After a release in June 2020, iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 are finally available for public download today, September 16, 2020. As usual, the latest iPhone and iPad operating system updates are available from Apple for free and can be downloaded and installed wirelessly over the air. Here̵
Availability and features of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14
Today, September 16, 2020, Apple released iOS 10 and iPad OS 14 for public download on compatible iPhone and iPad devices, beginning at 10 a.m. Pacific time and 1 p.m. Eastern time. Note that the rollout can be staggered during the day for different regions and device models.
Apple made the final version of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 available to developers on September 15, 2020. As a result, it may take a day or two for third-party apps to be updated to fully support the new firmware.
What’s new in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14? Apple announced many new features, including widgets for the home screen, an app library and automatic grouping to organize your apps, less intrusive overlays of phone calls and Siri, picture-in-picture support on iPhone, and support for writing in Text fields with activated Apple Pencil iPad (Scribble), the possibility to change your default browser and much more.
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Which iPhones are compatible with iOS 14?
As a rule of thumb, any iPhone that can run iOS 13 can also run iOS 14. Here is a full list of the iPhones Apple supports, excluding future hardware. If you have one of these devices, you are set:
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro max
- iPhone X.S.
- iPhone X.S. Max
- iPhone X.R.
- iPhone X.
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone SE (1st generation)
- iPhone SE (2nd generation)
- iPod touch (7th generation)
Which iPads are compatible with iPadOS 14?
As with iOS 14, any iPad that can run iPadOS 13 can be upgraded to iPadOS 14. Here is a full list of the iPads Apple supports, including upcoming hardware:
- iPad Pro 12.9 inch (4th generation)
- iPad Pro 11 inch (2nd generation)
- iPad Pro 12.9 inch (3rd generation)
- iPad Pro 11 inch (1st generation)
- iPad Pro 12.9 inch (2nd generation)
- iPad Pro 12.9 inch (1st generation)
- iPad Pro 10.5 inches
- iPad Pro 9.7 inches
- iPad (8th generation)
- iPad (7th generation)
- iPad (6th generation)
- iPad (5th generation)
- iPad mini (5th generation)
- iPad mini 4
- iPad Air (4th generation)
- iPad Air (3rd generation)
- iPad Air 2
How do I download iOS 14 or iPadOS 14?
If the iOS 14 or iPad OS 14 update is available on your smartphone or tablet, you can install it from the Settings app. To do this, open the “Settings” app on your iPhone or iPad home screen. Use Apple’s built-in Spotlight search feature if you can’t find the app on your device.
In the General section, tap Software Update.
If the iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 update is available for your iPhone or iPad, it will be listed on the next screen. If it isn’t already available and you see the message “Your software is up to date”, check this menu again in a few hours.
If iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 are available and your device has not yet downloaded the update, tap Download and Install. However, if your device has already downloaded the update in the background, tap the “Install Now” button.
A progress bar will then be displayed if the update is installed on your device.
When it’s done, your iPhone or iPad will restart automatically. If you see the lock screen, you’ll be able to use your phone or tablet again.
It is also possible to update your iPhone or iPad using iTunes or Finder on a Windows PC or Mac. You can do this by connecting your device to your computer with a USB cable and then checking for updates in the iTunes or Finder interface.
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Do I need to update to iOS 14 or iPadOS 14?
The decision to update your device with a brand new version of firmware is a personal decision that depends on several factors. When a new operating system is first released, it often encounters bugs that were not detected during the beta test. It is common to experience problems with the update being used by millions of people every day.
In general, if you’re happy with iOS 13 or iPadOS 13, or are using your iPhone or iPad for business-critical purposes, you should wait a few weeks for iOS 14.1 or iPadOS 14.1 to be released. These updates inevitably fix bugs that are discovered when users put the new operating systems through their paces.
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But if you love the edge and don’t care about the occasional bug, feel free to dive into iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 and explore them. Have fun!