Once a year, Apple rolls out a major update to the iOS software that runs on all iPhones. Millions of devices get major new features for free, along with patches for security bugs and interface tweaks. The newest version is iOS 14. It was announced on 22 June at WWDC and became available to download on Wednesday 16 September.
Apple has released iOS 14.0.1 update that fixes bugs in the operating system. The update brings fixes for default app settings, Wi-Fi connectivity, home screen widgets, and more. This is the first update for iOS 14 that was released last week. A bug in the software resulted in Safari and Mail being restored as a user’s default browser and email apps after a restart despite changes made otherwise. iOS 14.0.1 fixes this issue among other changes. It is now rolling out for all eligible Apple devices.
Apple’s latest update brings iPhone and iPhone iPad up to iOS 14.0.1 and iPadOs 14.0.1.
One of the changes in the recently released iOS 14 included the ability to change the default browser from safari. However, if you’d changed to Google Chrome, it would automatically reset this default setting every time a user rebooted their iPhone or iPad. Web links would again start opening on the Safari browser on iPhone and iPad after the reboot. The same issue happened for Mail as well.
Apple has fixed this bug in iOS 14.0.1, ensuring that users will only have to set default app preferences once, as per a report by 9to5Mac.
iOS 14.0.1 also fixes bugs related to Wi-Fi connectivity and email sending with some mail providers, as per the report. It also offers a fix for the Apple News widget that prevented images from appearing and address an issue that could have prevented camera previews from displaying on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
iOS 14 0.1 is rolling out to all iPhone and iPad users today. If you haven’t received a notification about the update yet, you can find it by heading to Settings and then clicking on General, then Software Update.
Latest version of iOS 14
Apple launched iOS 14 on 16 September. Then just over a week later on 24 September iOS 14.0.1 arrived with a number of fixes. You should update to take advantage of fixes for an error that caused the settings for the default browser to be reset at restart has been rectified. Two other issues are addressed including a problem connecting to certain Wi-Fi networks and an issue with previewing images in iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
Apple is already working on iOS 14.2. More details about what’s coming in iOS 14.2 below.
Some developers have suggested that their apps won’t work with iOS 14 so it’s likely that a lot of apps will be updated over the coming weeks. If you want to downgrade the latest version of iOS 14 we explain how to do that here.
Apple runs a beta program for developers and the general public.
The first developer beta of iOS 14 was launched straight after the WWDC keynote on 22 June, while the public beta arrived on 9 July. There have been multiple versions of each beta since, and even when iOS 14 launches the beta versions will continue to be issued as problems and bugs are fixed.
f you’re an app developer you can join Apple’s beta programmed and give it a try. The public beta program allows eager Apple fans to trial the software and help report any bugs before general release.
What’s coming in iOS 14.2
The latest version of the iOS 14 beta is iOS 14.2. The update includes a number of new features:
A Music Recognition control for the Control Center is one way in which the next version of iOS 14 will allow you to discover music. Thanks to Apple tight integration with Shazam (which it bought) music recognition is getting even better and your will be able to recognize music playing in apps (such as TikTok) and even if you are wearing AirPods. By adding the feature to Control Centre you won’t need to ask Siri for this information, or open the Shazam app, you will just be able to tap the control.
You’ll also see music suggestions in Control Centre. A People Detection feature is coming to the Magnifier app. It will tell users how far other people are via the camera. Another novelty is that the menu that appears when you tap the Airplay icon in apps like Music no longer fills the entire screen but appears on top of the rest of the content.
Problems with iOS 14
Normally when Apple launches a new iOS we see complaints of battery drain issues, app crashes, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connection issues, and other problems. So it’s worth waiting for any issues to be ironed out.
We’ll run through the issues we are hearing about below.
Problems with WiFi connection
Since updating to iOS 14 some users have been complaining that their iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 device loses the WiFi connection when it is idle and then doesn’t reconnect to the network. As a result users are having to go to the settings to manually connect to the network again.
On Twitter several users complain about an unreliable Internet connection under iOS 14. Apple has addressed this problem with the release of iOS 14.01.
Third party apps
As we have mentioned a number of developers were concerned when Apple announced that iOS 14 would launch to the public on 16 September because it gave them just 24 hours to make sure their apps worked with the new operating system. As we discuss in our article about the why you shouldn’t install iOS 14, developers have expressed their concerns on social media, warning that the software isn’t ready,
It seems that the issue isn’t with Apple’s new operating system but rather with the third party apps that run on it – or might not run if you update. Many developers have said their apps just aren’t ready yet. So if you rely on any third-party apps you should either check to see if there are any problems before you upgrade, or wait for the developer to confirm it’s safe to do so.
Apps reverting to defaults
A few days after the arrival of iOS 14 users were complaining of a bug that could revert apps to their defaults.
Prior to iOS 14 it wasn’t possible to choose which browser would be your default, if you clicked a link it would automatically open in Safari. As of iOS 14 it is now possible to set different default apps, alternatives to Safari and Mail can be used instead.
However, it’s emerged that should you select a different browser or email app if the iPhone is shutdown once it restarts it will have defaulted back to the old default apps.
Apple’s fixed this bug in iOS 14.0.1.
Which iPhones will run iOs 14?
Can your iPhone get iOS 14? iOS 14 is available on the iPhone 6s and later. As expected, it’s the same list of devices as iOS 13.
Here’s a list of iOS 14-compatible iPhones:
- iPhone 6s & 6s Plus
- iPhone SE (2016)
- iPhone 7 & 7 Plus
- iPhone 8 & 8 Plus
- iPhone X
- iPhone XR
- iPhone XS & XS Max
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro & 11 Pro Max
- iPhone SE (2020)
- …plus obviously the iPhone 12, 12 Max, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max will all come with iOS 14 preinstalled.
New features in iOS 14
Craig Federighi and colleagues announced a raft of significant new features for iOS during the WWDC event. We’re excited about the changes, so let’s get into it.
Home screen & interface changes
An iPhone’s home screen looks very different under iOS 14, and offers far more potential for customization.
(Our colleagues on Tech Advisor immediately pointed out that several of these additions are already available on Android. Point taken. But the way we look at it, a good idea is a good idea, no matter who had it first.)
Instead of scrolling through multiple pages, you can now access a single view that automatically arranges your apps according to smart categories: Entertainment, Health & Fitness, Social and Apple Arcade were among the ones shown in the demo. (iOS users will be familiar with the platform’s ability to auto-categories apps, which it offers to use whenever you drag two apps into a single folder.)
Each category page looks like a folder on the App Library page, but with one slight different: the icons aren’t all the same size. The apps you’ve used most often or recently are larger, so they’re easier to launch with one tap. And if you don’t want to see all of your apps on the library screen, you can choose to hide app pages you no longer need.
Two categories at the top are slightly different: Suggestions, which appears to operate in the same intelligent way as Siri App Suggestions in the Notification Centre, and Recently Added.
We already had Widgets in iOS 13 – in fact they were added as long ago as iOS 8 – but they used to be confined to the Notification Centre. In iOS 14, at long last, they come to the home screen.
It’s as simple as drag-and-drop: open the widgets draw and drag your chosen widget to wherever you want it to sit on the home page. Apple showed widgets that allow you to choose from multiple sizes – taking up the space of four or eight app icons – but we don’t know if this will available for all of them.
There’s a new widget called the Smart Stack. We think this is like Siri App Suggestions, attempting to predict functions that you’re going to need at a given location or time, but we’ve not seen many details of this.
Picture in picture: Largely self-explanatory, this one. As we’ve had on the iPad previously, if you start a YouTube or other video playing, you can shrink it and have it play in a small part of screen over another live app. You can move it around and resize it.
Apple is talking up Siri’s capabilities – the voice control assistant has generally lagged behind rival offerings, but the company says it’s made a lot of progress for iOS 14.
For a start, it’s been visually redesigned. There’s new graphics, and a different interface that pops up Siri results in a neat little box at the top of the screen.
But more importantly Apple reckons Siri is cleverer than ever. It has, the company claims, 20 times more facts at fingertips than three years ago, and is able to tackle more complex questions like “How do hybrid cars work?” and “Is infinity a number?”
There are new functions, too. You can now tell Siri to send an audio message, and it can run dictation on device rather than relying on a web connection.
Siri can translate more languages, and this aspect of its work is so important now that Apple has spun off a separate app called Translate, which covers 11 languages and works offline.
Translation looks really cool. We currently use Google Translate for these things, and while this is a superb tool with far more languages than Apple is able to offer, it largely (and perhaps understandably, given its breadth of learning) needs to work online.
Apple’s Translation app includes a conversation mode (again, something that Google Translate offers already) which is accessed by turning your iPhone on its side. Where this clever mode does differ from Google is by offering only a single microphone button rather than one for each participant – the app auto-detects the various languages spoken and allocates them to the correct part of the conversation screen.
In iOS 14 Messages lets you pin a conversation to the top of the screen, and adds inline replies – conversational threads, basically – to the interface. In group messages you can choose to be notified only when someone mentions you, a Slack-like approach that will make Messages more useful for collaboration. And the image at the top of a group conversation shows the participants but makes those who’ve spoken most recently larger.
As ever Emoji gets updated, with 20 new hair and headwear styles, including face coverings, and more age options and sticker poses.
Apple rolled out a new version of Maps earlier this year, and the company spent some time trumpeting its new capabilities and more extensive information. More interesting for those of us outside the US is the news that the new map will roll out to more countries later this year, including the UK, Ireland and Canada.
There are guides for cities around the world, which you can save and come back to later and which automatically update when new information is available. And Apple is offering more environmentally friendly navigation assistance, with directions for cycling and electric vehicles (so you are guided to compatible charging points).
CarPlay gets new wallpaper and new categories of apps. But the big news here is the inclusion of digital car keys, which will initially be confined to a single product launch – the 2021 BMW 5 Series – but rolled out to a wide range of vehicles in due course.
Your car key is stored in the iPhone’s Secure Element but can be shared with other people easily via iMessage. This access can be limited, or revoked remotely at a later date.
Initially the feature will be based on NFC, but Apple also discussed the next-gen version based on the Ultra Wideband tech in the U1 chip. This won’t appear until next year.
The big news here is a new type of mini-app called an App Clip – generally speaking this is a small part of an existing app that’s quick to discover and download, and only stays as long as you need it.
Companies can offer App Clips based on their existing apps for use in specific situations. On a web store, for example, an icon could pop up offering an App Clip that lets you buy a product but doesn’t commit you to the rest of the data and functionality on the full app. Or there could be a code displayed at a parking spot, which then takes you to a stripped-down version of an app that lets you pay for parking.
iOS 14 release date & new features: App Clips
Apple is rolling out its own App Clip codes, which look like QR codes but combine a visual code and NFC.
As well as stripping down existing apps, Apple believes small business that haven’t got an app will create a Clip – or that a larger company like Yelp will create Clips for them.
That’s most of the changes that Apple announced for iOS 14, but there’s a few more tweaks that we wanted to mention.
First of all, there’s a change to the ‘Call incoming’ interface graphics. This no longer takes over the entire screen, but is instead confined to a small box at the top.
iOS 14 will allow you to set third-party email and browser apps as the defaults on your iPhone, something that users have been requesting for years. It’s big news, but for some reason Apple kept it pretty quiet.
There will also be a handy translation feature coming to Safari. Read about how to translate webpages here.
And the Activity app so beloved of Apple Watch owners? That’s being rebranded as Fitness.
Budget Smartphone selection for 2021 January
Best economic mobile phones for January 2021
Nowadays mobile phones are used for several purposes. Some of them are important and some of them for time pass.
What are the main use of mobile phones?
- Make calls
- Send Messages
- Surf Websites
- Capture your best moments
- Enter into online and offline applications.
To fulfill this, and average person only need a phone with price around 10,000 RS. Selecting a phone with maximum features is a himalayan task for few. Here are my list of budget phones for the month of January 2021.
5. Realme C15 3GB 32 GB
Realme C15 only have 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory. You might be wondering why this phone entered into my top 5 budget phone list for the new decade.
Following are key elements making the Realme C15 in my favorite list.
- 6.52 inch HD Display
- 13MP AI Quad Camera
- 6000 mAh battery
Realme C15 can be preferred for those who are looking for a good photography experience and huge battery backup.
4. Redmi 9 Prime 4GB 64GB
Redmi 9 Prime outperformed Realme C15 with its 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory.
Other few features are
- A descent 5020 mAh battery
- 6.53 full HD Display
- AI Quad Camera
3. Oppo A5 2020 3GB 64GB
Oppo A5 beaten Redmi 9 Prime with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 Octa core processor. I personally like Qualcomm processors over MediaTek.
Key other features include
- 64 GB internal memory
- Snapdragon 665 Octa Core Processor
- 5000 mAh battery
2. Samsung Galaxy M11 3GB 32 GB
Even though the Galaxy M11 comes with 3GB RAM 32GB internal memory, the position of the selfi Camera given rank 2 in my list. Most of the under 10K range Smartphones comes with water drop Camera. Hence the punch hole Camera in the Galaxy M11 making it favorable for many. Moreover Samsung has more brand value than the other phones in the list. At least from my point for view. There is no need for an argument at this time.
Here are some of the other key features
- Expandable memory support upto 512GB
- Qualcomm octa core processor
- 5000 mAh battery
1. Redmi 9 4GB 128 GB
While seeing the heading itself you might have noticed the heavy internal memory. Getting a Smartphone with 128GB under 10K is the only reason making Redmi 9 in the top of my list. 4GB RAM and 128GB internal memory gives enough room for us store and capture whatever we wants.
Other Key features are
- 5000 mAh battery
- 6.53 HD display
Note: I have checked our main online ecommerce websites prior to writing this article. There might be small variations in the price when you check the price online. Sellers keep changing in Flipkart and Amazon. I’m sure that these phones can be purchased within 10000RS. If you see the price above 10000RS, please visit the site on a later point so that the seller with less price shows again.
Apple iPhone 12 Vs iPhone 12 Mini: What’s Different?
Apple has launched the Apple iPhone 12 Mini smartphone recently. The Apple iPhone 12 Mini is priced starting at Rs.69900 for the base model and comes in different variants. In the same segment, Apple also recently launched the Apple iPhone 12 smartphone recently. The Apple iPhone 12 is priced starting at Rs.79900 for the base model and comes in different variants. Check out our head-to-head comparison between the Apple iPhone 12 Mini and Apple iPhone 12 across design, display, internal specifications, camera performance and price to determine what phone is the best for you. Also Read – India bans 43 more Chinese apps over security concerns.
iPhone 12 vs iPhone 12 mini: Price in India
The iPhone 12 carries a starting price of Rs. 79,900 in India or $799 in the US for the 64GB storage variant, while its 128GB variant is priced at Rs. 84,900 or $849, and the 256GB storage option is at Rs. 94,900 or $949. In contrast, the iPhone 12 mini comes at Rs. 69,900 or $699 for the 64GB variant, whereas its 128GB and 256GB storage models are priced at Rs. 74,900 or $749 and Rs. 84,900 or $849, respectively.
On the availability front, the iPhone 12 will be available for pre-orders from October 16, while its availability is scheduled for October 23. The iPhone 12 mini, on the other hand, will go on pre-orders from November 6, with its sale beginning from November 12. India availability has only been detailed for the iPhone 12, and that’s October 30.
iPhone 12 vs iPhone 12 mini: Specifications
iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini both run on iOS 14 and come with the A14 Bionic SoC, paired with a fourth-generation Neural Engine and a new four-core graphics architecture. Both iPhone models also come with a notch that houses the True Depth Camera system for Face ID support. However, on the part of a major difference, the iPhone 12 carries a 6.1-inch OLED Super Retina display (1170×2532 pixels), while the iPhone 12 mini features a smaller, 5.4-inch OLED Super Retina display (1080×2340 pixels).
For photos and videos, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini both have a dual rear camera setup that houses a 12-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.6 lens and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle shooter with an f/2.4 aperture as well as 120-degree field of view. Both new models also retain optical image stabilization (OIS) support that has been a part of the iPhone family for some time. The rear camera setup is also capable of recording 4K videos. For selfies, video chats, and FaceTime calls, there is a 12-megapixel camera sensor at the front of both iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini, with an f/2.2 lens.
The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini both have storage options going from 64GB to 256GB. Connectivity options include 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, and a Lightning port. The iPhones also come with an Ultra Wideband (UWB) chip that debuted on the iPhone 11 models last year. Sensors on board include an accelerometer, ambient light, barometer, three-axis gyro, and a proximity sensor.
Apple has provided a rechargeable lithium-ion battery on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini that supports fast as well as wireless charging (MagSafe up to 15W and Qi up to 7.5W). The new iPhone models also include magnets at the back to support the newly launched MagSafe charging accessories. The iPhone 12 battery is rated to deliver up to 17 hours of video playback, and the iPhone 12 mini battery is said to deliver up to 15 hours of video playback.
The iPhone 12 measures has a height of 146.7mm and width of 71.5mm (2.82-inches), while the iPhone 12 mini measures 131.5mm (5.18-inches) in height and 64.2mm width (2.53-inches). Both phones are 7.4mm (0.29-inches) in depth. Besides, the iPhone 12 weighs 164 grams. This is heavier than the iPhone 12 mini that is 135 grams in weight.
Apple unveiled the much-anticipated iPhone 12 series on Tuesday. The new series comprises four new iPhone models, namely the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and the iPhone 12 Max. However, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini are likely to grab the most attention — thanks to their cheaper pricing over the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Both new iPhone models come in four different colour options and are powered by the same A14 Bionic SoC. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini also included dual rear cameras. Nevertheless, there are some major differences between the two that you should consider while making your buying decision.
With this we compared, iPhone 12 price in India and specifications with those of the iPhone 12 mini to help you decide the best option for you.
Samsung Galaxy S21 (2021) Redefine Concept Introduction
Samsung Galaxy S21, the next flagship series from the South Korean tech major, is expected to launch in January next year, and the phones could go on sale by the end of the month. In the latest leak, tipster Jon Prosser has revealed the launch, sale, and pre-order dates of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S21 phones on Twitter. The Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra launch will take place on January 14, 2021 and pre-orders will start on the same day. The tipster also claims that the devices will go on sale on January 29.
Samsung’s flagship lineup sees the S series launch in the first half of the year, while the Note series comes in the second half. While some reports are claiming the brand will launch the phones with Samsung Galaxy S30 name label, others are saying Galaxy S21 will be the official name.
Prosser in his tweet also revealed the colour variants of the Samsung Galaxy S21 series. These are black, white, grey, silver, violet, and pink. While the features of the devices are yet to be revealed, several leaks have already suggested what could be the possible specifications of the new phones. Here’s everything we know so far.
Samsung Galaxy S21 price (expected)
The Samsung Galaxy S21 price is expected to start from $999, which is around Rs 74,640 in India. The Galaxy S21 Plus could cost $1,199 (around Rs 89,580), whereas the Galaxy S21 Ultra $1,399 (approximately Rs 104,529).
Samsung Galaxy S21 series: Specifications
As per the leaks, the Galaxy S21 or Galaxy S30 phones will sport a punch-hole display design. The cutout will be placed on the upper right side of the display. The handsets will also have slim bezels. The design of the phones will be almost similar to the Samsung Galaxy S20 series.
The leaked renders showed that the volume rockers and power button will be located on the right edge. The standard version is expected to come with a compact 6.2-inch flat display. The screen of the Galaxy S21 Ultra could measure between 6.7 and 6.9 inches. It is expected to come with a slightly curved display and could include support for the S Pen, which would be a first in the S series. However, the device might lack any slot for the brand’s signature stylus.
The phones will likely be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 processor in some markets. Samsung is expected to announce its own Exynos 1080 processor on November 12. This chip is based on the 5nm process. But this is not going to power the S21 series, according to a report on Sam Mobile. The devices will run the Exynos 2100 chipset, depending on the region.
The most premium version in the series is rumoured to pack a 108-megapixel primary camera and a 40-megapixel snapper for selfies. The Galaxy S21 series could also see the introduction of a new under-display selfie camera. Again, Samsung could limit this new technology to the most premium flagship in the series, which would be the S21 Ultra.
On the software side, the Galaxy S21 will ship with One UI 3.0, which will be based on Android 11. The Samsung Galaxy S21 series was recently spotted on 3C certification. The site hinted that the standard version will offer a 4,000mAh battery, whereas the Samsung Galaxy S21+ is tipped to feature a 4,660mAh battery. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra will reportedly have a 5,000mAh battery. All three phones are expected to ship with a 25W fast charger.
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