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5 Things to Know About the iOS 12.4 Update

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Apple’s confirmed an iOS 12.4 update and the firmware is now in beta testing ahead of its official release for iPhone, iPod, and iPod touch.

Unless Apple decides to push a surprise iOS 12.3.3 update, iOS 12.4 will follow in the footsteps of iOS 12.3.2 (exclusive to the iPhone 8 Plus) and iOS 12.3.1.

We don’t have an official iOS 12.4 release date yet, but iOS users who can’t wait for the release can try an early version of the software right now.

With the iOS 12.4 update confirmed, we want to take you through everything there is to know about Apple’s next (and probably last) major update to iOS 12.

In this guide to the iOS 12.4 update we’ll take you through iOS 12.4’s known changes, what you can expect from the iOS 12.4 release date and release time, key information about the iOS 12.4 beta, and more.

iOS 12.4 Beta

If you don’t want to wait for the official version of iOS 12.4 to roll out you don’t have to.

Apple’s pushed an iOS 12.4 beta to developers and those enrolled in the Beta Software Program. The Beta Software Program is free to anyone with a working Apple ID.

The iOS 12.4 beta is compatible with every device currently running iOS 12 which includes the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone XS, and many others.

Before you download the iOS 12.4 beta remember that pre-release software is almost always plagued with bugs and performance issues. These issues could impact the performance of your core apps, your device’s battery life, and its overall speed.

You should be able to fix some of these issues on your own, but some bugs and performance problems will probably require a fix from Apple.

Apple is currently on iOS 12.4 beta 7.

iOS 12.4 Release Date

Apple hasn’t confirmed an official iOS 12.4 release date or release window, but you can expect it to arrive sometime this summer ahead of the iOS 13 release in the fall.

We expect iOS 12.4 to tie-in with the company’s Apple Card release this summer which means we’ll probably see it emerge sometime in July, or at the very latest, August.

Apple will likely want to put some space between the iOS 12.4 release and iOS 13’s release in September so we’re expecting it to land sometime soon.

When iOS release dates get close, Apple releases the developer and public betas on the same day. The company also shrinks the gap between beta releases.

With Apple now on its seventh iOS 12.4 beta, look for a release to come in the near future.

iOS 12.4 Release Time

We don’t have the official iOS 12.4 release date just yet, but we know exactly when Apple will roll the software out on release day.

The official version of Apple’s iOS 12.4 update will likely arrive around 10AM Pacific whenever the company chooses to release it.

Apple will also release iOS 12.4 beta updates for developers, and those in the Beta Software Program, in and around 10AM Pacific. The company typically releases new beta updates every 1-2 weeks.

Here’s what you can expect from the iOS 12.4 release time in the United States and countries around the world:

  • Eastern – 1 PM
  • Central – 12 PM
  • Mountain – 11AM
  • London – 6 PM
  • Moscow – 9 PM
  • New Delhi – 10:30 PM
  • Shanghai – 1 AM
  • Tokyo – 2 AM
  • Melbourne – 3 AM
  • Auckland – 5 AM

Keep this timeline in mind if you plan to install the official version of iOS 12.4 or new iOS 12.4 betas right away.

iOS 12.4 Update: What’s New

iOS 12.4 is a milestone upgrade which means it will carry a mixture of bug fixes, patches, and new features. We expect the iOS 12.4 update to bring support for Apple’s new Apple Card credit card with new features in the Wallet app.

Apple employees are reportedly using the iOS 12.4 beta to test the new credit card ahead of launch.

As of right now, it looks like iOS 12.4 will be much smaller than iOS 12.2 and iOS 12.3. We’re currently digging through the seventh iOS 12.4 beta and we’ll let you know what we find.

Apple could choose to add, or subtract, features in future betas so keep an eye out for changes as we push closer to the official release.

iOS 12.4 Jailbreak

There are a couple of ways to jailbreak iOS 12.

You can jailbreak your device using the Chimera tool if you’re running iOS 12.0-iOS 12.1.2. It’s a semi-tethered jailbreak and it supports newer models like the iPhone XS.

You can also use the unc0ver jailbreak tool though devices using the A12 processor like iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max aren’t supported.

There’s currently no way to jailbreak iOS 12.4 beta, iOS 12.3.2, iOS 12.3.1, iOS 12.3, iOS 12.2, iOS 12.1.4, or iOS 12.1.3.

Jailbreak developers typically don’t burn their exploits on pre-release software so jailbreak users should avoid the 12.4 beta for now.

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

Install iOS 12.3.1 for Better Security

Install iOS 12.3.1 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.

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 12.3.2 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:

  • 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 12.3.2 or iOS 12.3.1 today.

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4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Yael

    06/24/2019 at 11:29 am

    Hallo,
    I have a problem
    I had upgrade the version in my iPhone 8 Plus to 12.3.2
    Now I have an IPhone X max and I can’t backup all my iPhone ‘s content cause the iPhone X version is a lower one 12.3.1
    What can I do? Do I have to wait the new version 12.4? If yes, when it will be available? How come , apple had done something like this, that costumer can’t use their new iPhone ?

    • carla

      06/25/2019 at 7:01 am

      The exact same thing has happened to me :( the only option is to wait for ios 12.4 I guess which seems soon since 5 betas have already come out!

  2. irfan küle

    07/11/2019 at 2:12 pm

    hamurdekolariqhotmail.com

  3. KKK

    07/13/2019 at 9:47 pm

    Me too. I can’t now use new iPhone because of its different version between my iPhone 8+ (Ver.12.3.2) and my new iPhone XR(newest ver. 12.3.1)

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