The iPhone 7 iOS 11.2.6 update is a small maintenance upgrade, but it could have a significant impact on your device’s performance.
Apple’s latest iOS 11 update comes with some important bug fixes for your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus including one that takes care of a rather nasty iPhone crashing bug.
The company’s intentions are good, but the iOS 11.2.6 update is causing problems for some iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus owners.
iPhone 7 users who adopted the iOS 11.2.6 update are complaining about UI lag, battery drain, and issues with various first and third-party applications.
It’s difficult to predict exactly how iOS 11.2.6 will perform on your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus so you’ll need to be extremely careful if you choose to download it.
If you’re coming from Apple’s iOS 11.2.5 update, your iOS 11.2.6 download is just a few megabytes. It should only take you a few minutes to get it up and running.
If you skipped iOS 11.2.2, iOS 11.2, iOS 11.1.2, iOS 11.1.1, or iOS 11.1, your iOS 11.2.6 download will be much bigger and your installation will take longer.
This guide will take you through steps iPhone 7 should take prior to downloading the iOS 11.2.6 update. Our walkthrough will also go over a few other things current, and prospective, iOS 11.2.6 users should know about bugs and performance issues, the iOS 11 jailbreak situation, and information about the iOS 11.2.6 downgrade.
But first, we want to provide you with some quick feedback about the iPhone 7 iOS 11.2.6 update’s performance. If you’re currently on the fence about iOS 11.2.6, our initial thoughts could help get you to one side of the fence or the other.
iPhone 7 iOS 11.2.6 Impressions
Your iOS 11.2.6 download shouldn't take long to complete. It took less than 30 seconds to download onto our iPhone 7. The installation process took a little bit longer.
Installing iOS 11.2.6 took about six minutes on the iPhone 7. We didn't run into any problems during the installation. If you're coming from an older version of iOS 11, it'll take longer.
If you need more information about the iOS 11.2.6 installation process and download, take a look at our walkthrough. It'll guide you through it all.
We've been using iOS 11.2.6 on the iPhone 7 for a full week now and battery life continues to hold up. We haven't noticed any abnormal drain on the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus.
Connectivity (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Cellular data, GPS) remains stable and we haven't noticed any of the FaceTime Audio issues that gave us trouble on iOS 11.1.
We've haven't run into any major issues with our first and third party applications nor have we seen any random reboots.
The lag we noticed on earlier versions of iOS 11 is still missing in action and we haven't noticed any freezes, stutters, or lockups. iOS 11.2.6 feels fast and stable on all our iPhone 7 variants.
If you own an iPhone 7 and you're feeling leery about upgrading, take your time. iOS 11.2.6 isn't going anywhere. Most people should install it today, but Apple won't force you to make a move.
If you need additional feedback, take a look at our list of reasons to and not to install iOS 11.2.6 on your iPhone right now.