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7 Things to Know About the iPhone 5s iOS 12.3.1 Update

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The iPhone 5s iOS 12.3.1 update is a small maintenance release, but it could have a significant impact on your device’s performance.

iOS 12.3.1 is a minor update and it brings a short list of changes to the iPhone 5s.

While most iPhone 5s users should download iOS 12.3.1 right now, some users might want to wait a few more days before making the move from iOS 12.3, iOS 12.2, iOS 12.1.4, iOS 12.1.3, iOS 12.1.2, iOS 12.1.1, iOS 12.1, iOS 12.0.1, iOS 12.0, or iOS 11.

iOS 12.3.1 brings new bug fixes and some iPhone 5s users are already seeing performance gains. That said, some iPhone 5s users are running into problems with the firmware so you need to proceed with caution. This is especially true if you’re running an older version of iOS.

If iOS 12.3.1 starts causing problems you can try dropping down to the previous version of iOS 12. However, you can’t drop back to anything older than iOS 12.3.

With that in mind, we want to take you through the most important things to know about iOS 12.3.1 if you own an iPhone 5s.

Our iPhone 5s iOS 12.3.1 walkthrough includes a quick look at the software’s performance in key areas like UI speed, battery life, and app performance.

It’ll also take you through iPhone 5s iOS 12.3.1 problems, what you need to know about the iOS 12 downgrade, and some of the key changes from Apple’s latest upgrade.

We’ll start with a quick look at the iPhone 5s iOS 12.3.1 update’s performance.

iPhone 5s iOS 12.3.1 Impressions & Performance

iPhone 5s iOS 12.3.1 Impressions & Performance

If you're moving up from iOS 12.3, your iOS 12.3.1 update is a tiny and doesn't require much space on your device's internal storage. 

That said, if you're moving from an older version of iOS, your download will likely be much bigger and your installation could take a lot longer. That's because the features from the updates you skipped are baked into your upgrade. 

For more on the iOS 12.3.1 download and installation process, please take a look at our guide

We've been using iOS 12.3.1 on the iPhone 5s for several days now and it's running pretty well on our device.

iOS 12.3.1 still feels a lot faster than iOS 11. The heavy UI lag that tormented us on iOS 11 is still missing in action though we've seen a little bit of choppiness when pulling up Control Center, Notifications, and while using the keyboard.

Swiping to the camera on the lock screen is still fluid and apps still open up much faster than they did on iOS 11. 

We haven't run into any battery life issues nor have we run into any connectivity issues (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, etc). 

Apps appear to be working well for the most part and we haven't noticed any crashes during our limited time on iOS 12.3.1. 

We haven't noticed any game-changing bugs or issues and that's a good sign as we push away from the release date. 

If you're in need of additional feedback, take a look at our list of reasons to and not to install iOS 12.3.1 right now

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  2. Tan

    03/18/2019 at 9:16 pm

    I bought my iPhone 5 plus 6 months ago. It urged me to upgrade from iOS11 to iOS 12. I did as instructed but encountered a big problem – I couldn’t recharge the phone. I took it back to the dealer and it somehow fixed it. They told me that there was a problem with iOS 12 for older phone, and one of the problems was refusing to recharge. I am now a bit worried about upgrading to iOS 12.1.4. Please advice.

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