There’s a lot to like about the new iPhone XS (details) and iPhone XS Max (details). But the two flagships suffer from a serious problem which has also started to impact older models, and Apple AAPL +0.88% has (very quietly) just confirmed it…

Today Apple released iOS 12.1 beta 2 and, despite the software having no official release notes, iFan site iMore immediately announced the update includes a fix for the charging woes introduced in iOS 12. But it’s not all good news.

While iMore was predictably promotional about the fix (“With it, no more delay or uncertainty about charging. You’ll be back to just plugging it in and getting power.”), site editor Rene Ritchie then told users not to expect a final release to iPhone and iPad owners before the end of October.

Given iOS 12 was released on September 17th, that’s well over a month to fix to a problem which inhibits (what tests suggest) is a significant proportion of iPhones from charging.

That said, the good news following iMore’s tip-off is initial trials of iOS 12.1 beta 2 on affected iPhones and iPads have resulted in them charging normally. This is particularly positive after reports Apple tech support was telling affected users they needed to replace their devices.

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