Apple iOS 11.3 is available and already rolling out. It is a big software update and you must be excited about having it on your iPhone. However, please note that iOS 11.3 is riddled with more problems and it might be a good idea to hold off.
The caution is important because Apple has locked things up so that even if you are frustrated with the numerous problems that have been reported about iOS 11.3, you will be unable to downgrade back to iOS 11.2.6 or whatever version of the software you were coming from.
As a whole, iOS 11 in general has been a problematic version of Apple’s mobile software. It hit the ground running with serious bugs, and Apple has rolled out update one after another to fix existing bugs, but the newer versions often introduce newer ones. You may recall, for example, how iOS 11.0.3 was released to fix some problems but itself introduced poor battery life and other issues.
iOS 11.3 Features
As mentioned earlier, iOS 11.3 is a big update. Here is the official changelog from Apple:
“iOS 11.3 introduces new features including ARKit 1.5 with support for more immersive augmented reality experiences, iPhone Battery Health (Beta), new Animoji for iPhone X users, and more. This update also includes stability improvements and bug fixes.”
Sounds great. But not only are early updaters reporting that iOS 11.3 has not addressed some significant problems that were found in iOS 11.2.6, it has a long list of new bugs, and some are downright serious.
The Documented Problems of iOS 11.3
Here are some of the ones we have tracked from user reports around the world:
- broken home screen layouts
- home button functionality
- screen recording issue
- home screen app editing starting randomly
- invisible keyboard bug
- keyboard: disappearance of special characters
- third party app updates broken
- unreliable battery health metre
- Apple Music instability
- removal of feature that lets user jump to a letter in Apple Music album lists
- Bluetooth instability
- random Siri activations
If you have upgraded your iPhone or iPad to iOS 11.3 already and are experiencing any of the listed issues, sorry but all you can do now is wait for iOS 11.3.1 release. But with Apple’s new update track records, that too might introduce even newer bugs you never imagined.
If you are ready to take the plunge and face the risks, dive into your iPhone or iPad and go to: Settings > General > Software Update to hit the button and get a taste of iOS 11.3.