iOS 12.0.1 is here and it brings some crucial fixes. That said, following a flurry of user complaints, we know now it also contains several new bugs while doubling down on what is arguably
Picking up from where iOS 12 left off, iOS 12.0.1 is still sending iMessages to the wrong people. Often with truly uncomfortable consequences. Moreover, it appears Apple has no plan to fix this.
Despite reports of iMessage accidentally sending messages to ex-wives, ex-husbands and children, Apple has been telling users this is a new “feature” for iOS 12. It stems from Apple now organising all contacts by Apple ID, so if family members or friends share an ID now all these messages are shared simultaneously with everyone who has that ID.
The move has been seen as an attempt by Apple to push users into each having their own Apple ID, whereas sharers have long enjoyed sharing because it means only having to purchase apps and iTunes content once.
Given Apple didn’t announce this ‘feature’ in advance, the surprise and anger of affected users is understandable. This is also playing havoc with users who have work and leisure devices with different emails and phone numbers but the same Apple ID since now all their communications are mixed together.
But while this may be the most embarrassing problem in iOS 12.0.1, it is far from the only one.
A major issue iOS 12.0.1 upgraders are reporting is broken calls (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, etc). Since upgrading, owners of both new and old iPhones are finding their phones either don’t make or receive calls. Similarly, investigative site PiunikaWeb has found iOS 12.0.1 does nothing to fix the 4G/LTE connectivity problems suffered by a lot of new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max owners.
Meanwhile, Bluetooth connectivity has been hit (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 etc), as has WiFi (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 etc) and battery life problems are once again surfacing (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 etc) on an iOS generation which Apple has promoted as being all about efficiency, stability and speed.
iOS 12.0.1 does address the well-publicized iPhone charging problem, but for an update which is purely a bug fix, it actually appears to introduce issues than the (secret feature-packed) iOS 12.
Consequently, unless your iPhone is suffering from the iOS 12 charging fault, I’d suggest you steer clear for now and I am updating my iOS 12.0.1 Upgrade Guide recommendation from “hold” to an “avoid”.
Safe to say, while iOS 12.1 is already in beta testing, I now expect a new iOS 12.0.2 dedicated bug fix to arrive first…
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