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iOS 12.1.1 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know

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Apple’s iOS 12.1.1 update is causing problems for some iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners.

The company’s finally pulled its long-awaited iOS 12.1.1 point upgrade from beta testing. The software is now available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models worldwide.

The company’s iOS 12.1.1 update fixes several bugs and performance issues, but some users are running into trouble with the latest version of iOS 12.

iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users are running into 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 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, and iOS 12.1.1 problems we’ll take you through the most glaring issues. This is a partial list and we expect the list of problems to grow as more people download iOS 12.1.1.

Our walkthrough will also show you where to find potential fixes for the most common iOS 12.1.1 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 iOS 12.1 downgrade and a few things you can expect from Apple and the future of iOS 12.

iOS 12.1.1 Problems

While some iOS 12.1.1 problems users are seeing are brand new, others have carried over from the iOS 11 update and the first three versions of iOS 12.

The iOS 12.1.1 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.

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Some iOS 12 users are also reporting washed out colors across the user interface. We haven’t noticed this problem on any of our devices, but looks like it’s fairly widespread. Many of the complaints come from iPhone X users.

Developers are currently hard at work updating their apps with support for iOS 12, but many third-party apps are bugged or broken. iOS 12 users on the MacRumors forums have put together a long list of apps that are running poorly on iOS 12.

We’re also seeing reports about bugs and glitches. The list includes a lock screen orientation glitch in Control Center, a Folder in Dock bug, a lock screen time issue, and glitchy widgets.

The official Apple discussion forums, Reddit, and social media sites like Twitter are starting to fill up with complaints about iOS 12.1.1 and we expect the list to grow as we push further away from the release date.

If you haven’t downloaded iOS 12.1.1 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 12.1.1.

Where to Find iOS 12.1.1 Reviews

If you’re running iOS 12.1.1 or you’re thinking about upgrading it’s important to dig into feedback from iOS 12.1.1 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 12.1.1 update right now and it will help get you started. If you’re on the fence about making the move to iOS 12.1.1 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 12.1.1 reviews for the iPhone X, iPhone 8iPhone 7, iPhone 6siPhone 6, iPhone 5s, and iPhone SE.

How to Fix iOS 12.1.1 Problems

Most iOS 12.1.1 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 12.1.1, 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 to iOS 12.1

If you run into trouble on iOS 12.1.1 you can try downgrading to the previous version.

Apple’s signing off on 12.1 which means you can take advantage of a loophole and drop your device back down to iOS 12.1 in an effort to improve performance.

Unfortunately, Apple’s closed off the downgrade paths to 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, you might be on your own for a few weeks.

Apple’s confirmed an iOS 12.1.2 update, but there’s no guarantee it arrives in 2018. In fact, we’d be surprised if Apple pulled it from beta this year.

If you’re really struggling on iOS 12.1.1, the iOS 12.1.2 beta is worth a try. Betas are typically plagued with bugs and performance issues, but there’s a chance you see a boost.

For more on the iOS 12.1.2 beta, take a look at our guide.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 12.1.1 & 10 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 12.1.1 for Better Security

Install iOS 12.1.1 for Better Security

If you're on the fence, here's one of the best reasons to install iOS 12.1.1.

If you value your device's security you'll want to install the iOS 12.1.1 update on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch today. Apple's iOS 12.1.1 update comes with new security patches that will help protect your phone.

In all, there are 17  patches for potential security exploits and you can read about them over on Apple's website

If you skipped iOS 12.1, you'll get its 24 patches with your version of iOS 12.1.1. If you skipped iOS 12.0.1, your iOS 12.1.1 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 12.1.1 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 12.1.1 today.

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5 Comments

5 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.

  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.

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