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9 Things to Know About the iPhone 6 iOS 12.2 Update

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The iPhone 6 iOS 12.2 update could have a significant impact on your device’s performance. And while some iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users will see a positive impact, others will see problems.

Apple’s rolled out a new milestone upgrade and the company’s iOS 12.2 update comes with a long list of changes which include new features, security patches, and bug fixes.

The iPhone 6 iOS 12.2 update is a huge update and some users are noticing a change in performance after installing the new firmware.

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 issues are new, some of them have carried over from iOS 12.0, iOS 12.0.1, iOS 12.1, iOS 12.1.1, iOS 12.1.2, iOS 12.1.3, iOS 12.1.4, and iOS 11.

We haven’t run into any game-changing bugs during our time with iOS 12.2, but those of you thinking about upgrading from iOS 11 to iOS 12 or iOS 12.0/iOS 12.0.1/iOS 12.1.1/iOS 12.1.2/iOS 12.1.3/iOS 12.1.4 to iOS 12.2 need to be careful. This is particularly true now that Apple’s closed off the downgrade to older versions of iOS 12.

With that in mind we want to guide you through the most important things to know, right now, about the iPhone 6 iOS 12.2 update.

Our walkthrough goes over the iPhone 6’s iOS 12.2 problems and provides you with potential fixes. It also highlights the changes on board iOS 12.2, provides you with information about the iOS 12 downgrade, and gives you a look ahead at what’s next for the iPhone 6 and iOS 12.

We’ve been using the iOS 12.2 update on the iPhone 6 for an extended period of time and we want to start with a quick review of its performance on the 4.7-inch iPhone 6.

iPhone 6 iOS 12.2 Impressions & Performance

iPhone 6 iOS 12.2 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 technology, 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 in June 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 and we've been blown away by the upgrades Apple's made to the operating system. iOS 12.0, iOS 12.0.1, iOS 12.1, iOS 12.1.1, iOS 12.1.2, iOS 12.1.3, and iOS 12.1.4 treated our iPhone 6 models well and iOS 12.2 is performing admirably thus far.

The iOS 12.2 update is a milestone release and requires a sizable download. That said, it should take 15 minutes, or less, to download and install. We didn't run into any download or installation issues. 

As for its performance, we've noticed little bit of lag in some areas (pulling up Control Center, keyboard), but the operating system still feels much faster than iOS 11. 

Battery life appears to be normal. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are working fine. We haven't noticed any catastrophic bugs either.

Our device still gets stuck in landscape mode on occasion, but that's the only annoying bug we've encountered thus far. 

As of right now, given its performance and the contents on board, we recommend iOS 12.2 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 12.2 update right now

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3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. David

    02/17/2019 at 9:09 pm

    After updating iPhone 6s and iPad to 12.1.4 I cannot access marketplace on either. Restarted them, downloaded the app again with no joy. Friend has iPhone 6 did the update and has no problems. I’m at a loss.

    • Jo Litt

      02/24/2019 at 6:08 am

      So it’s a hit or miss.. I’ll stay where I’m at then.

  2. anon

    03/31/2019 at 12:40 pm

    You can jailbreak iOS 11.0 → 11.4.1 and iOS 12.0 → 12.1.2 (Currently A12 devices like iPhone XR, XS and XS Max are not yet supported, please wait for an update. )

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