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4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 12.3.1 & 11 Reasons You Should

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The iOS 12.3.1 update could have a significant impact on your device’s performance. Some you should install the update right now, 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 12.3.1 is now available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models and Apple’s latest update comes with a short list of important bug fixes for your device.

This is a point upgrade which means the update is extremely small. Those of you moving from iOS 12.3 are looking at an 80MB download.

iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users moving from older versions of iOS will see a larger download size because the features and fixes from the updates you skipped are baked into your version of iOS 12.3.1.

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, iOS 12.1.4, iOS 12.2 or iOS 12.3 could see a huge turnaround after installing iOS 12.3.1.

That said, while some of you will see a boost, others might run into bugs and performance issues. iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners are reporting various problems with the software.

If you do run into issues note that Apple’s next batch of bug fixes might be a few weeks away. The iOS 12.4 update is official, but it’s currently in beta testing ahead of a release this summer.

If you’re really struggling you can try downgrading to iOS 12.3. Apple is still signing on the update which means you can use a loophole to drop back to the previous version.

Apple isn’t signing on anything older than iOS 12.3 so those of you on old versions of iOS should be extremely careful. Once you move, there’s no way back.

There are plenty of reasons to install iOS 12.3.1 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 12.3.1, allow us to walk you through each one of these reasons right now.

Install iOS 12.3.1 for Better Security

Install iOS 12.3.1 for Better Security

If you're on the fence, this is one of the best reasons to install iOS 12.3.1.

If you skipped previous versions of iOS 12 and you value your device's security, you'll want to download iOS 12.3.1 in the near future because it brings important security patches.

iOS 12.3.1 doesn't have any security updates of its own, but if you skipped iOS 12.3, your iOS 12.3.1 update carries its security patches. The iOS 12.3 update brought 23 patches and you can read about all of them right here

If you skipped iOS 12.2, you'll get its security patches with your version of iOS 12.3.1. 

iOS 12.2 brought a whopping 41 security patches to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch in March. You can read more about the iOS 12.2's patches over on the company's website

It's also important to note that iOS 12.2 patched up an exploit that allowed websites to use motion sensors to "fingerprint" devices.

The exploit, discovered by researchers in Europe, uses JavaScript to snag data from a device's accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer when the user visits an infected website. If the attack is successful, a device can be tracked around the internet. 

Fortunately, Apple patched this issue up in iOS 12.2. If you skipped it, you'll probably want to move to iOS 12.3.1 soon.

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.

If you skipped iOS 12.1.3, you get some additional patches with your version of iOS 12.3.1. Again, 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 12.3.1 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 12.3.1. If you skipped iOS 12.0.1, your iOS 12.3.1 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 12.3.1 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:

  • Enhanced Intelligent Tracking Prevention in Safari prevents embedded content and social media buttons from tracking cross-site browsing without your permission
  • Suppresses ad retargeting by reducing advertisers’ ability to identify iOS devices uniquely
  • Strong and unique passwords are suggested automatically when creating an account or changing a password in most apps and in Safari
  • Reused passwords are flagged in Settings > Passwords & Accounts
  • Security code AutoFill presents one-time security codes sent over SMS as suggestions in the QuickType bar
  • Sharing passwords with contacts is easier than ever using AirDrop from Passwords & Accounts in Settings
  • Siri supports quickly navigating to a password on an authenticated device 

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 12.3.1 today.

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17 Comments

17 Comments

  1. Yashaswi

    10/27/2018 at 3:06 am

    iOS 12.0.1 is draining the battery of my phone. My phone is also heating you

  2. Matthew

    11/06/2018 at 8:24 am

    iOS 12.1 has a SERIOUS security flaw, enabling stealing your contacts via a mere phone call!!! DO NOT UPGRADE!!!

  3. Melinda

    12/04/2018 at 11:27 pm

    Fix the Facebook photo orientation please. Landscape photos keep going in portrait mode when using iPad in landscape mode. I am using iPad Pro First generation. 12.9 inch. 128 Gig if that helps.

  4. Melinda

    12/04/2018 at 11:44 pm

    ⬆️ ⬆️ ⬆️ ⬆️ ⬆️

    Using iOS 12.1. Did not have this issue with iOS 12.0.1.

  5. dharmesh pandey

    01/01/2019 at 11:47 pm

    iphone 12.1 is very bad update for me because my APN setting is not seen on my mobile so plz guide me guys

  6. Diana

    02/06/2019 at 10:09 am

    Hi!
    I have an iPhone SE..and now I have the iOS 12.1
    I am really scared to download this new update 12.1.3, because I’m afraid my phone is gonna crash, get really slow, or something else that makes it worse.
    I think I’ll just wait a little bit more., What do you think?
    It does seem like my battery goes down very quickly..and my phone is not that old (I bought it in the fall of 2017..
    Apart from the battery (and that it dies in the cold.. which it actually always have), it works fine.

    But I miss being able to take Live Photo’s on Facetime!! I have nieces and nephews in other countries, so I really want that back. Is that feature on this new update?

    Hope I’ll get some feedback from you guys!☺️ Is it best to just wait with this update?

    – Diana

    • BABYGIRL

      02/24/2019 at 9:13 am

      I haven’t updated my ios in a REALLY long time. I’m on 12.1 and I always read about problems that new ios brings and I’m so happy I haven’t updated. I don’t have any problems with connecting to wifi or cellular data and I can still make calls. So it’s up to you if you roll the dice and update. I personally choose not to.

    • BABYGIRL

      02/24/2019 at 9:15 am

      Also that new feature screen time could be why your battery drains so fast. Try turning it off.

  7. kezo

    03/21/2019 at 6:11 pm

    this article is bullshit

  8. Billy Dee

    03/26/2019 at 1:10 pm

    Do you guys every provide content without dividing it into multiple pages and 1-2 paragraphs per page? I bet you’d get more quality visitors if you’d actually provide an article on one to two pages. As soon as i see the page 1 of 13 count, I just go elsewhere…

    • Steve McGee

      05/21/2019 at 9:00 am

      This is the most important feedback for this website. It’s such a ridiculous effort to get ANY information out of this stupid site. All redundant paragraphs. Click after click for vague, meaningless, not committed information. Why ever bother?

    • Steve Jobs Sagan

      05/24/2019 at 11:32 am

      Agree with you 100%! The slideshow display should be optional, not the default. Plus, if to be the default, then there should be a single page option.

      I’m not going to waste my time clicking through *15* pages!

      They should have provided a nice table listing the 4 cons and 11 pros!

  9. Raju

    03/27/2019 at 11:53 pm

    I am on 10.3.3
    Should i instal 12.2 or not? please advice.

    Thanks,

  10. bhuvnesh pratap singh.

    04/01/2019 at 10:01 pm

    iOS 12.1.2

    how to get rid of system storage of 19GB+ while iPhone 7 phone memory of 32GB is majorly divided into the following factors: photos 5848 — 7.66GB
    System : 19.19GB

    pls, share if any solution anybody has.

  11. Ninja Games

    04/27/2019 at 7:25 am

    After installing IOS 12.2 onto my iphone x i see a massive improvement, however, when installed onto my iphone 6s the improvement was not noticeable at all

  12. Jimmy T

    05/03/2019 at 4:58 am

    Big Issue with 12.2, WI-Fi keeps dropping out and wont reconnect. This is to a network that its been connected to for years. This is on both an 8+ and a pad. Was fine on 12.1. Also when trying the ‘fix’ it refuses to accept the password, nothing apart from IOS121.2 has changed for over 5 years. Come on Apple, this is costing me money on data useage.

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