Users of iPads are finding themselves in a kind of a strange situation following the last iOS update version 12.1.2. December 2018 saw the iPhones getting their iOS 12 updated to the iOS 12.1.2 version. But, for some reason, the update meant for the iPads is yet to be released. This means that the iPad users wanting to transfer data on their iPhones to their iPads are not able to do it.
iCloud is Used for the Mutual Transfer
Apple devices can backup data from one device to the other using the iCloud platform. In the normal circumstances, all Apple devices of a certain vintage are upgraded to the latest iOS version. So, whether you have an iPhone or an iPad, the OS environment is the same and this enables you to do this data backup as often as you desire. This situation has developed since the latest iPhones have received the update to iOS 12.1.2. But the iPads are still running on 12.1.1. and have not been upgraded. And as you may be aware, the latest software does not permit the transfer through the iCloud service to an older version.
How Does one Get out of This?
Experts opine that the only way to resolve this issue is through the release of another update, the iOS 12.1.3, which is common to all iOS devices and make these data backups possible. There is an indication this may occur later this month. It is currently on the beta version. If you are a developer and can download and use the beta version then this issue can be resolved.
Some Services Can be Made Operational
Meanwhile, there are some other activities where the iPhones and iPads running on different versions can be made to talk to each other. One of this is to sign into the same account using the login ID and password and then see the photos on your iPad from your iPhone. But even this is made feasible only when you reinstall third party apps and make changes to the layout of your home screen on the iPad. You may need the help of an expert to do this.
Apple will release the new version officially along with the release of some of the iPad models soon.