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5 Things to Know About the iOS 16.1.2 Update

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Apple’s pushed a new iOS 16.1.2 update to iPhone users.

Like iOS 16.1.1, iOS 16.1.2 is a small point upgrade. The firmware brings important enhancements and unnamed security patches to owners of the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and newer.

With that in mind, we want to walk you through everything there currently is to know about Apple’s iOS 16.1.2 upgrade for iPhone.

In this walkthrough we’ll take you through iOS 16.1.2’s changes, the software’s performance, iOS 16.1.2 problems, the iOS 16 jailbreak status, and more. We’ll start with some quick thoughts on iOS 16.1.2’s performance.

iOS 16.1.2 Review

If your iPhone’s currently running iOS 16.1.1, you’ll see the smallest iOS 16.1.2 download size.

The iOS 16.1.2 download size depends on your iPhone model and the version of iOS it’s currently running. So if your iPhone is running an older version of iOS, you’ll see a bigger download because your iOS 16.1.2 update includes the changes from the iOS updates you skipped.

If you’re moving up from iOS 16.1.1, the iOS 16.1.2 installation process should take less than 10 minutes to complete. It took about seven minutes to install on an iPhone 12 Pro that was previously running iOS 16.1.1.

We’ve been using iOS 16.1.2 on an iPhone 12 Pro for several days now and here’s what we’ve learned about the software’s performance thus far:

Connectivity

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

App Performance

  • Third-party apps including Netflix, Dark Sky, Twitter, Slack, Asana, Gmail, Chrome, and Spotify are all working fine at the moment.
  • First party apps like Safari, Podcasts, and Calendar are also running properly.

Speed

  • iOS 16.1.2 feels as fast as iOS 16.1.1 did.

If you’re running into bugs or performance issues on iOS 16.1.1 or an older version of iOS, you might want to install the iOS 16.1.2 update on your iPhone right now.

If you need help making a decision, please check out our reasons to, and not to, install the latest version of iOS 16.

iOS 16.1.2 Problems

iOS 16.1.2 is causing problems for some iPhone users. Some of these problems are brand new, others have carried over from iOS 16.1.1 and older versions of iOS.

The current list of iOS 16 problems includes Wi-Fi issues, installation issues, UI lag, Exchange issues, problems with first and third-party apps, touchscreen issues, and Bluetooth problems.

If you run into a problem on iOS 16.1.2, have a look at our list of fixes for the most common iOS 16 problems. We’ve also released tips that could help you improve your phone’s performance and some tips that could help fix bad iOS 16 battery life.

Apple recently stopped signing on iOS 16.1.1 and iOS 16.1 which means you can’t drop your iPhone’s software back to an older version of iOS 16 if iOS 16.1.2 starts causing problems on your device. You can’t downgrade to anything older than iOS 16.1 either.

For more on the downgrade process, check out our guide.

iOS 16.1.2 Update: What’s New

iOS 16.1.2 comes with two enhancements and a security patch, the latter of which you can read about right here.

The firmware delivers improved compatibility with wireless carriers as well as Crash Detection optimizations on iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models.

iOS 16.1.2 Jailbreak

If you still jailbreak your iPhone, make sure you avoid the iOS 16.1.2 update and iOS 16.

We don’t expect developers to release a tool that’s compatible with iOS 16 at any point in the near future. That being said, if you still jailbreak, keep an eye out for new information.

What’s Next

Apple’s confirmed a new version of iOS 16 and iOS 16.2 is currently in beta testing. The iOS 16.2 release date is expected to land in mid-December.

iOS 16.2 is a milestone upgrade which means it will bring a mix of new features, bug fixes, and security enhancements to iPhone users.

If you can’t/don’t want to wait for the official release date, you might try downloading the iOS 16.2 beta and see if it helps iron out any issues you’re seeing. That being said, Apple’s currently on its final version of the iOS 16.2 beta which means the stable release should come soon.

For more on iOS 16.2 and the beta, have a look at our walkthrough. And for more about the iOS 16.2 release date, check out our guide.

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says Apple is also working on a new iOS 16.3 update and it will likely arrive in February or March of next year.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 16.3 & 11 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 16.3 for Better Security

Install iOS 16.3 for Better Security

If security is important to you, think about installing Apple's iOS 16.3 update right away.

iOS 16.3 brings 12 new security patches (including one for the Weather app) with it and you can learn more about all of those right here

In addition, the software comes with support for physical security keys for Apple ID. These will beef up your account security by requiring a physical security key as part of the two factor authentication sign in process. Learn more about the change right here.

If you skipped iOS 16.2, you'll get its changes with iOS 16.3. iOS 16.2 brought a ton of important security patches with it and you can dig into the details on Apple's security site

The update also brought end-to-end encryption to iCloud, iMessage, iPhone backups, Notes, Photos, and more. If you want to learn more about it, head over to Apple's guide

If you decided to hold off on installing iOS 16.1.2, you'll get its solitary security patch with your upgrade. Learn more about it right here.

If you skipped iOS 16.1.1, you'll get its security patches when you upgrade. You can learn more about them right here.

If you missed the iOS 16.1 update, it brought 19 security patches to the iPhone and you can learn about the particulars of those over on Apple's website.

If you failed to download iOS 16.0.3, it had one security patch on board, a fix for a potential exploit within the Mail app. For more about the fix, check out Apple's security site.

If you're still running iOS 15 your iPhone, you'll get a bunch of other patches when you upgrade.

iOS 16.0 brought a ton of security patches to the iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's security website.

In addition to those patches, iOS 16 brings some additional enhancements to privacy and security including Safety Check which, according to Apple, will help "people in domestic or intimate partner violence situations review and reset the access they’ve granted others." 

The feature also resets system privacy permissions for apps and restricts Messages and FaceTime to the device on hand.

Apple's also made some improvements to Passkeys in Safari. iOS 16 brings a brand new sign-in method that's end-to-end encrypted and safe from phishing and data leaks. 

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