iOS 14.0.1 fixes a totally annoying iPhone bug

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iOS 14.0.1
iOS 14.0.1 lets you set Gmail as your default email application, and have it actually stick.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

Apple released a bug-fix update to iOS 14 on Thursday. iOS 14.0.1 removes a number of problems — most notably, a bug that prevented users from permanently picking a new default email app and web browser. And iPad users get iPadOS 14.0.1 with the same fixes.

There are also bug fix updates out for Final Cut Pro and some of Apple’s other media-production applications for Mac.

Default email app and web browser settings now stick

A highlight of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 is the ability to change the default email application to something other than Apple Mail. And the default web browser can be set to something other than Safari.

However, a bug in the first version of these operating systems kept these changes from sticking. Resetting the iPhone or iPad would reset the email and browser apps. That’s fixed in Thursday‘s update.

Full iOS 14.0.1 release notes

And the new version makes multiple other tweaks as well. These are listed in Apple’s official release notes:

This update includes bug fixes for your iPhone.

    • Fixes an issue that could cause default browser and mail settings to reset after restarting your iPhone
    • Addresses an issue that could prevent camera previews from displaying on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
    • Fixes an issue that could prevent your iPhone from connecting to Wi-Fi networks
    • Resolves an issue that could prevent sending email with some mail providers
    • Addresses an issue that could prevent images from appearing in the News widget

How to update your iPhone or iPad

All that’s necessary to move to the west version is to connect your iPhone or iPad to a Mac (or a Windows PC running iTunes). Alternatively, an over-the-air update is also possible. That’s accomplished by opening the Settings app and going to General > Software Update.

The release of iOS 14.0.1 and iPadOS 14.0.1 comes just over a week a week after the original versions were introduced.

Fixing bugs in Final Cut Pro and more

Apple developers have been busy, as there are also bug-fix updates for some of its high-profile Mac apps on Thursday.

A family lengthy list of problems were taken care of in Final Cut Pro.  There are fewer fixes in iMovie, Motion and Compressor.