How To: 6 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Install iOS 14 on Your iPhone Just Yet

6 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Install iOS 14 on Your iPhone Just Yet

Apple just pushed out iOS 14 to everyone on Sept. 16, but you may not want to jump right into updating your iPhone. If you have Automatic Updates turned on, you may want to turn it off real quick before it tries to download and install iOS 14 before you're ready.

It can be tempting to install iOS 14 on your iPhone right away. After waiting a full year for a major iPhone update, why wouldn't you dive in headfirst? However, you might not realize that downloading and installing iOS 14 comes with some drawbacks when you're in the first group to update. Buggy apps, restrictive behaviors, and missing features are a few reasons to wait.

1. iOS 14 Just Came Out of Beta

Apple's new iOS 14 update went through months of beta testing, but it feels like they rushed out the finished version. The company didn't even give developers the typical week or weeks from the last beta update to the stable release to submit their updated apps. Instead, they had one day. So all your apps may not work right with iOS 14 right off the bat.

2. It's Likely Still Buggy

As with all new significant updates, there are bugs and glitches, and all of your apps may not work right away, as previously mentioned. Plus, the first week or two after being released is where Apple tends to find more issues to patch since the people "testing" the operating system is growing exponentially. It's worthwhile to wait until iOS 14.0.1 or iOS 14.1 before being a guinea pig.

3. Default Apps Switch Back After a Reboot

Speaking of bugs, one of the biggest ones involves being able to switch your default email app and web browser from Apple Mail and Safari to a third-party app. After choosing your new default, whenever your iPhone restarts, the default will switch back to Apple's app. Annoying, right? There's a workaround to prevent it from happening with your default mail app, but not for a default browser.

4. It's Hard to Downgrade if You Don't Like It

One of those risks is data loss. Complete and total data loss, mind you. If you download iOS 14 on your iPhone, and something goes wrong, you'll lose all of your data downgrading to iOS 13.7. Once Apple stops signing iOS 13.7, there's no way back, and you're stuck with an OS you might not like. Plus, downgrading is a pain.

You can make a backup of iOS 13.7 with iTunes or Finder before updating to iOS 14. If you eventually want to downgrade, you'll be able to restore your iPhone to your backup, as long as Apple still validates iOS 13.7. Just know that backing up your iPhone while using iOS 14 may overwrite an older 13.7 backup. To avoid the issue, make sure to archive your backup as well.

5. Ask Siri Is Gone from Search

One of my favorite new features in iOS 13 was the "Ask Siri" option in a regular search performed from the home screen or Today View. If you didn't feel like talking to Siri, whether it's because you're in class, a movie theater, or another place where you need to be quiet, you could type questions and demands to Siri. Type to Siri still exists as a fallback, but that takes over the Side or Home button shortcut. We're hoping Apple adds Ask Siri back in.

6. You Won't Be Able to Jailbreak

Jailbreaking is still alive and well in the iOS community. It might not be Apple-approved, but jailbreaking opens your iPhone up to thousands of new features and tweaks you can't find otherwise.

Unfortunately, updating your iPhone to iOS 14 blocks your ability to jailbreak your iPhone, at least until someone jailbreaks iOS 14. You see, jailbreaking isn't an iOS-wide service. Third parties need to find the vulnerabilities in any given version of iOS to exploit for jailbreaking purposes.

Apple always has a lead when releasing new versions of iOS because no one has seen the software yet. But the second the software comes out, it's a countdown to the jailbreak. That said, we likely won't see a jailbreak vulnerability until iOS 14 comes out this fall. It just doesn't make sense for exploiters to jailbreak iOS betas, as Apple will just release a new update in as short as a week or two.

Just updated your iPhone? You'll find new features for Podcasts, News, Books, and TV, as well as important security improvements and fresh wallpapers. Find out what's new and changed on your iPhone with the iOS 17.5 update.

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