Apple’s rolled out a new iPhone 6 iOS 11.0.3 update and the bug fixer could help, or hurt, your device’s performance.
iOS 11.0.3 is live for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users around the world. The update doesn’t come with any new features (that we’re aware of), but it does deliver a couple of bug fixes for lingering iPhone issues.
If you’re already running iOS 11 your iOS 11.0.3 update is just bug fixes. iOS 11.0.3 doesn’t bring any new security patches to your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.
If you still haven’t moved up from iOS 10, your version of iOS 11.0.3 will deliver the changes Apple delivered in the first three versions of iOS 11. The list includes notable upgrades to Siri, screen recording, improvements for AirPods, security patches, fixes, and many other changes.
The iPhone 6 will also get new emojis and person-to-person Apple Pay payments in Messages when they arrive inside of new iOS 11 software later on this year.
iOS 11.0.3 is currently treating us, and many others, pretty well, but there are problems. 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.
Our guide to the iPhone 6 iOS 11 and iOS 11.0.3 updates goes over these problems and provides fixes to those in need. It also highlights iOS 11 features that are missing on the iPhone 6 and provides you with some information about the next major iOS 11 release for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
We’ve been using the iOS 11.0.3 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.
iPhone 6 iOS 11.0.3 First Impressions
Before we relay our first impressions, a few notes about the download and installation process.
The iPhone 6 iOS 11.0.3 update is fairly large, several hundred MBs large if you're coming from iOS 11.0.2. That said, it shouldn't take more than a few minutes to download provided you're on a high-speed Wi-Fi network. If you're still using a DSL connection, find a friend with a fast connection.
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, your iOS 11.0.3 download and installation will take a bit longer. For more on the download time and installation, take a look at our roundup.
The iPhone 6 is getting up there in age, but it's still performing at a pretty high level.
We haven't noticed any major issues with battery life or connectivity (Bluetooth, cellular data, and Wi-Fi). That could change in the future and we'll let you know if it does.
Some of our apps started crashing on iOS 11.0.1 (Spotify, Chrome, Gmail, SoundCloud to name a few), but app performance was steady on iOS 11.0.2 and currently is steady on iOS 11.0.3.
Lag and random reboots have been a problem on our iPhone 6. Our device hasn't rebooted itself yet, but we've noticed a bit of UI lag. We had a similar experience on iOS 11.0, iOS 11.0.1 and iOS 11.0.2.
Animations are occasionally choppy and we've experienced some keyboard lag when sending texts via Messages.
Overall, we're enjoying iOS 11.0.3 and iOS 11 on the iPhone 6. If you're feeling leery, you might want to wait for long term iOS 11.0.3 feedback to emerge.
In the meantime, take a look at our list of reasons to and not to install the iOS 11.0.3 update on your phone right now.