Under these circumstances, don't install the iOS 14.2 beta on your current iPhone model

Under these circumstances, don't install the iOS 14.2 beta on your current iPhone model
About a week and a half ago, we told you that Apple was testing iOS 14.2 using a public beta test. But if you are thinking about purchasing an Apple iPhone 12 right after they are unveiled next month,  you might not want to install iOS 14.2 on your current phone. That's because Apple launched iOS 14 on September 16th and will soon launch iOS 14.2. What about iOS 14.1 you ask? Because of the delay in the release of the iPhone 12 series this year, instead of being released with iOS 14 pre-installed, the new handsets will come out of the box with iOS 14.1.

The problem is, if you download the iOS 14.2 beta on let's say, your iPhone 11, when your iPhone 12 arrives at the middle of next month, you are going to have a little problem. According to Cult of Mac, having the iOS 14.2 beta on your older iPhone and iOS 14.1 on your brand new iPhone means that you won't be able to load your latest backup on your newly purchased iPhone 12. That's because Apple won't allow users to put a backup using one version of iOS onto an iPhone running an older version of the operating system.


Yes, if you're a member of the Apple Beta Software Program you might want to install the iOS 14.2 beta because of the change to the Control Center that allows users to add music discovery app Shazam to the Control Center. The Apple-owned app identifies any song in seconds and will add it to your Apple Music or Spotify playlist. Also found on the iOS 14.2 beta is a people detector feature found in the magnifier app that measures the distance between two people. And it also includes new emoji.

As tempting as that all sounds, your best bet is to wait to install the iOS 14.2 beta on your new iPhone 12 once it is in your possession. For that to be a legit choice, Apple will have to make the iPhone 12 compatible with the iOS 14.2 beta during the phone's launch. Otherwise, you might wait to purchase your new 5G iPhone until after the release of the final version of iOS 14.2.

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  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera) 12 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A14 Bionic RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2227 mAh
  • OS iOS 14.x
iPhone 12
  • Display 6.1 inches 2532 x 1170 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera) 12 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A14 Bionic RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2815 mAh
  • OS iOS 14.x
iPhone 12 Pro
  • Display 6.1 inches 2532 x 1170 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Triple camera) 12 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A14 Bionic 6GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2815 mAh
  • OS iOS 14.x
iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • Display 6.7 inches 2778 x 1284 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Triple camera) 12 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A14 Bionic 6GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3687 mAh
  • OS iOS 14.x

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