Current IOS Version Recommendation

This page contains the most current Senior Tech Club recommandations about IOS updates.  Look to this page for insight and our recommendations about the latest IOS updates.

The recommendations are simple:

  • Wait – Indicates that the recommendation is to wait before updating.  This recommendation can change with either a fix release or more information from the marketplace
  • Upgrade – Indicates that an upgrade or update is recommended.  Enjoy the new features and stability.

The tabs below identify our current recommendations on IOS and iPadOS updates.

 

IOS Upgrade Principles

The Senior Tech Club has two principles that guide our recommendations on IOS upgrades.

  1.  IOS Upgrades are good and will bring new features, bug and security fixes that are important.  We want to upgrade when possible.
  2. IOS Upgrades will occasionally bring bugs and other unintended flaws and interruptions.  We generally like the idea of letting the marketplace judge an upgrade before we upgrade.  It’s good to wait a few days before upgrading.  This means turn off Auto-Upgrade.   See How to turn Off Automatic IOS Updates

IOS & iPadOS Recommendations

IOS 14.0.1 – A Major Upgrade Recommended

by | Oct 5, 2020

IOS 14.0.1 is recommended for iPhones 6s and later.  (Check Compatibility)

IOS 14 is a major update to the iPhone device.  The initial release was available on September 16.  On September 24, Apple released a bug fix as IOS 14.0.1.  This version is recommended.  Our Senior Tech recommendation comes early.  The marketplace is loving this release.  

Here is a partial list of some of the new capabilities found in IOS 14 that we like:

  • Homescreen Widgets – Get app information like weather and new on your home screen.
  • App Library – Allows you to unclutter your homescreen(s). 
  • Picture-in-Picture – a long time coming, but an audio-only option adds clever flexibility
  • Compact UI – For calls and Siri.  They no longer take up the whole screen.
  • Messages – New capabilities to pin chats, @mentions and more
  • App Clips – access an app’s core functionality without having to download it. Useful for one-off needs
  • Maps – cycling directions, EV charging spots and curated sight and restaurant recommendations
  • Translate – Access real time spoken translations in 11 languages.  I hope we get to travel again soon.
  • Magnify app – Using your iPhone to magnify an object is now available on an app.  

See Apple’s IOS Announcement site for more details.  

I  found no issues with the update and the process took about 40 minutes.   I also found no issues in the week following the release. 

Learn about our upgrade principles and track our upgrade recommendations online at: IOS Version Recommendation.

Upgrade Recommended!

iPadOS 14.0.1 – A Major Upgrade Recommended for iPad

by | Oct 5, 2020

iPadOS 14.0.1 is a recommended upgrade for newer iPads.  (Check Compatibility)

iPadOS 14 is a major update to the iPad.  The initial release was available on September 16.  On September 24, Apple released a bug fix as IOS 14.0.1.  This version is recommended.  Our Senior Tech recommendation comes early.  The marketplace is loving this release.  

Here is a partial list of some of the new capabilities found in iPadOS 14 that we like:

  • Homescreen Widgets – Get app information like weather and new on your home screen.
  • App Library – Allows you to unclutter your homescreen(s). 
  • Scribble – allows you to write in data fields with the Apple Pencil.  This is cool.
  • Compact UI – For calls and Siri.  They no longer take up the whole screen.
  • Maps – cycling directions, EV charging spots and curated sight and restaurant recommendations
  • Translate – Access real time spoken translations in 11 languages.  I hope we get to travel again soon.
  • Magnifier app – Using your iPad to magnify an object is now available on an app.  

See Apple’s IPadOS Release Notes site for more details.  

I  found no issues with the update and the process took about 40 minutes.   I also found no issues in the week following the release. 

Learn about our upgrade principles and track our upgrade recommendations online at: IOS Version Recommendation.

Upgrade Recommended!

IOS 12.4.6 – Recommended for older iPhones and iPads

by | Apr 6, 2020

IOS 12.4.6 – Recommended

This IOS update is for older devices and includes important security fixes that were not specifically identified by Apple.  This update is recommended on your older iPhone.

The devices that can support this update are:   iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, and iPod touch 6th generation.

Learn about our upgrade principles and track our upgrade recommendations online at: IOS Version Recommendation.

Additional Information

Apple Support:  About IOS 13 Updates

Apple Support:  About iPadOS 13 Updates

 

 

The Senior Tech Club has extensively covered the topic of IOS Versions and upgrades.  The table below lists our Recipes and Nuggets on this topic:

Related Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets

NumberTitle
How to Perform an IOS Software Update
014How to Perform an IOS Software Update
What Version of IOS am I running?
013What Version of IOS am I running?
How to turn Off Automatic IOS Updates
N36How to turn Off Automatic IOS Updates
Current IOS Version Recommendation
N32Current IOS Version Recommendation
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