The iOS 11.4 release date is probably a few weeks away, but iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users should start prepping for its arrival as we push toward WWDC 2018.
Unlike iOS 11.3, Apple’s declined to offer a specific release window for its upcoming iOS 11.4 update. Apple tagged the iOS 11.3 update with a spring release window ahead of the official roll out.
The company hasn’t provided a firm iOS 11.4 release date, but many believe Apple could release iOS 11.4 in and around WWDC 2018 in early June. WWDC 2018 kicks off with a keynote on the morning of June 4th in San Jose, California.
iOS 11.4 Release Date
Apple’s pushed its fifth iOS 11.4 beta which means we’re inching closer to the final version for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models capable of running iOS 11.
Nothing is confirmed, but there’s a good chance Apple pulls the iOS 11.4 update out of the beta program sometime in late May or early June.
The iOS 11.4 beta might drag on for a few more weeks, but don’t let that stop you from doing some prep work. This guide will provide you with some tips and tricks that will help you get ready for the highly anticipated iOS 11.4 release date for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Start Prepping for iOS 11.4 Right Now
|With an iOS 11.4 release date getting closer, you should start preparing for its arrival.
If you need to, use this time to cleanup the storage on your device. Go into your device’s storage and delete the files (photos, apps, etc) you no longer need. Cleaning up your device could also improve your device’s performance.
Now would also be a good time to start backing up the data stored on your device(s). If you don’t know where to start, you’ll want to dig into our guides covering iCloud backups and iTunes backups.
Make sure you track down all of your login information before the iOS 11.4 update arrives. Have your Apple ID/iCloud login and the login info for your important apps and services ready to go. iOS 11.4 could log you out of some of your apps and services.
If you want to install the iOS 11.4 update right when it comes out, and you don’t have access to a power source, you’ll need a specific amount of battery life to start the installation process.
Next week, make sure your device has at least a 50% charge (or you’re near a charger) around 10AM Pacific Monday-Friday.
This also applies to those of you looking to download new versions of the iOS 11.4 beta right when they come out.
This might seem tedious, but a little prep work will help you avoid major problems before, and after, the iOS 11.4 update’s release.
Get Familiar with iOS 11.4
|It’s also a great time to start getting familiar with the iOS 11.4 update’s features and fixes. We always recommend getting acquainted with an update ahead of its release so you aren’t caught off-guard by its changes.
Like iOS 11.1, iOS 11.2, and iOS 11.3 updates before it, iOS 11.4 is a milestone upgrade which means it should be much bigger than your standard iOS update.
The list of changes currently includes Messages in iCloud (a long delayed feature), AirPlay 2 (another long delayed feature), and the ClassKit development framework for the company’s brand new Schoolwork app for iPad.
The best way to get familiar with the iOS 11.4 update is via the iOS 11.4 beta. If you don’t want to try the iOS 11.4 beta on your device, take a look at our iOS 11.4 walkthrough.
Get Familiar with Older iOS Updates
|If you aren’t running iOS 11.3.1 on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch right now you’ll want to get familiar with the update, or updates, you skipped before you install iOS 11.4 on your phone, tablet, or iPod.
iOS 11.3.1 is the current version of iOS 11. If you’re running it on your device you’re up to date with the latest features, fixes, enhancements, and patches. If you aren’t on iOS 11.3.1, now is a great time to get familiar with iOS 11.3.1 and any other updates you’ve skipped along the way.
If you’re planning to upgrade from iOS 11.2.6 or an older version of iOS, your iOS 11.4 update will be more substantial thanks to the features and fixes from updates you skipped. They’ll be baked into your update.
Do yourself a favor and get familiar with the changes from these updates right now. To assist you, we’ve put together a guide that will take you through all of iOS 11’s biggest changes.
Most of you should think about upgrading to iOS 11.3.1 before the iOS 11.4 update arrives. We’ll explain why in the next slide.
Update Your Device
|If you want to avoid a huge download when iOS 11.4 arrives, make sure your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch is running the latest software.
It’s extremely easy to fall behind now that Apple releases a new iOS update every few weeks.
If you aren’t sure what version of iOS you’re on, go into your device’s Settings and tap on About. Look down to where it says “Version”.
If you aren’t running iOS 11.3.1, consider downloading the latest version of iOS 11. This way, you’ll avoid an enormous download and your device will be stocked with the latest bug fixes and security patches.
Be sure to read reviews before you make your move.
Monitor Feedback from the iOS 11.4 Beta
|If you don’t want to download the iOS 11.4 update early, make sure you keep tabs on the upgrade as it passes through beta.
As the iOS 11.4 update goes through beta testing, beta testers will uncover hidden features, bug fixes, and potential problems.
We expect to see a ton of public feedback about the iOS 11.4 update and this feedback will help you prepare for the iOS 11.4 release date.
There are plenty of places to find feedback about the iOS 11.4 update, but this post over on MacRumors is a great place to start.
If You Decide to Try the iOS 11.4 Beta…
|The iOS 11.4 beta might be tempting, but most people should avoid the pre-release version of iOS 11.4.
Trying out pre-release software is a great way to get familiar with changes, test performance and impress your friends, but this is a beta and early software can, and probably will, cause problems on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
If you rely on your phone or tablet to get you through a day of school or work, you should stay put on iOS 11.2.6 or whatever version of iOS you’re currently running.
If you’re on the fence, go look at our list of reasons to, and not to, install beta software on your device. It will help you to one side of the fence or the other.
If you do decide to give the iOS 11.4 beta a whirl, here are a few resources that could help.
We’ve put together a series of guides aimed at average users that want to try software like iOS 11.4 ahead of time. These guides will help you fix issues and they’ll help you install the software in a matter of minutes.
Before you install the iOS 11.4 beta, have a look at our list of things to do before installing early iOS software. It’ll help you and your device get ready.
If you’re new to the beta process, take a look at our guide to installing iOS beta software on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
We’ve also released a guide to beta problems, fixes for iOS 11 beta problems, and some tips to improve iOS 11 beta battery life.
When to Check for the iOS 11.4 Update
|Now that iOS 11.4 is official you might be wondering about the iOS 11.4 release date and time.
We probably won’t get an official iOS 11.4 release date anytime soon, but you can expect the update to arrive at a very specific time during the week.
Apple’s iOS updates almost always are released in and around 10AM Pacific so there’s no reason to check for iOS 11.4 at 8AM Pacific or 10PM Pacific.
The company almost never releases iOS updates on Friday’s so your best bet is to check for iOS 11.4 around 10AM Pacific Monday-Thursday.
The same goes for iOS 11.4 beta updates.
How Long Will the iOS 11.4 Update Take?
|We don’t know the exact size, but the iOS 11.4 update will probably be a fairly substantial download.
The latest iOS 11.4 beta is a sizable download (several hundred megabytes) and we expect the final version of the update to command a nice chunk of free space.
You can expect iOS 11.4 to take a minute or so to download over high speed Wi-Fi and 5+ minutes to install on your device. Your exact download and installation time will be based on your device and your current version of iOS.
If you’re upgrading from older software like iOS 11.2.6 or iOS 10, your iOS 11.4 installation will take a little bit longer because it’ll include features and fixes from the iOS updates you missed.
Once you download iOS 11.4 to your phone, you’ll notice a prompt asking you to “Install” the software right now or “Later.”
Most of you will want to install the software right after it downloads, but some of you might benefit from scheduling the iOS 11.4 installation.
If you choose to schedule the update you can choose to install it while you’re asleep or you can simply have your device remind you to install the iOS 11.4 update at a later date, perhaps sometime when you have more time on your hands.
If you do decide to install the software overnight, you’ll need to plug the device in to a power source.
Prepare for iOS 11.4 Problems
|The iOS 11.4 update is going through a beta and rigorous testing behind the scenes, but that doesn’t mean it will be perfect. Problems will almost certainly slip through the cracks into the final release and you’ll want to be prepared to face them head on.
Common iOS issues include severe battery drain, busted Bluetooth, broken Wi-Fi, app instability, UI lag, and other performance issues. These problems popup after every iOS release and we expect to see them when iOS 11.4 arrives.
We’ve put together a long list of fixes for common iOS 11 problems. If you don’t consider yourself an iOS expert, you’ll want to bookmark those fixes so you’re ready to tackle iOS 11.4 problems when and if they popup on your device.
You’ll also want to add Apple Support on Twitter and bookmark the Apple Support page on the company’s website.
You should also be familiar with Apple’s Discussion forums.
Be Ready to Downgrade
|If you encounter problems on iOS 11.4 you can get in contact with Apple, try and fix the issue yourself, or downgrade to an older version of iOS 11.
Once the iOS 11.4 update is released you’ll have the option to downgrade to older firmware. Apple’s closed off iOS 10, but you should be able to downgrade to an older version of iOS 11.
If you aren’t familiar with the iOS downgrade process, now would be a good time to get familiar with it.
When iOS 11.4 arrives, Apple might be signing off on just one (iOS 11.3.1) version of iOS 11. This option won’t be available forever though.
Apple typically closes off older updates soon after new firmware is released to the public. The company won’t give you any warning and once the loopholes to these older iOS 11 updates are closed, they’re closed forever.
If you’ve downgraded before, you should be in good shape for iOS 11.4. If you haven’t, make sure you get comfortable with the process ahead of its release.
Keep an Eye Out for App Updates
|If you want the best possible iOS 11.4 experience you’ll probably want to download app updates as they arrive. These updates will help to stabilize your applications with bug fixes and enhancements.
As we push away from the iOS 11 release date developers continue to push out iOS and iPhone support updates.
These updates have added new features and more importantly, they’ve tackled iOS 11-related issues. If you haven’t done so already, check the App Store for crucial updates.
Before you download an update, make sure you read reviews from iOS 11 users. These reviews will alert you to benefits, and issues, with the current version of the app.
Avoid iOS 11.4 If You’re Jailbroken
|If you want to keep your jailbreak you’ll want to avoid the iOS 11.4 update (and the iOS 11.4 beta) when it arrives.
Jailbreak developers have jailbroken iOS 11.1.2 and below, but we haven’t seen any credible iOS 11.4 jailbreak news.
At this point, it’s unclear if developers will release a public jailbreak tool for iOS 11.4 or the older versions of iOS 11.
To be safe, you’ll want to avoid iOS 11.4 when it arrives.
You Don’t Need to Install iOS 11.4 Right Away
|Apple’s iOS 11.4 update is shaping up to be a solid release and you might be tempted to install it the second it’s officially released.
For some of you, particularly those using the iOS 11.4 beta or dealing with an annoying iOS 11 problem, that’s perfectly fine. However, some of you will be better off waiting a few hours, a few days or, in some cases, a few weeks before committing to iOS 11.4.
There are plenty of reasons to avoid installing new iOS software on day one. iOS updates can wreck havoc on your device’s performance and particularly the performance of older devices. If you own an iPhone 5s or iPhone 6, be careful.
Dig into early iOS 11.4 feedback if you need to. This feedback will alert you to the update’s potential benefits and problems for your specific device. Don’t be afraid to ask a co-worker, family member, friend, or the folks here at Gotta Be Mobile for advice.
If you own an iPhone 5s or an iPad mini 2, iOS 11.4 could serve as the final update for your device.
Apple typically keeps devices updated for four years before cutting off software support. Last year it cut the popular iPhone 5 from the fold and this year we expect the iPhone 5s and iPad mini 2 to miss out on the iOS 12 update.
iOS 12 is expected to arrive, in beta form, on June 4th, shortly after the conclusion of Apple’s WWDC 2018 keynote.
If you own an iPhone 5s or iPad mini 2, approach the iOS 11.4 update with extreme caution. If you upgrade you might not be able to get back to an older, and perhaps better, version of iOS.