The iOS 12.2 update could have a significant impact on your device’s performance. Some you should install the update today, but others might want to wait a few hours, a few days, or, in some cases, a few more weeks before making the move.
iOS 12.2 is now available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models and Apple’s latest update comes with a long list of important updates which include new features, fixes, enhancements, and patches.
This is a milestone upgrade which means the iOS 12.2 update requires a hefty download. Those moving from iOS 12.1.4 are looking at a 800MB file.
iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users moving from older versions of iOS will see an even larger download size because the features and fixes from the updates you skipped are baked into iOS 12.2.
Those of you dealing with issues on iOS 11, iOS 12.0, iOS 12.0.1, iOS 12.1, iOS 12.1.1, iOS 12.1.2, iOS 12.1.3 or iOS 12.1.4 could see a huge turnaround after installing iOS 12.2. While some of you will see a boost, others will run into bugs and performance issues.
If you do run into iOS 12.2 problems help could be a few weeks out. This was the last known update in Apple’s iOS pipeline. The company’s confirmed a new iOS release in May but we know very little about it.
If you do run into issues you’re on your own for now. Apple’s next batch of bug fixes is probably weeks away and the company’s closed off the downgrade path to iOS 12.1.4 and older versions of iOS 12.
With older updates blocked off, those of you on old versions of iOS should be extremely careful when making the move to iOS 12.2.
There are plenty of reasons to install iOS 12.2 on your device today. There are also some reasons why you might want to hold back and wait.
If you’re currently debating a move to iOS 12.2, allow us to walk you through each one of these reasons right now.
Install iOS 12.2 for Better Security
If you're on the fence, here's one of the best reasons to install iOS 12.2.
If you value your device's security, you'll want to download iOS 12.2 in the near future because it comes with new security patches.
Apple lists a whopping 41 security patches in its iOS 12.2 security change log. You can read more about the patches over on the company's website.
If you skipped iOS 12.1.4, you get four important security patches including fixes for a widespread FaceTime eavesdropping bug that lets you call someone via FaceTime and hear the audio coming from their phone before they pick up the phone.
You can read more about these patches on Apple's website.
If you skipped iOS 12.1.3, you get some additional patches with your version of iOS 12.2. They're baked into your upgrade.
Apple lists a grand total of 23 patches on board iOS 12.1.3 and you can read about all of them over on Apple's website.
If you skipped iOS 12.1.1, you'll probably want to install the iOS 12.2 update on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch today.
The iOS 12.1.1 update brought 17 patches for potential security exploits. They'll will help protect your phone. You can read about them here.
If you skipped iOS 12.1, you'll get the 24 patches from that update with your version of iOS 12.2. If you skipped iOS 12.0.1, your iOS 12.2 update brings two additional patches. Both patches are for potential lock screen exploits.
If you skipped iOS 12.0, and you're still running iOS 11.4.1 or below, your iOS 12.2 update comes with a longer list of security updates.
The iOS 12.0 update delivered 16 patches for security issues. You can read about all of them over on Apple's security page.
In addition to those patches, iOS 12 delivers new security features aimed at protecting you and the data you store on your device. These include:
Long story short, if you store sensitive data on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you have some really good reasons to upgrade to iOS 12.2 today.
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