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See the new iOS animation that could save Apple’s bacon in China


With an iPhone in China, apps close by shrinking, not by sliding off the screen.
With an iPhone in China, apps close by shrinking, not by sliding off the screen.
Screenshot: Joe Rossignol/YouTube

There’s now proof that Apple rushed iOS 12.1.2 out primarily to make changes to iPhones in China.  We also have confirmation of exactly what the modifications are.

These were designed to convince a Chinese court that iPhones don’t infringe on two Qualcomm patents.  The hope is that court will then reverse an iPhone sales ban that went into effect in that country last week.

iOS 12.1.2 possibly resolves iPhone sales ban in China


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.
Photo: Tim Cook/Weibo

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.

Apple seeds first iOS 12.1.2 beta to developers


iOS 12 and Siri make finding photos a breeze.
There's a new iOS 12 beta out for iPhone.
Photo: Apple

Developers received a fresh batch of new beta updates this morning, just in time for the holidays.

iOS 12.1.2 beta 1 was made available today, bringing a host of new fixes and improvements to the iPhone and iPad. Apple also came out with the first betas of macOS Mojave 10.14.3, watchOS 5.1.3 and tvOS 12.1.2.