Tuesday, August 22, 2017

15 iOS 11 Release Date Tips

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The iOS 11 release date is probably just a few weeks away which means iPhone and iPad users should start preparing for its arrival.

Apple’s released a new iOS 11 beta 7 to developers just one week after releasing beta 6 and just two weeks after the release of beta 5. The company appears to be ramping up its testing ahead of the official release.

The iOS 11 update is confirmed for the fall but the company still hasn’t attached a specific release date to its next operating system though all signs point to a release next month.

New iOS operating systems typically arrive alongside new iPhone hardware. Apple hasn’t announced its next batch of iPhones but rumors point to an iPhone 8 launch sometime in September. If Apple sticks to its usual iOS release protocol, we should see iOS 11 arrive a few days before the iPhones hit shelves in the United States and countries around the world.

With an iOS 11 release date inching closer for select iPhone and iPad models, you should be paying close attention to iOS 10’s eventual successor.

iOS 11 isn’t coming to the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c or iPad 4 but it is coming to popular devices like the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 7.

If you own a device that’s compatible with iOS 11, take a look a these early iOS 11 release date tips. They’ll help you make a smooth transition from iOS 10 (or whatever version of iOS you’re currently on) to the iOS 11.

Learn About iOS 11

It’s August which means iOS 11’s fall release date is only a few weeks away. If you haven’t been paying attention to the iOS 11 update and its beta, now would be a good time to start getting familiar with the changes.

The iOS 11 update continues to evolve as Apple and its army of developers and beta testers put it through its paces. In the weeks since its June arrival, we’ve seen the company tweak features, add enhancements, and fix a whole lot of bugs.

You might love some of these changes. You might hate them. But you’ll never know if you don’t dig into the update ahead of its release date.

It’s important to be comfortable with an update before you download it. In the case of iOS 11, you’ll want to be extremely comfortable because of the cosmetic changes it has on board.

For instance Control Center, that menu that appears when you swipe up from the bottom of your screen, it’s completely different in iOS 11.

If you don’t want to try the iOS 11 beta on your iPhone or iPad (we highly recommend using a spare device if you have one), take a look at our iOS 11 vs. iOS 10 walkthrough to get acquainted with the key differences between the two.

Apple’s released its own iOS 11 guide that highlights some of the major changes coming to its mobile devices this fall.

The company’s also released its own set of iOS 11 tips for the iPad Pro. iOS 11 will be a substantial update for the the iPad Pro and Apple’s other iPad models.

Don’t Count on iOS 10.3.4 or iOS 10.4

If you’re dealing with iOS 10 problems, on iOS 10.3.3 or something older, don’t sit around hoping for an iOS 10.3.4 release.

While it would be great to see Apple push out an iOS 10.3.4 update to address iOS 10.3.3 problems and lingering iOS 10 issues, the odds of a release are extremely slim.

These days, Apple puts its maintenance releases through extensive betas. To give you some idea, the iOS 10.3.3 update went through six betas before it was released to the public. The iOS 10.3.2 update went through five.

Apple could surprise us but at this point we’re guessing the company’s shifted its resources to iOS 11 and its release.

If you’re dealing with iOS 10 problems you’ll need to be extremely proactive in the weeks ahead. We expect the iOS 11 update to fix some iOS 10 issues but that probably won’t be its focus.

For a list of fixes for common iOS 10 problems, check out our guide.

Start Preparing for iOS 11

It might seem early but it’s really never too early to prepare for the next iOS update. There’s always work to be done.

As we approach the iOS 11 release date, here are a few tips iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users should keep in mind:

  • Use the time between now and the iOS 11 release date to cleanup your device. Get rid of files (apps, music, etc), anything you no longer use. Cleaning up your device could also improve your device’s performance.

  • Start backing up your data. If you don’t know where to start, you’ll want to research iCloud backups, iTunes backups, and the differences between the two.

  • If you want to download iOS 11 right when it comes out, make sure your device has at least a 50% charge (or you’re near a charger) around 10AM Pacific.

  • Track down all of your login information. Make sure you have the device’s passcode, Apple ID, and your important logins ready on release day. The iOS 11 update could log you out of various apps and services.

This might seem tedious but a little prep work should help you avoid major problems during the iOS 11 installation process. It’ll also help you avoid headaches once the software’s up and running on your phone or tablet.

When to Check for iOS 11

It’s difficult to predict the iOS 11 release date but the release time is extremely easy to pin down. Here are a few things to keep in mind as we approach the iOS 11 release date.

  • Apple will likely confirm an iOS 11 release date on stage with its new iPhones. You don’t need to check for iOS 11 before that, unless you’re using the iOS 11 beta.

  • iOS updates almost always arrive around 10AM Pacific.

  • This 10AM release time applies to iOS 11 beta releases as well.

  • iOS betas typically come every 1-2 weeks, usually on Monday but sometimes on Tuesday-Thursday.

Again, we expect the iOS 11 update to emerge in September, not August, so there’s no reason to check your phone or tablet for new updates this month unless you’re using the iOS 11 beta.

How Long Will the iOS 11 Update Take?

We expect iOS 11 to be a pretty sizable update so you can expect it to take much longer than a bug fix update like iOS 10.3.3.

The iOS 11 update will almost certainly be over 1GB for most iPhones and iPads so you can expect the download to take a few minutes to complete. If you decide to download iOS 11 on release day, you’ll encounter much longer download times.

The exact download and installation time will vary based on your device and your current version of iOS.

If you’re going to be upgrading from something older than iOS 10.3.3, your iOS 11 install will take awhile because it will include features and fixes from the updates you missed.

We’ll know more once Apple releases the iOS 11 GM.

Dig Into iOS 10 Updates If You Need To

If you decided not to download iOS 10.3.3, iOS 10.3, or iOS 10, make sure you look into those updates before you download the iOS 11 update on your phone.

If you skipped iOS 10.3 or iOS 10 entirely, the changes from the updates you skipped will be baked into your version of iOS 10.

This includes new features (iOS 10.3 delivered a ton of them earlier this year), bug fixes, and important security patches.

We’ve put together a guide that will walk you through all of the key changes in the most recent versions of iOS 10 and you’ll want to get comfortable with those before you download the iOS 11 update to your phone, tablet, or iPod touch.

Be on the Lookout for the iOS 11 GM

The iOS 11 beta 7 isn’t the iOS 11 Gold Master (GM) which means we’ll get at least one more beta before the final version of iOS 11 is released to the public.

Apple’s iOS 11 GM release, the last iOS 11 beta, will probably arrive sometime next month. Last year, Apple released the iOS 10 GM on September 8th, a few days before iOS 10’s September 13th release date.

This will be an important milestone because the company’s iOS 11 GM will be virtually identical to the version of iOS 11 Apple rolls out to the general public.

In the days between the iOS 11 GM release and the official release it would be a good idea to dig into feedback from testers. Take note of any new features and missing features. You’ll also want to gather feedback about the GM’s performance on your phone or tablet.

It’ll help you decide if you want to install iOS 11 or stay put on iOS 10.

Prepare for iOS 11 Problems

If you choose to install the iOS 11 update on release day there’s a chance you’ll run into an issue during or after the installation process finishes up.

The iOS 11 beta will squash a ton of bugs but you can expect issues to carry over into the final release. Common issues include severe battery drain, problems with Bluetooth, broken Wi-Fi, and app instability.

Sometimes it can take a couple of days for an update to settle in. If you notice weird battery life on release day, give it a day or two to even out. If problems persist after two days with iOS 11, or if the issues are serious, you’ll want to take action.

There are tons of resources out there but our list of fixes for common iOS problems is a great place to start. If you don’t consider yourself an expert, you’ll want to bookmark those fixes so you’re ready to tackle problems as soon as they popup.

If you can’t fix your problem and/or you want to help the community, you’ll want to report any iOS 11 problems you encounter on your device.

You can relay your problem to Apple Support on Twitter or you get into contact with Apple Support via the company’s website.

We also recommend reporting your problem on Apple’s Discussion forums to alert Apple, and other iOS 11 users, to your issue.

You Can “Test” iOS 11

If you don’t want to download the iOS 11 beta on your device (and we don’t blame you now that we’re this close to the official release), you can take the official version of iOS 11 for a test drive, provided you’re already on iOS 10.3.3 when it arrives.

For a short time, Apple will allow you to downgrade from iOS 11 to iOS 10. Apple is no longer signing off on iOS 10.3.2 or iOS 10.3.1 so you won’t be able to drop back to either of those updates.

It is, however, signing on iOS 10.3.3, the current version of iOS 10, and we expect that to continue through the iOS 11 release.

Most of you will probably want to stick it out on iOS 11 but others might benefit from dropping back down to iOS 10.

Downgrading could help improve your device’s performance. It’ll also restore iOS 11 features you hate (like Control Center) to their former glory.

Be Ready to Downgrade to iOS 10

If you aren’t familiar with the iOS downgrade process, now is a good time to get familiar with it.

Apple won’t sign off on iOS 10 forever. We expect the iOS 10.3.3 downgrade loophole to close soon after the release of iOS 11. Probably within a few weeks.

The company won’t give you a date on stage or in a press release. It will close it on a day of its choosing without any kind of warning.

Once the loopholes to iOS 10 are closed, they’re closed forever. Apple won’t magically open the iOS 10 update back up.

If you’ve downgraded before, you should be in good shape for iOS 11. If you haven’t, make sure you get comfortable with the process ahead of the release date.

How to Get Off the iOS 11 Beta

If you decide to try the iOS 11 beta on your device and you don’t want to get thrown onto the next iOS 11 beta (we could see a new one released shortly after the official release date), you’ll want to unenroll from the iOS 11 beta before or shortly after the final version of iOS 11 is released.

It can be a bit tricky so you’ll want to get familiar with the process right now so that you’re ready to move once Apple pushes the official update.

Avoid iOS 11 If You’re Jailbroken

If you want to keep your jailbreak you’ll want to avoid the iOS 11 update (and the iOS 11 beta) when it arrives. It’s as simple as that.

Jailbreak developers have reportedly jailbroken at least one version of the iOS 11 beta. Thus far, they’ve kept the jailbreak private and it’s unclear if they’ll release a public jailbreak tool for iOS 11 beta users. At this point, that probably won’t happen.

Instead, we’ll probably see jailbreak developers save the iOS 11 jailbreak for the official version of the software. Unfortunately, there’s no telling how long it might take.

To be safe, you’ll want to avoid iOS 11 when it arrives.

If You’re in IT, Start Getting Ready

If you work in IT you should start prepping for iOS 11’s arrival.

BlackBerry recently posted a blog telling IT professionals they need to be proactive ahead of the iOS 11 release date. The company says “iOS 11 will present challenges that IT will have to overcome in order to support mobile workers on the new OS.”

From its blog:

Make sure your users have the latest version of all apps, as many third party apps will require updates to run properly on iOS 11. Most app updates will be downloaded automatically to a user’s device, provided they have auto-update enabled. That said, it may still be worthwhile to communicate the importance of using the latest apps for iOS 11, and to encourage users to update manually.

BlackBerry, like many others, believes Apple will release iOS 11 next month.

Keep an Eye Out for App Updates

As we get closer to the release date we’ll start to see iOS 11 support updates trickle out. Make sure you keep an eye out for these releases because they’ll help to stabilize your applications with bug fixes and enhancements.

You Don’t Need to Install iOS 11

The iOS 11 update is a huge upgrade and its been generating a ton of buzz since Apple’s WWDC 2017 announcement in June. You might be feeling some of that excitement. If you are, you might be tempted to download the iOS 11 update right when it’s released.

For some of you, particularly those using the iOS 11 beta, that’s a sound plan. Many others will be better off taking a rain check. For a few days at least.

Apple won’t force you to install iOS 11. The choice is yours. So make sure you make the right call for you and your device.

There are plenty of reasons to avoid installing on day one. For instance, new iOS updates tend to wreck havoc on older devices. If you own an iPhone 5s, consider waiting a few days for feedback about iOS 11 performance to emerge.

Take your time with iOS 11. Dig into feedback if you need to. This way, you’re aware of the update’s potential benefits and problems.

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