iOS 12.0.1 fixes serious Wi-Fi and charging bugs

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iOS 12.0.1 is here to squash a couple of bugs in Apple's latest.
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Anyone with iOS 12 — and we know that’s most of you — should download a small update that fixes bugs that have affected some users. A Wi-Fi slowdown problem was only bothering iPhone XS users, but a charging issue plagued a much wider swath of people.

iOS 12.0.1 deals with both, and makes a couple of other small tweaks too.


To be clear, this is not the iOS 12.1 update that Apple has been beta testing for several weeks. Today’s small update doesn’t include any of the new features that will be in the upcoming version, like Group FaceTime. Also, those who are beta testing the next version already have access to fixes in iOS 12.0.1.

iOS 12.0.1 removes two big bugs

Some, but not all, iOS 12 users complain their iPhone or iPad won’t begin charging if it’s in sleep mode when a Lightning cable is plugged in.  There have also been reports of a similar problem if the iOS device is asleep when it’s placed on a wireless charger.

The second issue taken care of by iOS 12.0.1 is much more narrow. It involves iPhone XS models automatically connecting to 2.4GHz Wi-Fi networks even though a faster 5GHz option is available.

Three other issues fixed too

The official changelog for this update mentions a handful of other tweaks:

iOS 12.0.1 includes bug fixes and improvements for your iPhone or iPad. This update: 

– Fixes an issue where some iPhone XS devices do not immediately charge when connected to a Lightning cable

– Resolves an issue that could cause iPhone XS devices to rejoin a Wi-Fi network at 2.4 GHz instead of 5 GHz

– Restores the original position of the “.?123” key on the iPad keyboard

– Fixes an issue where subtitles may not appear in some video apps

– Addresses an issue where Bluetooth could become unavailable

Get iOS 12.0.1 now

Downloading the latest version of Apple’s operating system for iPhone and iPad can be accomplished by hooking the mobile computer to a desktop or laptop running iTunes.

Or iOS 12.0.1 can be installed directly. Go to Settings > General > Software Update request the download.