iOS 14.4: Not installed it yet? Do it now!

iOS 14.4 has been out for a few days. Have you installed it yet? Here's why you should.
Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Senior Contributing Editor

I'm usually a bit cautious when it comes to recommending that people smash that update button the instant a new version of iOS is released.

I do it, but there are times that I've ended up regretting that decision.

But if you've not yet got around to installing iOS 14.4, then it's time to do it.


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On the face of it, the update seems like one of those take-it-or-leave-it updates. There are lots of mentions of the iPhone 12 in the release notes, and that might make owners of other iPhones give it a pass.

iOS 14.4 release notes

iOS 14.4 includes the following improvements for your iPhone:

  • Smaller QR codes can be recognized by Camera
  • Option to classify Bluetooth device type in Settings for correct identification of headphones for audio notifications
  • Notifications for when the camera on your iPhone is unable to be verified as a new, genuine Apple camera in iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max

This release also fixes the following issues:

  • Image artifacts could appear in HDR photos taken with iPhone 12 Pro
  • Fitness widget may not display updated Activity data
  • Typing may be delayed and word suggestions may not appear in the keyboard
  • The keyboard may not come up in the correct language in Messages
  • Audio stories from the News app in CarPlay may not resume after being paused for spoken directions or Siri
  • Enabling Switch Control in Accessibility may prevent phone calls from being answered from the Lock Screen

But the update also contains fixes for three zero-day vulnerabilities that are actively being exploited in the wild.

That's a big deal.

As to other fixes, I'm hearing from some users that notifications are still broken. It will also spot non-genuine cameras fitted as repairs, which may come as a shock to some.

Beyond that, I've not come across any show-stopping bugs related to battery life, connectivity, or stability.

So, install iOS 14.4.


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