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7 Things to Know About the iPhone 5s iOS 12.4.6 Update

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iPhone 5s iOS 12.4.6 Update: What's New

iPhone 5s iOS 12.4.6 Update: What's New

If you're currently running iOS 12.4.5, iOS 12.4.6 brings unnamed security patches to your iPhone 5s.

If you're moving from iOS 12.4.4 to iOS 12.4.6, you get iOS 12.4.5's unnamed security enhancements with your upgrade as well. 

If you move from iOS 12.4.3 to iOS 12.4.6 you get iOS 12.4.4's patch for a potential FaceTime exploit. For more about that, please take a look at our guide

If you're moving your iPhone 5s from iOS 12.4.2 to iOS 12.4.6, your update comes with the changes from iOS 12.4.3. You can read about those here.

iOS 12.4.1 users get iOS 12.4.2's security patch with the upgrade to iOS 12.4.6. You can read about it right here on Apple's website.

If you skipped iOS 12.4.1, you get an additional patch with your iOS 12.4.6 update. You can read about it in our guide to iOS 12.4.1

If you're moving your iPhone 5s up from iOS 12.3.1, your iOS 12.4.6 update brings iOS 12.4's Apple News upgrades, security patches, and a new way to migrate the data on your iPhone. You can read about all of those changes in our guide to iOS 12.4

If you're running iOS 12.3, you get a trio of bug fixes from iOS 12.3.1 with your iOS 12.4.6 update. You can read about those right here

If you're moving up from iOS 12.2, you get the iOS 12.3 update's changes with your upgrade. 

The iOS 12.3 update brought 23 security patches, bug fixes, and improvements to AirPlay and the Apple TV application. If you want to dig into these changes, please take a look at our iOS 12.3 guide.

If your iPhone 5s is running iOS 12.1.4, your iOS 12.4.6 update comes with iOS 12.2's features. They're also baked into the upgrade.

iOS 12.2 brought 40+ security patches, numerous bug fixes, and improvements to Apple News, AirPlay, Apple Music, Screen Time, and Safari. It also brought support for Apple's AirPods 2 earbuds.

If you're interested in learning more about the changes on board iOS 12.2, take a look at our walkthrough.

If you're upgrading from iOS 12.1.3 you get some additional security patches with your iOS 12.4.6 update. You can read about them here

If you're moving up from iOS 12.1.2, you get its changes with your update.

Fixes on board the iOS 12.1.3 update included a remedy for an issue in Messages that could impact scrolling through photos in the Details view and a fix for an issue where photos could have striped artifacts after being sent from the Share Sheet. 

If you're moving your iPhone 5s from iOS 12.1 to iOS 12.4.6, your update brings the changes from iOS 12.1.1. 

Apple's iOS 12.1.1 update delivered key bug bug fixes, performance improvements and security patches for potential exploits. 

If you're curious about the contents of the iOS 12.1.1 update you'll want to take a look at our walkthrough. It'll take you through all of them.

If you're coming from iOS 12.0.1, you'll get iOS 12.1's features with iOS 12.4.6. iOS 12.1 was packed with new features, fixes, and patches. 

Highlights from the update include 70+ new emoji characters, and more. For more on the changes, take a look at our roundup

If you're moving from iOS 12.0 to iOS 12.4.6 you get iOS 12.0.1's changes with your update.

The iOS 12.0.1 update delivered a couple of security patches for lock screen exploits and bug fixes for lingering iOS 12 problems. They included:

  • A fix for an issue where subtitles may not appear in some video apps.
  • A fix for an issue where Bluetooth could become unavailable.

If you're moving from iOS 11.4.1 you get a longer list of changes with your version of iOS 12.4.6 because the features and fixes from iOS 12.0 are baked in.

The iPhone 5s iOS 12 update is loaded up with new features, enhancements, and tweaks. These include Screen Time, tweaked Notifications, improvements to Do Not Disturb, big changes to Apple Music/News/Podcasts, and an all new Stocks app. 

If you aren't familiar with the changes on board iOS 12, you'll want to take a look at our iOS 12 vs. iOS 11 walkthrough. It'll take you through the most notable differences between the two.

Unfortunately, due to its age, the iPhone 5s gets a toned down version of iOS 12. Here's a list of missing iOS 12 features:

  • Siri Suggestions for Shortcuts
  • Camera Effects like filters and text effects
  • Memoji
  • Animoji

iOS 12 also comes with Apple's new ARKit. Unfortunately, there's no way for iPhone 5s to enjoy Apple's Augmented Reality solution. 

ARKit is limited to devices powered by Apple's A9, A10, and A11 processors which means the iPhone 5s and its aging A7 processor don't make the cut. 

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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.

  3. Shelley

    09/04/2019 at 7:07 pm

    My iPhone 5S won’t let me backup the phone, it keeps saying there was an error! I got a new battery and it keeps running down quickly so I wanted to reset the phone but I need to backup the phone first. I did the upgrade but it still won’t let me backup! Does the cord make a difference?

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