The iOS 12.1.4 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 12.1.4 is now available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models and Apple’s latest update comes with a short list of important security patches including one for widespread FaceTime issues.
The change log is short which means the iOS 12.1.4 update requires a tiny download. Those moving from iOS 12.1.3 are looking at a 90MB file.
iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users moving from older versions of iOS will likely see a larger download size because the features and fixes from the updates you skipped are baked into iOS 12.1.4.
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, or iOS 12.1.3 could see a huge turnaround after installing iOS 12.1.4. While some of you will see a boost, others will run into bugs and performance issues.
If you do run into iOS 12.1.4 problems help could come soon. Apple’s confirmed a milestone iOS 12.2 update and that update will likely roll out in March in and around the company’s annual spring launch event.
If you can’t wait for Apple to fix your issues, you’ve got options. Apple stopped signing on iOS 12.1.2 and iOS 12.1.1 but you can downgrade back to iOS 12.1.3.
Those of you moving from older versions of iOS need to be extremely careful when making the move to iOS 12.1.4.
There are plenty of reasons to install iOS 12.1.4 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 12.1.4, allow us to walk you through each one of these reasons right now.
Install iOS 12.1.4 for Better Security
If you're on the fence, here's one of the best reasons to install iOS 12.1.4.
If you value your device's security, you'll want to download iOS 12.1.4 in the near future. It comes with 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.
If you skipped iOS 12.1.3, you get some additional patches with your version of iOS 12.1.4. They're baked in.
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 12.1.4 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 over on Apple's website.
If you skipped iOS 12.1, you'll get the 24 patches from that update with your version of iOS 12.1.4. If you skipped iOS 12.0.1, your iOS 12.1.4 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 12.1.4 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 website.
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 12.1.4 today.
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