Although the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max have received excellent reviews from Apple, they are still among the best phones money can buy, they are not perfect.
iPhone 12 users complain about a wide variety of issues ranging from minor bugs to serious performance issues. Keep in mind that Apple’s iPhone 12 models are still fairly new.
And while some of these issues will likely be fixed by Apple and its partners, we’ll likely see more issues crop up as people put more wear and tear on their devices.
The iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max have similar issues as they share many parts, were released at the same time and are the first iPhones to be launched with 5G connectivity.
In the guide below, you can learn about the current status of iPhone 12 problems, possible solutions to these problems, places to find feedback, and what’s next for iOS software updates for these devices.
iPhone 12 problems
Activation issues always plague iPhones, so it’s no surprise to learn that some new iPhone 12 owners have dealt with them.
If you are having trouble activating your phone, please check Apple’s System Status Page† If you don’t see a green icon next to iOS Device Activation, wait for it to turn green and then try activating the phone again.
If it’s green and the process still doesn’t work, make sure you have a SIM card inserted in your iPhone. If you’re getting the “No SIM” or “Invalid SIM” error, you want to: go to this guide for help†
We also hear about Face ID issues, 1st and 3rd party application issues, Exchange issues, iCloud issues, Visual voicemail issues, SIM card issues, Bluetooth issues, Screen issues, Charging issues, Wi-Fi -problems, sound problems, and excessive battery drain†
Owners of the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12, which both use an aluminum-edged design, are reportedly seeing discoloration on the chassis. A report from Svetappel indicates that the color is fading on parts of the edges.
In addition, iPhone 12 users are complaining about 5G/LTE issues. Some users say that cellular service drops unexpectedly while on the go. Others complain that they are not seeing the 5G speeds they expected.
It is important to note that 5G is a relatively new technology and coverage can be inconsistent. Some frustrations with slow 5G performance should go away over time as carriers like Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile build out their 5G networks.
Where to find feedback on iPhone 12 . performance
If you are considering getting a iPhone 12 mini† iPhone 12† iPhone 12 Proor a iPhone 12 Pro Max, or if you already have one, you’ll want to follow feedback from those who have adopted these devices. This feedback alerts you to potential hardware and software issues.
We’ve also compiled lists of the top reasons for installing and not installing the latest version of iOS 15, and it’s worth checking out if you’re about to download Apple’s latest software.
How to Fix iPhone 12 Problems
If you run into a problem, don’t panic. Chances are, you can avoid taking your new device to an Apple Store or your local carrier for assistance.
First, check out our list of solutions to the most common iPhone 12 problems. It guides you through solutions to common problems like broken Bluetooth and broken Wi-Fi.
We’ve also released some tips to help you improve performance and a guide that can help improve your phone’s battery life if you start to notice abnormal power consumption.
If you can’t find a solution to your problem(s) in our guides, please check Apple Discussion Forums and see if anyone has a solution to your problem(s).
If you prefer to explain your problem in person, you should take your phone to your local Apple Store and see if they can diagnose your problem. If you have an Apple Store near you, you’ll want a Genius Bar appointment†
Your iPhone 12 may still be under warranty so they can offer you a replacement if the problem is serious enough.
How to downgrade your iPhone 12’s software
If you are experiencing software issues on your iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, or iPhone 12 Pro Max, you can try downgrading to the previous version of iOS 15 if the option is available. At the moment that is not the case.
If you’re not familiar with the downgrade process, our iOS 15 downgrade guide will walk you through everything you need to know before taking the plunge.
What’s next for the iPhone 12
If your device is struggling with iOS 15.4.1 or an older version of iOS, you may be on your own for a while.
Apple has confirmed that a new version of iOS 15 and iOS 15.5 are currently in beta testing ahead of public release. As of now, we expect an official release in May.
iOS 15.5 is a milestone upgrade, meaning it should include a mix of new features, security patches, and bug fixes for lingering issues.
If your problems are really bad, or if you just want to try out new software, you can try downloading iOS 15.5 beta now to your iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, or iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Check out our walkthrough to learn more about iOS 15.5 and the beta. To learn more about the upcoming iOS 15.5 release date, check out our guide.
4 reasons not to install iOS 15.4.1 and 11 reasons why you should
Install iOS 15.4.1 for better security
If security is important to you, then you should definitely consider installing Apple’s iOS 15.4.1 update right away.
iOS 15.4.1 has one new security patch on board and you can read more about it on Apple’s website† It helps protect your phone from damage.
If you missed the iOS 15.4 update, it had a whopping 36 new security patches on board. To learn more about these patches, visit: Apple’s security site for the details†
If you missed iOS 15.3.1, it had one security patch on board. For more information, visit Apple’s security page†
If you missed iOS 15.3, you will also get the corresponding patches with your upgrade. iOS 15.3 brought 10 new security patches for iPhone users. If you are interested in the details, you can read more about it here†
If you missed iOS 15.2.1, you will get the security patch with your upgrade. More information about the switch can be found at Apple’s website†
If you missed Apple’s iOS 15.2 update, you’ll get the 30+ security patches with your upgrade. You can read all about it on the company security site†
iOS 15.2 also included some significant privacy upgrades. The software brought the company’s app privacy report to Settings. This lets you see how many times your apps accessed your location, photos, camera, microphone, contacts, and more in the past seven days. You can also see their network activity.
In addition, iOS 15.2 Apple’s communications security features for children. You’ll find these features in the Messages app, Siri, Spotlight, and Search.
If you missed iOS 15.1, iOS 15.4.1 will bring the security patches to your iPhone. You can read more about it at Apple’s website†
If you missed iOS 15.0.2, you will also get the security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about it here†
iOS 15.0 also brought numerous security patches to your iPhone. If you’re moving from iOS 14 and you’re interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read more about them at Apple’s security website†
Apple has updated its website with new information about iOS 15’s suite of security patches. The company now says the software has fixed an issue that could have exposed a user’s personal Apple ID information and in-app search history. It also states that iOS 15 has fixed an issue that allowed apps to override privacy preferences.
If you skipped iOS 14.8 or an older version of iOS, you will also receive the security patches from those updates with your iOS 15.4.1 update.
In addition to these patches, iOS 15 comes with some security and privacy upgrades, including improvements to Siri. Requests to Siri are now processed on the device itself with Neural Engine. This makes it safer.
If you are an Apple Card user, you now get a security code that changes regularly to use when making online transactions.
Apple has also added a built-in authenticator similar to Google Authenticator. Allows you to generate verification codes for enhanced login security under your passwords.
There is also a Mail feature that hides your IP address.