Apple just released iOS 12.5.1 (build number 16H22) for iPhone 5S, 6, and 6 Plus, as well as iPod touch 6th generation, in addition to iPadOS 12.5.1 for iPad Air, mini 2, and mini 3. The update fixes an issue in iOS 12.5 where Exposure Notifications could incorrectly display logging profile language.
The update follows the Dec. 14 release of iOS 12.5, which brought Exposure Notifications to older iPhones in the first place. However, other than that feature, these iOS 12 software updates aren’t meant to be major updates. Instead, they serve as a way to support iPhones and iPads that can’t run the latest versions of iOS.
This update is only compatible with iPhones that run iOS 12, but are not compatible with iOS 13 or iOS 14. To be clear, any iPhone that is compatible with iOS 13 is also iOS 14-ready, so this update is really for a small number of iPhones. Unless your iPhone fits in that tiny list — iPhone 5S, 6, and 6 Plus — you won’t see 12.5.1 hit your device.
To download and install iOS 12.5.1 on your compatible iPhone, open Settings –> General –> Software Update. Next, follow the on-screen instructions to download and install the software on your device.
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