Apple’s iOS 12.5.6 update could have a significant impact on your device’s performance. And while some iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users might see a positive impact, others will run into problems.
Apple’s rolled out a new version of iOS 12 and the company’s iOS 12.5.6 update comes with a very short list of changes for devices stuck on the aging operating system.
iOS 12.5.6 doesn’t have a whole lot on board, but some iPhone and iPad users are noticing big changes in performance after installing Apple’s new firmware.
We haven’t run into any major bugs during our time with iOS 12.5.6, but those of you thinking about upgrading from your current version of iOS 12 to iOS 12.5.6 need to be careful.
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users are complaining about a variety of issues ranging from UI lag to app issues to severe battery drain. Some of these issues are new and some of them have carried over from older versions of iOS 12.
With all that in mind, we want to guide you through the most important things to know about the iPhone 6 iOS 12.5.6 update.
Our walkthrough goes over the iPhone 6’s iOS 12.5.6 problems and provides you with potential fixes. It also highlights the changes on board iOS 12.5.6, provides you with information about the iOS 12 downgrade, and gives you a look ahead at what’s ahead for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
We’ve been using the iOS 12.5.6 update on the iPhone 6 for a short time and we want to start with a quick review of its performance.
iPhone 6 iOS 12.5.6 Impressions & Performance
We've been using the iPhone 6 since September, 2014. The first two years with the device were great, but the device's performance started to degrade over time. This is normal for old tech, but iOS 11 made things worse.
While some iPhone 6 users dealt with battery drain issues and connectivity problems, we spent most of our time on iOS 11 dealing with user interface lag.
Lag was virtually everywhere on iOS 11. We'd see it when we opened up apps, when we were typing on the keyboard, when we pulled up Control Center, when we were moving between home screens, and when we were using our core apps. We got used to it after awhile, but it was obviously far from ideal.
So when iOS 12 debuted and Apple made bold promises about improving performance, we were ecstatic. Leery, but ecstatic.
We've been using iOS 12 on the iPhone 6 since September of 2018 and we're still pretty blown away by the upgrades Apple made to the operating system.
iOS 12.5.6 is performing well on the iPhone 6 models in our possession. We're still seeing a little bit of lag in some areas (pulling up Control Center, keyboard), but the operating system mostly feels smooth.
Battery life is solid. Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth are both working fine. And we haven't noticed any catastrophic bugs on board Apple's new firmware.
Apps, for the most part, continue to run fine on the iPhone 6. If you're noticing issues with app, try downloading the latest version.
As of right now, given what's on board (an important security patch), we recommend iOS 12.5.6 to most iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users.
If you're in need of additional feedback, take a look at our list of reasons to and not to install the iOS 12.5.6 update right now.