Earlier this week, Apple produced a brand new iOS 7 update in the form of iOS 7.1.2. Apple’s new iOS 7.1.2 update replaces iOS 7.1.1 on iPhones, iPads and iPod touches and here, we want to take a look at everything we know about the company’s latest update to the iOS 7 operating system and an update that could perhaps be the last update before the arrival of iOS 8.
In March, Apple rolled out an iOS 7.1 update to alleviate some of the issues that had been plaguing iPhone and iPad owners since the arrival of iOS 7 back in September. iOS 7.1 delivered a number of bug fixes but it also brought design tweaks and performance enhancements to owners of the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
iOS 7.1, like all software updates, wasn’t perfect. Almost immediately, iPhone and iPad owners started to complain about iOS 7.1 problems. Instead of falling on deaf ears, Apple deciding to take action and a few weeks later, the company released iOS 7.1.1, a small bug fix update aimed at fixing some lingering iOS 7 problems.
In June, Apple announced the brand new iOS 8 update for the fall and many wondered if Apple would simply wait until the fall to fix some of the issues that cropped up inside iOS 7.1.1. Issues like the mail encryption problem that surfaced in the days after iOS 7.1.1’s release. Earlier this week, Apple gave iPhone and iPad owners an answer.
That answer arrived in the form of the iOS 7.1.2 update for iPhone and iPad, a small incremental update that addresses three known issues inside of iOS 7.1.2 and an update that may have tackled a few others not included on the change log.
With the iOS 7.1.2 update still fresh in the minds of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users, we want to take a look at the iOS 7.1.2 update and breakdown all of the important details that iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners need to know about their latest iOS 7 update.
iOS 7.1.2 Features
iOS 7.1.2 is now available for devices running iOS 7. That means the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPhone 4, iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina Display, iPad mini, iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2, and finally, the iPod touch fifth-generation. The update is available thru iTunes or via Over-the-Air update. It’s only around 20MB in size which means that it should only take 15 minutes or so to complete.
Apple’s latest iOS update is not a massive update and nowhere close to the size of the likes of iOS 7.1 or iOS 7. It does, however, bring some important fixes to iPhone and iPad owners. Here is the full change log:
- Improves iBeacon connectivity and stability.
- Fixes a bug with data transfer for some 3rd party accessories, including bar code scanners.
- Corrects an issue with data protection class of Mail attachments.
As we’ve pointed out, the fix for Mail attachments, alone, makes iOS 7.1.2 worth the upgrade. It also helps that iOS 7.1.2 has been performing admirably since its arrival earlier this week.
iOS 7.1.2 Impressions
On Monday, we installed iOS 7.1.2 on a number of Apple products including the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display in an effort to provide iPhone and iPad users with some clarity after iOS 7.1.2’s arrival. Incremental iOS updates might seem harmless but there is always a chance that they could bring some nasty bugs on board. We want to make sure that you’re not walking into a trap.
While we’re still working on our final reviews of iOS 7.1.2 for the iPhone and iPad, we have detailed our initial impressions of the update which you can find in links below.
- iOS 7.1.2 on iPhone 5s: Impressions and Performance
- iOS 7.1.2 on iPhone 5: Impressions and Performance
- iOS 7.1.2 on iPad Air: Impressions and Performance
- iOS 7.1.2 on iPad mini with Retina Display: Impressions and Performance
For those that don’t want to read thousands of words, here’s the gist of things. iOS 7.1.2 is performing quite well on all four of these devices. There are some disappointments which include the lack of a fix for iMessage and Android switchers, but for the most people, it’s going to be worth the download.
In particular, call quality and reception on the iPhone 5 seems to have improved dramatically since downloading iOS 7.1.2 and both regular calls and FaceTime Audio calls have been up to snuff.
iOS 7.1.2 Problems
For the most part, we’re hearing and seeing good things out of iOS 7.1.2. However, like with all iOS updates, there are some rotten eggs.
In the days since the iOS 7.1.2 release, we’ve heard about a number of iOS 7.1.2 problems afflicting iPhone and iPad users. Some of these issues are small while others, like issues with Wi-Fi and Exchange, are much bigger.
As we’ve pointed out, iPhone and iPad users are still reporting issues with VPN networks on iOS 7.1.2. This is an issue that we’ve reported numerous times since the arrival of iOS 7.1.2 and it appears that Apple hasn’t plugged up this issue in its latest iOS 7 update. That’s not all either.
iOS 7.1.2 users are also reporting issues with Exchange, iOS 7.1.2 battery life, problems with the camera application, SIM card failures after installing the new software, a strange Contacts bug that appears to be cutting off pertinent information, problems with the front-facing FaceTime HD camera, issues with iMessage and images, broken push for Email, and Contact syncing issues.
We figured those would be the tip of the iceberg and they are. In the last 24 hours, Apple’s discussion forums have filled up with iOS 7.1.2 problems including issues with grayed out Wi-Fi, Bluetooth issues, random reboots, more problems with iMessage, connection issues, and more.
From what we’ve seen, iOS 7.1.2 hasn’t brought along any hero level problems. That is to say, problems that are impacting a majority of iPhone and iPad users and require a quick fix. So iPhone and iPad owners should not expect an iOS 7.1.3 update to be just around the corner.
So far, we haven’t seen any signs of iOS 7.1.3 and at this point, it’s possible that Apple’s upcoming iOS 8 update, which is rumored for September, could be the next iOS update that Apple puts out for the iPhone and iPad.
In addition to new features and enhancements, the iOS 8 update is expected to deliver a number of bug fixes. Only time will tell but iPhone and iPad owners will want to temper their expectations.