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    • #1738506 Reply

      Nathan Parker
      AskWoody_MVP

      Apple released iOS 12.3.1 today to address issues with Messages and VoLTE. I’m downloading the update to my iOS devices and will report back over the weekend if there are any issues they cause, but it seems these updates resolve more issues than cause issues.

      Nathan Parker

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    • #1739382 Reply

      willygirl
      AskWoody Plus

      I was going to start a new thread on iOS 12.3, asking if anyone had any feedback before updating from iOS 12.1. on my 8Plus. Thanks Nathan, I’ll be interested to hear how 12.3.1 performs. Apple was quick with that new bug fix release. Will need to read more about the details. From what I’ve heard so far on ZDnet and Forbes, 12.3 is pretty solid.

      Win7 SP1 Home 64-bit, GrpA

    • #1739435 Reply

      Alex5723
      AskWoody Plus

      asking if anyone had any feedback before updating from iOS 12.1

      Never had a single problem with any iOS update for the last 8 years. Currently on 12.4 beta 2 on both iPhone Max and iPad Pro 10.5″ .

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      • #1739475 Reply

        willygirl
        AskWoody Plus

        Thanks Alex, I’ve been hesitant in the past to update for one reason or another but will go ahead and move forward with 12.3.1. And if you have time I would like to know how 12.4 is working for you.

        Win7 SP1 Home 64-bit, GrpA

    • #1739492 Reply

      Alex5723
      AskWoody Plus

      I would like to know how 12.4 is working for you.

      iOS 12.4 beta 2 work perfectly. No problems with apps or CarPlay.

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      • #1740941 Reply

        willygirl
        AskWoody Plus

        Sweet, looking forward to 12.4, thanks

        Win7 SP1 Home 64-bit, GrpA

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    • #1741090 Reply

      Alex5723
      AskWoody Plus

      looking forward to 12.4

      Two days ago I did a FaceTime video calling with my family abroad, across the ocean. 5 people : 2 riding a bus, one driving, one at home, and me. Flawless call.

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      • #1741540 Reply

        willygirl
        AskWoody Plus

        Wow, that’s nice to hear Alex. Do you have any idea what the release date might be for 12.4? And do you think 12.4 may be the last before iOS 13?

        Win7 SP1 Home 64-bit, GrpA

    • #1741976 Reply

      Nathan Parker
      AskWoody_MVP

      In terms of iOS 12.3, it’s been pretty solid for me. I didn’t even experience the VoLTE and Messages issues addressed in 12.3.1.

      So far, 12.3.1 has been solid for me as well, so I recommend updating to it.

      I used to beta test future releases of iOS, but now I have higher-end hardware plus I’m busier than I used to be, so I need stability and can’t take the chance with betas. Good to know though the 12.4 beta is solid.

      12.4 will likely be released this summer, and I believe it’s mainly to enable support for signing up for Apple Card. Apple Card is already appearing in the header section of the iPhone section of Apple.com, so it’s likely we’ll see 12.4 and Apple Card releasing before we know it. I may have to signup for Apple Card so I can again use a credit card with Apple Pay in Messages.

      12.4 will likely be the last major release before iOS 13. Apple could surprise us with a 12.5, but it seems the functionality that would be in 12.5 will instead be included in iOS 13 this fall.

      Nathan Parker

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    • #1766580 Reply

      willygirl
      AskWoody Plus

      I updated to iOS 12.3.1 on the 8 Plus the other day and everything went well until I hit the town running from point A to Z checking email using data with an error message saying to check two accounts, mail server issues or whatever. Deleting both email accounts in Gmail and doing a hard reset each time before adding them back in, worked. Weird thing is when I got home to WiFi email on the phone was coming through no problem. It was an issue through data that was giving me headaches. It’s all good now. Got any clue why this might have happened? Carrier is AT&T so maybe there was a conflict with them and the new update?

      Win7 SP1 Home 64-bit, GrpA

    • #1767543 Reply

      Nathan Parker
      AskWoody_MVP

      There was a Gmail outage recently, so that was likely the cause. Google had an outage affecting numerous services including Gmail and YouTube. Should be back up now.

      Nathan Parker

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      • #1767764 Reply

        willygirl
        AskWoody Plus

        It wasn’t affecting my other two Gmail accounts. And mail app was working fine with home base WiFi, but not through data, and like I mentioned before, it was only two other accounts that crashed. Might have been a random malfunction of my mail accounts if the cause was specific to the Gmail problem. Main thing is I’m up and running after deleting/re-adding my whacky two accounts. Thank you Nathan!

        Win7 SP1 Home 64-bit, GrpA

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      • #1778870 Reply

        willygirl
        AskWoody Plus

        Google had an outage affecting numerous services including Gmail and YouTube

        Yep, pretty sure that’s what happened. Hadn’t checked the latest news, been so crazy busy. Well, gave me a chance to refresh my two accounts so what the heck Google’s good for something when they hit a bump.

        Win7 SP1 Home 64-bit, GrpA

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    • #1769419 Reply

      EP
      AskWoody_MVP

      got this iOS 12.3.1 update automatically a few days ago on my iPhone 5s

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    • #1813338 Reply

      Rick Corbett
      AskWoody_MVP

      Something to bear in mind is that the 12.3.1 update is 2.84GB… that’s big!

      iOS_update

      I look after my family’s iOS devices and always advise updating via iTunes rather than OTA. That way the update downloads to the PC, unpacks there and is then squirted to the iOS device without the temporary files overhead.

      This also gives you the chance to backup any new purchased items to the iTunes library before the device is wiped by the update.

      iOS_backup

      Hope this helps…

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    • #1813344 Reply

      Nathan Parker
      AskWoody_MVP

      Something to bear in mind is that the 12.3.1 update is 2.84GB… that’s big!

      iOS_update

      I look after my family’s iOS devices and always advise updating via iTunes rather than OTA. That way the update downloads to the PC, unpacks there and is then squirted to the iOS device without the temporary files overhead.

      This also gives you the chance to backup any new purchased items to the iTunes library before the device is wiped by the update.

      iOS_backup

      Hope this helps…

      It is that big through iTunes. I believe OTA is smaller.

      I’ve done both. So far OTA has worked OK, even the new automatic updates feature has worked OK on newer devices (although on older devices sometimes it fails to install and I’ll have to manually do it), but iTunes is another good option.

      Nathan Parker

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      • #1813353 Reply

        Rick Corbett
        AskWoody_MVP

        You’re absolutely correct, Nathan. The OTA download is tiny by comparison:

        iOS_download

        However, the OTA update seems to result in more reboots until it settles down… and advice I’ve seen elsewhere suggests there’s more risk of a failed update with OTA if the iOS device is running low on storage space.

        I prefer not to take the risk, particularly because my kit is getting on in years. 🙂

        Hope this helps…

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        • #1813516 Reply

          willygirl
          AskWoody Plus

          the OTA update seems to result in more reboots until it settles down

          I’ve had to reboot a couple times to iron out a few glitches when going the OTA route. I’m with you, would rather go through iTunes for updates.

          Win7 SP1 Home 64-bit, GrpA

      • #1813356 Reply

        willygirl
        AskWoody Plus

        I’ve done both. So far OTA has worked OK, even the new automatic updates feature has worked OK on newer devices

        I’ve done it OTA from 12.1 to 12.3.1 and through iTunes with my iPad Air2 from 9.3.5 to the current. Took about 20 minutes on the iPhone and 5 hrs on the iPad since it was coming from a much older iOS. But it worked seamlessly on both devices. Having 64 gb on the iPad helped. Happy to find out the iPad will be able to pick up on iOS 13, info via 9to5Mac recently. Initially it was reported last year that iOS 12 would be the last update for the iPad Air2.

        Win7 SP1 Home 64-bit, GrpA

    • #1813386 Reply

      Rick Corbett
      AskWoody_MVP

      I found this How & Why You Should Update Your iPhone or iPad Using iTunes article which explains why there’s such a difference in update size.

      Hope this helps…

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    • #1813651 Reply

      Rick Corbett
      AskWoody_MVP

      Coincidentally, I’ve just tried to update my iPhone (OTA download 537.4MB; iTunes download 2.96GB) and have run into the very situation I advised about in an earlier post – insufficient storage space… even updating via iTunes:

      iOS_storage_space_warning

      iOS_storage_space_warning1

      Now clearing space… 🙂

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    • #1815199 Reply

      Alex5723
      AskWoody Plus

      I always update my iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch, OTA.

      Depending on the version updated sometimes it is just an incremental/small update (minor version update) and sometimes its the whole iOS OS 2-3GB (major version update).

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      • #1821256 Reply

        willygirl
        AskWoody Plus

        If I skip a major update like in the past, I have no choice but to go through iTunes. Actually prefer plugging in but rarely have time so if it’s a short release I will go OTA. Overall, I prefer iTunes when the PC or Mac is handy.

        Win7 SP1 Home 64-bit, GrpA

    • #1821257 Reply

      Nathan Parker
      AskWoody_MVP

      If you’re low on space, iTunes is definitely a good way to go (as Rick’s error message shows). Since my devices have large amounts of space, I can generally fit OTA on it. I agree with the reboots with OTA. I generally reboot my devices again after an OTA update to clean everything out and make it run better.

      Nathan Parker

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      • #1822456 Reply

        willygirl
        AskWoody Plus

        Got plenty of space on my devices, just like using iTunes for bigger updates or after waiting awhile in between new releases.  Not doing that too much anymore, waiting that is. Have always made sure to have as much storage space as possible when upgrading to a new device.

        Win7 SP1 Home 64-bit, GrpA

    • #1822458 Reply

      Rick Corbett
      AskWoody_MVP

      The other ‘thing’ of course is how often people wipe their iOS devices completely and restore from scratch in order to improve performance, especially on older devices.

      A quirk, perhaps, of iOS devices but… works for me… 🙂

    • #1822595 Reply

      Nathan Parker
      AskWoody_MVP

      The other ‘thing’ of course is how often people wipe their iOS devices completely and restore from scratch in order to improve performance, especially on older devices.

      A quirk, perhaps, of iOS devices but… works for me… 🙂

      Yeah, I know those who do it. I quit doing it because I have too much important data and health data that would be painful to manually re-configure. I’m the type who wants to configure once, then run with my devices and data as is for the longhaul.

      Nathan Parker

    • #1822596 Reply

      Alex5723
      AskWoody Plus

      how often people wipe their iOS devices completely and restore from scratch

      Never did a clean restore in 9 years, except of course when buying a new device. I ‘restore’ from iCloud, OTA.

      • #1822697 Reply

        Rick Corbett
        AskWoody_MVP

        Well, there’s a difference. I only back up locally (where I have bucketloads of storage in compaison to Apple’s paltry default free offering [compared to, say, Google Drive], especially if you have more than one iOS device), never to someone else’s server(s). 🙂

        My first and only experience of restoring from scratch from Apple’s ‘cloud’ put me off for life… life’s too short to go through that painful and time-consuming experience again. 🙂

        Hope this helps…

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    • #1822700 Reply

      Alex5723
      AskWoody Plus

      life’s too short to go through that painful and time-consuming experience again.

      I leave both iPhone and iPad on charger, wireless charger, at night, and get both ready in the morning 🙂

    • #1828998 Reply

      Philomene123
      AskWoody Plus

      I have no issue so far with ios 12.3.1, I update generally via wifi.  But when I updated my imac (high sierra) a itunes related update, 2 days agoo, reboot was stucked on the apple logo. I forced the shut down and reboot right after. Everything was OK. Update was installed correctly it seems.

      I bought many apple devices 2 years ago, was tired of the GWX  campaign on my w7 laptop…

      I have no regret, very happy with my ipad, imac, macbook, had few major issues during those 2 years. But there was a big price to pay… apple devices are pretty expensive…

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    • #1829007 Reply

      Nathan Parker
      AskWoody_MVP

      Well, there’s a difference. I only back up locally (where I have bucketloads of storage in compaison to Apple’s paltry default free offering [compared to, say, Google Drive], especially if you have more than one iOS device), never to someone else’s server(s). 🙂

      My first and only experience of restoring from scratch from Apple’s ‘cloud’ put me off for life… life’s too short to go through that painful and time-consuming experience again. 🙂

      Hope this helps…

      For my day to day backups, I use iCloud, although I also backup locally to iTunes (there is a way to do both) before anything major such as a major iOS upgrade or before getting a new device. I have the 200GB plan on iCloud at the moment, so far it holds my backups and what data I sync. I mainly use both since I live in tornado alley, so having a cloud backup as an extra precaution if a big one hit, is a help.

      Of the two, I’ve found restoring a backup from iTunes the quickest and a little more trouble-free than iCloud (although I’ve still had to go back through certain apps and ensure they were configured properly after the restore on either one), although iCloud restores have improved (and I’m generally restored overnight if I have a ton of data). I agree life is too short to spend all my time re-configuring tech. I keep multiple backups of everything so I can keep running no matter what happens, and I’d rather configure once and run with it as long as I can.

      Nathan Parker

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