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iOS 12.1.3 may break WiFi in addition to cellular connectivity

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The iPhone has had a bumpy couple of months. iOS 12.1.2, released last month, broke cellular connectivity for some users. The problem got so bad that Sprint issued a warning to its customers to wait on updating. There doesn't seem to be any relief in sight; not only does iOS 12.1.3 not bring a fix for the cellular issues, but the latest update has actually broken WiFi for several users in addition to cellular connectivity.

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It’s usually a good idea to wait a bit before updating your mobile device to the latest operating system to avoid the inevitable bugs that plague most initial rollouts. That’s been especially true for iPhone users receiving a notification to update their phones to iOS 12.1.3. Many early updaters reported issues with their iPhones dropping cellular connectivity. The problem may be worse than initially thought; many more users are complaining of their phones completely dropping all wireless connectivity, including WiFi.

The previous version (iOS 12.1.2) introduced a bug that would randomly cut cellular connectivity for some users. The problem got so bad that Sprint actually issued a warning to its customers to hold off on updating. Now that iOS 12.1.3 is here, more customers are experiencing frustration. Not only did 12.1.3 not contain any fixes for the cellular issue, but it also appears that the update is breaking WiFi connectivity for some users.

Twitter has been flooded with user reports of the bug, and customers aren’t happy. This is a rare move for Apple as the company is typically lauded for the stability of its operating systems, particularly iOS. So why has iOS 12 had such a bumpy road these past few months?

Qualcomm may actually be to blame. More specifically, Qualcomm’s lawsuit against Apple claiming that the iPhone manufacturer infringed on some of Qualcomm’s patents. Due to the legal issues surrounding it, it’s possible that Apple rushed iOS 12.1.2 to abide by the injunctions and rulings filed against it. iOS 12.1.3 may have had development hiccups because of this as well; iOS 12.1.2 came with several bugs, so Apple may be scrambling to fix these issues, a move that might be causing more problems.

If you haven’t updated to iOS 12.1.2 or 12.1.3, hold off. If you did update your phone, have you had any issues with cellular or WiFi connectivity? Leave us a comment below and let us know.

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Sam Medley, 2019-01-29 (Update: 2019-01-29)
Sam Medley
Sam Medley - Review Editor - @samuel_medley
I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.