Apple iOS 7.1.2 Breaks Your Phone!


Hideous isn’t it?

Well, here we go again…

Regular readers will remember the farce that was the iOS7.1 update, the bits that fell off and the built in obsolescence for the iPhone4 and 4S which left a whole bunch of very angry.

So. being the good guys they are, Apple fixed it, with IOS 7.1.1 – which bricked more phones and left other angry iPhonians forced to grab a hairdryer and refrigerator to make it work.

And lots of them too!

But help is at hand. Apple have now released IOS 7.1.2!

With inevitable results as reported at GottaBeMobile…

iOS 7.1.2 Problems Plague iPhone & iPad Users

Yesterday, Apple rolled out a brand new iOS 7 update in the form of iOS 7.1.2, its third iOS 7.1 release. And while the update is aimed at solving issues inside iOS 7.1, it appears that some iPhone and iPad owners are already dealing with iOS 7.1.2 problems.

In March, Apple released iOS 7.1, an iOS 7 update aimed at curtailing issues that plagued iPhone and iPad owners inside iOS 7. iOS 7.1 possessed a massive list of bug fixes. It also came with performance enhancements and tweaks that helped shore up the iOS 7 experience for iPhone and iPad users around the world. However, like all iOS updates, iOS 7.1 brought some trouble of its own.

Shortly after the arrival of iOS 7.1, we started to hear about an assortment of iOS 7.1 problems. iPhone and iPad owners complained about a number of issues including battery drain and Wi-Fi problems and many were hopeful that Apple would release a fix before the arrival of the new iOS 8 update sometime later this year.

Apple delivered a fix just a few weeks after iOS 7.1′s arrival. iOS 7.1.1 was a small update aimed at fixing a few minor iOS 7.1 issues and for some users, it did fix issues. For others, it simply brought more problems. iOS 7.1.1 problems included a lock screen bypass, problems sending mail, battery life, app crashes and Notification problems. So once again, iPhone and iPad owners were hopeful that Apple would deliver another iOS update to solve some of these problems.

Yesterday, Apple delivered a brand new iOS update in the form of iOS 7.1.2, a new update to iOS 7.1 and one that promises three fixes for iPhone and iPad owners including one for a bug involving encryption for mail. And while the iOS 7.1.2 update fixes several issues, it appears that iPhone and iPad owners are already reporting iOS 7.1.2 problems.

iPhone and iPad owners are both reporting problems installing the iOS 7.1.2 update. Users with various versions of the iPhone and iPad are saying that the iOS 7.1.2 update won’t download, that it’s stuck downloading or that their device crashes during the installation process. Fortunately, there appears to be a quick and easy fix.

iPhone and iPad owners that are unable to install iOS 7.1.2 will want to try resetting the iPhone or iPad. To do this, hold down on the sleep and home buttons at the same time for about 10 to 15 seconds until the Apple logo appears. This will reset the device and it should help to jog the installation process and get the device updated to iOS 7.1.2.

Users are still reporting issues with VPN networks on iOS 7.1.2. This is an issue that we’ve reported numerous times since the arrival of iOS 7.1.2 and it appears that there still isn’t a permanent fix for the issues.

iOS 7.1.2 users are also reporting issues with Exchange, iOS 7.1.2 battery life, problems with the camera application, SIM card failures after installing the new software, a strange Contacts bug that appears to be cutting off pertinent information, problems with the front-facing FaceTime HD camera, issues with iMessage and images, broken push for Email, and Contact syncing issues.

These have all been reported within the last 24 hours which means that they are likely just the tip of the iceberg. Apple’s discussion forums tend to fill up with complaints in the days and weeks after an update is released. Fortunately, some of these issues already have possible fixes which users can find in the links above. Unfortunately, others don’t.

Users that continue to experience problems with battery life will want to take a look at our iOS 7.1 battery life tips and those that are dealing with other issues will want to keep an eye on Apple’s discussion forums for possible fixes. Performing a factory reset on a bugged iPhone or iPad should considered a last ditch option.

The good news is that we’re not seeing, or experiencing, any hero level iOS 7.1.2 problems. Hero level issues impact a majority of iPhone and iPad owners and require a quick fix from Apple.

It’s not clear what is next from Apple. With an iOS 8 release rumored for September, it could be that those dealing with iOS 7.1.2 problems will have to wait until Apple doles out its latest and greatest iOS update. And even then, there is a good chance that iOS 8 will deliver some problems of its own.

So, good news on the ‘Hero’ level front, bad news if you are one of the (seemingly) sizable minority who will now be staring at your phone in wonderment as to how such a technologically advanced company, who only sell pretty much 1 variation of the same model, can get it so BADLY WRONG time after time after time.

Especially since the advice seems to be that if your phone isn’t working you should hang on in there until the AMAZING iOS8…

Which will probably brick your phone.

Meanwhile, over here in BlackBerry Land we have (or are about to) received a small update prior to a very large one.

No problems here.

So, iPhonians, we applaud you for your patience but here’s our advice.

Enough is enough. Take the SIM card out, take the iPhone to the bin, open the receptacle and drop it in.

And buy a BlackBerry.


Because you’re worth it.


Bigglybobblyboo is a legend almost nowhere at all. He is a founder member of UTB and spends his spare time taking out his anger at the world with a fishfork and a spatula. He is also a Cribbage Master, having won 1 fight online as the other guy refused to turn up out of fear for his life.