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iPhone 12 users complain of delayed, duplicate, and missing SMS text messages

The initial hiccups with iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro users are yet to be over coupled with iOS 14 issues. We all know that any product getting launched from the house of Apple will be near to perfection. These minor issues popping up will be ironed out with time. The latest to join the list is new users of iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 missing SMS.

The issue of randomly missing MMS texts on the iPhone 12 can be traced to several Reddit threads and the Apple Discussion forum. The sudden experience of dropping out of text messages randomly is worrisome. It has prevented users from receiving SMS or even missing a few odd ones out. Some users have reported receiving the group messages out of order, the symbol ‘+’ prefixed against sender number, duplicate messages, and/or received a day later.

Majorly the complaints of iPhone 12 missing SMS have been observed in group chats. However, there are cases of the one-o-one messages also not getting delivered. Many have reported missed out SMSs in group chats when sent via Android devices.

The issue of the iPhone 12 missing SMS is not novel to iOS devices. The bug has been reported in random devices in the past. It was discovered on iPhone 5 and 5S for the first time. Now it has traveled down to 7 more models and few versions of iOS with no permanent fix by Apple.

In fact, users have found the issue cropping up in the new iOS 14. The devs of iOS 14 had brought in many enhancements in the module of the iMessage app. However, the latest version failed to provide a solution to the iPhone 12 missing MMS bug.

Those who are not tech-savvy or are new to the iPhone, can find in the stock iMessage app and usually surfaces in a group chat. It happens both ways when the message sent by you in group chat doesn’t get delivered. And reciprocally, some texts sent by members will get dropped at your end. This becomes cumbersome as the text messages need to be resent and retyped from scratch.

Some users using Verizon carrier have reported a workaround, though not a permanent one. It is meant for Verizon users only. They can download the Verizon Message+ app and reset network settings by following the path – Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.

People have gone ahead by resetting network settings, disable/enable MMS/group, deleted old conversation threads, reboot, toggling with airplane mode & 5G settings, replacing with a new 5G SIM card, and even changing a carrier. When Apple Tech support was contacted, they confirmed that their engineering team is looking into the thread.

The issue has not been found with iOS 14 and iPhone 11. A possible reason behind the iPhone 12 Missing SMS could be compatibility issues between iPhone 12 and iOS 14. Or possibly new cellular chips in the iPhone 12 are having problems with all the carriers.

Maybe Apple needs to get it sorted out with the carriers which either need to troubleshoot at the end of the firmware. Or maybe Apple devs need to make the software work. Users have reported issues in both the iOS builds – iOS 14.1 and iOS 14.2. Reports on the latest iOS 14.3 are yet to be received.

Those who hate group chats will attribute it to be a feature than a bug. On a lighter note, maybe this is a unique way of Apple telling its users to stop using its text feature. The idea might sound ridiculous but it needs to be fixed in a thousand dollar phone.

Missing SMS/MMS text messages feature in the new iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro is not the only challenge. Few handsets had issues with autofocus at close distances less than inches of iPhone 12 Pro camera. Few users even reported receiving spammy calls and messages. Some of them were related to elections.

How are you coping up with the issue of the random dropping of SMS texts on the iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro? Do share it with us. We are all ears.

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