iOS 14 resets default email and browser when apps update


iOS 14.0.1
Make Gmail your iOS 14 default email app and it still won‘t stick.
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Another significant bug has been found in iOS 14’s ability to change the default web browser and email applications. If third-party apps are chosen, they’ll stop being the defaults when an new version is installed.

The same problem apparently affects tablets running iPadOS 14.

iOS 14.1 and iPadOS 14.1 arrive to squash some bugs


iOS 14.1 and iPadOS 14.1 arrive: Here come the bug fixes.
Here come the bug fixes.
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Apple released iOS 14.1 and iPadOS 14.1 Tuesday, bringing bug fixes and a handful of other improvements to iPhones and iPads.

Support for 10-bit HDR video playback and editing seems like the main new feature. But the updates supposedly fix plenty of little problems that might be annoying people who updated to iOS 14. If your Home screen widgets, folders and icons don’t look quite right, you should probably grab iOS 14.1.

Spotify gets an iOS 14 widget that lets you access recent listens


Spotify makes it easier to access your music and podcasts.
Photo: Spotify

If Spotify remains your main streaming music listening platform, there’s some good news: the streaming giant has finally released an iOS 14 widget that lets you quickly access recently played artists, podcasts, and albums in a single tap.

There are both small and medium-sized versions of the widget. The smaller of these shows your most recently listened to item. Meanwhile, the medium-sized widget offers a more luxurious, five most recent items array.

Apple seeds iOS 14.1 golden master to beta testers


iOS 14.1 is almost here.
Less than a month after the release of iOS 14, Apple is close to releasing iOS 14.1.
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Apple gave developers access to the final pre-release versions of iOS 14.1 and iPadOS 14.1 on Tuesday. This is an important last step before releasing these upgrades to the public.

However, we don’t yet know when they’ll be available for iPhone and iPad.

Banish the squircle from your Home screen with this fancy iOS 14 icon pack


Reimagined icons on iOS 14
A new way to gussy up your iOS 14 Home screen.
Photo: Tobias Whetton

The tyranny of the squircle, a cross between a square and a circle, has been a part of iOS icons since the very beginning. But thanks to iOS 14 — and the enterprising efforts of 24-year-old, London-based designer Tobias Whetton — you can finally change up your Home screen icons and go with another shape of your choice.

(So long as it’s a rectangle, that is.)

iPhone can play YouTube videos with Picture in Picture again


YouTube Picture in Picture is back. At least for now.
Watching a YouTube video in Picture in Picture is back!
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YouTube once again allows iOS 14 users to watch video from its website in a small window while another application is open. Picture in Picture support had been removed several weeks ago for iPhone users who aren’t a YouTube Premium subscriber.

This only includes video streamed from Safari. Google’s YouTube application has never supported Picture in Picture.

You can no longer downgrade to launch version of iOS 14 if you already updated


Stop the madness
You can't go back again.
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If you upgraded to iOS or iPadOS 14.0.1, it’s no longer possible to downgrade to the earlier, launch version of iOS 14. Apple stopped signing the original iOS 14, thereby stopping users from installing it on their devices.

Apple introduced iOS 14.0.1 last week. The first update to iOS 14, it introduced a bug fix to a problem that kept users from permanently selecting a new email app or web browser.

Fix battery drain, missing GPS data after updating to iOS 14, watchOS 7


Fix GPS data loss iOS 14
It's not easy, but it's essential.
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Apple has acknowledged problems with iOS 14 and watchOS 7 that can cause some users to lose GPS data and experience excessive battery drain on Apple Watch and iPhone — among other things.

There is a way to fix these issues and prevent future data loss, and it means resetting your devices. We’ll walk you through it.

Fast-moving iOS 14 icon pack designer makes 6 figures in 6 days


Dark icons
What could be more sleekly minimalist? (You get a set of lighter icons, too.)
Photo: Traf

San Francisco-based graphic designer Traf was one of the first to jump on the idea of creating high-quality icons for iOS 14 users to customize their Home screens — and he’s reaping the benefits.

In a new blog post, Traf writes that it took him just six days to rack up 3,626 sales of his stunning monochrome icon set. Because he charged $28 for them, he made $101,528 — officially passing the six-figure mark.