With iOS 12 Apple AAPL +1.28% got a lot right. Out the gate, it proved noticeably faster, more stable and more full of surprises than any iOS generational upgrade I can remember (even if the bar is low – 1,2,3). That said, it had flaws (one of which proved quite embarrassing) and iOS 12.0.1 is much needed. But does it create more problems than it solves?
Here’s everything you need to know about iOS 12.0.1…
Who Is It For?
iOS 12.0.1 runs on every iOS 11 compatible device for which Apple deserves great credit. This means the iPhone 5S or later, iPad mini 2 or later and 6th generation iPod touch or later.
If your device is compatible you should be prompted automatically to upgrade. If not, you can trigger it manually by navigating to Settings > General > Software Update. Apple iOS 12.1 beta testers (more later), you must unroll your device for the update to appear.
Every iOS update varies in size (it depends on your device and which version of iOS you are upgrading from). As a ‘minor point’ upgrade, iOS 12.0.1 is fairly modest at circa 100GB but its fixes are important.
The Deal Breakers
Jailbreakers, yes all five of you still doing this, iOS 12.0.1 will break it so stay away until your jailbreak software of choice catches up. At the current rate of progress, however, that could be months.
As for early issues, yes there are a few. Some report the charging fix (more in the next section) doesn’t work, though for most it does. The potentially embarrassing iMessages bug still lingers, along with Bluetooth connectivity issues both finding devices and holding a connection (1,2,3,4,5). There are also isolated reports of problems with Touch ID, and WiFi performance.
As for battery life, yes there are some complaints (1,2,3) but before you jump the gun wait for reindexing to finish.
So What Do You Get?
Here are Apple’s official release notes:
- Fixes an issue where some iPhone XS devices did not immediately charge when connected to a Lightning cable
- Resolves an issue that could cause iPhone XS devices to rejoin a Wi-Fi network at 2.4GHz instead of 5GHz
- Restores the original position of the “.?123” key on the iPad keyboard
- Fixes an issue where subtitles may not appear in some video apps
- Addresses an issue where Bluetooth could become unavailable
Of these, charging was by far the biggest problem and it seems to be working for most (if not all) affected users. The same can be said about the Bluetooth and WiFi fixes which the complaints above show are not a slam dunk.
On the plus side, Apple’s decision to reposition the ‘.?123’ key on the iPad keyboard had proved highly unpopular so the shift back is welcome.
Less welcome is iOS 12.0.1 appears to ignore ongoing iOS 12 problems related to iPhone X display issues, speakers cutting out and iMessage conversation merging. But more time is needed to assess this as Apple often includes fixes which it chooses not to list (aka draw attention to) in the release notes.
As for security, Apple’s official security page contains two important fixes for VoiceOver and QuickLook where a hacker could potentially view photos and contacts and share them from the lockscreen.
Apple iOS 12.0.1 Verdict: Install (In A Week)
If you have an iPhone affected by the iOS 12 charging issue, or the new iPad keyboard layout was driving you crazy then jumping straight on iOS 12.0.1 is a no-brainer. For everyone else, I’d suggest caution.
There are no new features, and so far only a very small percentage of the user base has upgraded, but there are already enough bugs to suggest waiting a week and letting others experiment with their devices is the smart move.
As always, I will keep this article updated so be sure to check back before you upgrade.
The Road Ahead
As I mentioned at the start, Apple is currently beta testing 12.1. This is a more substantial update which adds Group FaceTime chat (with support for up to 32 people!) and a lot of new emojis. Don’t expect it to land for another month though, and a more minor iOS 12.0.2 release is likely to be released beforehand.