The iOS 12.0.1 update is a small bug fix update for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, but it could have a noticeable impact on your day-to-day use.
Apple’s new version of iOS 12 doesn’t come with a long list of features, but it does have some important bug fixes and security patches on board. The update is performing well on our iPhone 7 models in the early going, but it’s far from perfect.
iPhone 7 users are complaining about a variety of iOS 12.0.1 problems including weird battery drain, Bluetooth issues, Wi-Fi problems, and issues with first and third-party applications.
iOS 12.0.1 fixes some annoying bugs, but moving from iOS 11 to iOS 12 is still a bit of a gamble now that Apple’s closed off the iOS 11 downgrade.
If you install iOS 12.0.1 on your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus and can’t stand it, you can drop your phone back down to iOS 12.0 for a limited time.
Unfortunately, the company’s stopped signing off on iOS 11.4.1 which means once you make the move to iOS 12/iOS 12.0.1, there’s no going back. Those of you having an excellent experience on iOS 11 have a big decision to make.
In this guide to the iPhone 7 iOS 12.0.1 update we’ll help you make that decision. We’ve been testing the iPhone 7’s iOS 12.0.1 update looking at key areas like battery life, connectivity, and speed. We’ve also been monitoring feedback from other iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users.
Let’s start with our initial impressions of the iPhone 7’s iOS 12.0.1 update and then take you through the other important things to know, right now, about the device’s version of iOS 12.
iPhone 7 iOS 12.0.1 Impressions & Performance
Apple promised significant performance upgrades for all devices, not just the iPhone 5s, and the company's delivered on that promise.
Some of these performance upgrades will jump right out at you once you move from iOS 11 to iOS 12/iOS 12.0.1. Others are more subtle.
The good news is that iOS 12.0.1 still feels a lot faster than iOS 11 did on the iPhone 7. Animations and transitions are still crisp and opening apps doesn't feel as sluggish as it did on iOS 11.
We haven't noticed any significant slowdown when using the keyboard or when pulling up our Notifications or Control Center.
Even little things, like transitioning from a phone call back to the home screen, are faster with iOS 12 on board. It's system-wide.
Battery life has been extremely stable and we haven't noticed any drops (or gains) during our short time with the software. Everything appears to be normal.
Some iOS 12.0.1 users are running into connectivity (Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth) issues, but we haven't noticed any on our iPhone 7.
We've been able to connect to several different routers (including eero) and we've successfully paired the devices with various Bluetooth devices (headsets, speakers).
A few of our core applications have crashed (Chrome, Twitter, YouTube) and we've had some hiccups while using Netflix.
App developers will continue to roll out iOS 12 support updates and we expect most of these problems to dissipate soon.
The speed enhancements alone are probably enough to convince many of you to hold onto your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus for a year (or more) longer.
For more feedback about iOS 12 and iOS 12.0.1, please take a look at our list of reasons to and not to install the upgrade today.
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