Apple’s released its first iOS 11 maintenance update and iOS 11.0.1 delivers bug fixes and improvements to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
While the company typically puts new iOS releases through beta, the company skipped an iOS 11.0.1 beta in favor of a fast release for iOS 11 users.
iOS 11.0.1 is the first bug fix update for the company’s new operating system though it’s actually a fairly sizable download. The iOS 11.0.1 update is a whopping 280MB for the iPhone 7.
While Apple’s latest iOS 11 update is here to fix issues with iOS 11.0, there’s also a chance it’ll bring new problems to the company’s mobile devices. In fact, we’re already hearing about a few early iOS 11.0.1 problems.
This guide goes over the most important things to know, right now, about the new iOS 11.0.1 update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It includes some quick impressions, a brief look at iOS 11.0.1 problems, the iOS 10 downgrade, and what to expect next from Apple.
iOS 11.0.1 Impressions
Most maintenance iOS releases are a few MB but the iOS 11.0.1 isn’t your typical bug fix update. Apple’s new iOS 11 update is nearly 300MB for the iPhone 7 and it’s also a substantial download for other iOS 11-powered devices.
If you’re on a fast Wi-Fi network it should only a take a minute or two to download. It took us about a minute and a half to get it on board during peak hours.
The installation took about five minutes on the iPhone 7 though we were coming directly from iOS 11. If you’re coming from an older version of iOS, your download size and installation time could be a lot longer.
We’ve only been using the iOS 11.0.1 update for a few moments but we haven’t noticed any catastrophic issues with the new firmware.
Battery life is holding up, we’ve successfully connected to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, cellular data is normal, and we haven’t experienced a decline in app performance, at least not yet. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 6s are both fast with iOS 11.0.1 on board. Same as iOS 11.
That said, you’ll want to be careful with iOS 11.0.1. New software, even small ones like iOS 11.0.1, can cause problems, particularly on older devices.
If you need additional feedback about iOS 11, take a look at our reasons to, and not to, install the iOS 11 update on your device right now.
iOS 11.0.1: What’s New
Apple’s iOS 11.0.1 change log is vague though it says the update includes bug fixes and improvements for the iPhone and iPad. Specifically, the iOS 11.0,1 update fixes issues with Exchange mail. If you were dealing with Exchange issues on iOS 11.0, you’ll want to download iOS 11.0.1.
The update doesn’t come with any new security patches either. Apple notes that iOS 11.0.1 includes the security content of iOS 11.0.
iOS 11.0.1 Problems
It’s early but we’re already hearing about some initial problems with iOS 11.0.1.
iPhone and iPad users are noticing connectivity issues, installation problems (the update’s getting stuck during the download/installation process), weird battery drain, and issues with first and third-party applications including the company’s Mail app.
If you’re seeing iOS 11.0.1 bugs or problems, take a look at our list of fixes for the most common iOS 11 problems. Our list should have you covered. You might also want to take a look at our tips to improve iOS 11 performance and iOS 11 battery life.
iOS 10 Downgrade Open
The iOS 10 downgrade is still open.
Those looking to move off iOS 11.0 or iOS 11.0.1 can still drop back down to iOS 10.3.3 in an effort to improve performance.
Apple will, at some point, close up the iOS 10 downgrade path so those interested in dropping down will need to move quickly. Our guide will take you step-by-step through the downgrade process.
There’s no way to drop back down to anything older than iOS 10.3.3 without a jailbreak.
iOS 11.0.1 is the first update for iOS 11 but it won’t be the last.
Apple’s promised several new iOS 11 features including Apple Pay Cash and person-to-person Apple Pay payments in Messages. These features will likely arrive in a milestone upgrade.
It’s also planning to bring Unicode 10.0 and its new emoji characters to the iOS 11 keyboard. The list of new emojis includes a zombie, a genie, an elf, an exploding head, a mage, a coconut, a sandwich, and a vampire.
On top of those, Apple says it’s also planning to bring back the 3D Touch App Switcher Gesture in a future iOS 11 update.
The first iOS 11.1 beta for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch doesn’t include any of these features so a release could still be several weeks away.
Install iOS 11.3.1 for Better Security
Apple's iOS 11.3.1 update comes with four known security patches for all iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models capable of running iOS 11.
If you skipped iOS 11.3, your iOS 11.3.1 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 11.3.1 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 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 11.3.1.
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.
If you're on iOS 11.2.1, your iOS 11.3.1 update includes security improvements to Safari and WebKit to mitigate the effects of Spectre. If you're running an older version of iOS, your iOS 11.3.1 update will come with a lot more.
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 11.3.
If you skipped iOS 11.2, you'll get a few more patches with your iOS 11.3.1 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 11.3.1 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 11.3.1 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 11.3.1 update will come with even more security 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 skipped older versions of iOS, your iOS 11.3.1 update will come with an even longer list of security patches.
Apple's iOS 10.3.3 update delivered 24 security patches addressing potential issues with Contacts, Messages, Notifications, and Safari. It also included a patch for a potentially dangerous Wi-Fi exploit called "Broadpwn."
If you skipped iOS 10.3.2 you'll get 23 additional patches with iOS 11.3.1. And if for some reason you missed iOS 10.3, you'll get 60 security patches with your iOS 11.3.1 update.
If you want to protect the data you store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you should make your move to iOS 11 and iOS 11.3.1 soon.
This is particularly important for those of you running older versions of iOS.