The iPhone 6 iOS 11.3 update is a huge milestone upgrade and it could help, or hurt, your device’s performance.
The company’s latest software update is much larger than its predecessor (iOS 11.2.6) and it delivers a solid mix of new features, enhancements, bug fixes, tweaks, and security patches.
If you’re currently running iOS 11.2.6 on your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, you get the smallest iOS 11.3 change log and download size.
If you still haven’t upgraded from iOS 10 or if you’re running an older version of iOS 11, your version of iOS 11.3 will be even bigger because it’ll deliver the changes from any iOS updates you missed.
The iPhone 6’s iOS 11.3 update is currently treating us pretty well, but we’ve already run into some minor problems with Apple’s newest upgrade.
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 issues yet, but we’ve noticed lag and occasional lockups.
Our guide to the iPhone 6 iOS 11.3 update goes over these early problems and provides some potential fixes to those in need. It also highlights the changes on board iOS 11.3 and gives you with a look ahead at Apple’s plans for the iPhone 6 and iOS 11 in 2018.
We’ve been using the iOS 11.3 update on the iPhone 6 for a short time and we want to start with a quick review 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 11.3 Impressions
Before we relay our impressions, a few notes about the download and installation process.
The iPhone 6 iOS 11.3 update is a huge download. It's several hundred megabytes and it should take you a couple of minutes to download it.
The installation process will take a bit longer. It took around 8 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 11.3 download and installation will take even longer. For more on the iOS 11.3 download time and installation, take a look at our roundup.
The iPhone 6 is getting older, but our device continues to hold up as we push toward WWDC 2018 and the release of iOS 12.
The iPhone 6 model in our possession is holding a solid charge with iOS 11.3 on board. We haven't noticed any abnormal battery drain during our stay on the most up-to-date version of iOS 11.
Connectivity (Bluetooth, cellular data, and Wi-Fi) remains strong. We've successfully connected the device to Bluetooth devices (headsets and speakers) and several routers including eero mesh Wi-Fi.
App performance remains steady. We haven't seen frequent crashes or any catastrophic issues with our core applications which include Slack, Asana, Spotify, Chrome, and Gmail.
Random reboots have been a problem on our iPhone 6, but we haven't noticed any yet.
Unfortunately, lag continues to be an issue. Animations are occasionally choppy and we've experienced keyboard lag when sending texts via Messages. This was a problem for us on iOS 11.2.6 as well.
We've also noticed slowdown when pulling up Control Center from the bottom of the display and when pulling Notification Center down from the top of the display.
While there's certainly potential for problems, most people should install iOS 11.3, but if you're feeling leery, take a look at our list of reasons to and not to install the iOS 11.3 update on your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.