Apple’s second iOS 11.1 beta delivers new emojis, but it’s causing problems for developers and those testing it via the Beta Software Program.
Installing the iOS 11.1 update might be tempting but most iPhone and iPad users should avoid the iOS 11.1 beta and stick to official iOS 11 software.
The iOS 11.1 beta is causing a variety of problems for testers. Some of these issues are tiny bugs, others could disrupt your workflow and the normal use of your phone or tablet.
If you’re interested in trying the iOS 11.1 beta it’s important to get familiar with the problems impacting those trying it out. And if you’re running into iOS 11.1 beta problems, it’s important to have a solid list of fixes in case you do run into problems on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
Our guide to iOS 11.1 beta problems looks at the current state of the issues. It also offers some potential fixes for the most common iOS 11.1 beta issues and provides some resources that could come in handy if you start to see trouble with your version of the iOS 11.1 beta.
iOS 11.1 Beta Problems
The iOS 11.1 beta isn’t perfect, far from it.
Please sort out the battery issues on the iPhone @AppleSupport iOS 11.1 is draining my battery even with low power mode on.
— April (@Aprilshack) September 29, 2017
iPhone 6S battery life is terrible since iOS 11 update, 11.1 hasn’t made a difference. What’s going on!!?? #iphone
— Leighton (@leighton905) September 28, 2017
iOS 11.1 still doesn’t fix issue with control center with WiFi & Bluetooth to turn off we still have to go to main setting to turn it off
— joseph (@RUKKY_MAN) September 28, 2017
The running list of problems includes various installation issues, issues with AirPods, severe battery drain, Wi-Fi issues, busted Bluetooth, UI lag, freezes, problems with auto-brightness, various issues with widgets and notifications, and random reboots.
iOS 11.1 beta users are also complaining about app crashes and compatibility issues. We’ve seen complaints about the Podcasts app, Mail app, Chrome, Twitter, Spotify, and other issues.
Apple’s second iOS 11.1 beta change log outlines some of the problems affecting the latest version. Here’s the list of new, and known, problems in the second beta:
- ContinuingfromabreakpointwhiledebugginganARSessionmayresultinVIObreaking. Any visual objects placed in the world/anchor are not visible. (31561202)
- When using the TrueDepth front-facing camera on iPhone X, setting the capture device’s activeFormat to a binned video format (see AVCaptureDeviceFormat isVideoBinned) for capture and enabling delivery of camera calibration data causes the resulting AVCameraCalibrationData to contain invalid information for the intrinsicMatrix property. (34200225)
- InitializinganEKCalendarChooserfromEventKitcanresultinanappcrash. (34608102)
- Storing data to a nondefault event store in EventKit may not work. (31335830)
- Workaround: Use startSecureConnection to establish a secure connection. Location Services
- Some webmail clients don’t load correctly. (34826998)
- VNFaceLandmarkRegion2D is currently unavailable in Swift. (33191123)
- Facial landmarks identified by the Vision framework may flicker in temporal use cases such as video. (32406440)
- Debugging a disabled Messages extension may cause the Messages app to crash. (33657938)
- Workaround: Enable the extension before starting the debug session.
- After a simulated iOS device starts up, it’s not possible to pull down the Lock screen. (33274699)
- Workaround: Lock and unlock the simulated device and then reopen Home screen.
It’s difficult to predict what kind of performance you’ll get once you download the iOS 11.1 beta onto your device so you’ll want to be extremely careful, especially if this will be your first time trying pre-release software.
Where to Find Feedback
If you’re currently running the beta or if you’re thinking about installing it on your phone or tablet, you’ll want to dig into feedback from iOS 11.1 beta testers.
Digging into iOS 11.1 beta feedback will alert you to potential benefits of the beta. It’ll also provide you with information about the problems plaguing your specific device.
New software has a tendency to cause problems on older devices so if you own an older model like the iPhone 5s, you’d be wise to wade through iOS 11.1 feedback before jumping from official software to pre-release software.
We’ve put together our impressions of the iOS 11.1 beta on the iPhone 6s.
You’ll also want to keep eye on YouTube, Apple’s discussion forums, social media sites like Twitter/Facebook, and the MacRumors forums for additional feedback about the current version of the iOS 11.1 beta.
How to Fix iOS 11.1 Beta Problems
While some iOS 11.1 beta problems will require an update from Apple, an app update, or a downgrade, others can be fixed manually from the comfort of your couch or computer chair.
We’ve put together a list of the most common iOS 11.1 problems and fixes for those issues. It’s a good place to start if you notice battery drain, Wi-Fi issues, or problems with Bluetooth.
If you’re dealing with performance issues (lag, lockups, etc) take a look at our list of tips to improve the iOS 11’s performance on your device.
How to Downgrade from iOS 11.1 Beta
If you can no longer tolerate the iOS 11.1 beta problems plaguing your phone or tablet you can downgrade to an official version of iOS.
If you’re interested in downgrading from the iOS 11.1 beta to an older version of iOS 11, take a look at our walkthrough. It’ll hold your hand through the entire process.
Problems will plague the iOS 11.1 update throughout the beta process but you can expect Apple to fix some issues in future beta releases.
Apple typically releases new beta software every one to two weeks, usually on Monday’s around 10AM Pacific. This pattern could change as Apple ramps up testing ahead of the official release date.
Look for the final version of iOS 11.1 to emerge (with its own set of problems) in late October.
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.