Update: According to Apple-centric blog Macrumors, iOS 14 release time is now scheduled between 7.30pm – 9pm in the UK. So, fingers crossed there isn’t long left to wait. If you’re in California, you shoudl start refreshing the Software Update panel within the Settings app on your iPhone between 11.30am – 1.00pm PDT.
The original article follows below…
iPhone owners from across the globe have flooded social media with complaints about a perceived delay to the launch of iOS 14. For those who don’t know, iOS 14 is the latest major overhaul to the mobile operating system and brings a truckload of long-requested features, including homescreen widgets, replies to individual texts in iMessage, and the ability to change the default web browser from Safari to Google Chrome, to name a few.
In previous years, Apple has started the roll-out of its latest version of iOS around 6pm GMT / 10am PT / 7pm CEST. There was never any official launch date… but over the years this 6pm download time has become an open secret amongst the most enthusiastic iPhone owners. Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened with iOS 14. And people are worried.
According to one prominent social media account, the iOS 14 release date could be delayed by hours due to an unforseen problem with the iPhone update. However, this hasn’t been confirmed by Apple, so it’s worth taking that report with a prescibred pinch of salt.
Of course, since the US technology firm has never publically committed to kickstarting the update at a particular time, it’s not an official delay. Instead, iPhone owners only believe something to be wrong because of thier experiences in previous years. Given that third-party developers were surprised when Apple confirmed that iOS 14 would launch sometime today during its product showcase last night, where it also announced an Apple Watch Series 6, Apple Watch SE, and all-new iPad Air.
Apple usually allows third-party developers one week to submit the final build of their applications to its approval process so that the latest versions of these apps are available to download when the latest version of iOS rolls out. Developers need to push out the latest version of thier software so that it’s optmised to work with the latest features in iOS, or, at the very least, to ensure that the apps won’t be broken by any of the major changes to the new version of iOS. With that process being slashed from one week down to a day, it’s unclear what the impact will be on your favourite third-party apps and games… but don’t be surprised if there aren’t a load of apps updated to work with the new homescreen widgets today.
So, when will the iOS 14 release actually happen?
Unfortunately, that’s anyone’s guess. But it’s a question that people really want answered. So many people have now taken to Twitter to bemoan the slower launch that iOS 14 is now trending in a number of countries worldwide.
While it’s not unusual for the launch of new iterations of iOS to cause the software to trend nationwide… this typically happens because millions of iPhone owners are discovering the latest features and tweeting about their new favourite tweaks. The fact that iOS 14 is trending because frustrated iPhone owners cannot install the software isn’t ideal for Apple.
According to the prominent Twitter account @AppleEventTimer, which counts down to the latest Apple software, hardware and product showcase events, Apple has delayed the update by a few hours. In a tweet, it states: “Looks like iOS 14 is delayed (by up to a couple hours) unexpectedly. The reason is not clear, but on the positive side, it gives app developers and App Store review a bit more time to get third party apps ready on launch.”
It’s unclear how @AppleEventTimer has obtained this information, but it certainly seems plausible that iOS 14’s release could be delayed by a while.
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