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7 Things to Know About the iPhone 8 iOS 12.1 Update

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The iPhone 8’s iOS 12.1 update could have a huge impact on your device’s performance so you’ll want to be careful with Apple’s latest version of iOS 12.

The iOS 12.1 update is out of beta testing and Apple’s first iOS 12 milestone upgrade is available for iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus models.

iOS 12.1 is much bigger than your standard release and it comes with a long list of changes including new emoji characters, Group FaceTime calls, and key bug fixes for lingering issues.

Many iPhone 8 users are seeing better performance after installing the new firmware, but others are running into trouble.

As we’ve pushed away from the update’s release we’ve heard about some of the bugs, glitches, and performance issues plaguing the devices. Some of these issues are minor annoyances, other problems are much bigger.

If you’re currently having a great experience on iOS 12.0.1 or an older version of iOS you need to approach iOS 12.1 with caution. There’s no way to predict exactly how the software will run on your device so you’ll want to prepare and get ready to face problems head on.

This is particularly true if you’re coming from iOS 12.0 or an older version. Apple’s closed up the iOS 12.0.1, iOS 12.0 and iOS 11 downgrades which means there’s no way to get back to those updates once you move your phone to iOS 12.1.

With all of that in mind, we want to take a look at the iPhone 8 iOS 12.1 update’s performance, problems, changes, and more.

This guide to the iPhone 8 iOS 12.1 update will also tell you about Apple’s next version of iOS 12 which is expected to touch down in the near future.

iPhone 8 iOS 12.1 Impressions & Performance

iPhone 8 iOS 12.1 Impressions & Performance

The iPhone 8's iOS 12.1 update is a huge update and it requires a significant download. If you're coming from iOS 12.0.1, your update is several hundred megabytes and it could take 10 minutes or more to complete the installation process.

If you're moving up from an older version of iOS, you can expect a bigger download and a lengthier download time. Features and fixes from the updates you skipped are baked into your iOS 12.1 update.

For more on the iOS 12.1 download and installation, please take a look at our guide

As for the iOS 12.1 update's performance, it's currently stable on the iPhone 8 in our possession. 

We've been using the update for an extended period of time looking at key areas of performance like battery life, UI speed, and connectivity. 

Thus far, battery life seems to be holding up. We haven't experienced any abnormal drain and we're still able to get a full day of use.

Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS are all working normally and we haven't noticed slow speeds or an increased number of dropped connections. These are common issues after a software update. 

The software is still fast on the iPhone 8 and we haven't noticed any lag. Control Center, Notifications, and the keyboard are places where we often see lag, but nothing has popped up on the iPhone 8 yet. 

Given its performance and what's on board, we're recommending iOS 12.1 to most people. If you want some additional feedback please take a look at our list of reasons to and not to install the iOS 12.1 update on your device right now.  

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