7 Things to Know About the iPhone 6 iOS 11.2 Update

Apple’s rolled out a new iPhone 6 iOS 11.2 update and the milestone upgrade could help, or hurt, your device’s performance.

iOS 11.2 is now available to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users around the world and it’s much bigger than the previous version of iOS 11 (iOS 11.1.2).

The iOS 11.2 update is a milestone upgrade which means it brings a nice mix of features, fixes, and bug fixes to Apple’s two iPhone 6 variants.

If you’re running iOS 11.1.2 on your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, you get the smallest iOS 11.2 change log and download. If you still haven’t upgraded from iOS 10 or if you’re running an older version of iOS 11, your version of iOS 11.2 will be much larger because it delivers the changes from the iOS updates you missed.

The iPhone 6’s iOS 11.2 update is currently treating us pretty well, but we’ve already run into some problems with the latest version of iOS 11.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users are complaining about a variety of issues including abnormal battery drain, issues with Bluetooth, and annoying problems with various applications. We haven’t seen any of those, but we’ve noticed lag and occasional freezes.

Our guide to the iPhone 6 iOS 11.2 update goes over these problems and provides fixes to those in need. It also highlights iOS 11 features missing on the iPhone 6 and provides you with a look ahead at Apple’s plans for the iPhone 6 and iOS 11.

We’ve been using the iOS 11.2 update on the iPhone 6 for a few hours now and we want to start with some initial impressions of its performance on the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. Our impressions will take you through some quick thoughts about battery life, connectivity, and overall speed.

iPhone 6 iOS 11.2 First Impressions

iPhone 6 iOS 11.2 First Impressions

Before we relay our first impressions, a few notes about the download and installation process. 

The iPhone 6 iOS 11.2 update is large download if you're coming from iOS 11.1.1. It's several hundred megabytes, but it should only take you a few minutes to download it. 

The installation process took a little bit longer, just around 6 minutes on our iPhone 6. Exact timing will vary from person-to-person, device-to-device.

If you're installing iOS 11 for the first time, or if you're moving up from an older version of iOS 11, your iOS 11.2 download and installation will take a lot longer. For more on the download time and installation, take a look at our roundup

The iPhone 6 is getting older, but it's still performing at a pretty high level. iOS 11.2 is running well for the most part though we continue to see occasional UI lag. 

We haven't noticed any major issues with our device's battery life. We've spoken to several iPhone 6 users dealing with battery drain on iOS 11, but it hasn't been an issue for us yet.

Connectivity (Bluetooth, cellular data, and Wi-Fi) appears to be strong. We've successfully connected the device to several Bluetooth devices including headsets and speakers.

We've only been using the update for a short time, but app performance appears to be steady on iOS 11.2. We haven't seen any crashes yet. 

Lag and random reboots have been a problem on our iPhone 6. Our device hasn't rebooted itself yet, but we've noticed lag. 

Animations are occasionally choppy and we've experienced some keyboard lag when sending texts via Messages. This was a problem for us on iOS 11.1.2 as well.

It's a bit of a red flag and we'll keep our eyes on it as we push away from the iOS 11.2 update's release date. 

If you're feeling leery, you might want to wait for long term iOS 11.2 feedback to emerge. We'll update this roundup with updated impressions in the days ahead. 

In the meantime, take a look at our list of reasons to and not to install the iOS 11.2 update on your phone right now. 


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  3. Mandy

    10/05/2017 at 9:15 pm

    My 6s keeps crashing since installing 11 and 11.02
    Apps stop working, phone freezes, phone turns off.
    When calling someone It dials but I can’t hear it ring or it disconnects. Or in middle of convo it turns on.
    This has been the WORST experience with any apple updates I have ever had! I keep looking for next up grading hoping the patches work. 11.02 has turned my perfectly good phone into a unreliable piece of junk. I’m very upset about this!! Any one have suggestions for me?


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  6. Jim

    10/17/2017 at 2:15 pm

    Installed a few hours ago, already had modal calendar notification effectively almost freeze the device forcing hard reset, and email is dreadfully, noticeably slower now. #$&*!


  7. Evan

    10/20/2017 at 5:02 pm

    This article had a positive tone but I consider iOS 11 to be high treason. My mint condition iPhone 6 hardware destroyed by a software upgrade of questionable value. How positively Microsoftian.


  8. shihab

    10/29/2017 at 11:52 pm

    plz help me 11.0.3 is bad vry bad my iphone vry heat. i need ios 10.3.3 plz hepl


  9. Dissatisfied

    11/05/2017 at 3:12 am

    I am regretting switching to iOS 11 on my 6 plus (currently running 11.2.0 beta). I can’t think of an app that DOESN’T take 4 to 5 seconds just to open in lag time alone. Want to take a quick picture? Ain’t gonna happen. Texting? Hopefully that text isn’t a rush. Phone call? You better hope it’s not 911 you need. If I downgraded to the last iOS 10 version, not only would I loose a lot of important things since my upgrade, but, Apple would continuously bug me to upgrade my software. I tried that with my iPad. It almost made me late for work a couple of times, because the notification window would pop up and freeze the alarm clock bugging me to install the new iOS. This is almost enough to drive me away from Apple products.


  10. Alan

    11/11/2017 at 7:56 am

    Since I downloaded iOS 11, now on 11.1 my iPhone 6s loses its internet connection when I leave a WiFi area I’m connected to. I then need to switch on airplane mode and off again to connect to my cellular internet and data. Is this a software or hardware problem?


  11. Sharon

    11/19/2017 at 7:46 am

    This is crap!!! Downloaded today. Phone shuts down. Home button doesn’t work. A piece of crap!! downloaded on a 6S.


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