iOS 12.4.2 Update Released for Older iPhone & iPad Models Dropped by iOS 13

Sep 26, 2019 - 13 Comments

iOS 12.4.2 update

Apple has released iOS 12.4.2 for iPhone and iPad models that were not compatible with iOS 13 and the later iOS 13.1 for iPhone and iPadOS 13.1 for iPad updates.

iOS 12.4.2 is therefore only available for iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus, and iPod touch 6th generation. Newer model iPhone and iPad devices will instead need to move to iOS 13 or later.

iOS 12.4.2 is said to include “improvements” and “important security updates”, making it a recommended updater for users who have eligible devices.

Installing iOS 12.4.2 Update

Users who are eligible for iOS 12.4.2 can find the update available to download now from the Settings app > General > Software Update section.

As always, be sure to backup any device before updating system software. Backing up iPhone or iPad to iCloud, iTunes, or both is recommended.

iOS 12.4.2 IPSW Files

Users who are comfortable using firmware files can also update eligible devices to iOS 12.4.2 by using IPSW from Apple:

Release notes accompanying iOS 12.4.2 are brief, but a separate security release note says the update resolves an exploit where a “remote attacker may be able to cause unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution”.

Separately, watchOS 5.3.2 is available for Apple Watch models that are not compatible with watchOS 6.

Apple also released macOS Mojave 10.14.6 Supplemental Update 2 for Mac users running Mojave, and security updates for High Sierra and Sierra, all of which include security enhancements for the Mac operating systems.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, News


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  1. Jason says:

    Just download the older version again

  2. Julia says:

    Ever sine I Update my i pad to 12.4.2, it has become impossible to use. It just gets stuck all the time, please bring out a new up date or let me know how this can be rectified, as I might as well throw my I pad in the bin 😡😡😡😡

  3. Oluwashinaayomi says:

    Hi… I updated my iPhone to the latest iOS 12.4.2, ever since then my phone as been restarting itself and it so annoying. Plz is there any help for me to fix this problem. Thanks

  4. Normand Fréchette says:

    Since i instal iOS 12.4.2, m’y i pad air is very slow

  5. Hank Bishop says:

    I have iPad mini 2 and after update to12.4.2 the typing screen rides too high about a third of the page up and gats in the way. Any thoughts on correcting this issue?


  6. Veronica Sawyer says:

    Apple gave me a new FREE 6 after APPLE broke mine trying to install the free battery 6 users were eligible for after APPLE created battery drain problems for 6s w/ iOS 11’ish. Free iPhone I said – YIPPEE! 🤩🤩. A brand-new phone to replace my five year old phone! But now that I think about it, APPLE didn’t offer me a trade-up at all, not any device, not at any price.

    And now APPLE is no longer supporting my phone, and I won’t get sh*t for a trade up – or, rather, that’s what what I WILL get.

    I think this has become the first draft of a Sternly Worded Letter.

    Those of you above who are looking for technical help, you’re in the wrong place. Go to Apple user forums.

    And everyone else, enjoy iOS 13!

  7. Rick says:

    Why is my phone not accepting incoming or allowing outgoing calls, wont allow download of 12.4.2

    • Kayla says:

      Good luck to you. I updated to it and after I did that it says No Service, i’ve tried everything to fix it and nothing works.

  8. Pg says:

    Why is this update not available for generation 4 iPads?
    The last iOS for it was 10.3.3

  9. radj says:

    Do you have to update your iphone 12.4 after updating the apple watch to 5.3.2 (the update 5.3.2 is available in the applewatch app on a iPhone 7 ios 12.4)

  10. Ross Moffett says:

    Dated my iPad and now can’t Bcc to any group

  11. Heidi says:

    I have disabled my iPhone 7 plus because of to many attempts to unlock passcode and I di not have access to a computer please tell me what to do now.

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