s confirmed an iOS 14.3 update for the iPhone X.
iOS 14.3 is a milestone upgrade (x.x) which means it will bring new features, fixes, and important security patches to the former flagship.
We don’t have an official iOS 14.3 release date, but there’s a good chance Apple rolls it out sometime 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 X iOS 14 Jailbreak
Don’t move your phone to iOS 14 if you’re jailbroken or want to jailbreak your phone.
The developer team behind the Checkra1n jailbreaking tool for iOS has released version 0.12.0 which adds support for iOS 14.2 and iOS 14.1. Unfortunately, it doesn’t support newer iPhone models like the iPhone X.
If you want to jailbreak your iPhone X, you need to stay put on iOS 13.
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. That said, 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.
For more on the iOS 13 jailbreak, head here.
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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