Now that most wild iPhone and iPad devices have been updated to the new operating system, iOS 12 is just about everywhere. And although iOS 12 has managed to sweep away the many bugs and problems that plagued iOS 11, the new operating system has come up with a share of problems.

List of IOS 12.1.2 Solved problems:

  1. Connectivity issues for cellular and Wi-Fi these are a doozy
  2. Can’t import iCloud backups
  3. Trouble with eSIM on iPhone XR, XS and XS Max
  4. Your iMessages are sent to the wrong people
  5. Why are multiple users has same Apple ID?
  6. Why my iPhone XS isn’t charge

With every iOS 12, some bug fixes are available to help patch things. But, where one whole is plugged, another can just as easily open up, and some bugs persist even with the latest version,iOS 12.1.2. There is good reason to upgrade to iOS 12 with older versions, especially if the older version has its own problems.

However, even iOS 12.1.2 can keep users wary of keeping their devices up to date with connectivity and application bugs of their own. Some of the problems with iOS 12.1.2 can be due to how quickly iOS 12.1.1 followed. It came soon after the release of iOS 12.1.1 in early December and may have only been updating software sufficiently to circumvent a court-ordered ban on the import of older Apple devices into China, via The Verge. In other words, updating to iOS 12.1.2 may or may not solve some problems from 12.1.1.

Another option is to try to go beyond iOS 12.1.2 by upgrading to the current version 3 version of iOS 12.1.3 beta. The release notes do not mention fixes for many of the problems we have seen, but the possibility of a fix still exists. It is also possible that the Beta has its own bugs. Since older phones and iPads have been upgraded to the latestiOS 12 versions, you will have to deal with unique issues that others may not have seen before. Some of these problems are unique even to older devices.

Connectivity issues for cellular and Wi-Fi these are a doozy

After upgrading to iOS 12.1.1, users reported that they were partially or completely cut off from cellular data, varying by location and country per Forbes. The only way they could get online is by using WiFi. Unfortunately, it is unclear whether this has been addressed in iOS 12.1.2 for any users. We got a Tweet from an iOS 12.1.2 user complaining about a mobile connectivity problem and the problem appeared in the Apple forum. There is no fix other than returning to an older iOS version (12.1, essentially).

To do this, you may need to connect your device to a computer, navigate to device settings via iTunes and restore them from there. Some users suggested using Settings> General > Reset > Reset Network Settings to reset network settings. We have also experienced personal problems with Wi-Fi connectivity, which can or may not be related. Sometimes the device cannot simply connect to a Wi-Fi network, while other times it appears to connect but remains on cell data. Return to Wi-Fi configuration does not show any connection.

We didn’t even have networks to show up. It is also unclear how widespread these problems are, so cautiously upgrade to iOS 12.1.1 and above.

Can’t import iCloud backups

A specific problem for iPads arose because they didn’t get iOS 12.1.2 simultaneously with iPhones. With many users automatically updating phones, iPhones would be on a newer iOS version than iPads. For users trying to set up a new iPad from their iCloud iPhone backup running iOS 12.1.2, the process would simply not work. We experienced this problem with iPad imports on three different iPads.

The only way to set up the iPad manually is without the iOS 12.1.2 or later. Until the updated version of the operating system releases for iPad, the only other way around is to install a newer Beta with an Apple Developer profile of $99 (approximately $79, $142).

Trouble with eSIM on iPhone XR, XS and XS Max

Good news: iOS 12.1.2 update fixes if you encountered bugs activating eSIMs on your iPhone XR, XS and XS Max phones. Apple did not release too much detail in its notes for the new iOS version, so hopefully this fixes the specific eSIM problem you had. But the update is quite new and the existing bug mentioned above may not be solved, so be careful when updating.

Your iMessages are sent to the wrong people

This is a strange thing: users report that their iMessages are sent to the wrong people after they have updated to iOS 12. There is at least one blame here, but we don’t know why: both the intended and the actual recipients use the same Apple ID. Others say that everyone with the same Apple ID is connected to the same group.

Why are multiple users first of all on the same Apple ID?

Perhaps because they are all members of the family, as the original poster of a MacRumors forum thread admitted to the issue. Another user theorized that Apple did this (and did not tell anyone about it) intentionally to collapse all the identities in your contact list linked to the same Apple ID into a single unified entry. This follows some iOS 12 beta users who have seen multiple conversation threads streamlined into a single thread between a single user’s full range of contact options. A Twitter user confirmed this by saying that Apple support confirmed that it was deliberate. If so, there could be an easy solution: switch to family sharing, creating separate contacts, calendars, notifications, etc.

Another user of the forum suggested a bit more laboriously. Those using the same Apple ID must enter the iMessage settings of their device and decouple it from their Apple ID. Make sure you have only phone numbers or e-mails in the Contacts entry for anyone else who uses the same Apple ID, and messages should no longer be jumbled between them.

Apparently, some users claim that they experience the problem even without the overlap of the Apple ID, according to PiunikaWeb. I hope that Apple will address this soon with a fixed or official policy statement clarifying its Apple ID policy.

According to some users, your iPhone XS won’t charge

The iPhone XS and XS Max don’t charge properly, and last week it’s a controversy –and its very own nickname: loadgate. You may have experienced your iPhone not charging when you put the Lightning cable on your phone.

The temporary fix is to make sure that you plug in your phone and listen to the charging chime and see the visual charging. This is probably an iOS 12 problem, which can be solved by updating the software. But Apple has yet to officially recognize it. When we hear of a permanent solution to this problem, we will update this section.

If you are confident that your iPhone and iPad will be updated with the new iOS 12, try working through the support suggestion page of Apple to narrow the cause. If none of these suggestions work, you could try this method, which Apple recommends: connect your device to a computer, open iTunes and hold the buttons to force your device to restart until the iTunes logo appears. Click’ Update’ if the prompt appears on your computer.

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