Apple’s new iOS 13.1.2 update wipes out some glaring issues, but problems are plaguing the latest release for iPhone.
iOS 13.1.2 is a small maintenance release and it brings key bug fixes to iOS 13 users. Some iPhone users are already noticing a huge difference after moving up from iOS 12, iOS 13.0, iOS 13.1, and iOS 13.1.1.
On the flip side, some iPhone users are noticing bugs and a variety of performance issues after installing the new firmware. Some of these issues have carried over from iOS 12, iOS 13.0, iOS 13.1, and iOS 13.1.1, others are brand new.
In this guide to iOS 13 problems we’ll take you through the current state of these issues. We’ll show you where to find potential fixes for the most common iOS 13 problems and provide you with some resources that should help if you run into trouble.
We’ll also touch on the state of the downgrade and outline what you can expect from Apple and iOS 13 down the road.
iOS 13.1.2 Problems
As we push away from the release we’re hearing and seeing complaints about bugs and iOS 13’s performance. Some of these issues are minor, others are much bigger.
The current list of iOS 13.1.2 problems includes some familiar faces. Some users are having trouble downloading and installing the new update. If your iOS 13.1.2 installation gets stuck, try hard resetting your phone. This typically resolves the issue.
We’re also seeing complaints about abnormal amounts of UI lag, AirPlay issues, Touch ID and Face ID issues, weird battery drain, issues with first and third-party apps, iMessage issues, Wi-Fi problems, Bluetooth problems, CarPlay issues, lockups, freezes, and crashes.
We’ve also noticed an issue where our iPhones show that we’re connected to LTE when we’re actually connected to Wi-Fi. We’ve seen the issue on the iPhone 11 Pro Max and the iPhone X. You can see it in the screenshot below.
Again, this is an early list and we expect the list of iOS 13 problems to grow as more people transition from iOS 12, iOS 13.0, iOS 13.1, and iOS 13.1.1 to the latest software.
If you haven’t downloaded the iOS 13.1.2 update yet, we recommend preparing your iPhone for the download. Some prep work ahead of time can help you avoid major headaches.
We’ve put together a step-by-step pre-installation process and it will take you through the best way to prepare for iOS 13.1.2.
Where to Find Feedback
If you’re currently running an older version of iOS 13 or you’re planning to upgrade, you’ll want to sift through feedback from early adopters. This feedback will alert you to potential bugs and performance issues.
We’ve released our list of reasons to and not to install the iOS 13.1.2 update and it’s a good starting point for those of you weighing an upgrade.
How to Fix iOS 13 Problems
Some issues might require a fix from Apple, but some you might be able to fix on your own.
Before you make an appointment at your local Apple Store, have a look at our list of fixes for the most common iOS 13 problems. It might have what you’re looking for.
We’ve also released some tips that could help you improve your device’s performance and a guide that shows you how to fix iOS 13 battery life problems.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for in our guides, you should head on over to Apple’s discussion forums. If they can’t help you, you might want to get in contact with Apple Support via Twitter or via the Apple’s website.
If you still can’t fix your issue(s), you might want to schedule an appointment to see a Genius at your local Apple Store. They should be able to diagnose your problem in minutes.
You Can’t Downgrade from iOS 13.1.2
If you can’t stand iOS 13.1.2’s performance on your iPhone, you’re on your own.
Apple is no longer signing on older versions of iOS 13 which means you can no longer use a loophole and drop your iPhone back down in an effort to improve performance.
The company’s closed off the downgrade path to iOS 13.1.1, iOS 13.1, iOS 13.0, iOS 12.4.1, iOS 12.4, iOS 12.3.2, iOS 12.3.1, iOS 12.3, iOS 12.2, iOS 12.1,4, iOS 12.1.3, iOS 12.1.2, iOS 12.1.1, iOS 12.1, iOS 12.0.1, iOS 12.0, and iOS 11.
In other words, once you make the move to iOS 13.1.2, you’re stuck there unless you decide to move your iPhone to beta software.
For more about how the downgrade process works, take a look at our detailed walkthrough.
If your device is struggling on iOS 13.1.2, it could be a few weeks before we get additional bug fixes.
Apple’s confirmed an iOS 13.2 update and the software is currently in beta testing ahead of an unknown release date. We expect iOS 13.2 to stay in beta for a few weeks, but look for the official version to arrive before the end of the year.
If you’re struggling on iOS 13.0, iOS 13.1, iOS 13.1, or iOS 13.1.1, you might want to try moving to the iOS 13.2 beta to see if it helps improve your device’s performance.
For more on iOS 13.2, take a look at our guide.
Install iOS 13.1.2 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing the iOS 13.1.2 update right away.
iOS 13.1.2 itself doesn't have any new security patches on board, but if you skipped a previous version of iOS 13, it'll bring the patches from the updates you skipped.
If you missed iOS 13.1.1, it brought a security patch for a third-party keyboard issue to your iPhone. If you're interested in the particulars, you can read about them over on Apple's website.
If you passed on installing iOS 13.1, you get an additional patch with your iOS 13.1.2 update. You can learn more right here.
If you're moving up from iOS 12, you'll get iOS 13.0's nine security patches with your upgrade. Read about those here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.1 or any older versions of iOS 12, you'll get their security patches with your iOS 13.1.2 update.
iOS 12.4.1 only had one patch on board, but Apple's iOS 12.4 brought 19 security patches to the iPhone. If you're interested in the specifics, you can read about them on right here.
In addition to those patches, iOS 13 itself comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improved anti-tracking features in Safari and the ability to get rid of location metadata in your photos.
You also now have the ability to block apps from using Bluetooth and the ability to allow apps to access your location just once.
iOS 13 will also send you reminders about applications that track your data.
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