iOS 6.1.2 on iPad Review

Earlier this week, Apple rolled out yet another update for its iOS 6.1 software, this time, in the form of iOS 6.1.2. The update, which is the second of two that Apple has rolled out since releasing iOS 6.1 back in February, is aimed at wiping out an Exchange issue that had been wiping out the battery life of iPhones and iPads since the arrival of iOS 6.1. As we’ve mentioned, and as iDevice owners know, these smaller updates can often fix other unspecified issues or bring other problems along with them. That said, here are our impressions of the iOS 6.1.2 update for the iPad 3 in particular.

Read: iOS 6.1.2 on iPhone 5 Review: Impressions and Performance.

About three weeks ago, Apple released the long-awaited iOS 6.1 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners. The update brought quite a bit new to the table as it represented the first major update to the iOS 6 operating system since its release all the way back in September of last year.

Instead of just bug fixes, the iOS 6.1 update actually brought a number of new features to the table for owners of Apple’s devices running iOS 6 or above. Those include new movie buying functionality for Siri, a larger Report a Problem button in Apple Maps and my personal favorite, the new lock screen music controls that were a big improvement from those found in iOS 6, particularly on the iPhone.

Of course, for all the good that iOS 6.1 brought with it, there was also quite a bit of bad as well, so bad in fact, that Apple has had to issue two iOS 6.1 updates since then.

The first was iOS 6.1.1, an update strictly for the iPhone 4S, and one that tackled a 3G connectivity issue that iPhone 4S owners were struggling under after the release of iOS 6.1.

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iOS 6.1.2 was released for the iPad earlier this week.

iOS 6.1.2 was released for the iPad earlier this week.

The second was released earlier this week in the form of iOS 6.1.2, an extremely small update that arrived for owners of all iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models running iOS 6. This update was issued, according to Apple, to take care of some battery drain issues that arose due to an Exchange bug that was housed inside its calendar.

Exchange, a common email service used by both small and large businesses had an issue in its calendar wherein network activity would increase and the iPhone would start losing battery life quickly. Again, in one particular case, we saw iOS 6.1 battery life on the iPhone 4S drop to 55% with just a few hours of actual usage.

Apple promised a fix shortly after the bug came to the surface and after companies advised their iPhone users to refrain from updating until the bug was worked out.

So, earlier this week, iOS 6.1.2 finally rolled out the very necessary update to owners of the iPad. The update is available now through iTunes or through an Over-the-Air update.

That said, here now are my impressions about the iOS 6.1.2 update for the iPad.

Easy Installation

As I’ve stated in my reviews several times, many times I’ve run into issues installing iOS updates. Typically, they happen during major upgrades, say iOS 5 or iOS 6, but I’ve also encountered some problems with incremental updates as well whether its an update freezing or an update taking longer than it should.

iOS 6.1.2 for iPad was an extremely flawless installation. I decided to install the software Over-the-Air as I typically do, and while it was a bit larger than the iPhone 5′s iOS 6.1.2 update, checking in at around 40MB, it still went fairly swiftly.

From start to finish the process took all of seven so minutes. After that was through, my iPad installed the update automatically and started up with iOS 6.1.2 on board.

Of course, iPad owners looking for something new from iOS 6.1.2 aren’t going to get it. The software will look exactly the same as iOS 6.1 did on the iPad and there are no new features.

New iOS 6.1 Features Still Working Well

Speaking of the new features, all of them are still working well in iOS 6.1.2. While the ability to purchase movie tickets with Siri may have been the largest addition to iOS 6 in iOS 6.1, I am still finding the new lock screen to be the best overall addition.

I still love the lock screen controls.

I still love the lock screen controls.

When iOS 6.1 first arrived, I wasn’t in love with the iPad’s new lock screen controls. At least not as much as I was with the iPhone 5′s. Due to the larger display, the controls are a bit different than the iPhone’s as they aren’t as spread out on screen.

Still, they’ve grown on me and while I wish there was even more space between all of the buttons, they are certainly an improvement over the previous version of the lock screen music controls, which I encountered on an older iPad earlier this week.

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The other feature, the new Report a Problem button in Apple Maps, is still there, though I will say that I haven’t used it yet as I haven’t used the Maps app on my iPad since installing iOS 6.1.

Wi-Fi is Snappy

I own a Wi-Fi only version of the iPad third-generation which means that I rely solely on Wi-Fi connectivity when I need to get on the web or check my email from my tablet. So, if and when an iOS update bungles Wi-Fi, I am in big trouble.

Fortunately, I have come out of iOS relatively unscathed. Prior to iOS 6.1, I had indeed heard from a few iPad owners who were complaining about Wi-Fi connectivity and for the most part, those have settled down.

iOS 6.1.2 seems to keep the same snappy Wi-Fi connection that I have been accustomed to. And so far, my connection to public Wi-Fi has been stable as well.

As I’ve said before, I suggest checking in with this thread if you are indeed experiencing issues after iOS 6.1.

Battery Life Remains Solid

After installing iOS 6.1, I saw iPad owners complaining about battery life issues. It now appears that those issues, at least for most people, were likely caused by the Exchange bug that was plaguing Apple’s mobile device owners.

As someone who doesn’t own a cellular enabled iPad or one that has an active Exchange account on board, I can’t confirm whether or not the issues have been hashed out by iOS 6.1.2. From what I have heard though, the issue should be taken care and battery life should have returned to normal. I suggest taking a look at our how to fix iOS 6.1 battery life in ten seconds if you’re still experiencing issues.

iOS 6.1.2 battery life remains solid.

iOS 6.1.2 battery life is solid.

What I can confirm is that after installing iOS 6.1.2, my battery life is solid on my Wi-Fi only iPad model. It’s as good as it was when I got iOS 6 and as good as it was after the iOS 6.1 update rolled out.

So those that are accustomed to the iPad’s fantastic battery life can expect more of the same from this update.

Security Issue Still an Issue

One issue that still is an issue in iOS 6.1.2 is the lock screen security bug that allows users to bypass the lock screen by using the Emergency Call button.

The issue was not taken care of in iOS 6.1.2, likely because Apple needed to rush out a fix for the Exchange battery drain bug, but it does look like relief will be coming soon in the form of iOS 6.1.3.

Today, iOS 6.1.3 Beta 2 rolled out and sure enough, Apple listed a fix for the security flaw. The company has not yet said when the update might roll out though given the stature of the bug, we imagine that it will likely be released in the near future.

No Other Major Issues

So far, I haven’t discovered any other major bugs within iOS 6.1.2. All of the features seem to be working properly on my iPad including all of the applications I use on a daily basis.

I haven't discovered any major iOS 6.1.2 bugs.

I haven’t discovered any major iOS 6.1.2 bugs.

Often, these updates find a way to break the harmony with some apps, I saw it with iOS 6.1 in Chrome on my iPhone 5, but so far, iOS 6.1.2 has performed admirably and I haven’t noticed any significant issues.

Should You Install to iOS 6.1.2?

At this point, I can’t find any reason for iPad owners not to install the iOS 6.1.2 update, at least those that are already on iOS 6.1. Battery life is solid, the Exchange issue seems to have been taken care of, Wi-Fi connectivity is strong and I haven’t been able to dig up any significant bugs.

In addition, the Evasi0n jailbreak currently supports iOS 6.1.2.

iPad owners are safe to install iOS 6.1.2.

iPad owners are safe to install iOS 6.1.2.

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We recommend that those who may still be lingering on iOS 5 wait for iOS 6.1.3 to patch the security bug. Other than that, iOS 6.1.2 is perfectly safe to install through iTunes or Over-the-Air through the iPads settings.

Comments

  1. JD says

    Personal experience – iPhone 5′s battery life is gone from lasting a whole day without charging – to 5 hours tops (and haven’t used the phone at all today but only to reply text messages)

  2. Bobby says

    Ever since I updated to ios 6 nothing but problems. All my emails are gmail account can’t receive Wi-Fi gmail. If I should have left it ios 5. I was a real iPhone fan but now I am ready to make the switch. Seems like the passing of Steve Jobs Apple has weakened and is continuing to fall. I have spend hour researching trying to fix this problem I am very frustrated. Its time to drop the Apple.

  3. Kerwin So (@kerwinso) says

    I have an iPhone 5 which I updated to iOS 6.1. Had problems with the battery, then updated again to iOS 6.1.2 even though I dont have an exchange account. The battery problem did not go away. I have icloud on, and two gmail accounts. I dont use 3g, only wifi, but the battery keeps draining. I just noticed that there are some places where the phone gets hot, and the battery drains faster. I look at battery doctor to see what is draining the battery, but everything seems normal. I think apple should release iOS 6.1.3 soon. Btw, the updates did not affect the battery life of my wife’s iPad 3.

  4. Tami says

    As soon as I updated my iPad 3, Facebook started crashing every time I either open a link or try to comment!

    • Tanya says

      Me too! And then I logged out and tried to log in again, it said that there’s an error. I try to use facebook on Safari, but it doesn’t show anything like the logo and icons etc. It started happening since I updated to iOS 6.1.2.

  5. Mr. Owl says

    This is my perception of iOS 6.1.2.

    I own two devices, the so called “new” iPad and an iPhone 5. On both I noticed slower networks speeds even updating apps from the App Store. Also lots of battery drain. The ipad lost 48% battery from just seeing a couples of videos over wifi. Phone discharge quite a but from just being idle in the office. Seems like apple has to update a little their QA department, the last releases have been very bad ones

  6. Bernard says

    BATTERY ISSUE FOR ISO 6.1.2 (FOR IPAD)

    I just update my ipad from 6.0.1 to 6.1.2, i was shock about battery consumption it last only an for approximately 8 hours. I regret updating this.

  7. Ike Pigott says

    I have an iPad 2 with 3G service, and I still have not upgraded to iOS6.

    Most of the benefits seemed to involve Siri and other things that I would not be able to use — AND I’d lose my Maps and my YouTube client.

    I know there are apps to replace those, but until they are bulletproof why bother? And with most of my memory full, why do I want to cede even more of that space for OS features I can’t use and Apps to replace things that will be taken away?

    Now I won’t even consider it until Apps I use force me to — and certainly not until the Exchange Calendar bugs are squashed.

  8. baronsengir7 says

    Updated to 6.1.2 and I’m having several problems. One, my voice mail message got erased, Siri will not work, I can’t talk on a phone call unless my device is on speaker phone…very disappointed with everything that’s going on…

  9. R.King says

    Finding the change to email junk listings are taking up less space so deleting is faster …each screen holding more entries…so your not flipping so much…….lovin that

  10. Chikko says

    Im now scared to update my ipad iv to 6.1.2… Good thing i checked some reviews so i can decide…

  11. Slickrick says

    Why don’t I have YouTube.I looked all over the iPad for YouTube but I couldn’t find it anywhere

  12. Frustrated says

    Dropbox has stopped working properly… I can’t open any documents anymore. Am running the latest version of Dropbox (2.1.3) and ipad 3 with iOS 6.0.1. Not too keen to update iOS in case things get worse. I’d appreciate some tips/ideas on how to resurrect Dropbox functionality without resorting to re-installing as it would take a long tome to locally save everything again.
    Thanks.

  13. Helen Munteanu says

    I just update my IPad2 with 6.1.3 version last night and I lost my mail connection getting the message ” cannot get mail, connection with server fail”.Calling support , strangely I was advised to pay a fee of $ 99 at the moment, follow a$ 20 / mo as long I want to jeep the service,or $249 with $50 Visa reward for 4 years service in Oradea to nave the problem created by Apple software New version,not whatsoever my device. I cannot understand the catch and since when we the customers ( Apple business suporterters) should be financiare responsabile for the company failer ?????? Îs that a “legal” practice and we should get along accepting others greedines??????

  14. Jerry Davies says

    I’ve always liked the feature on my IPad where I could slide my start up pages to the left and end up with a blank page for me to type in a politician’s name, automobile type, etc. and immediately find web site’s to click on to. Since I updated last night the page has completely disappeared. I’ve got to click onto Safari now to do what was once so simple.

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