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5 Things to Know About the iOS 12.1.1 Update

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Apple’s confirmed a new version of iOS 12 and the iOS 12.1.1 update is in beta testing ahead of a release for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

iOS 12.1.1 is official and an early version of the update is available right now for those who want to give it a shot before the official release date.

The iOS 12.1.1 update won’t be as big as iOS 12.1, but it will likely deliver useful performance improvements and bug fixes for lingering iOS 12 problems.

In this guide to the iOS 12.1.1 update we’ll take you through the most important things to know about the update. Our walkthrough includes a quick look at iOS 12.1.1’s known changes, the iOS 12.1.1 release date and release time, the iOS 12.1.1 beta, and what you can expect.

iOS 12.1.1 Beta

If you don’t want to wait for the official roll out you don’t have to.

Apple’s pushed the iOS 12.1.1 update into beta for developers and users in Apple’s Beta Software Program. The Beta Software Program is free and just requires a working Apple ID and compatible device.

The iOS 12.1.1 beta is compatible with all devices capable of running iOS 12. That includes the iPhone 5s, iPad Air 2, iPhone X, and many more.

Before you download the iOS 12.1.1 beta note that Apple’s betas, even small ones like this, are typically plagued with bugs and performance issues. These issues could impact the performance of your core apps, your device’s battery life, and its overall speed.

Developers poking through the beta have found a number of bugs including a lock screen orientation glitch, Notification bugs, issues with Safari and Siri, and many others.

You should be able to fix some of these issues on your own, but some bugs and performance problems will require a fix from Apple.

Apple is currently on iOS 12.1.1 beta 3.

iOS 12.1.1 Release Date

Apple hasn’t confirmed an official iOS 12.1.1 release date or release window so there’s no telling how long the update will stay in beta testing.

iOS 12.1.1 is a maintenance release which means it’s small, but that doesn’t mean we’ll see a fast release. Apple will likely release a few more betas before it’s comfortable with the update’s performance.

At this point, we’d expect the iOS 12.1.1 update to arrive in late November or early December.

iOS 12.1.1 Release Time

We don’t have a iOS 12.1.1 release, but we know exactly when Apple will release the software on release day.

The iOS 12.1.1 update will likely arrive around 10AM Pacific whenever Apple chooses to release it.

Apple will also release iOS 12.1.1 beta updates for developers and those in the Beta Software Program in and around 10AM Pacific. The company typically releases new beta updates every 1-2 weeks though releases will come quicker once the release date gets close.

Here’s what you can expect from the iOS 12.1.1 release time in the United States and 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 12.1.1 Update: What’s New

iOS 12.1.1 is a maintenance update which means it will likely bring bug fixes, under-the-hood improvements, and security patches for potential exploits.

Developers digging through the first beta have discovered several changes including:

  • iOS 12.1.1 requires that publicly-trusted Transport Layer Security (TLS) server authentication certificates issued after October 15, 2018 meet the Certificate Transparency policy to be evaluated as trusted on Apple platforms.
  • FaceTime Live Photos with UI improvements that bring mute and flip camera to the main screen.
  • Adds a toggle in Apple News app to hide the Channels column when viewing on an iPad in landscape mode.
  • Adds the ability to toggle the physical SIM on/off under Cellular setting.
  • Updated Apple Watch app icon to Series 4.
  • Sprint VoLTE

It also looks like the iOS 12.1.1 update will let iPhone XR users expand their notifications using Haptic Touch. It’s similar to the 3D Touch feature found on older iPhone models where a long press brings up new controls.

Unfortunately, the change is limited to newer models and it won’t come to 3D Touch-less phones like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

The list of changes on board iOS 12.1.1 could grow, or shrink, before the official version arrives so keep an eye on the beta as we push into November.

iOS 12.1.1 Jailbreak

Jailbreak developers haven’t released an iOS 12 jailbreak and we still don’t know when we might get one.

The only way you can jailbreak a device right now is if it’s running an older version of iOS 11. Unfortunately, there’s no way to downgrade to iOS 11.

Jailbreak developers typically don’t burn exploits on early pre-release software so jailbreak users should avoid the 12.1.1 beta until we have more clarity.

For more on the iOS 12 jailbreak, check out our guide.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 12.1 & 8 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 12.1 for Better Security

Install iOS 12.1 for Better Security

If you're on the fence, here's one of the best reasons to install iOS 12.1.

If you value your device's security you'll want to install the iOS 12.1 update on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch today. Apple's iOS 12.1 update comes with new security patches that will help protect your phone.

In all, there are 24 patches for potential security exploits in iOS 12.1 and you can read about them over on Apple's website

If you skipped iOS 12.0.1, your iOS 12.1 update brings two additional patches. Both patches are for potential lock screen exploits.

If you skipped iOS 12.0, and you're still running iOS 11.4.1 or below, your iOS 12.1 update will come with a longer list of security updates. 

The iOS 12.0 update delivered 16 patches for security issues. You can read about all of them over on Apple's website.

In addition to those patches, iOS 12 delivers new security features aimed at protecting you and the data you store on your device. These include:

  • Enhanced Intelligent Tracking Prevention in Safari prevents embedded content and social media buttons from tracking cross-site browsing without your permission
  • Suppresses ad retargeting by reducing advertisers’ ability to identify iOS devices uniquely
  • Strong and unique passwords are suggested automatically when creating an account or changing a password in most apps and in Safari
  • Reused passwords are flagged in Settings > Passwords & Accounts
  • Security code AutoFill presents one-time security codes sent over SMS as suggestions in the QuickType bar
  • Sharing passwords with contacts is easier than ever using AirDrop from Passwords & Accounts in Settings
  • Siri supports quickly navigating to a password on an authenticated device 

Long story short, if you store sensitive data on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you have some really good reasons to upgrade to iOS 12.1 today.

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