While you might be tempted to install Apple’s new iOS 11.1.2 update right now, there are a few things you should do before you start the download on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
If you’re already running iOS 11.1, your iOS 11.1.2 update comes with a short list bug fixes and improvements. The change log is short which means the download is tiny. It’s just 54MB for the iPhone X and a few MB for other devices.
If you failed to download an older version of iOS 11, your version of iOS 11.1.2 will come with a longer list of features, enhancements, fixes, and security patches. They’re baked in.
Apple’s intentions are good, but it’s difficult to predict how new software will treat your device so you’ll want to do some prep work before you fire up the download. A little preparation goes a long way toward preventing problems with the download, installation, and the update itself.
If iOS 11.1.2 starts acting up on your device, you can downgrade to iOS 11.0.1, iOS 11.0.2, iOS 11.0.3, iOS 11.1, or iOS 11.1.1. You can’t downgrade to anything older than iOS 11.0.1 so those of you jumping up from older versions of iOS need to be extremely careful. Once you download iOS 11.1.2 you’re stuck with iOS 11.
To assist you we’ve put together a game plan that will walk you through some of the things we do before we install an update like iOS 11.1.2. iOS 11.1.2 is a maintenance update, but you’ll still want to spend time preparing yourself and your device.
Our guide shows you how to make a backup, how to properly get familiar with iOS 11.1.2, and a few tips that will come in handy as you start your transition from iOS 10/iOS 11.0/iOS 11.0.1/iOS 11.0.2/iOS 11.0.3/iOS 11.1/iOS 11.1.1 to Apple’s latest version of iOS 11.
Get Familiar with iOS 11.1.2, iOS 11.1.1 & iOS 11.1
The iOS 11.1.2 update is a maintenance upgrade. It doesn't come with any new features or security patches. That said, it does come with a couple of important bug fix updates for the iPhone X.
If you failed to install iOS 11.1.1, your iOS 11.1.2 update will deliver the fixes from the previous version of iOS 11. If you skipped iOS 11.1, your iOS 11.1.2 update will deliver new features on top of security patches and bug fixes.
The new emojis will jump right out at you, but there are a few other features, the 3D Touch App Switcher gesture for instance, that won't.
We highly recommend getting acquainted with these new features before you download iOS 11.1.2 and our download guide will help you do just that.
If you're still running iOS 10, your iOS 11.1.2 update will deliver the features, fixes and enhancements from iOS 11.0-iOS 11.1.
Some of these changes are small tweaks. Others, like the Control Center and Podcast app redesigns, are much bigger.
Some of these changes will be beneficial, but some have the potential to annoy you and disrupt your flow. This is why you shouldn't download and install iOS 11 and iOS 11.1.2 blindly.
Make sure you have at least some understanding of iOS 11 before you jump from iOS 10 to iOS 11. To help, we've put together a lengthy walkthrough that will take you through the key differences between iOS 11.1.2 and the previous versions of iOS.