Apple’s confirmed an iOS 11.4.1 update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users and the upgrade is currently in testing ahead of an unknown release date.
With the iOS 12 beta now available and the official iOS 12 release confirmed for the fall, iOS 11.4.1 could be one of the last versions of iOS 11 for devices like the iPhone X, iPhone 6, and iPhone 5s.
In this guide to the iOS 11.4.1 update we’ll take you through the most important things you need to know as we head into the summer.
Our walkthrough includes a quick look at iOS 11.4.1’s known changes, the iOS 11.4.1 release date, the iOS 11.4.1 beta, and the iOS 11.4.1 release time for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
iOS 11.4.1 Beta
If you want to try iOS 11.4.1 before its official release date you can.
The iOS 11.4.1 update is available, in beta form, to paid developers and those in Apple’s Beta Software Program. The Beta Software Program is free and simply requires an Apple ID.
If you think you might want to try the iOS 11.4.1 update before its officially released to the public, check out our beta pre-installation guide. It’ll help you prepare for the download and installation.
If you do decide to try the iOS 11.4.1 beta on your device, make sure you report any issues you see to Apple. This way, Apple can improve the final version of iOS 11.4.1.
Apple is currently on iOS 11.4.1 beta 3.
iOS 11.4.1 Release Date
Apple hasn’t confirmed an iOS 11.4.1 release date and it could be several weeks before the official version rolls out to the general public.
iOS updates typically spend several weeks in testing before Apple feels comfortable pushing them to millions of customers around the globe. Even the smallest iOS updates (iOS 11.4.1 appears to be a small maintenance release) spend quality time in beta testing.
The company is currently on its third iOS 11.4.1 beta. It’s a sign of progress, but we could see it go through several more iterations before Apple’s comfortable releasing it to millions of iOS users around the globe.
It’s unclear if we’ll get an iOS 11.4.1 release date ahead of time. Apple typically reserves iOS release date announcements for media events.
WWDC 2018 came and went without an announcement so expect the iOS 11.4.1 update to emerge out of the blue.
iOS 11.4.1 Release Time
We don’t have an iOS 11.4.1 release date just yet, but we can share the iOS 11.4.1 release time with you.
The iOS 11.4.1 update will likely arrive around 10AM Pacific. The company will also push iOS 11.4.1 beta updates to developers and those in the Beta Software Program around 10AM Pacific.
Apple generally releases new beta updates every one to two weeks with releases coming faster once an update’s official target date gets closer.
Here’s what you can expect from the iOS 11.4.1 release time in the United States and other countries around the world:
- Eastern – 1 PM
- Central – 12 PM
- Mountain – 11AM
- London – 6 PM
- Moscow – 9 PM
- New Delhi – 10:30 PM
- Shanghai – 1 AM
- Tokyo – 2 AM
- Melbourne – 3 AM
- Auckland – 5 AM
iOS 11.4.1 Update: What’s New
The version number, iOS x.x.x, suggests iOS 11.4.1 will be a point release.
Developers picking through the first three iOS 11.4.1 betas haven’t found anything of note which means iOS 11.4.1 will likely focus on fixing bugs and security issues found in iOS 11.4 and earlier versions of iOS 11.
iOS 11.4.1 Jailbreak
Jailbreak developers still haven’t released a public tool for iOS 11.2, iOS 11.2.1, iOS 11.2.5, iOS 11.2.6, iOS 11.3, iOS 11.3.1, or iOS 11.4.
As of right now, the only way you can jailbreak a device running iOS 11 is if it’s running iOS 11.0-iOS 11.1.2. Unfortunately, there’s no way to downgrade to any of those updates.
Jailbreak developers typically don’t burn exploits on early pre-release software so current and prospective jailbreak users should avoid the iOS 11.4.1 beta.
For more about the iOS 11 jailbreak, take a look at our roundup.
Install iOS 11.4 for Better Security
The iOS 11.4 update comes with 30+ patches aimed at improving your device's security making it an essential download for most iPhone and iPad users.
iOS 11.4 also reportedly 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 the last week.
If you missed any of Apple's previous iOS updates, your iOS 11.4 update could come with a lot more.
If you skipped iOS 11.3.1, your iOS 11.4 update comes with iOS 11.3.1's four security patches.
If you skipped iOS 11.3, your iOS 11.4 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 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.
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 right now.
If you skipped iOS 11.2, you'll get a few more patches with your iOS 11.4 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 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 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 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 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.