The iPhone SE iOS 11.4 update is a milestone upgrade with a sizable list of changes. It’s an important update for your iPhone SE and it could have a tremendous impact on your device’s performance.
Apple’s pushed its fifteenth iOS 11 update to the iPhone SE. Unlike its predecessor (iOS 11.3.1), the iOS 11.4 update comes with a mix of new features, bug fixes, and security patches. iOS 11.3.1 was a maintenance release.
If your iPhone SE is currently running iOS 11.3.1, you get the shortest list of changes on board your iOS 11.4 update.
If you’re currently running iOS 10 or an older version of iOS 11, your iOS 11.4 update will be much larger due to the features and fixes from the iOS updates you skipped. They’re baked into your upgrade.
We’re having a pretty good experience on the newest version of iOS 11, but some iPhone SE users are reporting issues with battery life, connectivity, performance, first and third-party apps.
You can’t predict exactly how iOS 11.4 will treat your device so you’ll want to be careful, especially if you’re moving your device to iOS 11 for the first time.
Our iPhone SE iOS 11.4 update walkthrough goes over some of these problems and provides some fixes to those that can’t wait for Apple’s next update.
Our walkthrough also goes over the key features that you’ll get when you upgrade to iOS 11.4 and it also provides you with some information about Apple’s plans for the future.
We’ve been using the iOS 11.4 update on the iPhone SE for an extended period of time and we want to start off with a quick look at its performance.
iPhone SE iOS 11.4 Impressions
If you're upgrading from iOS 11.3.1, you'll be dealing with a fairly large download, several hundred megabytes. If your iPhone SE is connected to a high speed Wi-Fi network, the iOS 11.4 update should take just a few minutes to download.
The iOS 11.4 installation process will take longer than the download. It took about seven minutes on our iPhone SE.
If you're jumping up from an older version of iOS, say iOS 11.2.5, your iOS 11.4 update will be bigger and the installation will take longer. iOS 11.4 was a 700MB download on one of our iPhone SE models.
For more on the iOS 11.4 installation and download time, take a look at our full length walkthrough. It'll prepare you for the installation.
We've been using iOS 11.4 on iPhone SE for a little over a week now and so far, the update is performing quite nicely.
We haven't noticed any weird battery drain or issues with connectivity. GPS, cellular data, and our Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections remain strong.
The iPhone SE's iOS 11.4 update feels snappy and we haven't noticed any app crashes, random reboots, or lockups.
We do continue to notice occasional keyboard lag and some lag opening up Control Center, but folders open up fast and so do our apps. This mirrors our experience on iOS 11.2.6, iOS 11.3, and iOS 11.3.1.
For the moment, the iOS 11.4 update feels stable. That obviously could change down the road and we'll let you know if it does.
If you're on the fence about an upgrade, take a look at our list of reasons to and not to install the iOS 11.4 update on your iPhone SE right now.