Facepalm: The basic features of a smartphone should include the ability to make and receive calls, use messaging services, and access the high-speed Internet over cellular networks. Apple's latest iOS update has broken these key features for many users.
Last week, Apple released iOS 12.1.2 for the iPhone, but had some problems. Only a few days after the release of the first build, a second build was displaced to replace the first. Only the build number was changed and the known version number was not increased.
The main fixes of iOS 12.1.2 are to solve the related problems with eSIM support for the iPhone XR, XS and XS Max. Ironically, the update should also solve problems with the mobile connection for residents of Turkey. However, users around the world have reported mobile data issues after the update.
iPhone owners in Europe, Asia and South America have all requested Twitter to tell Apple that their cell phones can no longer use LTE data. In North America, the inhabitants of the United States were severely affected .
Many users have reported that they can not make phone calls and that some do not receive text messages. A few iPhone users also had issues with Wi-Fi connectivity and iOS 12.1.2.
The introduction of this latest version of iOS for iPhone owners was apparently a bit messy. Apple Support has not publicly acknowledged the issues that prevent iPhones from being used as phones.
For those who are experiencing issues with calling, messaging, and using mobile devices of any kind, you can be sure that iOS 12.1.3 is not far away. While another revision is likely to be more geared to avoiding more international iPhone bans than solving user problems, hopefully Apple will throw in some patches.
If you have not yet upgraded to iOS 12.1.2, it's best to sit this out until Apple decides to acknowledge, or at least fix, the issues.