Apple’s pushed the iOS 14.5 update to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus and the point upgrade could have a big impact on your their performance.
The company’s decision to push iOS 14 to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus came as a bit of a surprise given their age. The two phones were released all the way back in 2015.
Apple’s decision means iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users have months of software support to look forward to and that might convince some owners to skip the iPhone 12 series and hold onto their aging phone for a little while longer.
The iPhone 6s iOS 14.5 update is a big one. The new firmware comes with a long list of changes including new features, under-the-hood improvements, and security patches.
Many users have already made the jump to iOS 14.5 which means we’re getting a lot of feedback about the software’s performance.
So far, a lot of the feedback is good, but we’ve also heard about various bugs and performance issues.
If you decide to install iOS 14.5 on your iPhone, note that it requires a large download if your device is currently running iOS 14.4.2.
If you’re running an older version of iOS on your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, your download will likely be much larger because the features and fixes from iOS updates you skipped are baked in.
With that in mind, we want to take you through the most important things to know, right now, about the iPhone 6s iOS 14.5 update.
Our walkthrough will take you through the software’s initial problems, the downgrade status, the iOS 14 jailbreak, and the iPhone 6 iOS 14.5 update’s performance.
We’ll start with the software’s performance. We’ve been testing iOS 14.5 on the iPhone 6s update for a short time and here’s what we’ve learned thus far.iPhone 6s iOS 14.5 Impressions & Performance
We installed iOS 14.5 on an iPhone 6s that was previously running iOS 14.4.2. The download and installation took around 10 minutes to complete.
iOS 14.5 is currently running well. Animations and transitions are snappy and apps open up quickly. While the user interface would often lag on iOS 13, that still hasn’t been the case on iOS 14.
We haven’t noticed any lag in problem areas like Control Center or Notification Center. That said, we have seen the occasional hangup when using the keyboard in Messages.
Battery life is currently stable. We haven’t seen any abnormal battery drain and that’s a really good sign as we push away from the release.
Our core applications, which include Slack, Asana, Spotify, Chrome, and Gmail, are all stable. Developers are still rolling out iOS 14 support updates so if you’re having issues with one of your apps, make sure you’re running the latest version.
As of right now, iOS 14.5 is running smoothly on our device. We haven’t run into any game-changing performance issues and we’ll let you know if that changes in the days ahead.
We’re recommending iOS 14.5 to most iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users. If you’re feeling leery, have a look at our reasons to, and not to, install iOS 14.5 right now.You Should Prepare for iOS 14.5
If you plan to install iOS 14.5 in the near future, make sure you prepare yourself, and the device, for the move.
While some of you might see a performance boost after moving up from your current version of iOS, others will run into trouble. This is why it’s important to prepare.
If you don’t know where to start, we’ve released a pre-installation guide that will take you step-by-step through the process we typically use before we install new iOS software on our iPhones. If you’re new to the iPhone and iOS, or you just want to play it safe, it could help.
At the very least you’ll want to make sure all of your data is backed up before installing new firmware on your phone.iPhone 6s iOS 14.5 Problems
We haven’t run into any major issues during our time on iOS 14.5, but some iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users have.
The current list of iOS 14 problems includes abnormal battery drain, UI lag, issues with first and third-party apps, Touch ID issues, touchscreen problems, Exchange issues, Wi-Fi issues, Bluetooth problems, and more.
If you’re nervous about the current state of iOS 14 problems, you might want to hang back and wait for Apple’s next batch of bug fixes.How to Fix iPhone 6s iOS 14.5 Problems
If you run into an issue on your current version of iOS 14, be it iOS 14.5 or an older version, you might be able to fix the problem(s) on your own.
If you don’t know where to look, our list of fixes for the most common iOS 14 problems is a great place to start.
If you start noticing horrendous battery life after the move to iOS 14, our tips should help you improve battery life going forward.
And if you’re experiencing bad performance (lag, slow download speeds, etc), take a look at our guide to fixing bad iOS 14 performance.iOS 14.4.2 Downgrade Open
If you move your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus to iOS 14.5, and you run into bugs or performance issues, note that you can downgrade your phone’s software.
Apple is currently signing on iOS 14.4.2 which means you can drop your iPhone 6s’ software back to the previous version of iOS 14 in an attempt to improve its performance.
You can’t drop back to iOS 14.4.1, iOS 14.4, iOS 14.3, iOS 14.2, iOS 14.1, iOS 14.0.1, iOS 14.0 or iOS 13. So if you’re on one of those versions and you’re weighing a move to iOS 14.4.5, proceed with caution. Once you move your iPhone to iOS 14.5, there’s no getting back.
If you’re unfamiliar with the downgrade process, take a look at our guide.iPhone 6s iOS 14.5 Update: What’s New
Again, iOS 14.5 is huge upgrade for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. If you’re interested in the particulars, have a look at our list of the best features on board the new firmware.
If you skipped iOS 14.4.2, you’ll get its security patch with your upgrade to iOS 14.5. If you’re interested, you can read about right here.
If you’re moving up from iOS 14.4, you’ll also get iOS 14.4.1’s security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about that change on Apple’s security website.
If you skipped iOS 14.4.2, iOS 14.4.1 and iOS 14.4, you’ll get iOS 14.4’s features and fixes with your upgrade. Our guide goes over those changes.
If you skipped iOS 14.4.2, iOS 14.4.1, iOS 14.4, and iOS 14.3, you’ll get iOS 14.3’s changes with iOS 14.5. iOS 14.3 also had a blend of new features and enhancements and you can learn more about the milestone upgrade in our walkthrough.
If you skipped iOS 14.4.2, iOS 14.4.1, iOS 14.4, iOS 14.3, and iOS 14.2, you’ll get iOS 14.2’s features and fixes with your upgrade. Learn more about iOS 14.2’s changes in our guide.
If you skipped iOS 14.4.2, iOS 14.4.1, iOS 14.4, iOS 14.3, iOS 14.2, and iOS 14.1, you get iOS 14.1’s bug fixes with your upgrade. If you’re interested, you can read more them in our roundup.
If for some reason you’re moving up from iOS 14.0, you’ll also get iOS 14.0.1’s bug fixes with your upgrade. Here’s what iOS 14.0.1 fixed:Fixed an issue that could cause default browser and mail settings to reset after restarting your iPhoneFixed an issue that could prevent your iPhone from connecting to Wi-Fi networksResolved an issue that could prevent sending email with some mail providersAddressed an issue that could prevent images from appearing in the News widget
As for the operating system itself, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus get a pretty stacked version of iOS 14. While the devices do miss out on a few features, the key features are all there.
Some of the highlights include Widgets on the home screen, improvements to Messages and Maps, the new Translate app, and a laundry list of changes to Siri.
We’ve put together a guide that will take you through some of iOS 14’s best features and it’s worth a look if you haven’t dug into the new operating system yet.
If you’re moving up from an older version of iOS 13 you’ll, again, get the features and fixes from the updates you skipped. We also have a guide that goes over the latest iOS 13 features and you should check it out if you’re running old software.Next iOS 14 Update for iPhone 6s & iPhone 6s Plus
Apple’s got a new version of iOS 14 update in the works.
The company’s confirmed iOS 14.6, a milestone upgrade, and the software is currently in beta testing ahead of a public release later on this year.
iOS 14.6 should carry new features, bug fixes, and other enhancements. If you don’t want to wait for the official release, you can download a pre-release version of the software right now.
For more on iOS 14.6 and the beta, please check out our guide.
There’s a chance iOS 14 is the last major upgrade for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.
According to The Verifier, a site with a mixed track record, Apple will drop support for the two aging models when it releases iOS 15 later this year.
A second report, from French site iPhoneSoft, suggests the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will both miss iOS 15. The iPhone SE from 2016 is also expected to stay put on iOS 14.
Nothing is confirmed, and won’t be until Apple hosts WWDC 2021 in early June, but it’s something to keep an eye on as we push into 2021.
For more on iOS 15, check out our walkthrough.iPhone 6s iOS 14.5 Jailbreak
You’ll need to avoid iOS 14.5 if you’re jailbroken or want to jailbreak your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus.
The developer teams behind the Checkra1n and unC0ver jailbreaking tools have released versions that are compatible with newer versions of iOS 14. Unfortunately, they aren’t compatible with iOS 14.5, iOS 14.4.2, iOS 14.4.1, or iOS 14.4.
Apple plugged up the exploits used by these jailbreaks so there’s no telling how long it will be until we see tools for iOS 14.5, iOS 14.4.2, iOS 14.4.1, iOS 14.4, and future versions of iOS 14.
We’ll let you know when we learn more.
4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 14.5 & 11 Reasons You ShouldInstall iOS 14.5 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing iOS 14.5 right now.
iOS 14.5 has important security patches on board and you can read more about the change over on Apple’s website.
iOS 14.5 also brings Apple’s new App Tracking Transparency which lets you control which apps are allowed to track your activity across other companies’ apps and websites for ads or sharing with data brokers.
If you skipped iOS 14.4.2, you get its security patch with iOS 14.5. You can learn more about that patch over on Apple’s website as well.
If you missed iOS 14.4.1, you get its patch with your upgrade to iOS 14.5. You can read about that patch right here.
If you skipped iOS 14.4, you get the update’s patches with your upgrade. You can learn more about iOS 14.4’s security patches right here.
If you skipped iOS 14.3 you’ll get its nine security updates with your upgrade. You can read more about them on its security site.
iOS 14.3 also included a new privacy information section on App Store pages that includes a developer-reported summary of the app’s privacy practices.
If you skipped iOS 14.2, your iOS 14.5 update includes 24 additional security patches. You can learn more about the patches on Apple’s security website.
If you’re still running iOS 13, iOS 14.5 includes iOS 14.0’s security updates.
iOS 14.0 brought 11 new security patches to the iPhone. If you’re interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple’s website.
In addition to those patches, iOS 14 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Home/HomeKit and Safari.
For instance in Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.
With iOS 14 on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them.
There is also a new recording indicator that will appear at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. You can see if an app has used them recently in Control Center.
Researchers also discovered that Apple brought a new “BlastDoor” sandbox security system to iOS 14. The system is meant to prevent attacks from occurring via the Messages app.