iOS 12.1.2 possibly resolves iPhone sales ban in China

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iPhone sales are finally rebounding in China
In most of the world, iOS 12.1.2 fixes some bugs. But in China, it might remove some features.
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Apple has rushed out iOS 12.1.2 after a single round of beta testing. This highly unusual move could be part of the company’s response to a recent ban on iPhone sales in China.

The release notes on this new version say nothing about that though, just indicating that iOS 12.1.2 fixes some small issues.

Last week, a court in China banned the sale of some iPhone models in that country because they violate Qualcomm patents. Apple responded by promising “a software update for iPhone users in China addressing the minor functionality of the two patents at issue in the case.”

It seems likely that iOS 12.1.2 has the changes Apple mentioned. But there’s so far been no definite statement of that from the iPhone maker.

If so, it’s not yet known whether this will cause the Chinese court to reverse the iPhone sales ban. 

Changes definitely in iOS 12.1.2

According to Apple, the latest version of its mobile OS fixes some bugs in eSIM activation of all three 2018 iPhone models. It also takes care of a cellular problem that only affects users in Turkey.

The official changelog for this new version says:

“iOS 12.1.2 includes bug fixes for your iPhone. This update:
– Fixes bugs with eSIM activation for iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max
– Addresses an issue that could affect cellular connectivity in Turkey for iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max”

Install iOS 12.1.2 now

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

Or iOS 12.1.2 can be installed over a wireless connection. Go to Settings > General > Software Update request the download.