As you may have heard by now, Apple and Qualcomm are in a bit of a legal tussle these days, which has led to some pretty drastic turn of events.
None as big as a Chinese court actually siding with Qualcomm and banning imports of certain iPhone models, including the iPhone X and iPhone 8. (For its part, Qualcomm is also trying to get the iPhone XS and XR banned, too.) In an effort to stop that ban on the older models, Apple said it was planning on launching a software update that would address the Qualcomm-owned patents that the court used to enforce the iPhone import ban.
Earlier this week, Apple officially launched iOS 12.1.2 into the wild, and only for iPhone models. In the United States and other markets, the changelog for the new software was pretty short, with the company confirming that the new software addressed cellular connectivity issues for iPhone owners in Turkey, while also fixing eSIM activation issues. But in China, the changelog is a bit longer and for good reason.
It looks like iOS 12.1.2 is indeed meant to address the Qualcomm patents in China, and, in doing so, Apple created a brand new animation for users that force close an app on their iPhone running iOS 12.1.2. MacRumors was able to get a video of the new animation, which you can see just below, with Apple’s changelog just below that.
- Fixes bugs with eSIM activation for iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max
- Addresses an issue that could affect cellular connectivity in Turkey for iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max
- Introduces a new animation when force closing apps
- Updates share sheet for setting contact and wallpaper images
“iOS 12.1.2 includes iPhone bug fixes. This update:
As you can see in the quick video above, the new animation no longer has apps sliding up and off screen. Now, with iOS 12.1.2 installed, iPhone owners that force close an app will see the app basically condense in on itself before fading out of view completely. It’s certainly an interesting approach. Apple doesn’t necessarily have to change that animation in the United States, but will they? Or will the company keep different animations for certain regions?
Whatever the case, Apple has apparently fixed the issue in China, all in an effort to remove that import ban on older iPhone models.