Apple has recently released the iOS 14.5.1. Unfortunately after upgrading, my Cameras and Flashlight, stopped working on my iPhone 12 Pro.
Apple haven’t acknowledged this issue is a bug with the update, however it does appear to be affecting numerous users who have updated.
I had this issue earlier today and the fix was a quick and easy, all that was required was to perform a “force restart”. I did notice that a normal restart did not resolve the issue, and it required a forced restart using the method below.
On iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, or iPhone 12:
Press volume up
press volume down
Press and hold the power button and release when the Apple logo appears
Your iPhone should now boot up and once fully loaded the camera and flashlight should now work correctly.
Photos that are taken with an iPhone or iPad by default are saved in the HEIC file format. Apple changed the default file format from JPEG to HEIC in 2017.
When you share photos from your iPhone or iPad to social media or non iOS devices they are converted to JPEG. However, if you connect your device to a computer and manually copy the photos from the device to a computer, they are not converted. However, it is possible to convert photos from HEIC to JPEG.
Thankfully there is a free and easy to use software tool, iMazing HEIC Converter by DigiDNA that allows you to convert photos in the HEIC file format to JPEG.
iMazing HEIC Converter is available for Windows and macOS. Simply download iMazing HEIC Converter here: https://imazing.com/heic
Once download, install the software by following the onscreen wizard.
When you open iMazing, simply drag and drop the photos that you wish to convert.
iMazing makes converting the photos very simple, simply press “convert” and select the location of where you would like the converted photos saving when prompted. The photos are then saved in the JPEG file format.
I would strongly recommend that you uncheck the “Keep EXIF data” box to protect your privacy if you are sharing the photos. As the EXIF data can contain the GPS coordinates of where the photo was taken.