Amidst the disappointing announcement that Apple is likely pushing back the release of new iPhones this fall, fans of the tech giant received a consolation prize during the company's fall event on Tuesday, Sept. 15, when Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that iOS 14 would roll out on Wednesday, Sept. 16. Fans were excited about the release and started refreshing their phones at the time they thought it would come out on Wednesday, but these tweets and memes about iOS 14 release day show it seems to be taking a little longer than people had hoped. But fans seem to be having a little fun with it, joking about Apple devotees staying glued to their phones until the update arrives.
The rollout of Apple's latest operating system, which Apple first announced at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 22, has been a long time coming. After launching a beta version of iOS 14 this past summer, the tech company finally told customers that they could expect the highly-anticipated update to launch on Sept. 16. The new operating system will come with a handful of cool features like the ability to pin text conversations from people you text the most at the top of your Messages, cycling directions in Apple Maps, mentions and inline replies while texting groups, new Memoji features, and differently-sized widgets. Apple customers who own the iPhone 6S, the iPhone 7 and later, the first and second generation iPhone SE, and the seventh generation iPod Touch will be able to download the update when it launches.
Considering iOS updates are usually released around 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET (although the company never confirmed an official release time), many Apple fans were left disappointed when iOS 14 was nowhere to be found at that time. Apple previously confirmed Sept. 16 as the release date, but the company didn't provide an official release time.
After 10 a.m. PT came and went, many fans took to Twitter to voice their frustration with the slow rollout, sharing hilarious memes and videos of them repeatedly refreshing their phones and otherwise not being OK with the fact that iOS 14 was nowhere in sight.
While many people expressed concern about Apple dropping the ball on its iOS 14 release date, the company's support team assured one worried customer that it would still dropping on Sept. 16, as promised.
With such a wide rollout, it's likely the delay is simply due to the number of devices Apple is trying to get the update on. As you keep checking your Settings for the iOS 14 to arrive, you can head to Twitter to commiserate with other impatient Apple fans eagerly awaiting the drop.