Apple releases iOS 14.1 ahead of iPhone 12 launch

The new software fixes a few bugs and sets the stage for the debut of the iPhone 12.

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iOS 14.1 fixes several bugs with Widgets, and it adds support for 10-bit HDR video playback.

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On Tuesday, Apple released iOS 14.1, the newest version of its mobile operating software for the iPhone . The release comes just days ahead of the launch of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro and makes way for the new phones , with fresh bug fixes and added support for 10-bit HDR video playback and editing.

The list of fixes includes multiple tweaks to the iPhone's widgets, a new addition in iOS 14 that allows users to customize their Home Screens with contextual app-related icons of varying sizes. Other fixes include addressing minor bugs, like one that was preventing zeroes from displaying on the Calculator, and larger issues, such as a bug in Mail that caused emails to be sent from the wrong alias account.

For now, here's the full list of tweaks and fixes, per Apple's notes for the update:

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To download the update, head to Settings/General/Software Update.

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  • Adds support for 10-bit HDR video playback and edit in Photos for iPhone 8 and later.
  • Addresses an issue where some widgets, folders and icons were showing up in a reduced size on the Home Screen.
  • Addresses an issue where dragging widgets on the Home Screen could remove apps from folders.
  • Fixes an issue where some emails in Mail were sent from an incorrect alias.
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent incoming calls from displaying region information.
  • Fixes an issue on some devices where selecting zoomed display mode and an alphanumeric passcode could result in the Lock Screen emergency call button overlapping with the text input box.
  • Addresses an issue where some users were occasionally unable to download or add songs to their library while viewing an album or playlist.
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent zeroes from appearing in the calculator.
  • Resolves an issue where streaming video resolution could temporarily be reduced at the start of playback.
  • Fixes an issue that prevented setting up a family member's Apple Watch for some users.
  • Resolves an issue where the Apple Watch case material was displayed incorrectly in the Apple Watch app.
  • Addresses an issue in the Files app that could cause some MDM-managed cloud service providers to incorrectly display content as unavailable.
  • Improves compatibility with Ubiquiti wireless access points.