Apple’s newest versions of iOS 12 could have a significant impact on your device’s performance. Some of you should install the iOS 12.3.2/iOS 12.3.1 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 12.3.2 is now available for the iPhone 8 Plus and Apple’s newest version of iOS 12 comes with a bug fix for a portrait mode issue.
The iOS 12.3.2 update is exclusive to the iPhone 8 Plus. If you own another device, you won’t see the update. That said, if you own another device running iOS 12.3 or older, you will see Apple’s iOS 12.3.1 update ready for download.
These are point upgrades which means they’re extremely small. Those of you moving up from iOS 12.3 to iOS 12.3.1 will see an 80MB download. If you’re moving your iPhone 8 Plus from iOS 12.3.1 to iOS 12.3.2, you’ll see a tiny download as well.
If you’re moving from an older version of iOS, you will see a larger download size because the features and fixes from the updates you skipped are baked into your version of iOS 12.3.2 or 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 12.3.2 or iOS 12.3.1.
While some of you will see a boost, others will run into bugs and performance issues. iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners are reporting various problems with the new software.
If you’re really struggling you can try downgrading to an older version of iOS 12. Apple is still signing on iOS 12.3.1 and iOS which means you can use a loophole to drop back to one or the other.
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 to iOS 12.3.1 or iOS 12.3.2, there’s no way back.
There are plenty of reasons to install iOS 12.3.2 or 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 12.3.2 or iOS 12.3.1, allow us to walk you through each one of these reasons right now.
Install for Better Security
If you're on the fence, here's one of the best reasons to install iOS 12.3.2 if you own an iPhone 8 Plus or iOS 12.3.1 if you own another device.
If you skipped previous versions of iOS 12 and you value your device's security, you'll want to download iOS 12.3.2/iOS 12.3.1 in the near future because it could bring important security patches for your device.
iOS 12.3.2 and iOS 12.3.1 don't have any security updates of their own, but if you skipped iOS 12.3, your iOS iOS 12.3.2/12.3.1 update carries iOS 12.3's security patches on board. 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 12.3.2/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 important to note that Apple's iOS 12.2 update patched up an exploit that allowed websites to use motion sensors to "fingerprint" devices.
Fortunately, Apple's patched up the issue. If you skipped it, you'll probably want to move to iOS 12.3.2 or 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 12.3.2/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 want to install the iOS 12.3.2/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 12.3.2/iOS 12.3.1. If you skipped iOS 12.0.1, your iOS 12.3.2/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 12.3.2/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:
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 12.3.2 or iOS 12.3.1 today.
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