In July Apple released iOS 11.4.1, a point update that fixes lingering bugs and delivers new security features to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users.
iOS 11.4.1 fixed some issues, but it’s also causing problems for many iOS 11 users. Some of these issues carried over from previous versions of iOS 11 and some of them are brand new.
We haven’t run into any catastrophic issues on our devices, but we’ve encountered some annoying bugs during our time on the update.
Apple’s closed off the iOS 11.4 downgrade which means those of you dealing with issues on iOS 11.4.1 are on your own until Apple releases a new version of iOS. Unfortunately, it could be weeks before we see a new version of iOS emerge.
Nothing is confirmed, but iOS 11.4.1 could be the final version of iOS 11. With the iOS 12 update in beta and a release getting closer, Apple’s primarily focused on its new operating system. And that’s an issue for those struggling on iOS 11.4.1. The iOS 12 release date will likely land in mid-September after Apple’s annual iPhone launch event.
Like many of you, we’re hoping Apple rolls out an iOS 11.4.2 update in August to address some of the issues on board iOS 11.4.1 and earlier versions of iOS 11.
There’s no guarantee we’ll see Apple release an iOS 11.4.2 update, especially with an iOS 11.4.2 beta missing in action, but here are a few things we’d love to see Apple fix before the release of iOS 12.
Stuck in Landscape Mode
One of the issues that plagued us on iOS 11.3.1 is back in iOS 11.4.1. And while it’s not happening as often as it once was, it’s just as annoying.
While running iOS 11.3.1, many of our devices would get stuck in landscape mode when trying to shift back to portrait mode. It’s an issue we, and many other iOS users, have dealt with and it’s not unique to iOS 11.4.1 or iOS 11.
If you’re unfamiliar with the problem, here’s how it works. After turning the phone to landscape mode and turning it back to portrait, the screen remains stuck in landscape mode. We’ve also seen it occur when using various first and third-party including Chrome and YouTube.
To fix the issue we’ve had to pull up from the right side of the iPhone X’s display and not the bottom. Occasionally, we’ve had to reset the phone to get it back to the correct orientation.
Lag & Crashes
We, many others, continue to notice UI lag on older iPhone models. It’s an issue that’s plagued devices since iOS 11’s release last September.
We’ve noticed lag on the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and iPad mini 2. The lag is more prominent on the iPhone 5s and iPad mini 2 and it’s noticeable throughout the operating system.
Most of the lag we’ve encountered on the iPhone 5s and iPad mini 2 is in the form of keyboard lag, stuttering, and slow down and chop when pulling up Control Center and Notification Center.
There’s also noticeable slow down when opening up folders and apps and when dragging app icons from one folder or home screen to another.
Lag issues can be difficult to fix and often times require a factory reset. If you don’t want to factory reset and can’t wait for iOS 12’s speed improvements, take a look at our guide to fixing bad iOS 11 performance.
We’ve also seen an uptick in the number of crashes, primarily on older devices like the iPhone 6. Random reboots are extremely common iOS problems and there are a few things you can do to try to limit them on your device.
Here’s another issue that’s carried over from iOS 11.3.1 and iOS 11.4.
We continue to see a frustrating issue where iMessages aren’t showing up as read on the iPhone after reading them on a Mac. Even our own messages sent on a Mac to friends and family sometimes popup as new messages on the iPhone and iPad.
We’ve enabled Messages in iCloud and we’re running the latest version of macOS High Sierra on a 2016 MacBook Pro and so far, we haven’t been able to fix the issue on our own.
Battery Drain & Connectivity
Those are the most annoying bugs and performance issues we’re seeing. Here are a couple prominent issues from other iOS 11.4.1 users.
We’ve noticed an uptick in complaints about Wi-Fi connectivity and cellular data problems.
Some iOS 11.4.1 users are seeing slow Wi-FI speeds and dropped connections. Others are having problems connecting to their cellular network. We haven’t seen any of these problems on our iPhone or iPad models, at least not yet.
These can be rather tricky to fix, but here are a few fixes to try while you wait for Apple’s next version of iOS.
App Update Problems
iOS 11.4.1 is also reportedly causing problems with the App Store. Some users are having trouble accessing the store and downloading app updates.
@AppleSupport I am using an iPad mini 4 running iOS 11.4.1. When I try to search for an app in the AppStore I get a message “Cannot connect to App Store” with a retry button.
When I try same on my iPhone 6 running 11.4.1 get a non stop spinning gear to the right of wifi meter.
— Ted Murray (@tmurrayis) July 16, 2018
We haven’t noticed this issue on any of our devices, but it appears it’s fairly widespread. It’s worth noting that we saw complaints about this issue from users running older versions of iOS 11.
Install iOS 11.4.1 for Better Security
Apple's iOS 11.4.1 update comes with 15 patches for potential security issues. If you value your security, you should think about installing it today.
iOS 11.4.1 also comes with a USB Restricted Mode that disables the Lightning port on your iPhone or iPad if a device hasn't been unlocked or connected to a computer using a passcode within a certain amount of time.
The new setting is located in Settings > Face ID/Touch ID & Passcode. There you’ll see a new toggle for USB Accessories. It's toggled off by default.
This provides an added layer of protection and prevents the use of cracking tools like GrayKey.
If you skipped iOS 11.4, your iOS 11.4.1 update comes with 30+ patches aimed at improving your device's security. This makes it an essential download for most iPhone and iPad users.
If you missed any of Apple's previous iOS updates, your iOS 11.4.1 update comes with a lot more.
If you skipped iOS 11.3.1, your version of iOS 11.4.1 comes with iOS 11.3.1's four security patches.
If you skipped iOS 11.3, your iOS 11.4.1 update comes with 27 additional patches for potential exploits. Those of you lingering on iOS 11.2.6 would be wise to make the move sooner rather than later.
If you missed iOS 11.3, your iOS 11.4.1 update also includes a new privacy feature. When an Apple feature wants to use your personal information, an icon now appears with a link to access detailed information about how your data will be used and protected.
If you're running iOS 11.2.5 or older, you're currently exposed to an issue that lets people send a specific character that will crash an iOS-powered device and block access to the Messages app. It can also block apps like Facebook Messenger, Gmail, Outlook, and WhatsApp.
The iOS 11.2.6 update's main purpose was to patch up this issue. If you skipped iOS 11.2.6, you'll get these enhancements with iOS 11.4.1.
If you're running iOS 11.2.2 or below and receive a certain GitHub link through your Messages app, your iPhone or iPad can lockup or respring. The Messages app will also become unusable.
Apple's iOS 11.2 update fixed several problems, but it also brought problems of its own including a potentially nasty zero-day iOS HomeKit vulnerability.
The vulnerability, discovered by Tian Zhang, allowed for unauthorized control of HomeKit accessories including garage door openers and smart locks.
Apple quickly rolled out a server-side fix, but the company restored full functionality with the release of iOS 11.2.1. If you skipped iOS 11.2.1 and use HomeKit, you should download iOS 11.4.1 right now.
If you skipped iOS 11.2, you'll get a few more patches with your iOS 11.4.1 update. Apple's iOS 11.2 update delivered 11 patches including one for Mail and one for Wi-Fi.
The iOS 11.2 and iOS 11.2.1 updates also patched up a widespread security issue called "Meltdown." Apple says its analysis suggests it "has the most potential to be exploited."
Meltdown affects all iOS 11 powered devices so we highly recommend downloading iOS 11.4.1 if you skipped iOS 11.2.
If you skipped iOS 11.1.2, iOS 11.1.1, and iOS 11.1, you'll get additional patches with your iOS 11.4.1 update.
The iOS 11.1 update delivered eight security patches including a fix for a serious Wi-Fi vulnerability called KRACK or Key Reinstallation Attack. KRACK is an exploit that targets the common WPA2 encryption protocol.
If you're just now making to move from iOS 10 (or whatever you're on) to iOS 11, your iOS 11.4.1 update will come with even more security-related features.
In iOS 11 you can't establish trust with a PC using fingerprints alone. You'll also need to put in a full passcode in order to gain that trust.
If you want to protect the data you store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you should make your move to the latest version of iOS. This is particularly important for those of you running older versions of iOS.