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iPhone 8 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know

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iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus owners are dealing with numerous problems including Bluetooth issues, sound problems, and various issues with the device setup.

iPhone 8 users are reporting issues with their hardware and the iOS 12 software that powers the two devices. We expect the list of problems to grow as more people buy the iPhone 8 and as Apple releases additional iOS 12 firmware updates throughout the year.

This guide will take you through the current list of iPhone 8 problems. It will also provide you with some resources that will come in handy if you start noticing issues with your new phone.

It also includes a look at what to expect from Apple and the next version of iOS 12.

iPhone 8 Problems

Apple’s new iOS 12 update is causing problems for some iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus users.

We’re hearing about Wi-Fi issues, Bluetooth connectivity issues, problems with first and third party apps, Touch ID and 3D Touch problems, restore problems, abnormal battery drain, and iCloud issues.

Problems can popup at any time so you’ll want to be as prepared as possible. We recommend periodically backing up the files on your phone to keep them safe.

To assist you, we’ve put together a guide that will take you through the backup process using Apple’s iTunes software. We’ve also released a guide that details the backup process via Apple’s iCloud service.

Apple will eventually release a new version of iOS 12 for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. When it does, you’ll want to prepare your device. New iOS updates always bring trouble and a little prep work will go a long way toward preventing headaches.

We’ve released a pre-installation guide that will take you through some things to do before installing new software on your device. If this is your first iPhone you should get familiar with the process.

Where to Find Feedback

If your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus is struggling, you’ll want to dig into feedback and fixes from fellow users. Here are a few places to do that.

We recommend keeping an eye on YouTube, Apple’s discussion forums, social media sites like Twitter/Facebook, and the MacRumors forums for feedback about the iPhone 8’s hardware and its version of iOS 12.

We’ve also released our impressions of the iPhone 8’s iOS 12.1.2 update and it’s worth a look if you’re in the hunt for additional feedback about iOS 12.

How to Fix iPhone 8 Problems

If you run into problems with the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus your first thought might be to take it back to Apple or the place where you bought it. Before you do that you should try fixing the issue from home.

Before you take your phone down to an Apple Store, take a look at our list of fixes for common iPhone 8 problems. It offers fixes for the most common problems.

We’ve also put together some tips to help you improve your iPhone 8’s overall performance and a guide to improving iPhone 8 battery life.

If you can’t find a fix in those guides make sure you check Apple’s discussion forums. There are a lot of knowledgable active users and you could get a solution to your problem within minutes.

You can also get in touch with Apple on Twitter and see if its support crew can help. You can also get in contact with Apple Support via the company website.

If Apple’s customer service can’t help you solve whatever it is that’s plaguing your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, it’s time to take your phone to an Apple Store (if one is close by) or your local carrier store.

Make an Genius Bar appointment and have them run diagnostics on your device to see if they can pinpoint the problem. Your iPhone 8 is under warranty so they might offer you a replacement if the issue is serious.

How to Downgrade Your iPhone 8

If you move your iPhone 8 to iOS 12.1.2 and you start seeing issues, you can try downgrading to iOS 12.1.1.

Apple is signing on the previous version of iOS 12 which means you can drop back down in an attempt to improve your device’s performance.

Unfortunately the company’s stopped signing off on iOS 12.1, iOS 12.0.1, iOS 12.0 and iOS 11.4.1 which means there’s no way to get back to any of those.

Downgrading isn’t a guaranteed way to solve problems, but its worked for many users in the past. If you’re new to the iPhone and iOS, take a look at our guide to downgrading iOS.

What’s Next

iOS 12.1.2 was the last known update in Apple’s pipeline which means you could be on your own for a few weeks.

Apple is likely working on a new version of iOS 12 behind the scenes but with the holidays coming up, don’t expect an official release until sometime next year.

If your iPhone 8 is struggling, keep an eye out for a new iOS 12 beta as we push into 2019.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 12.1.2 & 11 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 12.1.2 for Better Security

Install iOS 12.1.2 for Better Security

If you're on the fence, here's one of the best reasons to install iOS 12.1.2.

If you value your device's security, and you skipped iOS 12.1.1, you'll want to install the iOS 12.1.2 update on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch today. iOS 12.1.2 itself doesn't come with any new security patches.

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

If you skipped iOS 12.1, you'll get its 24 patches with your version of iOS 12.1.2. If you skipped iOS 12.0.1, your iOS 12.1.2 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 12.1.2 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 12.1.2 today.

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