Apple’s pushed a new iOS 16.1.1 update to iPhone users.
iOS 16.1.1 is compatible with all iPhone models capable of running iOS 16. Unlike iOS 16.1, iOS 16.1.1 is a small point upgrade. The firmware brings important bug fixes and security patches to iPhone users. The iOS 16.1.1 update doesn’t have any new features on board.
With that in mind, we want to take you through everything you need to know about Apple’s brand new iOS 16.1.1 upgrade for iPhone.
In this walkthrough we’ll take you through iOS 16.1.1’s changes, the software’s performance, iOS 16.1.1 problems, the iOS 16 jailbreak status, and more. We’ll start with some quick thoughts on iOS 16.1.1’s performance.
iOS 16.1.1 Review
If your iPhone is currently running iOS 16.1, you’ll see the smallest iOS 16.1.1 download size.
The exact iOS 16.1.1 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 16.1.1 update includes the changes from iOS updates you skipped.
If you’re moving up from iOS 16.1, 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 16.1.
We’ve been using iOS 16.1.1 on an iPhone 12 Pro for several days now and here’s what we’ve learned about the software’s performance thus far:
- Battery life is currently stable.
- Wi-Fi connectivity is fast and reliable.
- Bluetooth is working normally.
- GPS and cellular data are both stable.
- 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.
- iOS 16.1.1 feels as fast as iOS 16.1 did.
If you’re running into bugs or performance issues on iOS 16.1 or an older version of iOS, you might want to install the iOS 16.1.1 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 16.
iOS 16.1.1 Problems
iOS 16.1.1 is causing problems for some iPhone users. Some of these problems are brand new, others have carried over from iOS 16.1 and older versions of iOS.
The current list includes installation issues, UI lag, Exchange issues, problems with first and third-party apps, touchscreen issues, Wi-Fi issues, Bluetooth problems, charging issues, and stuttering.
If you encounter a problem on iOS 16.1.1, have a look at our list of fixes for the most common iOS 16 problems. We’ve also released tips that could help you improve your phone’s performance and some tips that could help fix bad iOS 16 battery life.
Apple’s currently signing on iOS 16.1 which means you can drop your iPhone’s software back to the previous version of iOS 16 if iOS 16.1.1 starts causing problems. You can’t downgrade to anything older than iOS 16.1.
Keep this in mind if you’re having a good experience on iOS 16.0.3 or older. Once you make the move to iOS 16.1, you won’t be able to go back.
For more on the downgrade process, check out our guide.
iOS 16.1.1 Update: What’s New
Again, iOS 16.1.1 doesn’t have any new features on board if you’re moving up from iOS 16.1. Instead, the software comes with some vital under-the-hood improvements.
Apple doesn’t specify what those fixes are in the change log though we suspect it fixes issues with Wi-Fi connectivity. iPhone users on the previous version of iOS 16 were complaining about dropped connections.
If you’re moving your iPhone to iOS 16.1.1 from software that’s older than iOS 16.1, and you own an iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, or iPhone 14 Pro Max, you’ll get Apple’s new Emergency SOS via Satellite feature with your upgrade. Emergency SOS via Satellite and Find My via Satellite require iOS 16.1 or later.
iOS 16.1.1 also brings two important security patches with it. You can learn more about them over on the company’s security website.
iOS 16.1.1 Jailbreak
If you still jailbreak your iPhone, make sure you avoid the iOS 16.1.1 update and iOS 16.
We don’t expect developers to release a tool that’s compatible with iOS 16 today or at any point in the near future. If you still jailbreak, keep an eye out for new information.
Apple’s confirmed a new version of iOS 16 and iOS 16.2 is currently in beta testing. The iOS 16.2 release date is expected to land in mid-December ahead of the holidays.
iOS 16.2 is a milestone upgrade which means it will bring a mix of new features, bug fixes, and security enhancements to iPhone users.
If you can’t/don’t want to wait for the official release date, you might try downloading the iOS 16.2 beta and see if it helps iron out any issues you’re seeing.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says Apple is also working on a new iOS 16.3 update and it will likely arrive in February or March of next year.
Install iOS 16.7.2 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing Apple's iOS 16.7.2 update on your iPhone right away.
iOS 16.7.2 isn't a huge upgrade, but the update does a number of security patches on board. These on their own should be enough to get you to install the software in the near future.
As for older updates, iOS 16.7.2 carried two important security enhancements including one that addressed a kernel vulnerability. You can learn more about the pair over on Apple's website.
iOS 16.7 had three security patches on board and you can learn more about them right here.
iOS 16.6.1 brought two important security patches to iPhone. If you're interested in what they patch up, here's Apple's guide.
The iOS 16.6 update delivered 16 security patches. For more information about the changes, check out Apple's rundown.
iOS 16.5.1 brought two security patches to iPhone users If you want to learn more, head on over to Apple's website.
The company's iOS Security Response 16.5.1 (c) update also included a security update and you can learn more about it right here.
iOS 16.5 brought a ton of security patches to the iPhone. You can find out more about them over on Apple's security site.
iOS 16.4.1 included two security upgrades . You can learn more about the pair right here.
Apple's iOS 16.4 update had a substantial number of patches on board. You can read about them in detail over on Apple's security site.
The iOS 16.3.1 update had three security patches on board including one for an actively exploited vulnerability. For more on the security contents of iOS 16.3.1, check out Apple's security page.
iOS 16.3 brought 10+ new security patches with it and you can learn more about all of those right here.
In addition, the software came with support for physical security keys for Apple ID. These will beef up your account security by requiring a physical security key as part of the two factor authentication sign in process. Learn more about the change right here.
If you skipped iOS 16.2, you'll get its changes with iOS 16.7.2. iOS 16.2 brought a ton of important security patches with it and you can dig into the details on Apple's security site.
The update also brought end-to-end encryption to iCloud, iMessage, iPhone backups, Notes, Photos, and more. If you want to learn more about it, head over to Apple's guide.
If you decided to missed iOS 16.1.2, you'll get its solitary security patch with your upgrade. Learn more about it right here.
If you skipped iOS 16.1.1, you'll get its security patches when you upgrade. You can learn more about them right here.
If you missed the iOS 16.1 update, it brought 19 security patches to the iPhone and you can learn about the particulars of those over on Apple's website.
If you failed to download iOS 16.0.3, it had one security patch on board, a fix for a potential exploit within the Mail app. For more about the fix, check out Apple's security site.
If you're still running iOS 15 your iPhone, you'll get a bunch of other patches when you upgrade.
iOS 16.0 brought a ton of security patches to the iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's security website.
In addition to those patches, iOS 16 brings some additional enhancements to privacy and security including Safety Check which, according to Apple, will help "people in domestic or intimate partner violence situations review and reset the access they’ve granted others."
The feature also resets system privacy permissions for apps and restricts Messages and FaceTime to the device on hand.
Apple's also made some improvements to Passkeys in Safari. iOS 16 brings a brand new sign-in method that's end-to-end encrypted and safe from phishing and data leaks.
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