Update: Apple sent iMore the following statement regarding the iOS 12.1.4 patch:
"Today's software update fixes the security bug in Group FaceTime. We again apologize to our customers and we thank them for their patience. In addition to addressing the bug that was reported, our team conducted a thorough security audit of the FaceTime service and made additional updates to both the FaceTime app and server to improve security. This includes a previously unidentified vulnerability in the Live Photos feature of FaceTime. To protect customers who have not yet upgraded to the latest software, we have updated our servers to block the Live Photos feature of FaceTime for older versions of iOS and macOS."
- What's new in iOS
- How to install iOS 12.1.3 using Software Update on your iPhone or iPad
- How to install iOS 12.1.3 using iTunes on your Mac or Windows PC
- How to install iOS 12.1.3 over the developer or public beta
What's new in iOS 12.1.3
February 7, 2019: Apple releases iOS 12.1.4 with FaceTime bug fix
Apple has released iOS 12.1.4, which fixes a major vulnerability in FaceTime that allowed users to eavesdrop on other iPhone owners using Group FaceTime. Apple previous took Group FaceTime offline while working on a fix.
January 22, 2019: Apple releases iOS 12.1.3
Apple has released iOS 12.1.3, which fixes a number of small issues, including an issue in Messages that could affect scrolling through photos in the Details view of a message thread, a problem that caused audio distortion on 2018 iPad Pros, and a CarPlay error on the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR.
December 20, 2018: Apple releases updated built of iOS 12.1.2
Apple has released an updated version of iOS 12.1.2 for those iOS users who had not yet downloaded the previous build, released earlier this week. If you've already downloaded iOS 12.1.2, you do not need to download this new version, and the update will not appear in the Settings app.
December 17, 2018: Apple releases iOS 12.1.2 with eSIM bug fix
Apple has released iOS 12.1.2, which fixes a bug with eSIM activation in the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. This update also fixes a bug that could affect cellular connectivity on those iPhones.
December 5, 2018: Apple releases iOS 12.1.1 with new FaceTime interface and more
iOS 12.1.1 has arrived with a new FaceTime user interface and FaceTime Live Photo capture. The update also brings support for Haptic Touch for notification on the iPhone XR.
October 30, 2018: Apple releases iOS 12.1 with group FaceTime calls and more
iOS 12.1 has arrived, complete with support for group FaceTime calls, new emoji dual-SIM, and more.
October 8, 2018: Apple releases iOS 12.0.1 with connectivity and charging fixes
While iOS 12.0.1 is an overall minor update, it does fix some notable issues that cropped up in the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, in particular, issues with Wi-Fi connectivity and charging.
September 17, 2018: Apple releases iOS 12
iOS 12 is a major update, with big gains in performance, Siri Shortcuts, Screen Time, and so much more.
How to install iOS 12.1.3 using Software Update on your iPhone or iPad
The easiest way for most people to download iOS 12.1 is over-the-air, directly on their device. It's fast, it's efficient, and it's simple to do.
- Make sure you have a recent iCloud backup.
- Launch Settings from your Home screen.
- Tap on General.
- Tap on Software Update.
- Tap on Download and Install.
- Enter your Passcode, if prompted.
- Tap Agree to the Terms and Conditions.
- Tap Agree again to confirm.
The download will begin automatically. If the download does not begin right away, you may see a notice: "Preparing to download." Give it a couple of minutes and the download will begin shortly.
How to install iOS 12.1.3 using iTunes on your Mac or Windows PC
If you have limited space on your device or software update isn't working for whatever reason, you can update using iTunes.
- Make sure you have a recent iTunes backup. Make it encrypted so all your password and other private data is preserved.
- Launch iTunes on your Mac or Windows PC.
- Plug your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch in using your USB to Lightning or USB to 30-pin Dock cable.
- Click on the device icon at the top left to go to the device tab.
- Click on Check for Update in the Summary pane.
- Click on Download and Update
- Agree to the Terms and Conditions.
- Enter the Passcode on your iPhone or iPad, if prompted.
How to install iOS 12.1.3 over the developer or public beta
You can install the public version of iOS 12.1.3 over a beta version of iOS 12.1.3 if your device is still running that version. Here's how.