The iPhone 5s iOS 12.0.1 update is a small maintenance release, but it could have a significant impact on your device’s performance.
Initially, we thought the iPhone 5s would stay put on iOS 11. The device got four major upgrades (iOS 8, iOS 9, iOS 10, iOS 11) and that’s typically when Apple pulls the plug on new features, bug fixes and security patches.
That changed at WWDC 2018 when Apple confirmed plans to push the iOS 12 to the device. It’s unclear what this means for the future, but it could mean iOS 13 updates for the aging iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus next year.
In addition to another year of software support, Apple’s also confirmed some major performance enhancements for the iPhone 5s. Apple says the iPhone 5s will open apps 40% faster, swipe to the camera from the lock screen 70% faster, show the keyboard faster, and deliver better all-around performance.
Apple’s intentions are good and many users are already seeing performance gains. That said, the iOS 12 update could cause problems on your device so you should be extremely careful when you decide to upgrade your iPhone 5s to the latest software.
With that in mind we want to take you through the latest iPhone 5s iOS 12 update. Our iOS 12.0.1 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 the iOS 12.0.1 problems iPhone 5s users are running into, what you need to know about the iOS 11 downgrade, and some of the changes that could change how you use your device.
We’ll start with a look at the iPhone 5s iOS 12.0.1 update’s performance on our device.
iPhone 5s iOS 12.0.1 Update Impressions
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 (lag, mostly) on a regular basis.
We had some pretty high expectations for the iOS 12 update and thus far, Apple appears to have (mostly) delivered on its promises.
The iPhone 5s iOS 12.0.1 update is no where near as big as the previous version. It should be around 75MB for users upgrading from iOS 12.0. It should only take you a few minutes to pull from Apple's servers if your device is connected to a fast Wi-Fi network. The installation will take a little bit longer.
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 12.0.1 update.
For more on the iOS 12.0.1 download and installation process, please take a look at our guide.
We've been using the official version of iOS 12.0.1 on the iPhone 5s for a short time and we've been pretty impressed with the software. We haven't noticed any big changes from iOS 12.0. and that's a good thing.
iOS 12.0.1 still feels a lot faster than iOS 11. The UI lag that tormented us is virtually non-existent (at least for the moment) though we have 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 in the short-term nor have we run into any connectivity issues (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, etc).
Apps appear to be working well for the most part though Twitter and Safari have crashed once apiece.
We haven't noticed any game-changing bugs or issues yet, but it's still early. iOS 12.0.1 comes with some important security patches and bug fixes so most iPhone 5s users should install the software today or in the near future.
If you're in need of additional feedback, take a look at our list of reasons to and not to install iOS 12.0.1 right now.
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