Apple iOS 14.0.1 Release: Should You Upgrade?

Apple iOS 14.0.1 has arrived quickly (as expected). iOS 14 was one of Apple’s most stable generational updates in years, but it was far from bug free. Now Apple’s first iOS 14 update is here with fixes, but reliable is it? Unfortunately, it looks like it breaks more than it fixes. Here’s everything you need to know. 

Tip: bookmark this page because I will keep it up to date if/when new problems are found. I will deliver my final verdict in a week. 

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Who Is It For?

Apple iOS 14.0.1 is available for every iOS 13-compatible device. That means the iPhone 6S and newer and 7th generation iPod touch. An update notification should arrive automatically but, if not, you can trigger it manually by navigating to Settings > General > Software Update. Beta testers, if you are running iOS 14.2 (see ‘The Road Ahead’ section at the end), you must unenroll your iPhone for iOS 14.0.1 to show up.

iPad owners, Apple has moved you to iPadOS. This is not an iPadOS-focused guide, but I will touch upon pertinent issues in these guides. 

The Deal Breakers

There is currently no jailbreak for iOS 14.0.1. Unc0ver remains stuck on iOS 13.5 at the time of publication and while checkra1n has an iOS 14 jailbreak (not iOS 14.0.1), it is currently restricted to Apple devices running A9(X) chipsets and older. These are: iPhone 6s, 6s Plus and SE, iPad 5th gen, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro 1st gen. Checkra1n hopes to add newer devices soon but, for now, you will have to sit tight. 

In terms of stability, iOS 14.0.1 is not off to a great start. While it promises significant fixes for iOS 14 (see the next section), and some are reporting improvements, for many it seems the problems with iOS 14 have not only continued but been made worse. This is particularly notable with severe graphical glitches in widgets being reported, some of which are a sight to behold:

There are also reports of search bugs, WiFi, Bluetooth and Apple Watch connectivity problems, as well as stability concerns and lagging performance, especially with keyboard input. These problems are also echoed on two long