Latest iOS update fixes iPhone charging problems

Yolanda Curtis
October 9, 2018

Apple issued a critical update to iOS 12 today that fixes several bugs plaguing iPhone XS and XS Max devices since their initial release.

The update is only around 100MB and is now available to download on all compatible devices.

Although not something observed by every user - and indeed the glitch appeared to only be impacting a minority of devices - it could still be frustrating.

In nearly every reported instance, the phone would begin to charge normally once it had been unlocked and interacted with, indicating that the issue lay in the device's inactivity, and not the display's sleep status.

Apple first addressed the new iPhone's charging issues (Chargegate) in a beta release of iOS 12.1.

Discovered shortly after the release of iOS 12 and the iPhone XS lineup, the bug sometimes prevented an iPhone from charging when plugged into a wall outlet using a standard Lightning cable.

It's worth noting that anecdotal user reports suggested that this software bug could be addressed by a full iTunes restore without a backup. Since 5 GHz networks offer faster data speeds than 2.4 GHz, that could have a noticeable impact on usability.

Apart from that, the update also fixes a couple of other issues, including a Wi-Fi issue where the iPhone XS would apparently connect to 2.4GHz instead of 5GHz band when rejoining. Finally the update is also fixing an issue where Bluetooth could become unavailable for some users. It's a roughly 157 MB download, so you might want to be on WiFi when you do that.

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