Following the unveiling in June 2020, iOS 14 and iPad 14 are finally available for public download today, September 16, 2020. As usual, Apple’s latest iPhone and iPad OS updates are available for free, and they can be downloaded and installed wirelessly via air. This is how you get it.
iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 Availability and features
Apple released iOS 14 and iPad OS 14 for public download on compatible iPhone and iPad devices today, September 16, 2020, starting at 10 a.m. Pacific Time and 1 p.m. Eastern Time. Be aware that the launch may be delayed for different regions and device models throughout the day.
Apple made the final version of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 available to developers on September 15, 2020, so it may take a day or two before third-party apps are updated to fully support the new firmware.
So what’s new in iOS 14 and iPad 14? Apple has announced many new features, including home screen widgets, an app library and automatic grouping to organize your apps, less intrusive overlays from phone calls and Siri, picture-in-picture support on iPhone, support for typing in text boxes with Apple Pencil on iPad (Scribble), the ability to change your default browser and much more.
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Which iPhones are compatible with iOS 14?
As a rule of thumb, all iPhones that can run iOS 13 will also be able to run iOS 14. Here is a complete list of iPhones that are supported according to Apple, excluding future hardware. If you have one of these devices, you are set to:
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR
- 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, all iPads that can run iPadOS 13 will be able to upgrade to iPadOS 14. Here is a complete list of iPads supported by Apple, excluding any upcoming hardware:
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation)
- iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation)
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (third generation)
- 11-inch iPad Pro (first generation)
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (second generation)
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (first generation)
- iPad Pro 10.5-inch
- iPad Pro 9.7-inch
- 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?
When the iOS 14 or iPad OS 14 update becomes available on your smartphone or tablet, you will be able to install it via the Settings app. To do this, open the “Settings” app from your iPhone or iPad home screen. Use Apple’s built-in Spotlight search feature if you can’t find the app on your device.
Click “Software Update” in the “General” section.
If the iOS 14 or iPad 14 update is available for your iPhone or iPad, you will see it listed on the next screen. If it is not yet available and you see the message “Your software is up to date”, check this menu in a few hours.
If iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 is available and your device has not yet downloaded the update, tap “Download and install.” But if your device has already downloaded the update in the background, press the “Install Now” button.
You will then see a progress bar when the update is installed on your device.
When done, your iPhone or iPad will automatically restart. When you see the lock screen, you are ready to use your phone or tablet again.
It is also possible to update your iPhone or iPad with iTunes or Finder on a Windows computer or Mac. This can be done by connecting the 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 firmware version is a personal choice that depends on several factors. When a new operating system is first launched to the public, it is common for bugs that were not caught during beta testing to be detected. It is common for problems to occur when the update is used by millions of people daily.
In general, if you are happy with iOS 13 or iPadOS 13 or if you are using your iPhone or iPad for mission-critical purposes, it may be best to wait a few weeks to update until iOS 14.1 or iPadOS 14.1 is released. These updates will inevitably fix bugs that were discovered when users put the new operating systems through their steps.
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But if you love cutting edge and don’t mind the occasional bug, you can dive into iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 and explore. Have fun!