Apple’s iOS 14.1 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 14.0.1, iOS 14.0, or iOS 13.
iOS 14.1 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, and the iPhone SE 2. It’s also on board the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro.
The third version of iOS 14 is much larger than the previous version of iOS 14 (iOS 14.0.1) and it brings a new feature to newer iPhone models as well as bug fixes for some of the initial issues with iOS 14.
The iOS 14.1 update requires a large download. It’s 400+MB for iPhone owners moving their device up from iOS 14.0.1. 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 14.1. We’re hearing about a number of positive changes.
We’re also hearing about various bugs and performance problems.
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If you do run into an issue on iOS 14.1 you can try downgrading back to iOS 14.0.1. Apple is signing on the previous version of iOS 14 though it will only do so for a short time. You can also try moving your phone to the iOS 14.2 beta if the problems get worse.
You can’t downgrade back to iOS 14.0 or iOS 13. Apple has stopped signing on those versions of iOS. This means that those of you having a great experience on iOS 14.0 or iOS 13 need to approach iOS 14.1 with caution. Once you make the move, there’s no going back.
If you’re currently debating a move to iOS 14.1, allow us to walk you through the best reasons to install the software today and the best reasons to hang around on iOS 14.0.1, iOS 14.0, or iOS 13 for a little bit longer.