Apple iOS 14.5.1 has come and it’s a critical update. In the new version not only a fatal bug in iOS 14.5It includes two important security fixes for security vulnerabilities that pose a clear and current threat to all iPhone and iPad owners. Everything you need to know is here.
Tip: bookmark this page as I will keep it updated as new issues are found. I will give my final verdict in a week.
For whom is that?
Apple iOS 14.5.1 has been released for all iOS 13 compatible devices. That means iPhone 6S and newer as well as the 7th generation iPod touch. If you haven’t received an automatic update notification, trigger it manually by navigating to Settings> General> Software update. Beta Tester: If you are reading a later version of iOS 14 (see “The Road Ahead” section at the end), you must do so Log out your iPhone before iOS 14.5.1 is displayed.
Note: iOS 12.5.3 was also released for older iPhones to address these security vulnerabilities as well as iPadOS 14.5.1. This guide doesn’t focus on older iOS updates or iPadOS, but I always cover relevant topics in these guides.
The deal breakers
Jailbreaker, nothing has changed here. iOS 14.5.1 will break your jailbreak and popular jailbreaking teams Unc0ver (limited to iOS 14.3) and checkra1n (limited Apple devices run A9 (X) chipsets and older) haven’t made any progress recently.
If there are problems, the initial feedback suggests that the biggest problem lies in the upgrade process itself. As the dedicated Reddit thread indicates (and There are much more) the iOS 14.5.1 update won’t install for a number of iPhone owners. This seems to mainly affect OTA updates, and updates from Mac or Windows usually work for most affected users.
Other than that, the early feedback is positive. Minor graphical disturbances (e.g. 1,2) seem to be the main problem and there have been isolated reports of bugs with Screenshots, iMessage and stutter but I haven’t seen any escalation in any of them so far.
So what do you get
The release notes for iOS 14.5.1 from Apple are as follows:
“This update addresses an issue with app tracking transparency where some users who previously allowed apps to track in Settings may not receive prompts from apps after re-enabling them. This update also contains critical security updates and is recommended for all users. “
App Tracking Transparency was one of Apple’s key additions with iOS 14.5, but stumbled upon one Number of problems and as I stated in my upgrade manual, this was it will always be a priority solution. Nevertheless, the focus is on security updates.
Go to Apple official security page and you can find the listing for iOS 14.5.1 and iPadOS 14.5.1 as well as iOS 12.5.3 Identify two serious security vulnerabilities. Both are for WebKit (the browser engine that Safari supports) and allow hackers to run malicious code on the device. Such vulnerabilities are common, but what sets them apart is Apple’s admission that both “may have been actively exploited”. This means that hackers can now use them.
Apple usually fixes security vulnerabilities before hackers discover them. This explains the urgency of this update. It also explains why fixes have also been published for older iPhones with iOS 12.
Apple iOS 14.5.1 verdict: upgrade
Cautious users will want to wait for my final verdict, which I always pass after a week. For everyone else, the critical nature of the vulnerabilities coupled with the scarcity of bug reports means that I would upgrade immediately.
Note: if you bookmark this guide, you can find my final verdict here in a week
Along the road
Two beta of iOS 14.6 have now been released. While there aren’t any obvious new features at this stage of development, references to “lossless” audio were found in the code in the Apple Music app. A so-called Apple Music HiFi tier has been rumored for some time, and the reference in iOS 14.6 strongly suggests that it is about to be released. Whether it’s part of iOS 14.6 itself remains to be seen.
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