Yet, despite being up-to-date with iOS 14.2, some iPhone users have reported major irritations such as audio “call drops”, calls being automatically cut off in the middle of a conversation — even if the phone battery is good, the use is updated with payments, and the phone is used within an active cell site coverage, Gulf News has learnt.
It’s one of latest talks on Reddit, too, where a user who claims to have been using a beta of 14.2 in October had faced a “bug”, both with dropped Facetime Video use and audio calls. Apparently, the bug involving audio call drops had not been sorted in the commercial release. (Apple’s FaceTime is not available on iPhones sold in the UAE).
“Am I the only one having this issue? FaceTime just disconnects and sends me back to the Home Screen. I thought it was a wifi issue but usually when that happens it switches to LTE. So, I’m assuming it’s the beta. I have an iPhone XS running beta 2,” stated u/Sbl4ack last month.
Tweep Oliver Thomas on Sunday (November 15, 2020), also reported an “annoying bug with iOS 14.2 and/or AirPods Pro firmware 3A383”. “I like to use the ‘Off’ Noise Control feature, when you press and hold on the AirPods Pro stems. This keeps on randomly getting disabled in settings,” he stated.
Other tweeps reported some iOS 14.2 “bugs” too, and called out Apple Support over the Music app, which appears — or disappears — automatically. It’s not all bad news, though. iPhone user Amit Bhawani reported significant improvements in battery life for his iPhone 11 Pro Max after the iOS 14 upgrade.
Shane Huntley, Director of Google’s Threat Analysis Group, stated in a tweet that the three iOS “zero-day vulnerabilities” are related to the recent spat of three Chrome zero-days and a Windows zero-day that Google had previously disclosed recently. Google did not share details of the attacker(s) or their target(s), as in at least four previous cases.
To sort out persistent user complaints or plug more bugs — or both — the latest iteration, iOS version 14.3, is already on its way. A beta version now being tested, reports 9to5Mac. It is also reportedly going to suggest third-party apps to users during the iPhone or iPad set-up process. When sought for comment by Gulf News, there was no immediate response from Apple Middle East regarding these user complaints.
Most over-the-air software updates happen automatically. However, for those who opted for manual udpates, failure to update, from the standard iOS14 version may expose you to iPhone jailbreakers, especially if hackers perceive you as a high-value target. iOS 14.x updates apply to iPhone models from 6S and above (iPhone 6 and below won’t be able to update to latest iOS 14 or its iterations).
Warning from UAE authorities
In a tweet, the UAE’s Computer Emergency Response Team (aeCERT) reported several “vulnerabilities” were discovered in iOS and iPad OS “that could allow the execution of arbitrary code with kernel privileges and discloser kernel memory content.”
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On November 11, 2020 aeCERT reported that 112 security vulnerabilities in #Windows, #Office and other products had been fixed in a new update from #Microsoft
First public beta of iOS14 released.
Commercial iOS 14 released. New features include a new home screen design, widgets, picture in picture, and more.
Apple unveiled iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini with 5G, released with with iOS 14.
Apple released iOS and iPad OS 14.1, with multiple bug fixes. Apple has released the iOS 14.1 as well as iPadOS 14.1 updates with support for the latest devices and some bug fixes.
Apple releases iOS 14.2. The iteration is aimed patch at least three “zero-day vulnerabilities”, according to tech media reports. These holes were discovered being abused in attacks against its users. The same security bugs have also been fixed in iPadOS 14.2.
The UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) identifies iPhone system vulnerability, specifically in the earlier versions of iOS14 and iPadOS14, and urged people to update these apps. Several vulnerability were discovered in iOS and iPad OS “that could allow the execution of arbitrary code with kernel privileges and discloser kernel memory content.”
Apple releases first developer beta of iPhone iOS 14.3 and iPad OS14.3, according to 9to5Mac. (It’s not available yet to the public.
How to manually update your iPhone OS and iPad OS:
- The updates can be downloaded on compatible iPhones (starting from the iPhone 6s).
- If you haven’t been notified about the update, you may manually check by going to Settings > General > Software Update.
- The latest Apple OS updates are iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2; but an iOS 14.3 is also on the way.
How to update apps in your iPhone
- Open the App Store, then tap Today at the bottom of the screen.
- Tap your profile icon at the top of the screen.
- Scroll down to see pending updates and release notes. Tap Update next to an app to update only that app, or tap Update All.