Monday, December 4, 2017

iOS 11.2 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know

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Apple’s iOS 11.2 update delivers fixes for lingering issues, but it’s also brought some frustrating problems to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users.

The new version of iOS 11 brings a long list of changes including key bug fixes and enhancements, but some users are reporting installation problems, abnormal battery drain, Wi-Fi problems, lag, and issues with Bluetooth.

In this guide we’re taking a look at the iOS 11.2 problems plaguing Apple’s devices. We also want to help those of you running into bugs and performance issues.

This walkthrough will show you where to find potential fixes for the most common iOS 11 issues and provides some resources that could come in handy if your version of iOS 11 starts acting up.

Our walkthrough also takes you through how to downgrade from iOS 11.2 and a few things we expect from Apple and is iOS updates going forward.

iOS 11.2 Problems

It’s early, but we’re already seeing and hearing complaints about iOS 11.2. Some of these problems are brand new, others have carried over from the previous versions of iOS 11.

iOS users have run into various iOS 11.2 installation problems including errors in iTunes and stuck downloads. If your iOS 11.2 download gets stuck, hard reset your phone or tablet.

iOS 11.2 users are also reporting heavy battery drain, lag, AirPlay issues, random reboots, Touch ID problems, touchscreen issues, problems with sound, issues with Siri, problems with first and third-party apps, and issue with Face ID. If Face ID isn’t working on your iPhoneX, a simple reboot should alleviate the problem.

Apple’s official discussion forums, Reddit, and social media sites like Twitter are starting to fill up with complaints about iOS 11.2 and we expect to see new problems emerge in the weeks ahead.

You can’t predict what kind of performance you’ll see on your phone or tablet and that’s why we recommend doing some prep work before you install iOS 11.2 on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

We’ve put together a step-by-step process and our checklist will take you through everything you should do before jumping to iOS 11.2. A little prep work can go a long way toward preventing issues.

Where to Find Feedback About iOS 11.2

As we push away from the iOS 11.2 release date it’s important to keep your eyes on feedback coming from your fellow iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners.

Digging into ongoing iOS 11 feedback will alert you to potential benefits and potential problems. The problems discovered today are just the tip of the iceberg.

We’ve put together some reasons to and not to install the iOS 11.2 update to help get you started. If you’re on the fence about making the move to iOS 11.2, start there.

We also recommend keeping an 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 iOS 11.

We’ve also put together some first impressions of iOS 11.2 on the iPhone and we’re in the process of publishing mini iOS 11.2 reviews for the iPhone X, iPhone 7, iPhone 6siPhone 6, iPhone 5siPhone SE, and the iPad.

How to Fix iOS 11.2 Problems

If you start running into trouble on iOS 11.0, iOS 11.0.1, iOS 11.0.2, iOS 11.0.3, iOS 11.1, iOS 11.1.1, iOS 11.1.2, or iOS 11.2 there’s no need to panic. You can manually fix most issues from the comfort of a computer chair or couch.

Before you take your phone or tablet down to an Apple Genius you should try fixing the problem on your own.

We’ve put together a list of fixes for the most common iOS 11 problems. The list is a great starting point for those of you dealing with iOS 11 issues.

We’ve also released a list of tips that could help you improve your device’s performance and some ways to fix iOS 11 battery life problems.

If you’re unable to find a fix for your issue in those guides, you should go to Apple’s discussion forums for help. If Apple’s forums aren’t helpful, you can get in contact with Apple Support via Twitter or via the company’s website.

If Apple’s online support can’t help, you should schedule an appointment to see a Genius at your local Apple Store. They should be able to diagnose your issue and provide you with a fix or a replacement depending on your warranty.

You Can Downgrade from iOS 11.2

You can also try downgrading back to a previous version of iOS 11 if you think that might help.

Apple is still signing off on iOS 11.0.1, iOS 11.0.2, iOS 11.0.3, iOS 11.1, iOS 11.1.1, and iOS 11.1.2 which means you can drop back down to an older version of iOS 11 in an effort to improve your device’s performance.

Apple will only sign off on these updates for a short time which means you’ll need to move quickly. It won’t announce anything ahead of time.

The company is no longer signing on iOS 11.0 or iOS 10.3.3 which mean there’s no going back to iOS 10. Once you move to iOS 11, you’re stuck.

If you’re curious about the downgrade process and how it works, take a look at our detailed walkthrough.

What’s Next

Apple hasn’t confirmed an iOS 11.2.1 update so it could be a few days before we see the next bug fix update.

If Apple follows the pattern it used with iOS 10, we might have to wait until next year for the next bug fix update. Apple released iOS 10.2.1 in late January. The company also released the first iOS 10.3 beta in early 2017.

For now, those of you struggling with iOS 11 problems are you’re on your own.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 11.2 & 8 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 11.2 for Better Security

Install iOS 11.2 for Better Security

Apple hasn’t outlined the security patches on board the iOS 11.2 update, but we expect those details to emerge soon. We expect it to have new patches for potential exploits. 

If you skipped iOS 11.1.2, iOS 11.1.1 and iOS 11.1, you’ll probably want to download the iOS 11.2 update today or sometime in the near future.

The iOS 11.1 update delivered eight security patches including a fix for a serious Wi-Fi vulnerability called KRACK or Key Reinstallation Attack. KRACK is an exploit that targets the common WPA2 encryption protocol.

If you’re just now making to move from iOS 10 (or whatever you’re on) to iOS 11, your iOS 11.2 update will come with additional security features.

Apple’s first iOS 11 update delivered several patches for potential exploits. 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 older versions of iOS, your iOS 11.2 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 11.2. And if for some reason you missed iOS 10.3, you’ll get 60 security patches with your version of iOS 11.2.

If you want to protect the data you store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you should make your move to iOS 11.2 soon.

This is particularly important for those of you running older versions of iOS.

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