Apple Stops Signing iOS 12.1 for iPhone

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With the release of iOS 12.1.2 earlier this week, Apple has officially stopped signing iOS 12.1.  What this means is that downgrades to the .1 version are no longer available with the minimum downgrade option is to version 12.1.1.  For most consumers, this will have little impact but it is worthy to note in case … Read moreApple Stops Signing iOS 12.1 for iPhone

Apple Stops Signing iOS 12.0.1 for iPhone and iPad

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As is their customary process after a release of a new version of iOS, Apple has ceased signing iOS 12.0.1 on their update servers.  That means that once you upgraded to iOS 12.1, it is all-but impossible for consumers to downgrade back to the previous version.

iOS 12.1 was released at the end of October.  As a general rule, Apple stops signing a previous version of the platform two-to-four weeks after the new release.  That fits within the scope of iOS 12.0.1 and 12.1.

For those new to iOS, all updates come from Apple for your iPhone and iPad, even if your device is locked to a carrier.  When Apple stops “signing” a version of iOS, it essentially means that it is no longer available on their update servers and you can’t access it.  For consumers, it means that once you update to the current release of iOS, the older version is no longer available.

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Apple Releases Minor iOS 12.1 Update for The iPhone XR

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A small update to iOS 12.1 for the iPhone XR has been released by Apple and it appears that it is only for those who haven’t updated to the latest version of iOS just yet.  The new build is 16B94 while the original iOS 12.1 build was 16B93.

If you have an iPhone XR and have updated to 12.1 already, you won’t see this update.  Rather, for those of you who buy a new XR, which will come with iOS 12.0, or those who haven’t upgraded yet, you will get this new 16B94 build on your iPhone.

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Apple Adds iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X to Battery Power Management Program

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While Apple’s battery power management in iOS has cause a fair amount of controversy, that hasn’t stopped the Cupertino tech giant from extending it further.  With the release of iOS 12.1 this week, Apple has added last year’s iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X to the list of devices where the power management feature is enabled.

Commonly referred to as “Batterygate”, the performance management feature is aimed at maintaining battery longevity and preventing unexpected shutdowns due to spikes in demand on your iPhone.  They do this by throttling down speeds of the device when necessary.

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eSIM Support From AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Will Be Here Late in 2018

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As expected, the major carriers here in the United States have all indicated that eSIM support for this year’s iPhones is not here.  Further, it won’t be until late this year.  That support is necessary for the dual-SIM functionality of the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR.

The ability to enabled dual-SIM support came yesterday to these iPhones thanks to the iOS 12.1 update.  With the exception of China, the XS, XS Max, and XR models all use one physical SIM and a second eSIM.  In China, because of local laws, a physical dual-SIM version is available.

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Download The New iPad Pro Stock Wallpapers

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With the announcement of the redesigned iPad Pro lineup yesterday, so too came a new set of wallpapers for the new tablet.  The set of eight wallpapers are stock on the new iPad Pro but you can download them here for your current devices.

The wallpapers all measure 3208×3208 in size and will work on your iPad and, if cropped a bit, on your iPhone.  They also work with your existing iPad Pro.  I’ve also found that they look great on the MacBook too!  You can, of course, use them on other devices too.  All of the wallpapers can be found after the break and you can also find them the Wallpaper section of the site.  They are, of course, free.

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[Updated] iOS 12.1 Slated for Release Today at 10:00 am Pacific Time

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[Update:  iOS 12.1 has now been released!]

Apple has confirmed that iOS 12.1, the first major update to iOS 12, will be released today after the Apple Event in New York.  The event is slated to end around 9:00 am Pacific and you can expect the new version to drop around 10:00 am Pacific at the latest.

iOS 12.1 has been in beta now for a couple of months and has had five beta builds to this point.  With this new version, there are a lot of new features and improvements that will be coming to your compatible iPhone and iPad.

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Some Older iPhones Will Not Support Group FaceTime Video Calls

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As indications point to iOS 12.1 being released this week, possibly tomorrow at the Apple Event, one of the key features of the release will not fully come to older iPhones and iPads.  Group FaceTime, the ability to have a group video or audio call with up to 32 people, is one of the most anticipated features of the release but it will come as an audio-only feature to some older devices.

Specifically, according to the iOS 12.1 Users Guide, the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6s will get Group FaceTime as audio only.  That means that users of these models will be able to join a call, but not send their own video.  They will be audio only for the call.

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Apple Bans Bloomberg From The October 30 Apple Event

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With the Apple Event tomorrow and invited media already starting to descend into New York for the event, there is going to be one noticeable absence from those in attendance.  Bloomberg.

It seems that Apple has banned Bloomberg from attending the event where the latest generation of the iPad Pro and sweeping updates to the Mac lineup are expected.  The news of the banning came from BuzzFeed.  The ban extends from the universally denounced story run by Bloomberg that Apple’s iCloud servers were physically hacked with a small chip placed in them.  Apple, along with Amazon who were named in the story, quickly rebutted the story and now independent consultants and experts have concluded that the story was not true.

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iOS User Guide Update Confirms Group FaceTime and Dual-SIM Support in iOS 12.1

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Apple has confirmed, through an unlikely update, that iOS 12.1 will indeed have Group FaceTime and Dual-SIM support for compatible iPhone models.  The confirmation came with an update to the official iOS 12 User Guide in Apple Books.  The update outlines what is new in iOS 12.1 with these two features the first two mentioned in the guide.

Both Group FaceTime and Dual-SIM support have been a part of the iOS 12.1 beta testing cycle and it was widely expected that they would make it to the general release of the update this year.  But, in normal Apple fashion, the Cupertino company would only say that the features were beta features. This update to the Users Guide pretty much solves the mystery.

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