iOS 12.1.4 Update Available for iPhone & iPad, Download Now to Get Group FaceTime Back

Feb 7, 2019 - 6 Comments

iOS 12.1.4 update for iPhone and iPad

Apple has released iOS 12.1.4 for iPhone and iPad, the new update resolves the serious Group FaceTime security flaw that existed in prior iOS 12.1.x builds that allowed for unauthorized eavesdropping of a FaceTime call. The update is recommended for all iOS users, and is necessary for those wishing to use Group FaceTime.

Separately, Apple has also released an updated version of macOS Mojave labeled as a MacOS Mojave 10.14.3 Supplemental Update to patch the same security flaw with Group FaceTime for Mac users.

How to Download & Install iOS 12.1.4

The easiest way to update to iOS 12.1.4 on an iPhone or iPad is from the Software Update area of the iOS Settings app. Be sure to backup iPhone or iPad to iCloudor iTunes before starting any iOS update.

  1. Open the “Settings” app on the device, then go to “General” and to “Software Update”
  2. When you see “iOS 12.1.4” as available, tap on “Download & Install” to start the download and installation process

iOS 12.1.4 update

The iPhone or iPad will install the iOS 12.1.4 update automatically and restart itself to complete the software update.

Another option is to install iOS 12.1.4 through iTunes on a Mac or Windows computer by connecting the device to a computer running iTunes and choosing the ‘Update’ button in iTunes.

After you have installed iOS 12.1.4 on the iPhone or iPad you will be able to use Group FaceTime chat on iOS again. If you’re aiming to Group FaceTime with Mac users they will need to install the latest MacOS system software update as well.

If you had previously manually turned off Group FaceTime on iOS (or Mac) as a security measure, you will want to turn the feature back on again before it can be used. Re-enabling FaceTime is a matter of going to the iOS Settings app > FaceTime > then toggling the “FaceTime” switch to the ON position.

iOS 12.1.4 IPSW Download Links

The following links to iOS 12.1.4 IPSW firmware files are pointing to the .ipsw files for this release on Apple servers:

Using IPSW for iOS updates requires iTunes and is generally considered advanced, most iPhone and iPad users can simply install the iOS update through Settings or iTunes as normal.

iOS 12.1.4 Release Notes

Release notes accompanying iOS 12.1.4 are as follows:

iOS 12.1.4 provides important security updates and is recommended for all users.

The accompanying security release notes detail several bugs that were addressed, including two for FaceTime.

The new iOS 12.1.4 build is versioned as 16D57.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, News

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  1. Soren says:

    But questions thus are, when even updated Apple devices at all will be able to use Group FaceTime as long as Apple keeps the service down – or in other words for how long Apple will continue to keep the Group FaceTime service down before starting it anew, whilst not all Apple devices may be updated before then?

  2. User says:

    Can anyone comment on whether 12.1.4 fixes the cellular connectivity issues that some users have experienced in 12.1.2 and 12.1.3?

  3. RA XA says:

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  4. tommyngo215 says:

    No it did not address the cellular connectivity issues that’s been hammering a lot of users.

    I switched to iOS for its stability years ago and now I’m contemplating to give Android another try.

    I don’t like my XR too much anymore. I can’t make calls. I get a lot of dropped calls. Most of the times I had to reboot in order to be able to make a phone call. Apple just can’t seem to get it right past 18 months.

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