Current IOS Version Recommendation
This page contains the most current Senior Tech Club recommandations about IOS updates. Look to this page for insight and our recommendations about the latest IOS updates.
The recommendations are simple:
- Wait – Indicates that the recommendation is to wait before updating. This recommendation can change with either a fix release or more information from the marketplace
- Upgrade – Indicates that an upgrade or update is recommended. Enjoy the new features and stability.
IOS Upgrade Principles
The Senior Tech Club has two principles that guide our recommendations on IOS upgrades.
- IOS Upgrades are good and will bring new features, bug and security fixes that are important. We want to upgrade when possible.
- IOS Upgrades will occasionally bring bugs and other unintended flaws and interruptions. We generally like the idea of letting the marketplace judge an upgrade before we upgrade. It’s good to wait a few days before upgrading. This means turn off Auto-Upgrade. See How to turn Off Automatic IOS Updates
IOS 13.2.2 – TIME TO UPGRADE
IOS 13.2.2 is the seventh release of IOS 13 and we can now recommend the upgrade for many Senior Tech Club users. Although there are still users citing concerns, the reports of issues have declined giving us confidence in the release.
There are a number of features in IOS 13 that we like for our community. One example is the ability to route unknown callers (like robocallers or telemarketers) directly to voicemail. We will soon be sharing our favorite IOS 13 features.
Eligible iPhones are iPhone 6s and later.
The most important step in the upgrade process is making sure you have a good backup of your iPhone’s data. Issues are rare but a back also allows you to recover data something bad happens.
You can learn about upgrade steps in Recipe #014 How to Perform an IOS Software Update
You can learn about our upgrade principles and track our upgrade recommendations online at: IOS Version Recommendation.
IOS 13.1.2 – IOS 13.2.1 – Wait on these Upgrades Unless…
The flurry of activity continues as Apple releases updates to IOS 13 in order to patch and repair the latest version of IOS.
Update 13.1.2 was released on September 30. We recommend that you wait unless you have already updated to IOS 13 or have a newly purchased iPhone 11 with IOS 13 already installed.
We base this recommendation on multiple authoritative sources and our review of the @AppleSupport Twitter feed. Here are two examples:
Stay tuned. We hope that the dust settles quickly and we can fully support an upgrade recommendation.
IOS 13.1.1 – Wait on this Upgrade
IOS 13.1.1 for iPhone was released on September 27.
In a flurry of activity this week, Apple released IOS 13.1 and IOS 13.1.1.
Update 13.1 was released on September 24. It was expected having been announced along with the Apple announcements earlier this month. It included enhancements to Apple Maps, AirDrop and new Battery Health strategies.
Update 13.1.1 was released on September 27 and is intended to fix some of the issues discovered after the release of IOS 13.
The quick release of IOS 13.1.1 is a good sign and we hope to be updating this recommendation in the next few days as we evaluate user feedback on the update.
IOS 13 – Wait on this Upgrade
IOS 13 for iPhone was released on September 19. iPhones that are eligible are iPhone 6s and newer.
The Apple world is buzzing with new iPhones and new software. However, there are reports from the marketplace that suggest it is safer to wait until a fix release is available. Come back to this page to monitor our recommendation.
This is also consistent with the update principles of the Senior Tech Club.
And you can expect an IOS 13.1 in the next week. We will likely make the same Wait recommendations on the initial release of IOS 13.1.
IOS 12.4.1 Release – Upgrade Recommended
IOS 12.4.1 was released on August 26 , 2019. This update was unexpected but Apple released the update to address a significant security issue. We recommend that you proceed with this upgrade. We want you to be safe.
Upgrade to this version is recommended for Senior Tech Club members and fans primarily for its security fixes.
This update is likely to be the last update for IOS 12 as the release of IOS 13 is expected to occur on September 10.
I upgraded my iPhone on August 29 with no issues. The update took nearly 30 minutes to complete for me.
If you want more details, an extensive review of the update and possible issues is found on the GottaBeMobile web site.
IOS 12.4 Release – Upgrade Recommended
IOS 12.4 was released on July 22 , 2019. Reports from the marketplace suggest that this will be the last IOS 12 release with new functions. IOS 13 is expected in the fall. If there are security issues or bug, a 12.4.1 release that includes only bug fixes would be possible.
Upgrade to this version is recommended for Senior Tech Club members and fans primarily for security fixes.
Don’t expect to find new functions that you will use daily unless you are an Apple News user. There is a new iPhone migration utility that you can use the next time you upgrade phone. Regardless, the upgrade is important as it includes 19 security fixes.
I upgraded my iPhone on Aug 2 with no issues. The release is big in size and took nearly 40 minutes to complete for me.
IOS 12.3.1 Release – Upgrade Recommended
IOS 12.3.1 was released on May 24 only a few days after the release of IOS 12.3. Upgrade to this version is recommended for Senior Tech Club members and fans.
You have to presume that this quick release was to fix bugs that came up and does not include new functions. The documentation from Apple proposes that the update fixes bugs with the Messages app and the Phone app.
I upgraded my iPhone on May 29 with no issues. The upgrade took 12 minutes to complete.
IOS Version 12.3 – Recommended
Apple released IOS Version 12.3 on May 13, 2019. After monitoring support channels and personally upgrade my devices, I recommend the upgrade. The upgrade was completed in about 20 minutes.
The upgrade includes changes to AirPlay and a new Apple TV app. More importantly for more users is a long list of bug fixes and performance improvement. These changes will be very welcome.
IOS Version 12.2 – Upgrade – 04/14/2019
Apple released IOS Version 12.2 on 3/25/2019. For a few days, I tracked the Tweets directed toward @AppleSupport and on the IOS group on Reddit. I felt confident that the issues generally cited were individual issues and resolved with settings changes and reboots. My upgrade occurred on April 15. It took about 30 minutes.
IOS Version 12.1.4 – Upgrade – 02/14/2019
Apple released IOS Version 12.1.4 on 2/7/2019. For seven days, I tracked the Tweets directed toward @AppleSupport and felt comfortable that there was no significant issue. My upgrade occurred on Valentine’s Day with no issues. It took about 15 minutes.
IOS Version 12.1.4 – Wait – 02/07/2019
Apple released IOS Version 12.1.4 on 2/7/2019.
I have turned off my Auto Update (see How to turn Off Automatic IOS Updates) and will wait for a few days in order to track how the marketplace judges the release. This is our standard recommendation on the principle that our fans do not have to be the first users to test a new release. Stay tuned.
This release restore the group FaceTime function that was removed by Apple after a significant privacy flaw was identified by the marketplace. This was in the national headlines about two weeks ago. The fix includes additional security fixes. This release does not provide any new functionality.
IOS Version 12.1.3 – Wait – 01/23/2019
Apple has released IOS Version 12.1.3 on 1/22/2019. I have turned off my Auto Update (see How to turn Off Automatic IOS Updates) and will wait for a few days in order to track how the marketplace judges the release. Stay tuned.
IOS Version 12.1.2 – Wait – 01/08/2019
I have not updated my IOS and am not recommending the update.
I still see reports of issues that some users are seeing. I regularly do this search of @AppleSupport on Twitter.
Here is an example of an “I’m having a problem” Tweet:
I see news reports that IOS Version 12.1.3 is in its third round of Beta tests. Pretty complete coverage of the beta release is found on the 9to5Mac site.
It is starting to look like version 12.1.2 is a release that I will simply skip. Stay tuned.
IOS Version 12.1.2 – Wait – 12/24/2018
The marketplace has uncovered an issue with IOS Version 12.1.2 that causes the recommendation to be WAIT on this release.
Here are some of the reports from credible resources:
Stay tuned on Version 12.1.2 and look to the Senior Tech Club to track progress on these issues.
The Senior Tech Club has extensively covered the topic of IOS Versions and upgrades. The table below lists our Recipes and Nuggets on this topic:
Related Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets