Unless Apple’s cooking up a surprise iOS 11 update for next month we’ll probably see the iOS 11.1 release date land sometime in late October.
Apple’s working quickly to upgrade its new iOS 11 operating system. Earlier this week, the company released its first bug fix update (iOS 11.0.1) and yesterday it confirmed a new iOS 11.1 update with a launch in beta for developers and those in the free Beta Software Program.
The iOS 11.1 update will be the company’s first milestone upgrade which means it should come with more than bug fixes and security patches. The first iOS 11.1 beta features some notable tweaks, but the first version is lacking the star power we usually get from the first x.x beta release.
That said, while the first iOS 11.1 beta failed to bring some of iOS 11’s missing features, it looks like iOS 11.1 will probably come with at least one of those features.
The company’s Apple Watch 1 page says Apple Pay Cash will be coming to the wearable in “late October.” The footnote doesn’t explicitly say “iOS 11.1,” but there’s a very good chance the company will use its first milestone iOS 11 update to deliver a feature that was originally supposed to be on board the first version of iOS 11. (Note: The reference has since been scrubbed and now it simply says “fall.”)
Milestone releases and maintenance updates typically go through a month of testing before they’re released to the public so the timing of the iOS 11.1 beta release makes sense. The timing also lines up with the company’s iPhone X launch. iPhone X pre-orders kick off on October 27th ahead of a release on November 3rd.
Apple will likely release multiple iOS 11.1 betas before the official release, but there’s no guarantee the company will put Apple Pay Cash into beta ahead of launch. The company could simply choose to release it inside the final version of iOS 11.1 or even another version of its mobile operating system.
Apple Pay Cash looks like it will launch in late October and it will be joined by 50+ new emoji characters for the iOS 11 keyboard.
Apple’s promised to deliver new emoji characters to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users in the upcoming iOS 11.1 beta 2. If everything goes well in testing these emojis will make it into the final iOS 11.1 release.
The company’s also delayed Messages in iCloud storage and says it plans to bring back the popular 3D Touch app switcher gesture in a future iOS 11 update.
Install iOS 11 for Better Security
If the security of your device is important to you you'll probably want to install iOS 11.0.3 today or sometime in the near future.
The iOS 11.0.3 update doesn't come with any new security patches. It simply features the patches from the iOS 11.0 update. (Note: iOS 11.0.1/iOS 11.0.2 didn't come with any new patches either.)
Apple's initial iOS 11.0 update delivered several patches for potential exploits. These patches address serious vulnerabilities in iOS. If you're coming from iOS 10, the iOS 11.0.3 update delivers eight patches to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
That's not all. iOS 11 also comes with new security features aimed at keeping your data safe. Elcomsoft recently discovered a change to the way iOS deals with trusted devices.
In iOS 11 you can't establish trust with a PC using fingerprints alone. You'll also need to put in a full passcode in order to gain that trust.
If you skipped previous versions of iOS, your iOS 11.0.3 update will come with an even longer list of security patches.
Apple's iOS 10.3.3 update delivered 24 security patches addressing potential issues with Contacts, Messages, Notifications, and Safari. It also included a patch for a potentially dangerous Wi-Fi exploit called "Broadpwn."
If you skipped iOS 10.3.2 you'll get 23 additional patches in iOS 11.0.3. And if for some reason you missed iOS 10.3, you'll get 60 security patches with your version of iOS 11.0.3.
If you want to protect the data you store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you should make your move to iOS 11/iOS 11.0.3 soon. This is particularly important for those of you running older versions of iOS.