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7 Things to Know About the iPhone 7 iOS 12.1.4 Update

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The iOS 12.1.4 update is a small point release for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus but Apple’s latest update could have a noticeable impact on your device’s performance.

The newest version of iOS 12 doesn’t come with new features. Instead, it delivers a short list of important security updates. The iOS 12.1.4 update is performing well on our iPhone 7 models right now, but it’s far from perfect.

iPhone 7 users are complaining about a variety of iOS 12.1.4 problems including weird battery drain, Bluetooth issues, Wi-Fi problems, and issues with first and third-party applications.

iOS 12.1.4 fixes some major issues, but moving to the new update is still a bit of a gamble, especially if you’re having a great experience on 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.

If you install iOS 12.1.4 on your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus and can’t stand it, you can try downgrading to iOS 12.1.3. You can’t downgrade to anything older than that so those of you coming up from older versions of iOS 12 should be careful.

In this guide to the iPhone 7 iOS 12.1.4 update we’ll help you make that decision. We’ve been testing the iPhone 7’s iOS 12.1.4 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 impressions of the iPhone 7 iOS 12.1.4 update and then take you through the other important things to know, right now, about the latest version of iOS 12.

iPhone 7 iOS 12.1.4 Impressions & Performance

iPhone 7 iOS 12.1.4 Impressions & Performance

We've been using iOS 12.1.4 for an extended period of time now and we haven't noticed any huge differences between it and iOS 12.1.3 in terms of performance. That's a good thing. 

iOS 12.1.4 still feels a lot faster than iOS 11 did on the iPhone 7. Animations and transitions are crisp and apps still open a whole lot quicker than they did on the previous operating system.

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. 

Battery life is stable and we haven't noticed any weird drain during our time with the software. Battery life appears to be normal. 

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). 

At this point, given what's on board, most iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users should install the iOS 12.1.4 update today. 

For more feedback about iOS 12 and iOS 12.1.4, please take a look at our list of reasons to and not to install the upgrade today

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Jason

    11/28/2018 at 10:06 pm

    After updating my iPhone 7 Plus to the iOS 12.1 I get no service or it’s extended

  2. Frances

    12/26/2018 at 7:20 am

    I have a 7 plus and can’t make or receive calls after this update. It keeps saying call failed. It was fine before

  3. Brittany

    01/09/2019 at 8:40 am

    My iPhone 7 is doing really good on iOS 12.1.2 I just got this iPhone yesterday this is my first iPhone and I love it I think the iPhone is my favorite phone I been with android for several years and they always got slow

  4. mohammad

    01/27/2019 at 10:29 pm

    updating to ios 12.1.3 kill my iphone 7

  5. Nadia

    01/29/2019 at 11:46 am

    Updating to IOS 12.1.3 messed up the app store. I can’t update any app without it asking me to confirm payment. Doesn’t matter what option I pick for payment, it doesn’t work. I can’t download any new apps either. It’s very frustrating.

  6. John

    02/06/2019 at 7:13 pm

    I am new to iPhone 7 Plus upgraded from phone 6. (Both run ios12.1.3)

    Huge difference experience on 7+ is that after using for sometime (5 ~ 30 minutes or maybe more within a session) keyboard starts to lags, and don’t responds to my touches. It makes typing seriously frustrated. Jaggy scrolling. Like the phone is busying other background tasks.

    To overcome this, I need to press power button to lock the phone, then unlock it and it behaves normal again to continue what I was doing.

    As for iPhone 6 I didn’t encounter this problem at all before.

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