iOS 14.4 & iPadOS 14.4 Update Released to Download for iPhone & iPad [IPSW Links]

Jan 26, 2021 - 2 Comments

iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4

iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4 have been released by Apple for eligible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices.

The software updates include various bug fixes resolving issues like the lagging keyboard, security enhancements, and minor feature adjustments, and are therefore recommended to all iPhone and iPad users running prior versions of iOS 14 or iPadOS 14.

Separately, Apple released updates for tvOS 14.4 and watchOS 7.3 have been made available, though MacOS Big Sur 11.2 is yet to arrive.

How to Download & Update iOS 14.4 or iPadOS 14.4

Be sure to backup your iPhone or iPad to iCloud, iTunes on PC, or to Finder on Mac before installing the update. The easiest way download and install the updates is through the Settings app.

  1. Open the “Settings” app on iPhone or iPad
  2. Go to “General”
  3. Go to “Software Update”
  4. Choose “Download and Install” for iOS 14.4 or iPadOS 14.4

iOS 14.4 and ipadOS 14.4

Rebooting the device is necessary to complete installation of the new system software.

Optionally, users can also choose to install the software update through iTunes on a Windows PC or older Mac, or by using Finder on macOS Big Sur or Catalina on newer Mac models.

More advanced users can also use IPSW firmware files to install the software updates onto their eligible devices, which also requires using iTunes or Finder.

iOS 14.4 & iPadOS 14.4 ISPW Direct Download Links

We’ve broken the IPSW download links into iOS and iPadOS links for easier access:

iOS 14.4 IPSW for iPhone and iPod touch

iPadOS 14.4 IPSW

iOS 14.4 Release Notes

Release notes included with iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4 are as follows:

iOS 14.4 includes the following improvements for your โ€ŒiPhoneโ€Œ:

– Smaller QR codes can be recognized by Camera
– Option to classify Bluetooth device type in Settings for correct identification of headphones for audio notifications
– Notifications for when the camera on your โ€ŒiPhoneโ€Œ is unable to be verified as a new, genuine Apple camera in โ€ŒiPhone 12โ€Œ, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max

This release also fixes the following issues:
– Image artifacts could appear in HDR photos taken with โ€ŒiPhone 12 Proโ€Œ
– Fitness widget may not display updated Activity data
– Typing may be delayed and word suggestions may not appear in the keyboard
– The keyboard may not come up in the correct language in Messages
– Audio stories from the News app in CarPlay may not resume after being paused for spoken directions or Siri
– Enabling Switch Control in Accessibility may prevent phone calls from being answered from the Lock Screen

Release notes for iPadOS 14.4 are mostly the same, minus iPhone specific features and issues of course.

Users running prior versions of iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 are encouraged to install the updates, particularly if you’ve had any difficulties with those releases. As you can see, the laggy keyboard issue is apparently directly addressed, for example.

Aside from iPadOS and iOS updates, Apple also issued MacOS Big Sur 11.2 update for Macs along with updates for tvOS 14.4 for Apple TV and watchOS 7.3 for Apple Watch.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, News


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  2. Telford Moore says:

    I never enjoy upgrading, as the slowness always leaves me wondering if it will complete the task. However, I have just upgraded to iPadOS 14.4 and the result is great – when installed, faster loading of the iPad is a real plus.

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