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5 Things to Know About the iOS 15.1.1 Update

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Apple’s pushed an iOS 15.1.1 update to iPhone users.

iOS 15.1.1 is compatible with Apple’s iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, and the company’s new iPhone 13 series. Other iPhone models will stay put on the previous version of iOS 15, iOS 15.1.

Unlike iOS 15.1, the iOS 15.1.1 update is a small point upgrade. It brings an important bug fix to owners. It doesn’t have any known features or security patches on board.

With that in mind, we want to take you through everything you need to know about Apple’s iOS 15.1.1 update for iPhone 12 and iPhone 13.

In this walkthrough we’ll take you through iOS 15.1.1’s changes, the software’s performance, iOS 15.1.1 problems, the iOS 15.1.1 jailbreak status, and more.

We’ll start with some quick thoughts on iOS 15.1.1’s performance.

iOS 15.1.1 Review

If your iPhone is currently running iOS 15.1, you’ll see the smallest iOS 15.1.1 download size.

For iOS 15.1 users, the iOS 15.1.1 download is fairly large. iOS 15.1.1 is around a 360MB download for iPhone 12 Pro users moving up from the previous version of iOS 15.

The exact iOS 15.1.1 download size depends on your iPhone model and the version of iOS it’s currently running. So if your iPhone is running an older version of iOS, you’ll see a bigger download because your iOS 15.1.1 update includes the changes from iOS updates you skipped.

If you’re moving up from iOS 15.1, the installation process should take less than 10 minutes to complete. It took about seven minutes to install on an iPhone 12 Pro that was previously running iOS 15.1.

We’ve been using iOS 15.1.1 on iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models for several days and here’s what we’ve learned about the software’s performance thus far:

Connectivity

  • Battery life is currently stable.
  • Wi-Fi connectivity is fast and reliable.
  • Bluetooth is working normally.
  • GPS and cellular data are both stable.

App Performance

  • Third-party apps including Netflix, Dark Sky, Twitter, Slack, Asana, Gmail, Chrome, and Spotify are working fine at the moment.
  • First party apps like Safari, Podcasts, and Calendar are also stable.

Speed

  • iOS 15.1.1 feels as fast as iOS 15.1.

If you’re running into bugs or performance issues on iOS 15.1 or an older version of iOS, you might want to install the iOS 15.1.1 update on your iPhone right now.

If you need help making a decision, please check out our reasons to, and not to, install the latest version of iOS 15.

iOS 15.1.1 Problems

The iOS 15.1.1 update is causing problems for some iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 users. Some of these problems are brand new, others have carried over from iOS 15.1 and older versions of iOS.

The current list includes installation issues, UI lag, Exchange issues, problems with first and third-party apps, touchscreen issues, issues with Touch ID and Face ID, charging issues, and stuttering.

If you encounter a problem on iOS 15.1.1, have a look at our list of fixes for the most common iOS 15 problems. We’ve also released tips that could help you improve your phone’s performance and some tips that could help fix bad iOS 15 battery life.

Apple is currently signing on iOS 15.1 which means you can drop your iPhone’s software back to the previous version of iOS 15 if iOS 15.1.1 starts causing problems.

You can’t downgrade to anything older than iOS 15.1. Keep this in mind if you’re having a good experience on iOS 15.0.2 or older. Once you make the move to iOS 15.1.1, you won’t be able to go back.

For more on the downgrade process, check out our guide.

iOS 15.1.1 Update: What’s New

Again, iOS 15.1.1 doesn’t have any new features or security patches on board. Instead, the software has a single bug fix for iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models.

Apple says the software improves call drop performance on iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models. So if you were having issues with dropped calls on iOS 15.1 or older, you should probably install this update.

iOS 15.1.1 Jailbreak

The developer teams behind the Checkra1n and unC0ver jailbreaking tools have released versions that are compatible with newer versions of iOS 14, but only Checkra1n (currently in beta) is compatible with iOS 14.5. They don’t support iOS 15.1.1, iOS 15.1, iOS 15.0.2, iOS 15.0.1, iOS 15.0, iOS 14.8, iOS 14.7.1, iOS 14.7, iOS 14.6, or iOS 14.5.1 yet.

The newest version of unC0ver is compatible with newer iPhones including the iPhone 12 series. That’s big news if you’ve been waiting to jailbreak your new phone. Unfortunately it’s only compatible with versions up to iOS 14.3.

There’s no way to downgrade your phone’s software to iOS 14.5 or older versions of iOS which means you’re out of luck if you upgrade, or you already upgraded to newer iOS software.

What’s Next

Apple’s confirmed a new version of iOS 15 and iOS 15.2 is currently in beta testing ahead of its public release. The company hasn’t confirmed a specific release date yet, but it should drop sometime before the end of the year.

If your problems on iOS 15.1.1 are really bad, or you just want to try new features, you can download the iOS 15.2 beta onto your iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 right now.

For more on iOS 15.2 and the beta, have a peek at our walkthrough. For more about the upcoming iOS 15.2 release date, check out our guide.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 15.1 & 11 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 15.1.1/iOS 15.1 for Better Security

Install iOS 15.1.1/iOS 15.1 for Better Security

If security is important to you, think about installing Apple's iOS 15.1 update right away.

iOS 15.1 has important security patches on board and they'll help protect your phone. You can read more about them on Apple's website

Apple's iOS 15.1.1 update for iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 doesn't come with any known security upgrades on board. That said, if you missed iOS 15.1, you'll get its security patches when you move your iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 to iOS 15.1.1. 

If you missed iOS 15.0.2 you'll also get its security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about it right here.

iOS 15.0 also brought numerous security patches to your iPhone. If you'll be moving up from iOS 14 and you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's security website.

If you skipped iOS 14.8 or any older versions of iOS, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 15.1.1/iOS 15.1 update as well. 

In addition to those patches, iOS 15 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Siri. Requests made to Siri are now processed on the device itself using Neural Engine. This makes it more secure. 

If you're an Apple Card user, you'll now get a security code that changes regularly to use when you make online transactions. 

Apple's also included a built-in authenticator that's similar to Google Authenticator. This will let you generate verification codes for enhanced sign-in security under your Passwords.

There's also a Mail feature that hides your IP address. The company will add a new App Privacy report feature in the next version of iOS 15 that will tell you when an app has accessed sensitive information. 

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