Now that we’re a few days removed from the release we want to take iPad users through the most important things to know about the iPad’s version of iOS 11.1.1.
Apple’s iOS 11 update is only a few weeks old, but the company’s already pushed out five new versions. Three upgrades, iOS 11.0.1, iOS 11.0.2, and iOS 11.0.3, were maintenance releases aimed at fixing issues on the iPad and iPhone. The company’s iOS 11.1 update was a milestone update with a mix of new features, security patches, and bug fixes.
iOS 11.1.1 is much smaller than iOS 11.1, but most of you will probably want to download iOS 11.1.1 onto your iPad.
The iPad iOS 11.1.1 is a small maintenance focused on fixing bugs including an annoying autocorrect bug. That said, even the smallest iPad updates can cause problems and iOS 11.1.1 is already causing a variety of problems for iPad users.
iPad users are complaining about poor performance, connectivity issues, problems apps and services, installation problems, and many other annoying problems. Software problems can popup at anytime so you’ll want to be prepared. This guide will help you do that.
Our iPad iOS 11.1.1 walkthrough will take you through current problems and provide you with some potential fixes for those issues. It’ll also take you through the iOS 11 downgrade, our impressions of the iOS 11.1.1 update on three iPad variants, and some information about the second major iOS 11 update for the iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPad.
Let’s start off with some quick iOS 11.1.1 impressions.
iPad iOS 11.1.1 Impressions
We've been using the iOS 11.1.1 update on three versions of the iPad: The iPad Air 2, the iPad Air, and the iPad mini 2. The iPad mini 2 is the oldest iPad capable of running iOS 11.
iOS 11.1.1 is a small download, just a few MB if you're coming from iOS 11.1, and it should only take a minute or two to download provided you're connected to fast Wi-Fi network. The iOS 11.1.1 installation process took a little bit longer.
It took about 7 minutes on the iPad mini 2 and a minute less on the newer iPads. We didn't have to troubleshoot any download or installation problems on any of these devices.
Mileage is going to vary from person-to-person, device-to-device, so you'll want to take a peek at our iOS 11.1.1 download guide for more information.
We've been testing iOS 11.1.1 on the trio for a few days now. The update's running fine on the iPad Air models, but it leaves something to be desired on the iPad mini 2.
Battery life and connectivity are holding up on all three iPad variants. We haven't noticed any weird battery drain nor have we had any problems connecting to Wi-Fi or Bluetooth devices. Connections are fast and strong.
App performance has been pretty steady. Most of our core apps are working properly though Chrome, YouTube, Asana and Slack have all crashed on the iPad mini 2.
Our iPads haven't randomly rebooted yet, but UI speed has been an issue on all three. We've noticed lag on all three iPads and it's still pretty bad, at times, on the iPad mini 2. We also dealt with lag issues on previous versions of iOS 11.
On the iPad mini 2 we've noticed occasional stuttering, keyboard lag, and lag when pulling up Control Center and Notification Center. It's also visible when opening folders and apps and when moving from one home screen to another.
On the iPad Air and iPad Air 2 we've occasionally come cross keyboard lag and a bit of slowdown when opening up certain apps and folders.
For the most part, iOS 11.1.1 is treating our devices well. That said, the potential for lag is something to consider, especially if you own an iPad mini 2.
For more on the merits of iOS 11.1.1, take a look at our reasons to and not to install the update on your device right now.