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.
Flipkart Big Billion Days Sale; Google Pixel 4a goes on sale in India
- The Pixel 4A has gone on sale in India via Flipkart. Here’s what makes it special.
- Google Pixel 4a is available for Rs 29,999 in India.
- The Pixel 4a brings a Snapdragon 730G SoC under the hood.
- The phone gets a single camera set-up at the back.
Google Pixel 4a is now on sale in India. The Google phone was launched in the country last week as the latest Pixel model. The Pixel 4a comes as the successor to the Pixel 3a and comes in a new design that includes a hole-punch display as well as a square-shaped camera module. Additionally, the smartphone comes preloaded with features including HDR+ Portrait Mode, and Top Shot among others to deliver an enhanced photography experience.
Google Pixel 4a price in India, sale offers
Google Pixel 4a price in India is set at Rs. 31,999 for the lone 6GB + 128GB storage variant. The phone comes in a single, Just Black colour option and is available for purchase through Flipkart. Sale offers on the Pixel 4a include a Rs. 2,000 discount for a limited period that brings down its price to Rs. 29,999 as well as a 10 percent additional instant discount specifically for SBI customers.
Pixel 4a: What’s under the hood?
As for the hardware, the Pixel 4a is set to bring the same configuration as the international variant. As such, at the core of the phone will be a strictly mid-range Snapdragon 730G chipset that is paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage and for the display, the phone will use a 5.81-inch Full-HD+ punch-hole OLED panel with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The display is HDR+ compliant and should be great for watching movies and TV shows on the go. Being an OLED screen, the panel will support Always On Display and Now Playing features, and also bring support for Titan M Security Module.
Like the previous Pixel phones, the Pixel 4a will also focus heavily on the cameras. However, it will do so by keeping the hardware to the minimum. The phone gets a square camera module on the back, but only with a single lens fitted inside it, The module features a 12.2-megapixel dual pixel phase detection rear camera with f/1.7 aperture, OIS, and a 77-degree field of view. This has been sat next to an LED flash.
On the front, the display’s punch-hole houses an 8-megapixel front camera with f/2.0 aperture and an 84-degree field of view. Camera features are tipped to include 4K 30fps video recording and 1080p 120fps recording. For battery, the phone has been announced to get a 3,140mAh battery pack for keeping the lights on. All this hardware is wrapped inside a body measures 144×69.4×8.2mm and weighs about 143 grams only.
Oppo F17 Pro Diwali edition Pre-order Started
Oppo F17 Pro Diwali Edition has officially launched in India. This special edition by Oppo flaunts a Matte Gold finish and is up for pre-orders on Amazon India. The Oppo F17 series was launched on September 2 in India as a contender in the mid-range smartphone segment, going up against the likes of the OnePlus Nord.
Oppo F17 Pro is one of the sleekest Android phones available in the market today measuring 7.4 millimeters in thickness and features quad cameras on the back. Let’s take a look pricing, specifications and availability of the F17 Pro Diwali Edition.
Oppo F17 Pro Diwali Edition Pricing and Availability
Oppo F17 Pro Diwali Edition is priced at Rs 23,999 in India and is available to pre-order from Amazon India starting October 19. There’s also a special gift box that Oppo is offering with the F17 Pro. Do note, however, this special edition is priced Rs 1,000 more than the regular variant.
Oppo F17 Pro Diwali Edition Specifications
Oppo F17 Pro Diwali Edition has a matte finish on the back with gold and aqua gradient. As for the hardware, the F17 Pro Diwali Edition is the same as the regular variant that’s offered in three colors– Matte Black, Magic Blue and Metallic White.
Oppo F17 Pro has a plastic built that measures 7.4 millimeters in thickness and weighs 164 grams. The F17 Pro features a 6.4-inch Full HD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels) resolution display that uses an AMOLED panel. The screen has a dual punch-hole cutout for the front-facing cameras that gives it a 20:9 aspect ratio. The screen is topped with a layer of Gorilla Glass 3+ for protection against regular drops.
The F17 Pro is powered by MediaTek Helio P95 processor with an octa-core CPU and Power VR GPU. This is paired with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage and the phone runs on Color OS 7.2 which is based on Android 10. There’s a dedicated microSD card slot that can be used to expand the storage further.
The phone comes with a quad-camera setup on the back that consists of a primary 48MP camera with f/1.8 aperture, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera with 119-degree field-of-view, a 2MP macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, there is a 16MP primary selfie camera followed by a 2MP depth sensor. The rear cameras can do 4K UHD videos at 30FPS.
The F17 Pro comes with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, under-display fingerprint sensor and more. It is equipped with a 4,000mAh battery with support for 30W fast charging. Oppo claims that the phone can go from 0-100% in 53 minutes courtesy of VOOC 4.0.
Xiaomi Mi 10, Mi 10 T Pro lunched in India with 6.7-inch 144Hz Display, Price starts at 39,999
- Mi 10, Mi 10 T Pro launched in India.
- New Mi 10 T with 5G connectivity.
Xiaomi has launched the Mi 10T series of smartphones in India. This includes the Mi 10T and the Mi 10T Pro.
Mi 10 Price and Offers
The Mi 10 is available in two variants. The 6/128GB is priced at INR 35,999 and the 8/128GB variant is priced at INR 37,999. The Mi 10T Pro is only available in a single 8/128GB version for INR 39,999.
Xiaomi is also offering additional offers, including an INR 3,000 cashback, up to INR 2,000 off on exchange, up to 12 months no-cost EMI, and up to INR 500 off using Flipkart Super coins. Both phones will be available on Flipkart, Mi.com, Mi Home and Mi Studio stores, along with other retail outlets. Both phones will be up for pre-order starting October 15, 11:59PM IST.
The Mi 10T and the Mi 10T Pro are nearly identical phones. The main and only difference between the two is that the Mi 10T has a 64MP Sony IMX682 main camera while the Mi 10T Pro has a 108MP Samsung HMX camera. You can read our review of the Mi 10T Pro.
Xiaomi also launched a pair of affordable wireless earbuds. The Mi True Wireless Earphones 2C are priced at INR 2,499 and are available starting today.
The Mi 10T vs Mi 10T Pro
One of the biggest differences between the two phones is the camera module. While both phones feature a triple-camera setup, the Mi 10T Pro gets a 108MP primary unit compared to a 64MP unit on the Mi 10T.
Mi 10, Mi 10 T Pro Specifications
Both Mi 10T and Mi 10T pro feature a 6.67-inch display with a refresh rate of 144Hz. The phone comes with an adaptive frequency which ranges from 30Hz to 144Hz. The display is also covered with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5.
The devices are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset which also makes it a 5G phone. The phones use LPDDR5 RAM with UFS 3.1 fast storage. Both versions get a 5000mAh battery unit and support fast charging of up to 33W. The company claims the battery supports dual-split fast charge.
In terms of optics, the Mi 10T gets a 64MP Sony IMX Sensor with f/1.89 aperture, a 13MP Ultra-wide Angle Camera with up to 123-degree field of vision (FOV) and a 5MP Macro Lens with a focus range of 2cm – 10cm
The Mi 10T Pro gets a 108MP HMX Sensor with OIS, f/1.69 aperture paired with a 13MP Ultra-wide Angle Camera with up to 123-degree FOV and a 5MP Macro Lens with a focus range of 2cm – 10cm.
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