Last week, Apple pushed out a brand new iOS 8 update dubbed iOS 8.1.2. iOS 8.1.2 is a tiny bug fix update but as many iPhone and iPad users know, small iOS updates can have a big impact on performance. With iOS 8.1.2 problems swirling post-release, we want to offer 10 important tips aimed at both current iOS 8.1.2 users and those thinking about making the jump.
In June, Apple showed off its new iOS 8 update to the public for the first time. In September, Apple confirmed the highly anticipated iOS 8 release date and in the middle of the month delivered iOS 8.0 to iPhone and iPad users around the world. As expected, the iOS 8.0 update delivered tons of tweaks and features to iOS users. And as expected, the iOS 8 update also delivered a number of issues.
iOS 8 problems, both big and small, emerged from the ashes of the initial iOS 8.0 release. Instead of sitting on its hands, Apple went to work and over the last few months, the company’s pushed out a wave of iOS 8 updates aimed at squashing these issues and improving the performance of its new operating system for iPhone and iPad users.
First it pushed out iOS 8.0.1. A day later, the company issued iOS 8.0.2 as a mea culpa for the Touch ID and cellular data issues that iOS 8.0.1 brought to iOS 8 users. Days later, the company rolled out the massive iOS 8.1 bug fixer that brought Apple Pay and a series of enhancements a long with it. Soon after that, Apple deployed iOS 8.1.1.
Last week, Apple replaced its iOS 8.1.1 update with iOS 8.1.2, a small bug fix update that it geared towards a ringtone issue affecting iTunes users. Some people have installed the iOS 8.1.2 update, some haven’t.
With current and prospective iOS 8.1.2 users in mind, we want to offer up some iOS 8.1.2 tips that should help to limit headaches and help those of you that are going to be moving to iOS 8.1.2 on your iPhone or iPad in the future.
Read Our Reviews
The first piece of iOS 8.1.2 advice that we can offer to prospective, or current, iOS 8.1.1 users is to look at our full length iOS 8.1.2 reviews for iPhone and iPad. We’ve gone into great detail about our experiences with iOS 8.1.2 in an effort to help you make an informed decision about the upgrade. Use these reviews as a guide moving forward. They will help.
Research Potential Bugs & Performance
Those reviews should not be the only iOS 8.1.2 literature that you read though. We highly recommend taking a look around in an effort to gather feedback from as many critics and users as humanly possible. Yes, iOS 8.1.2 is a small update and yes, this might seem like overkill, but the informed decision is going to be the best decision. Especially if you’re making the move from iOS 7 or below.
Gather information about iOS 8.1.2 problems. Listen to feedback about performance on your device, especially if you’re touting an older device like the iPhone 5, iPad 2 or iPhone 4s.
In addition to our reviews, we suggest taking a look at Apple’s Discussion forums and the MacRumors forums. There is a ton of good discussion going on at both of those sites, particularly about the iPhone. These will will serve as valuable resources post-update and they will serve as great places to discuss your iOS 8.1.2 bugs and perhaps, get fixes for those bugs.
If You’re Having Issues, Make the Move
If you are having major problems with iOS 8.1.1 or below on board, it’s probably time to make the move. Yes, we’ve been hearing about iOS 8.1.2 problems and bugs in the days after its release but none of those bugs appear to be widespread. Instead, they all appear to be isolated problems, something that’s consistent with our iOS 8.1.2 experience.
After spending a week with iOS 8.1.2, we’ve determined that for most devices, this is the most stable version of iOS 8. It’s more stable than iOS 8.1 and it’s certainly more stable than iOS 8.0.
If you’re already having issues with iOS 8 installed, iOS 8.1.2 has the potential to do more good than bad. And remember, just because a fix isn’t listed in the change log doesn’t mean that it’s not there. Incremental updates will often fix issues not listed in the change log, either by design or by sheer luck.
Fixes for iOS 8.1.2 Problems
While forums are a great place to find temporary and permanent fixes for iOS 8.1.2 problems, we’ve also put together an excellent starting point for those of you that are either worried about iOS 8.1.2 bugs or are experiencing issues after the update.
Keep in mind, these fixes probably won’t work for all of you but they are a great point of reference for iOS 8.1.2 problems. Remember, just because you don’t see a problem right off the bat doesn’t mean that you won’t encounter an issue in the future. Often, we don’t stumble into iOS bugs until weeks or even months after the initial release.
Prep Your iPhone or iPad
If haven’t moved to Apple’s new iOS 8.1.2 update yet and you’re heavily leaning toward making the move, we suggest taking some steps to prepare your device for installation process. We’ve outlined eight of those steps here though you don’t need to follow them all.
If you prep your iPhone or iPad for this update, you’re going to go into the installation process with confidence and perhaps, come out of the installation process without any major issues.
You Can Still Downgrade to iOS 8.1.1
If you’ve made the move to iOS 8.1.2 and you’re experiencing trouble, you can always move back down to iOS 8.1.1. You’ll only want to make that move if you weren’t experiencing problems on Apple’s last update.
Now, this is a limited time thing. Apple’s still signing off on the iOS 8.1.1 update but that probably won’t last for much longer. We’ve put together a guide that will take you step by step through the process. Consider moving back down if you’re having issues that don’t seem to have a fix.
Do Not Install It While Traveling
We continue to hammer this point home and for whatever reason, people don’t listen. As a reminder, do not install this update while traveling, or better yet, while you’re out for Christmas or New Years. The last thing you want to do is install an iOS update away from home base. There’s always a chance something will go wrong during the installation process.
What if you lose precious photos that you took while on your travels or during holiday dinner? If that happens, you’ll want (and need) to be in front of your own computer. and not in front of a computer at your relatives place.
You Can Jailbreak iOS 8.1.2
You can jailbreak iOS 8.1.2, this guide will show you how, but the update may not be worth breaking your jailbreak on iOS 8.1.1 or below. At least not if you’re not having problems. Be sure to research the jailbreak process, the pros and cons, and install when you’re ready.
Take Your Time
If you haven’t updated to iOS 8.1.2 yet, maybe the best advice that we can pass along is this. Take your time. There is absolutely no rush to move to iOS 8.1.2. You can stay on iOS 7.1.2, iOS 8.0 or iOS 8.1.1 for as long as you’d like.
iOS 8.1.2 is an extremely small update but again, there’s a chance it could have a big impact on your iPhone or iPad. You’ll want to do as much research as you can before making the move. This goes for any iOS update, not just iOS 8.1.2. Be smart and install the software when you think that you’re ready to make the jump.