Apple iOS 12.3.2 Release: Should You Upgrade?

iPhone owners, brace yourself for a shock. Apple iOS 12.3.2 is an unexpected release after Apple’s fine run and you are unlikely to find it available on your iPhone. What’s going on? Here’s everything you need to know.

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Who Is It For?

Unlike all previous iOS 12 releases, iOS 12.3.2 is only available for the iPhone 8 Plus (reasons why below). Consequently, most iPhone owners will not get a notification prompt to upgrade and there’s no need to worry about. If you do own an iPhone 8 Plus and have not got an upgrade prompt, however, you trigger it manually by going to Settings > General > Software Update.

iPhone 8 Plus owners running the Apple iOS 12.4 beta (more about this release at the end of this post), you must unroll your device for iOS 12.3.2 to appear.

The Deal Breakers

iPhone 8 Plus owners who like to run jailbroken devices should stay away but for everyone else should pay close attention. Why? Because after 24 hours I have only found two isolated problems reported: one instance of iOS 12.3.2 breaking Apple Watch pairing and another impacting access to the App store. That’s pretty remarkable.

So What Do You Get?

Unsurprisingly, given its specificity, iOS 12.3.2 is a dedicated bug fix. In Apple’s own words:

“iOS 12.3.2 resolves an issue that could cause Camera to capture Portrait mode photos without depth effect on some iPhone 8 Plus devices.”

Interestingly, I have not received a single complaint about this issue (do let me know if you suffered from it), so it’s good to see Apple react quickly to what is clearly a niche problem. As you might expect, there are also no security updates in this release given it doesn’t cover other iPhones and iPads.

Apple iOS 12.3.2 Verdict: Wait A Week (But You Can Probably Upgrade Now)

I always recommend iOS device owners wait a week and, in the strictest terms, this applies here. That said, it’s such a minor update with virtually no problems reported (I’ve seen two in total) it looks good to go now, especially if your iPhone 8 Plus has been impacted by the Portrait Mode bug in iOS 12.3.1.

Note: I will keep this guide updated with any developments (positive or negative). So bookmark it and check back. After a week I’ll deliver my final verdict.

The Road Ahead

Apple has just released the fourth beta of iOS 12.4. With 5-7 betas typical, the release shouldn’t be far away. This makes it all the more remarkable Apple gave the iPhone 8 Plus camera fix a dedicated release – the company is on a roll.

As for what’s inside iOS 12.4, it’s still a mystery which is surprising for a major point update. My guess it is will bring compatibility with the Apple Card, which Apple promised will launch over the summer. Watch this space.