Apple’s released a new version of iOS 13 for the iPhone and the iOS 13.1.2 update brings bug fixes for lingering issues with the new operating system.
iOS 13.1.2 is the latest maintenance release for the iOS 13 operating system and it carriers six important fixes on board.
If your iPhone is currently running iOS 13.1.1, you get the shortest list of changes and the smallest download size. If you’re moving up from iOS 13.0 or iOS 12, your iOS 13.1.2 update will be more substantial because the changes from the updates you skipped are baked into the firmware.
With that in mind, we want to guide you through the most important things to know, right now, about Apple’s iOS 13.1.2 update for iPhone.
Our guide goes over the iOS 13.1.2 update’s performance, the current state of iOS 13.1.2 problems, the best places to look for feedback about iOS 13.1.2’s performance, the iOS 13.1.2 jailbreak, and more.
We’ll start with our quick impressions of iOS 13.1.2’s performance.
iOS 13.1.2 Reviews
If you’re moving your iPhone up from iOS 13.1.1, you’re looking at an 80MB download. The iOS 13.1.2 update is just 77.6MB download for the iPhone X. It’s around the same for other iPhone models.
If you’re currently running iOS 12, iOS 13.0 or iOS 13.1, you’ll see a larger download size because your iOS 13.1.2 update brings the changes from the updates you missed.
If you’re already on iOS 13.1.1, the iOS 13.1.2 installation should take less than 10 minutes to complete. It took about seven minutes to install on the iPhone X.
For more on the iOS 13.1.2 download and installation, take a look at our guide.
We’ve been using the iOS 13.1.2 update on the iPhone for a few days now and here’s what we’ve found:
- Battery life is stable.
- Wi-Fi connectivity is fast and reliable.
- Bluetooth is working normally.
- GPS and cellular data are both stable.
- 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 also working fine.
- iOS 13.1.2 feels as fast as iOS 13.1.1, iOS 13.1, iOS 13.0 and iOS 12.
If you’re struggling with bugs or performance issues on iOS 13.1.1 or another version of iOS, you might want to install iOS 13.1.2 right now. It could stabilize your iPhone’s performance.
If you need help making a decision, please check out our reasons to, and not to, install the iOS 13.1.2 update on your iPhone today.
iOS 13.1.2 Problems
iOS 13.1.2 fixes some annoying iOS 13 issues, but it’s also causing problems for iPhone owners. Some of the problems are brand new and others have carried over from iOS 13.1.1, iOS 13.1, iOS 13.0, and iOS 12.
The current list of iOS 13.1.2 problems includes installation issues, issues with Touch ID and Face ID, issues with first and third-party apps, UI lag, random reboots, and more.
If you run into an issue on iOS 13.1.2 take a look at our list of fixes for the most common iOS 13 problems. We’ve also released tips to help improve iOS 13 performance and tips to help improve battery life.
If you can’t handle iOS 13.1.2’s performance on your phone, you’re on your own. Apple’s closed off the downgrade path back to older versions of iOS 13 and iOS 12.
If you’re really struggling, you might want to try moving to Apple’s iOS 13.2 beta.
iOS 13.1.2 Update: What’s New
The iOS 13.1.2 update doesn’t have any new features onboard. The update’s sole focus is on fixing issues plaguing iOS 13.
Here are the bug fixes on board the iOS 13.1.2 update:
- Fixes a bug where the progress bar for iCloud Backup could continue to show after a successful backup.
- Fixes an issue where Camera may not work.
- Addresses an issue where the flashlight may not activate.
- Fixes a bug that could result in a loss of display calibration data.
- Fixes an issue where shortcuts could not be run from HomePod.
- Addresses an issue where Bluetooth may disconnect on certain vehicles.
If you are dealing with any of these issues, you should update right now.
iOS 13.1.2 doesn’t carry any new security patches.
iOS 13.1.2 Jailbreak
If you still jailbreak your iPhone, make sure you avoid iOS 13.1.2.
Jailbreak developers have teased iOS 13 jailbreak tools, but don’t expect them to release a tool that’s compatible with iOS 13.0, iOS 13.1, iOS 13.1.1, or iOS 13.1.2 in the near future.
If you want to jailbreak your iPhone, you must stay put on iOS 12.
Apple’s confirmed a new version of iOS 13 and the iOS 13.2 update is currently in beta testing ahead of an unknown release date later this year.
As of right now, the iOS 13.2 update includes Apple’s Deep Fusion photography system for the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro and several other features including new emoji characters.
To celebrate World Emoji Day, Apple previewed the emoji characters coming to iOS 13-powered iPhone models in the fall.
The Unicode 12 update includes a new smiley face for yawning, a one-piece swimsuit, waffle, falafel, butter and garlic, and new animals like the sloth, flamingo, orangutan and skunk.
We also expect iOS 13.2 to include bug fixes, enhancements, and security patches. For more on iOS 13.2, please take a look at our guide.
Install iOS 13.5 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing the iOS 13.5 update right away.
iOS 13.5 brings new security patches with it, but Apple hasn't posted the details on its website. We'll let you know when it does.
If you skipped Apple's iOS 13.4 release, you'll get iOS 13.4's 28 security patches with your upgrade. You can read about all of them on Apple's website right here.
iOS 13.4 also brought several improvements to Apple's Intelligent Tracking Prevention. Apple's John Wilander outlined them in a blog post and it's worth checking out.
Reports have outlined a vulnerability in Wi-Fi chips made by Broadcom and Cypress Semiconductor that left billions of devices susceptible to attack.
Dubbed Kr00k, the vulnerability allows nearby attackers to decrypt sensitive information that's relayed over-the-air.
Fortunately, it looks like the issue was patched up with the release of iOS 13.2, an update that arrived all the way back in October.
So if you're running a really old version of iOS 13, you'll really want to move your device up to the newest version of iOS 13.
If you skipped iOS 13.3.1, you get its patches with iOS 13.5.
The iOS 13.3.1 update included 21 new security patches that will help protect your device from harm. The company's outlined those patches in detail if you want to dig in.
If you skipped iOS 13.3, you get its patches with iOS 13.5. iOS 13.3 brought 12 new security patches to the iPhone and you can read about each one over on Apple's security page.
The iOS 13.3 update also added support for NFC, USB, and Lightning FIDO2-compliant security keys in the Safari browser.
If you missed iOS 13.2, it had 16 new security patches on board. You can read about all of them on Apple's website right here.
iOS 13.1.1 brought a security patch for a third-party keyboard issue to your iPhone. If you're interested in the particulars, you can read about them over on Apple's website.
If you passed on installing iOS 13.1, you get an additional patch with your iOS 13.5 update. You can learn more right here.
If you're moving up from iOS 12, you'll get iOS 13.0's nine security patches with your upgrade to iOS 13.5. Read about those here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.1 or any older versions of iOS 12, you'll get their security patches with your iOS 13.5 update.
iOS 12.4.1 only had one patch on board, but Apple's iOS 12.4 update brought 19 security patches to the iPhone. If you're interested in the specifics, you can read about them on right here.
In addition to those patches, iOS 13 itself comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improved anti-tracking features in Safari and the ability to get rid of location metadata in your photos.
You also now have the ability to block apps from using Bluetooth and the ability to allow apps to access your location just once.
iOS 13 will also send you reminders about applications that track your data.
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