Apple iOS 12.3.2 Review: This Update Fixes An iPhone 8 Plus Bug

By Dan Anderson ● June 11, 2019
  • Apple has released the iOS 12.3.2 update
  • The iOS 12.3.2 update has a bug fix for the iPhone 8 Plus camera

Apple released the iOS 12.3.2 update this week, which is a minor point update with a bug fix. The majority of iPhone users will not see the update as it was built specifically for iPhone 8 Plus owners. So you will not see the software update option in the Settings app if you do not have an iPhone 8 Plus.

Specifically, iOS 12.3.2 fixes a problem where Portrait Mode photos that are taken with the camera app on the iPhone 8 Plus does not have a post-processing depth effect applied. This means that photos would have to be taken again to see the “bokeh” effect.

The Portrait Mode on iPhones utilizes the dual cameras on its devices to apply the depth of field effects after it analyzes photos. And the Portrait Mode feature just works with the iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR.

Apple’s release notes for iOS 12.3.2 specifically says:

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“iOS 12.3.2 resolves an issue that could cause Camera to capture Portrait mode photos without depth effect on some iPhone 8 Plus devices.”

It’s interesting to see Apple putting together a whole software update to handle this one bug fix rather than consolidating it into an update with more features and bug fixes. I’m assuming that Apple received a lot of complaints from iPhone 8 Plus users about the problem, which made them put fixing this specific bug to the top of the priority list.

In the Apple iOS 12.3.1 update release two weeks ago, there was a fix for a VoLTE call bug. And Apple repaired an issue where messages from unknown senders still appeared even if the “Filter Unknown Senders” setting was activated. And the iOS 12.3 update — which was released last month — included a redesigned Apple TV app, AirPlay 2 support, and improvements to Apple News and Apple Music.

iOS 12.3.2 is the first iOS software update that Apple released since the company unveiled the iOS 13 features last week at WWDC. The iOS 13 update includes Dark Mode, the Sign In With Apple login feature, a redesigned Reminders app, QuickPath on the iOS Keyboard (swipe), and the ability for women to track menstrual cycles.

Apple is currently beta testing iOS 12.4 with support for its upcoming credit card product built in a partnership with Goldman Sachs known as the Apple Card.