Apple began rolling out iOS 14, iPadOS 14 and watchOS 14 to eligible devices yesterday after announcing it during its virtual event. The iOS 14 update for the iPhone brings a host of new features, including a much-requested App Library, support for new widgets on the home screen, and a host of privacy improvements. Another major change is the ability to set third-party apps as defaults. This means that users can set Chrome or Edge as their default browser instead of Safari, Outlook as their preferred mail client, and more.
However, reports suggest that these defaults are automatically being reset on reboot, changing the apps to Apple’s offerings. Folks over at 9to5Mac and The Verge confirm that their devices too exhibit this behavior, as rebooting the phone automatically resets user preferences, which are expected to persist. It is not clear if this is an issue caused by a bug in iOS 14, or if the Cupertino giant intended for the device to automatically reset the preferences.
While the ability to set third-party apps as the default is a useful change for users that do not extensively use Apple’s apps, it could get frustrating to constantly head into settings and perform the change after every reboot. A Google engineer acknowledged the behavior on Twitter but did not comment on whether it was to do with the apps or the OS itself. If it is an iOS14 bug indeed, it would not be surprising to see Apple push a minor update to fix it.