The iPhone 5s iOS 12.1.4 update is an incremental release, but it could have a significant impact on your device’s performance.
iOS 12.1.4 is a point update and it brings a short list of changes to Apple’s iPhone 5s. While most iPhone 5s users should download iOS 12.1.4 right now, some users might want to wait a few more days before making the move from 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 12.1.4 doesn’t have a long list of bug fixes, but some iPhone 5s users are already seeing performance gains. That said, the iOS 12.1.4 update could also cause problems on your device so you need to proceed with caution. This is especially true if you’re running an older version of iOS.
If iOS 12.1.4 starts causing problems, you can try downgrading to iOS 12.1.3. You can’t downgrade to anything older than that though.
Apple’s closed off the iOS 12.1.2, iOS 12.1.1, iOS 12.1, iOS 12.0.1, iOS 12.0 and iOS 11 downgrade paths and it won’t open them back up.
With all of that in mind, we want to take you through the most important things to know about iOS 12.1.4 if you’re an iPhone 5s user.
Our iPhone 5s iOS 12.1.4 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 12.1.4 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 look at the iPhone 5s iOS 12.1.4 update’s performance.
iPhone 5s iOS 12.1.4 Impressions & Performance
Many iPhone 5s users (us included) struggled with bugs and performance issues on iOS 11. Apple's final iOS 11 update, iOS 11.4.1, was far more stable than previous versions, but we still ran into problems on a regular basis.
We had pretty high expectations for the iOS 12 update and thus far, Apple appears to have (mostly) delivered on its promises.
The iPhone 5s iOS 12.1.4 update is a point update and it's a tiny download for iPhone 5s users coming from iOS 12.1.3.
iOS 12.1.4 should only take you less than two minutes to pull from Apple's servers though the installation will take a little bit longer. It took about six minutes to complete on our device.
If you're moving from an older version of iOS, your download could be bigger and your installation could take much longer. The features from the updates you skipped are baked into your iOS 12.1.4 update.
For more on the iOS 12.1.4 download and installation process, please take a look at our guide.
We've been using iOS 12.1.4 on the iPhone 5s for an extended period of time and we're pretty impressed with the software.
iOS 12.1.4 still feels a lot faster than iOS 11 and it's about the same as iOS 12.1.3 was on our device. That's a good thing.
The heavy UI lag that tormented us on iOS 11 is gone though we've seen a little bit of choppiness when pulling up Control Center, Notifications, and when 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. It'll be interesting to see if the performance sustains over the long-term.
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 time on iOS 12.1.4.
We haven't noticed any game-changing bugs or issues and that's a good sign as we push deeper into the month.
If you're in need of additional feedback, take a look at our list of reasons to and not to install iOS 12.1.4 right now.
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