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iOS 16.1.2 released – Network and crash detection improvements

It seems like nearly every week Apple is dropping a new iOS update on us at the moment – the freshly-available iOS 16.1.2 coming hot on the heels of another update released to fix a Wi-Fi network bug.

Apple saves new features for its bigger releases, with iOS 16.2 due to unleash its Freeform app to the public some time soon. But minor updates like these are often rushed out to combat specific problems that just can’t wait.

This time around, the software update is tackling two important but fairly niche issues.

Firstly, Apple says it will provide “improved compatibility with network providers,” so if you’ve had any signal issues of late, this update is likely to fix it.

Secondly, it optimizes the way the new Crash Detection feature works on iPhone 14, in an attempt to cut down on the false alarms that have been commonly reported from users riding rollercoasters. Nobody should be surprised that an abrupt stop on a coaster might register as a car crash, but this update promises to improve detection to cut down on accidental triggers.

As ever, it’s possible there are further security updates that Apple isn’t reporting in detail to avoid giving hackers new ideas. If nothing else, it’s always best to stay up to date with software updates to remain safe from all known vulnerabilities.

Remember, you can update by following the prompts in Settings > General > Software Update. Even if you have automatic updates enabled, trigging the process manually is usually the fastest way to get the latest updates.