7 Things to Know About the iPhone SE iOS 11.0.3 Update

The iPhone SE iOS 11.0.3 update is just a small maintenance upgrade, but Apple’s new release is causing problems for some iPhone SE owners.

Apple’s pushed its third iOS 11 bug fix update to the iPhone SE and other iPhone models. The iOS 11.0.3 update doesn’t come with new features or security patches, but it does bring bug fixes for lingering iOS 11 problems.

If your iPhone SE is currently running iOS 11.0.2, your upgrade is pretty small. If you’re currently running iOS 10 or an older version of iOS 11, your iOS 11.0.3 update will be much larger thanks to the features and fixes from the iOS updates you skipped.

iOS 11 problems are plaguing the iPhone SE. We’ve had 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 up to iOS 11 for the first time.

This guide to the iPhone SE iOS 11/iOS 11.0.3 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 the next major iOS 11 release for the iPhone SE.

We’ve been using the iOS 11.0.3 update on the iPhone SE and we want to start with a quick look at its performance.

iPhone SE iOS 11.0.3 Impressions & Performance

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iPhone SE iOS 11.0.3 Impressions & Performance

If you're upgrading from Apple's iOS 11.0.2 update, your iOS 11.0.3 update should be around 276MB. If you're connected to a high speed Wi-Fi network, your download should only take a minute.

The installation process took about six minutes on our iPhone SE. We recommend setting aside 10-15 minutes to get the whole job done.

For more on the iOS 11.0.3 installation and download time, take a look at our full length walkthrough. It'll prepare you for the installation.

We've only been using it for a short time, but the iPhone SE iOS iOS 11.0.3 update has been impressive. 

We haven't noticed any weird battery drain and we haven't stumbled onto any issues with connectivity. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections are strong.   

The software feels fast and a little more stable than iOS 11 does on the iPhone 7 Plus. (We continue to run into problems on that device in particular.)

We haven't noticed any app crashes, random reboots, or lockups. We've noticed a little bit of keyboard lag, but that's it. 

So far, the update is treating our iPhone SE well. That obviously could change in a heartbeat 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 11.0.3 update on your phone right now. 

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