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5 Things to Know About the iOS 12.3.2 Update

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Apple’s released a new version of iOS 12 and the iOS 12.3.2 update brings a crucial bug fix to the iPhone 8 Plus.

The company’s iOS updates typically go through a beta testing period, but Apple decided this fix couldn’t wait for its upcoming iOS 12.4 update.

Like iOS 12.3.1, iOS 12.3.2 is a maintenance release which means it’s focused on fixing problems. It doesn’t bring any new features along with it.

Unlike iOS 12.3.1, the iOS 12.3.2 update is limited to the iPhone 8 Plus. It’s not available for other iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch models.

If your iPhone 8 Plus is currently running iOS 12.3.1, iOS 12.3.2 is tiny and comes with a single change. If you’re running an older version of iOS, your iOS 12.3.2 update will be larger because you’ll get the features and fixes from the iOS updates you skipped.

With all of that in mind, we want to take you through everything there is to know about the latest version iOS 12.

In this guide we’ll take you through iOS 12.3.2’s known changes, iOS 12.3.2 problems, places to look for feedback about the software, our impressions of its performance, and more.

iOS 12.3.2 Review

If you’re upgrading your iPhone 8 Plus from iOS 12.3.1, your download should only be a few megabytes.

If your device is running an older version of iOS 12, you’re going to see a larger download size because, again, the features and fixes from the updates you skipped are baked into your iOS 12.3.2 update.

If you’re currently running iOS 12.3.1, installing the iOS 12.3.2 update should take less than 10 minutes.

We’ve been using the iOS 12.3.2 update for an extended period of time and here’s what we’ve found thus far:

Connectivity

  • Battery life is stable.
  • Wi-Fi connectivity is stable and fast.
  • Bluetooth is working normally.
  • GPS and cellular data are stable.

Apps

  • Third-party apps including Netflix, Dark Sky, Twitter, Slack, Asana, Gmail, Chrome, and Spotify are all working normally.
  • First party apps like Safari, Podcasts, and Calendar are working fine.

Speed

  • iOS 12.3.2 feels as fast as iOS 12.3.1. iOS 12.3 and iOS 12.3.1 were fast on all of our devices.

If you’re dealing with bugs or performance issues on iOS 12.3.1 or another version of iOS 12, you’ll probably want to install iOS 12.3.2 right away.

If you need help making a decision, check out our reasons to, and not to, install the iOS 12.3.2 update on your iPhone 8 Plus.

We’ve also published our iOS 12.3.2 review for the iPhone 8 so check it out for additional feedback if you need it.

If you’re having a great experience on iOS 12.3.1 or an older version of iOS 12, make sure you dig into additional feedback before jumping up to iOS 12.3.2.

iOS 12.3.2 Problems

iPhone 8 Plus users are reporting bugs and performance issues.

The current list of iOS 12.3.2 problems includes download and installation issues, connectivity issues, data issues, issues with Exchange, abnormal battery drain, random reboots, crashes, UI lag, and issues with first and third-party apps.

If you run into an issue while running iOS 12.3.2 have a look at our list of fixes for the most common iOS 12 problems. We’ve also released tips to improve iOS 12 performance and tips to improve iOS 12 battery life.

If you can’t stand iOS 12.3.2’s performance on your phone, you can try downgrading to an older version of iOS 12.

Apple is signing on iOS 12.3 and iOS 12.3.1 which means you use a loophole to downgrade to one of those versions. If iOS 12.3 or iOS 12.3.1 was running well on your device, this is certainly an option to consider.

You can’t downgrade to anything older than iOS 12.3.

iOS 12.3.2 Update: What’s New

The iOS 12.3.2 update is a tiny maintenance release and it carries a single bug fix for the iPhone 8 Plus. Here’s the update’s full change log:

  • iOS 12.3.2 resolves an issue that could cause Camera to capture Portrait mode photos without depth effect on some iPhone 8 Plus devices.

iOS 12.3.2 doesn’t bring any new security patches.

iOS 12.3.2 Jailbreak

You can’t jailbreak iOS 12.3.2 right now.

If you’re running iOS 12 and want to jailbreak your iPhone 8 Plus you can do so using the Chimera tool. Unfortunately, it’s only compatible with devices running iOS 12.0-iOS 12.1.2.The Chimera jailbreak tool is a semi-tethered jailbreak.

You can also use the unc0ver jailbreak tool.

There’s no way to downgrade to any of these versions of iOS 12. So if you’re running iOS 12.3.2, iOS 12.3.1, iOS 12.3, iOS 12.2, iOS 12.1.4, or iOS 12.1.3 you’ll have to wait for jailbreak developers to release a new version.

What’s Next

The next version of iOS 12 for iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will most likely be iOS 12.4.

Apple’s confirmed iOS 12.4 and the upgrade is in beta testing ahead of a release later this year. We expect the software to launch sometime this summer alongside the company’s new credit card. And with the company now on iOS 12.4 beta 6, we expect a release in the near future.

iOS 12.4 is a milestone update which means it will carry a mix of bug fixes, security patches, enhancements, and features.

If you’re struggling on iOS 12.3.2 or simply want to give iOS 12.4 a try before its official release date, you can do so via the iOS 12.4 beta.

You can also try the iOS 13 beta.

Apple’s confirmed a new operating system for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus and the first betas are available for developers and the general public right now.

iOS 13 comes with performance improvements and a slew of new features including Dark Mode, a swipe keyboard, and much, much more.

For more on iOS 13, take a look at our walkthrough.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 12.4 & 11 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 12.4 for Better Security

Install iOS 12.4 for Better Security

If you're on the fence, here's one of the best reasons to install iOS 12.4.

If you value your device's security, you'll want to download iOS 12.4 in the near future because it brings important security patches for your device. 

iOS 12.4 brings 19 security patches to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. If you're interested in the specifics, you can read about them on Apple's security site

If you skipped iOS 12.3, your iOS 12.4 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 12.4.

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.

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's patched up the issue. If you skipped it, you'll probably want to move to iOS 12.4 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 12.4. 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 12.4 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 here.

If you skipped iOS 12.1, you'll get the 24 patches from that update with your version of iOS 12.4. If you skipped iOS 12.0.1, your iOS 12.4 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 12.4 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 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 12.4 today.

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  1. myk

    06/13/2019 at 9:56 am

    I think 12.3.2 killed my wife’s 3rd party screen. Touch screen no longer works for her and the phone is locked and she can’t enter her password to even connect it to Itunes.

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