Apple iOS 14.3 Release: Should You Upgrade?

Apple iOS 14.3 has been released and it is one of the most feature-packed iPhone updates since iOS 14 itself. But does it also fix the widely reported ongoing problems? Not exactly. 

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 14.3 is available for all iOS 13-compatible devices. That means the iPhone 6S and newer and 7th generation iPod touch. If you don’t receive an automatic update notification, you can trigger the update manually by navigating to Settings > General > Software Update. Beta testers, if you are running a later version of iOS 14 when you read this (see ‘The Road Ahead’ section at the end), you must unenroll your iPhone before iOS 14.3 will 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

Once again, jailbreakers should avoid this new version of iOS. Unc0ver remains stuck on iOS 13.5 while checkra1n has an iOS 14 jailbreak (not iOS 14.3), but it is restricted to Apple devices running A9(X) chipsets and older. 

Moreover, in the first 24 hours since release the reaction to iOS 14.3 has been mixed. The update has failed to eradicate the serious messaging problems reported by iPhone users with a split between users on Apple Support Communities and the MacRumors message board (where it all started), saying it has or hasn’t made a difference. This is disappointing.  

Aside from this, I’m still seeing isolated problems of call related issues, Apple Music bugs (a common theme on iOS 14), keyboard lag (ditto) and reports of overnight battery drain (a big issue with iOS 14.2.1). 

Tip: as reported by a number of users, you will need to restart your iPhone after it upgrades to iOS 14.3 to see the new Fitness+ app. That has confused a lot of upgraders. 

So What Do You Get?

Apple lists a huge number of new features and fixes in iOS 14.3: 

Apple Fitness+

  • A new fitness experience powered by Apple Watch with…