Apple iPhone XS Max can be downgraded to iOS 14.1

We all know that every time Apple pushes a new version of iOS, it will close the verification channel of the last official version of the system. This makes it impossible for anyone who has the new update to downgrade to the previous version. However, on January 17, Apple quietly opened the signature verification of the iOS 14.1 (18A8395) version for the Apple iPhone XS Max Chinese version. Thus, users can choose to downgrade to this version.

Apple iPhone XS Max

As of now, it is not clear why Apple reopened this downgrade channel separately, nor why it is only for the Chinese version. In many cases, brands allow downgrades when there is an issue with the latest version. The official version of iOS 14.1 was released on October 21, 2020, and the verification channel was closed on November 13 of that year. The main updates include improved camera mode and HDR video recording for new models.

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Official iOS 14.1 changelog

  • Adds support for 10-bit HDR video playback and editing in Photos for iPhone 8 and later.
  • Resolves an issue where some widgets, folders, and icons have smaller sizes on the home screen
  • Resolves an issue where dragging widgets on the home screen could delete apps from folders.
  • Tackles an issue where some messages in Mail were sent from the wrong alias.
  • Fixed an issue that could block Caller ID area information.
  • Fixed an issue where selecting zoom display mode and alphanumeric passcode could cause the lock screen emergency call button to overlap the text input box on some devices.
  • Addresses an issue where some users were occasionally unable to download or add songs to their library when viewing albums or playlists.
  • Fixed an issue that could prevent zeros from appearing in the calculator.
  • Resolves an issue where streaming video resolution may temporarily decrease when playback begins.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented some users from setting up family members’ Apple Watches.
  • Resolved an issue where the Apple Watch case material displayed incorrectly in the Apple Watch app.
  • Addresses an issue in the Files app that could cause some MDM-managed cloud service providers to incorrectly display content as unavailable.
  • Improves compatibility with Ubiquiti wireless access points.
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Apple iPhone XS Max specifications

  • 6.5-inch (2688 x 1245 pixels) OLED 458ppi Super Retina HDR display, 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio (typical) 3D Touch
  • Six-core A12 Bionic 64-bit 7nm processor with four-core GPU, Next-generation Neural Engine
  • 64GB, 256GB, 512GB storage options
  • iOS 12
  • Water and dust resistant (IP68)
  • Dual SIM (nano + eSIM / physical SIM in China)
  • 12MP wide-angle (f/1.8) and telephoto (f/2.4) cameras, Dual optical image stabilization, Optical zoom; Six‑element lens, Quad-LED True Tone flash, 4K video recording at 60 fps, Slo‑mo 1080p at 240 fps
  • 7MP front camera with f/2.2 aperture, 1080p video recording, Retina Flash
  • TrueDepth camera for FaceID facial recognition, Stereo speakers, Four microphones
  • 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac with MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC with reader mode, GPS with GLONASS
  • Dimensions – 157.5×77.4×7.7 mm; Weight: 208g
  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery with Qi wireless charging, fast charging, up to 13 hours of internet use
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