Apple released the new iOS 14.1 GM build to developers after it seeded the iOS 14.2 beta 3 to developers on October 13, after its ‘Hi, Speed’ iPhone 12 launch event. It was reported that the company had mistakenly released iOS 14.1 as a public update but was later taken down from the Apple Developer portal and rolled out as a GM build available as IPSW files, only.
Registered developers can easily download iOS 14.1 GM build via Settings app > General > Software Update. Beta and GM updates are only available for developers registered with the Apple Developers Program, which costs $99 per year. The program provides them with the required documentation, software, and hardware support to build their apps for the company’s platforms.
As developer beta updates are unstable and may brick phones and cause data loss, among other issues. It is advised that iOS 14.1 GM update be installed on a secondary device only.
The new flagship iPhone 12 series was announced yesterday, and it was confirmed that the first 5.4-inch iPhone 12 mini will ship with iOS 14.1 pre-installed by October 23. Therefore, the new iOS 14.1 GM might be the last update seeded to developers before the public release of the iPhone operating system.
9to5Mac shared a screenshot of the Home app interface from iOS 14.1, which shows the new accessories section and store within the app. It is likely that iOS 14.1 will support the new HomePod mini.
HomePod mini is the latest addition to Apple’s speakers. The spherical design of the mini smart speaker has a mesh fabric exterior for improved acoustic performance and illuminates when users interact with its built-in voice assistant, Siri. Powered by an A5 chip, it offers computational audio processing to adjust music 180 times per second and much more.
Along with the new GM update, Apple also pushed iOS 14.2 beta to developers which is likely to stay in the testing phase a while longer. New Shazam integration and emojis were discovered in the iOS 14.2 developers beta.