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iOS 12.1.4 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know

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Apple’s iOS 12.1.4 update fixes problems, but it’s also causing problems for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners

The iOS 12.1.4 update fixes the eavesdropping FaceTime issue, but users are running into trouble with the latest version of iOS 12.

iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users are seeing installation issues, abnormal battery drain, connectivity issues, and problems with Face ID and Touch ID. These are all common problems and most of them can be fixed in minutes.

We’re also hearing about an assortment of other bugs and glitches including issues with the lock screen, Control Center bugs, and Notification bugs.

In this guide to iOS 12, iOS 12.0.1, iOS 12.1, iOS 12.1.1, iOS 12.1.2, iOS 12.1.3, and iOS 12.1.4 problems we’ll take you through the most glaring issues. This is an early list and we expect the list of problems to grow as more people download iOS 12.1.4.

Our walkthrough will also show you where to find potential fixes for the most common iOS 12.1.4 problems and direct you to a few resources that could come in handy if and when you run into trouble.

We’ll also touch on the state of the iOS 12 downgrade and a few things you can expect from Apple and the next iOS 12 update.

iOS 12.1.4 Problems

While some iOS 12.1.4 problems are brand new, others have carried over from the iOS 11 update and the previous versions of iOS 12.

The iOS 12.1.4 download is getting stuck on some iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models. If this happens, you’ll want to hard reset your device. This usually resolves the problem and gets the download going again.

We’re also seeing reports about Wi-Fi and Bluetooth issues, GPS problems, 3D Touch problems, landscape problems, issues with Siri, user interface lag, lockups, freezes, app crashes, AirPlay problems, an issue where the Messages app is sending messages to unintended recipients and problems updating apps on the App Store.

Apple’s recently acknowledged a widespread, extremely problematic eavesdropping FaceTime issue impacting several versions of iOS 12 (iOS 12.1-iOS 12.1.3). In a nutshell, the bug lets you call someone via FaceTime and hear the audio coming from their phone before they pick up the phone.

Apple’s addressed the problem in iOS 12.1.4 and those who want to continue using Group FaceTime must download the new version for it to work. It’s permanently disabled on iOS 12.1-iOS 12.1.3.

That said, it looks like some iOS 12.1.4 users are still having issues with Group FaceTime on iOS 12.1.4. Apple’s aware of the issue, but it’s unclear when it will release a fix.

You must download iOS 12.1.4 if you want to use Group FaceTime.

The official Apple discussion forums, Reddit, and social media sites like Twitter are starting to fill up with complaints about iOS 12.1.4 and we expect the list to grow as we push further away from the release date.

If you haven’t downloaded iOS 12.1.4 yet we recommend preparing your device for the download. A little prep can go a long way toward preventing problems.

To assist you we’ve put together a step-by-step pre-installation process and our checklist will take you through the most important things you need to do before you install iOS 12.1.4.

Where to Find iOS 12.1.4 Feedback

If you’re running iOS 12.1.4 or you’re thinking about upgrading it’s important to dig into feedback from iOS 12.1.4 users. This feedback will alert you to potential problems and potential benefits as well.

We’ve released our list of reasons to and not to install the iOS 12.1.4 update right now and it will help get you started. If you’re on the fence about making the move to iOS 12.1.4 due to its problems, this is a good starting point.

We also recommend keeping an eye on YouTube, Apple’s discussion forums, social media sites like Twitter/Facebook, and the MacRumors forums for additional feedback.

We’ve also published our mini iOS 12.1.4 reviews for the iPhone X, iPhone 8iPhone 7, iPhone 6siPhone 6, iPhone 5s, and iPhone SE so check those out if you need additional feedback.

How to Fix iOS 12.1.4 Problems

Most iOS 12.1.4 problems can be fixed from the comfort of a computer chair or couch. Others will require a fix from Apple.

If you’re running into trouble on iOS 12.1.4, there’s no need to panic. We’ve put together a list of fixes for the most common iOS 12 problems. This is a great place to start.

We’ve also released a list of tips that could help you improve your device’s performance and also one that outlines ways to fix iOS 12 battery life problems.

If you’re unable to find a fix for your problem in our guides, you should go to Apple’s discussion forums for help. If Apple’s forums aren’t helpful, you can get in contact with Apple Support via Twitter or via the company’s website.

If Apple’s online services fail you, you might want to schedule an appointment to see a Genius at your local Apple Store. If you have one.

They should be able to diagnose your issue within minutes and provide you with a fix or a replacement depending on your warranty and problem.

You Can Downgrade from iOS 12.1.4

If you run into trouble while running iOS 12.1.4 you can try downgrading.

Apple’s signing on iOS 12.1.3 which means you can take advantage of a loophole and drop your device back down to a previous version of iOS 12 in an effort to improve performance.

Unfortunately, Apple’s also closed off the downgrade paths to iOS 12.1.2, iOS 12.1.1, iOS 12.1, iOS 12.0.1, iOS 12.0 and iOS 11. There’s currently no way back to any of those updates.

For more about how the downgrade process works, take a look at our detailed walkthrough.

What’s Next

If you’re struggling on iOS 12.1.4, help is on the way.

Apple’s confirmed an iOS 12.2 update but it’s currently in beta and it could be weeks before the final version arrives for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

We don’t have an official iOS 12.2 release date but with Apple’s annual spring media event on the horizon, don’t be surprised if Apple releases the update in March.

If you can’t wait until March, you can try the iOS 12.2 beta and see if it improves your device’s performance.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 12.1.4 & 11 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 12.1.4 for Better Security

Install iOS 12.1.4 for Better Security

If you're on the fence, here's one of the best reasons to install iOS 12.1.4.

If you value your device's security, you'll want to download iOS 12.1.4 in the near future. It comes with four important security patches including fixes for a widespread FaceTime eavesdropping bug that lets you call someone via FaceTime and hear the audio coming from their phone before they pick up the phone.

If you skipped iOS 12.1.3, you get some additional patches with your version of iOS 12.1.4. They're baked in.

Apple lists a grand total of 23 patches on board iOS 12.1.3 and you can read about all of them over on Apple's website. 

If you skipped iOS 12.1.1, you'll probably want to install the iOS 12.1.4 update on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch today. 

The iOS 12.1.1 update brought 17 patches for potential security exploits. They'll will help protect your phone. You can read about them over on Apple's website.

If you skipped iOS 12.1, you'll get the 24 patches from that update with your version of iOS 12.1.4. If you skipped iOS 12.0.1, your iOS 12.1.4 update brings two additional patches. Both patches are for potential lock screen exploits.

If you skipped iOS 12.0, and you're still running iOS 11.4.1 or below, your iOS 12.1.4 update comes with a longer list of security updates. 

The iOS 12.0 update delivered 16 patches for security issues. You can read about all of them over on Apple's website.

In addition to those patches, iOS 12 delivers new security features aimed at protecting you and the data you store on your device. These include:

  • Enhanced Intelligent Tracking Prevention in Safari prevents embedded content and social media buttons from tracking cross-site browsing without your permission
  • Suppresses ad retargeting by reducing advertisers’ ability to identify iOS devices uniquely
  • Strong and unique passwords are suggested automatically when creating an account or changing a password in most apps and in Safari
  • Reused passwords are flagged in Settings > Passwords & Accounts
  • Security code AutoFill presents one-time security codes sent over SMS as suggestions in the QuickType bar
  • Sharing passwords with contacts is easier than ever using AirDrop from Passwords & Accounts in Settings
  • Siri supports quickly navigating to a password on an authenticated device 

Long story short, if you store sensitive data on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you have some really good reasons to upgrade to iOS 12.1.4 today.

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11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Jeff

    09/17/2018 at 11:56 am

    Note that before you panic about battery draining problems after installing iOS 12, the new iOS will be doing background tasks related to the upgrade (reindexing and other stuff), which takes power and can make your phone warm. This is typical after most of the bigger iOS updates. Apple says this can take up to a day with iOS 12. So don’t jump to any conclusions, go overboard with messing with stuff, or downgrade for at least 24 hours after installing iOS 12.

  2. Ifixservice

    09/21/2018 at 8:09 pm

    Good article. Something we need to check it before u brought. Thanks for the blog.

  3. Dale

    10/08/2018 at 8:48 am

    I installed the iOS 12 update yesterday, and ever since, have had to repeatedly swipe up 5 or more times to bring up any apps I have been using so I can completely close them.

    This is not only infuriating, but spoils my reading of the news. Sometimes I have to close Apple News completely in order to escape some article that refuses to “go quietly”. Otherwise, even if I 5-finger pinch it shut and tap the icon again, it just brings up the article I was trying to get rid of.

    I am always afraid that THIS time, maybe even 5, 6, or any number of swipes will fail to produce an effect and my iPad will be clogged with who knows how many “open” apps behind the scenes, that I can’t get at to really close them.

  4. David Covington

    11/01/2018 at 9:12 am

    Your issues lists just shows how Apple is no longer the ‘peoples computer’ company, especially under the visionless Tim Cook. Apple’s iOS offerings shows their incompetence and disrespect of their customers by the continual ‘dumping’ of buggy, sometimes dangerously so, crap on their customers (H/W is great but their S/W has become pathetic). I have no intention of going to iOS 12, especially because of moron Tim Cook’s changing iMessage to use the only Apple ID causing messages to be sent to the wrong (even multi[le) people. I mean, just how stupid is that? I wished I’d stayed on iOS 10, Apple’s last, decent O/S. Apple these days is just Microsoft spelled A-p-p-l-e. Both are big, incompetent corporations and prostitutes to the God almighty dollar bill, abusing their customers trust. If people really had any brains, they’d stop buying from both corporations until they put ‘quality’ into their software, not just more new buggy features.

    • Bob

      02/12/2019 at 8:04 pm

      Agree 100%. If it has Apple on it anywhere, it’s JUNK.

  5. thonking_emoji

    12/08/2018 at 9:01 am

    God damn it is hard to come across an article full of useless information like this one. I gotta congratulate the author for wasting my time in the most effective manner possible.

  6. Jorge

    12/15/2018 at 9:47 am

    Me, my wife and other family members thought we would not use any Apple device anymore, because they broke 2 Iphone 6 after seeing IOS 12.1.1 updated, both phones turn off and turn on continuously, we took it to a store professional repair, they said that the problem was the battery, we paid for batteries and the problem continues, how can Apple send an update to break the Iphone 6? We lost all our information, contacts, photos, notes and more. Damn the apple shit.

  7. MikeBates

    12/20/2018 at 3:48 pm

    I updated to iOS 12.1.2 on an iPhone 8 earlier today. When I plug it into a PC (as well as to a MacBook Air), I get the message that I need to update to -you guessed it – iOS 12.1.2. After it downloads I get an error message that the iPhone couldn’t be updated for an unknown reason.
    Whatever happened to Apple?

  8. Bill

    02/08/2019 at 9:08 am

    I asked a friend who works at Apple if I should install 12.1.4. They read this article and said it contains no useful information other than backup your device before updating. They called it a “click-bait” site that gets users to click links to increase their advertising revenue. Best advice is to wait for a week or two or maybe until 12.2 comes out that will be tested better.

  9. Steve J

    02/11/2019 at 6:35 pm

    Latest update (12.1.4) has made it impossible to turn ipad off. The sleep/on button works for waking and sleeping, but holding it down to get the Switch off slider doesn’t happen any more. So I can’t turn it off, unless I set up that AssisstiveTouch floating button.

  10. Kate

    02/16/2019 at 7:41 am

    Its better not to install ANY UPDATES!!! Goddamn Apples is screwing with us constantly. Every update creates new issues, I’m getting sick of it….First files, then passowrds in Safai,now no WIFI connection at all!! Your days are over Apple. These are my last apple devices I ever buy…

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