Warning Issued For Millions Of New iPhone 12 Users

Apple’s new iPhone 12 range is selling like hot cakes, but millions of potential upgraders should now hold fire. 

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Spotted by MacRumors, large numbers of users are reporting that SMS messaging on the new iPhone 12 models is broken. Complaints range from being unable to send or receive SMS, to missing messages in group chats and no notifications for the SMS messages which do get through. The problem also appears to be hitting some older models. 

Consequently, the official @applesupport Twitter account is being lit up by frustrated users:

“@AppleSupport When will you fix the issue on the iPhone 12 pro where I, and most other iPhone 12 pro users, are not receiving SMS texts?” – source

“I can confirm this is true. I’m missing about 1/3 of the texts in a green bubble group chat and I have an iPhone 12 Pro Max. Wife is on iPhone X with iOS 14.2 and she’s not missing any.” – source

“Hey @AppleSupport I just got my new iPhone 12 pro max and I’m not getting sms messages. Can you help?” – source

“When will the bug that causes me not to receive all SMS text messages be resolved? I’ve been an iPhone user for 10 years, but I’m about to return this iPhone 12 Pro.” – source

“@AppleSupport is there a fix for the major issue of the iPhone 12 not receiving SMS group text messages? This is becoming very annoying.” – source

“@AppleSupport are you guys ever going to fix the iMessage/text issue with the iPhone 12. It really sucks missing 25% of my texts.” – source

“I haven’t been getting text notifications ever since I updated my phone and I’m SO ANNOYED @Apple” – source

“@AppleSupport Um what’s going on with SMS TEXTS? I am getting any SMS text like 24 hours later.” – source

@AppleSupport I need the text message notifications bug fixed. I keep missing important text messages ever since I downloaded iOS 14.” – source 

Interestingly, for some owners of older iPhones it appears that this problem has been bubbling under the surface since the arrival of iOS 14. But only with the launch of the new iPhone 12 models has the problem seemingly become widespread, something Apple has yet to acknowledge: 

“I’ve got trouble tickets with Apple and Tmobile and nothing from either yet. Escalated to engineering but havent heard anything. Apple tech was VERY suspicious that it is their issue, but it’s so widespread.” – source

I have contacted Apple and will update this article when I receive a response. In the meantime, given the potentially serious consequences that occur from not receiving SMS messages (also crucial for two-factor authentication), I would advise buyers considering any iPhone 12 model to hold off on their purchase until this is fixed. 


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Apple’s Surprise iPhone 12 Upgrade Suddenly Confirmed

Apple’s iPhone 12 launch is almost here and, while we know almost everything (both good and bad), it seems that the company did have a big surprise up its sleeve. Until now.  

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Newly leaked benchmarks for Apple’s groundbreaking A14 Bionic chipset have revealed drastically better performance than expected, following worrying results for the iPhone 12-destined hardware last month. But could it be dragged down by a problem of Apple’s own making? 

Picked up by popular industry insider Ice Universe, the A14 Bionic chip was quietly tested on Geekbench receiving single-core and multi-core scores of 1583 and 419, respectively. This equates to 20% higher single-core and circa 30% higher multi-core scores than the A13 Bionic inside the iPhone 11. For context, this blows away the Snapdragon 865+ (973 single-core, 3346 multi-core) used in current Android flagships. 

That said, there is one area of concern. The test scores come from Apple’s upcoming iPad Air 4, which was the first device to be announced with the A14 Bionic. Given this iPad’s large battery capacity, the A14 can run unhindered but the same may not be true for the iPhone 12 range. This year Apple has chosen to significantly downgrade their batteries compared to the iPhone 11 line-up, so it remains to be seen whether the A14 Bionic in these phones must run in a lower power state to conserve power. 

Either way, the A14 Bionic (which is also the world’s first 5nm chipset)  looks set to be the shining light in an otherwise fairly disappointing iPhone upgrade year, which brings incremental design changes, iPhone 12 Pro Max-centric upgrades and price increases, despite the removal of both EarPods and a wall charger from the box. 


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