The iPhone SE iOS 11.2 update is a milestone upgrade with new features, enhancements, and bug fixes. The iOS 11.2 update might deliver some key bug fixes, but it’s already causing problems for some iPhone SE users.
Apple’s pushed its eighth, yes eighth, iOS 11 update to the iPhone SE. Unlike iOS 11.1.2, the iOS 11.2 update delivers a mix of fixes and features including the company’s new Apple Pay Cash service.
If your iPhone SE is currently running iOS 11.1.2, you get the shortest list of changes. If you’re currently running iOS 10 or an older version of iOS 11, your iOS 11.2 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, and the installation process.
You can’t predict exactly how this update 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.
This guide to the iPhone SE iOS 11.2 update goes over some of these problems and provides some fixes to those that can’t wait for Apple’s next bug fix update.
Our walkthrough also goes over the key features that you’ll get when you upgrade to iOS 11 and it also provides you with some information about Apple’s plans for the future.
We’ve been using the iOS 11.2 update on the iPhone SE for a few days and we want to start off with a quick look at its performance.
iPhone SE iOS 11.2 Impressions & Performance
If you're upgrading from Apple's iOS 11.1.2 update, your iOS 11.2 update will be several hundred megabytes.
If your iPhone SE is connected to a high speed Wi-Fi network, your iOS 11.2 download should only take a minute or so to download. The installation process will take a bit longer. The installation took about seven minutes on our iPhone SE.
If you're jumping up from an older version of iOS, say iOS 11.1, your iOS 11.2 update will be bigger and the installation will take a bit longer.
For more on the iOS 11.2 installation and download time, take a look at our full length walkthrough. It'll prepare you for the installation.
We've been using the update for a couple of days now and we've been impressed with the software's performance thus far.
We haven't noticed any weird battery drain or issues with connectivity. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections are strong.
Unlike the iPhone 5s' version of iOS 11.2, the iPhone SE's software feels snappy and we haven't noticed any app crashes, random reboots, or lockups.
We've noticed occasional keyboard lag and some lag opening up Control Center, but that's it. Folders open up fast, so do our apps.
So far, the iOS 11.2 update is treating our iPhone SE well. That obviously could change 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 11.2 update on your phone right now.