A tech at a Verizon tower site in Grangerland this morning answered some questions about issues with Verizon Apple iPhones in the area that updated with the new IOS 14 Upgrade. He suggested calling 611 tech support. Go through the menus to ask for support. Once you are connected with the support you will get multiple recordings to connect by text with a Tech Coach. Ignore the messages and links, they will repeat several times but ignore it. A Tech Coach will come on the line. Tell them you are having issues, most everyone only has 1 or 2 bars where they had full bars before, dropped calls, apps vanishing. He said once tech gets into the system the “sync to network” switch is usually switched wrong in their system. to connect what he called the VLR at the tower site. They will reset it and you will need to power down the phone for at least 5 minutes. After that is should work. It did mine and five others so far. In some cases, he said to go to settings, general, reset at the bottom and reset the phone. This has worked in a few cases but very few.


Apple in June 2020 introduced the latest version of its iOS operating system, iOS 14, which was released on September 16. iOS 14 is one of Apple’s biggest iOS updates to date, introducing Home screen design changes, major new features, updates for existing apps, Siri improvements, and many other tweaks that streamline the iOS interface.

First and foremost, iOS 14 brings a redesigned Home Screen that includes support for widgets for the first time. Widgets can be dragged from the Today view right onto the Home Screen, and can be pinned in different sizes.

With a Smart Stack feature, the iPhone can use on-device intelligence to surface the right widget based on time, location, and activity. Each Home Screen page can display widgets customized for work, travel, sports, and more. The Today section where widgets are housed has also been redesigned, and there’s a widgets gallery where users can choose new widgets from apps and customize those widgets.

Swiping all the way to the end of the app pages on an iPhone opens the new App Library, which is an interface that shows all of the apps on your iPhone to see everything at a glance. Apps are organized into your folder system, but there are also Apple-created folders like Suggestions and Apple Arcade that intelligently surface apps. New app downloads can be added to your Home Screen or kept in the App Library to keep your Home Screen cleaner.

New space-saving measures mean incoming phone calls and Siri requests no longer take over the entire screen. Phone calls (and FaceTime/VoIP calls) show up in a small banner on the iPhone’s display while activating Siri shows a small animated Siri icon at the bottom of the screen.

With a Picture in Picture mode, users can watch videos or talk on FaceTime while also using other apps at the same time, with FaceTime or a video playing in a small window that can be resized and relocated to any corner of the iPhone’s screen.

Siri is smarter in iOS 14 and can answer a greater range of questions with info pulled from across the internet, and Siri can also send audio messages. Keyboard dictation runs on device, adding an additional layer of privacy for dictated messages.

Apple added App Clips to iOS 14, letting users take advantage of some app features without needing to download the full app. App Clips can let you do things like rent a scooter, purchase a coffee, make a restaurant reservation, or fill a parking meter just by scanning a code, with no need to download a full app.

Apple describes App Clips as just a “small part of an app experience” designed to be found in the moment it is needed. App Clips work through Apple-designed App Clip codes, NFC tags, or QR codes, and can also be shared in Messages or from Safari.

Speaking of the Messages app, Apple now lets users pin an important conversation so that it stays at the top of the app. Messages can be pinned with a simple swipe to the right on any chat. A new inline replies feature can be used to reply to a specific message in a conversation, which is especially useful in group chats.

For group conversations, Apple added an @mention feature, which means a group chat can be muted but sends a notification when a user’s name is mentioned. Group chat photos can be customized with an image or an emoji, and the icons for each person at the top of a conversation make it clear who was the last speaking.

There are new Memoji options that include additional hairstyles, headwear, face coverings, and ages, plus new Memoji stickers for a hug, fist bump, and blush. Memoji is more expressive than ever thanks to revamped facial and muscle structure.

Paired with watchOS 7, iOS 14 lets parents set up and manage cellular Apple Watches for their kids through Family Setup, designed to let kids use an Apple Watch without the need for an iPhone.

For the Health app, Apple has added support for Sleep Tracking on Apple Watch, plus a Health Checklist for managing health and safety features (Emergency SOS, Medical ID, Fall Detection, and ECG) and an addition to help users better understand how audio levels can impact hearing health.

In the Weather app, there’s info on severe weather events, a next-hour precipitation chart, and minute-by-minute precipitation readings when rain is forecast, all features adopted from Apple’s Dark Sky acquisition.


Apple has now released an upgrade to ios14

IOS 14.0.1

Apple has released iOS 14.0.1, the first update to the iOS 14 operating system that was released on September 16. Today’s update is a bug fix update addressing issues that weren’t able to be fixed in the initial iOS 14 launch.

The iOS 14.0.1 update is available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the new software, go to Settings > General > Software Update.

iOS 14.0.1 fixes a bug that could cause third-party apps set as the default to reset after the iPhone is restarted. It also addresses a bug that could prevent the ‌iPhone‌ from connecting to some WiFi networks and fixes an issue that could prevent sending emails with some mail carriers. Apple’s release notes are below:

This update includes bug fixes for your ‌iPhone‌.
– Fixes an issue that could cause default browser and mail settings to reset after restarting your ‌iPhone‌
– Addresses an issue that could prevent camera previews from displaying on ‌iPhone‌ 7 and ‌iPhone‌ 7 Plus
– Fixes an issue that could prevent your ‌iPhone‌ from connecting to Wi-Fi networks
– Resolves an issue that could prevent sending email with some mail providers
– Addresses an issue that could prevent images from appearing in the News widget
– For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:

Apple has also released new updates for iPadOS 14.0.1, tvOS 14.0.1, and watchOS 7.0.1, all of which are bug fix updates. iPadOS 14.0.1 addresses the same bugs as iOS 14.0.1, and according to Apple’s release notes, watchOS 7.0.1 fixes an issue where some payment cards in Wallet were disabled for some users