iOS 12.1 Beta Includes Fix for iOS 12 iPhone and iPad Charging Issue

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The second beta of iOS 12.1, which was released this morning, includes a fix for a charging issue affecting the iPhone XS, XS Max, and other iOS devices.

Discovered following the launch of the two new iPhones and highlighted over the weekend, the charging bug causes some iPhone and iPad devices to refuse to charge over a Lightning connection when the screen is not activated.


According to iMore's Rene Ritchie, the new iOS 12.1 beta fixes the issue so iOS users will no longer need to double check to make sure their devices are charging after being plugged in.

Today's iOS 12.1 beta includes a fix for the charging issue some people were experiencing with iPhone and iPad. With it, no more delay or uncertainty about charging. You'll be back to just plugging it in and getting power.(Pretty much what I said in my video yesterday.) - Rene Ritchie (@reneritchie) October 2, 2018

The bug does not affect all iPhones and iPads, but those who are impacted have seen their devices fail to charge over Lightning when plugged in while the iPhone is asleep.

Tapping the iPhone to wake it up in this situation resumes charging, but an iPhone that is affected and plugged in with the screen deactivated can refuse to charge, resulting in uncertainty over whether or not a device is actually charging.

While this issue originally came to light because of complaints from iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max owners, it appears it was widespread and affected many devices running iOS 12.

Article Link: iOS 12.1 Beta Includes Fix for iOS 12 iPhone and iPad Charging Issue
 

nsayer

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I had a weird situation happen over the weekend with my wife's iPad pro.

It was all-the-way dead, so I plugged it in. The charger got the iPad to boot up, but then it wouldn't charge, so it died again. The charger would then bring it back up enough to boot... This cycle continued a few times before I quickly unplugged and re-plugged the charger after the iPad booted. It then charged all the way to 100% without further ado.

Is this the same issue?
 

otternonsense

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iOS 12 brought some welcome improvements to the iPhone, granted.

On the iPad, however, it is hot garbage. Erratic charging would be the least of our concerns.
 

toneLA2

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Issue fixed by software 3 days after this entire forum and some youtubers made a MASSIVE ****ING FUSS over some minor testing oversight.

Jesus.
Minor testing oversight? As in ‘the most basic function of a battery-powered phone’ kind of oversight?

I’m a huge Apple consumer and have been since they nearly went bankrupt right before the arrival of the iPod which saved the company. That being said, I don’t drink this ridiculous kool-aid.

Most people will argue that for that kind of money, one shouldn’t have to worry about plugging in a phone at night.

That said, we’re all glad you’ve slept well at night charging your phone wirelessly.
 

BootsWalking

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Issue fixed by software 3 days after this entire forum and some youtubers made a MASSIVE ****ING FUSS over some minor testing oversight.

Jesus.
Some issues can be fixed cheaply in software in a few days like this one, others can't and require class action suits to get Apple to fix them. It's hard to know in advance which will be the case for a particular bug, and as such I can't fault people for freaking out. Sadly it's a learned response to Apple's prior behavior.
 

vpndev

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My experience is that it will charge fine if plugged in to a charger (non-Apple in my instance). But it will NOT charge if plugged into a computer of some kind. After a while it displays the USB-device-locked alert instructing you to unlock it in order to connect via USB. If you do then the phone will charge.
 
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bpeeps

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I had a weird situation happen over the weekend with my wife's iPad pro.

It was all-the-way dead, so I plugged it in. The charger got the iPad to boot up, but then it wouldn't charge, so it died again. The charger would then bring it back up enough to boot... This cycle continued a few times before I quickly unplugged and re-plugged the charger after the iPad booted. It then charged all the way to 100% without further ado.

Is this the same issue?
No, it is not.
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With hundreds of thousands beta testing IOS 12, nah, this bug shouldn’t happen
Those hundreds of thousands weren't using the unreleased XS and XS Max.
 

DotCom2

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My friend who has Verizon on his XS Max reports better reception than his X
Please understand that the bad reception problems that some people are reporting (including me) is that the problem is much much worse in "fringe" areas and not in good areas where yes, reception seems superior. Sometimes in known fringe areas my Max will not connect at all while my spouses 7 Plus still will. This is the problem.
 
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