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9 Things to Know About the iPhone 6 iOS 12.4 Update

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The iPhone 6 iOS 12.4 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, many others will run into problems.

Apple’s rolled out a new version of iOS 12 and the company’s iOS 12.4 update comes with a short list of changes.

The iOS 12.4 update doesn’t have a whole lot on board, but some users are noticing a big 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 of these 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, iOS 12.2, iOS 12.3, and iOS 12.3.1.

We haven’t run into any game-changing bugs during our time with iOS 12.4, 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/iOS 12.2/iOS 12.3/iOS 12.3.1 to iOS 12.4 need to be careful.

With that in mind we want to guide you through the most important things to know, right now, about the iPhone 6 iOS 12.4 update.

Our walkthrough goes over the iPhone 6’s iOS 12.4 problems and provides you with potential fixes. It also highlights the changes on board iOS 12.4, provides you with information about the iOS 12 downgrade, and gives you a look ahead at what’s ahead for the iPhone 6 and iOS 12.

We’ve been using the iOS 12.4 update on the iPhone 6 for a short time and we want to start with a quick review of its early performance.

iPhone 6 iOS 12.4 Impressions & Performance

iPhone 6 iOS 12.4 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, iOS 12.1.4, iOS 12.2, iOS 12.3, and iOS 12.3.1 all treated our iPhone 6 models well and iOS 12.4 is performing nicely at the moment. 

The iOS 12.4 update is a pretty large download, but it should only take less than 10 minutes to install it on your phone if you're jumping up from iOS 12.3.1. 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.

As of right now, given its performance and the contents on board, we recommend iOS 12.4 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 12.4 update right now

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8 Comments

8 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. )

  3. Enver

    06/06/2019 at 1:17 pm

    After updating my iPhone 6 to iOS 12.3.1, both caller name (from Contacts) and Recents don’t display.

  4. Dave Nielsen

    06/09/2019 at 1:28 pm

    After updating to 12.3.1 my iPhone 6 will not connect to the internet unless connected to a WiFi network. Not happy…

  5. Glenn

    06/13/2019 at 8:24 am

    I’ve had problems with GPS accurately displaying my location since the update to 12.3.1. My compass is off at times too. It’s not always wrong, but most often both malfunction. It’s a major problem if you use Google or Apple Maps often! I’ve reset network settings and all settings. Last to do is erase and reset?

  6. Muhammad Shamroz Idrees

    07/04/2019 at 11:41 pm

    After updating of 12.3.1 version in my Iphobe it creates some hanging problems. Sometimes i am stuck to open other applications.

  7. Jordan

    07/11/2019 at 8:08 am

    Since updating to 12.3.1, my iPhone 6 stopped being able to find a network completely, it just keeps saying “searching”. The “LTE” fixes seem to have broken it.

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