The iPhone 7 iOS 11.4 update is a large milestone release and it could have a significant impact on your device’s performance.
Apple’s latest iOS 11 update is much larger than iOS 11.3.1 and comes with important bug fixes, security patches, and a handful of new features.
While iOS 11.4’s intentions are good, the update is causing problems for some iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus owners. iPhone 7 users who adopted the software update are complaining about UI lag, battery drain, and issues with various first and third-party applications.
It’s difficult to predict exactly how iOS 11.4 will perform on your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus so you’ll need to be extremely careful if you choose to download it on your device.
If you’re coming from Apple’s iOS 11.3.1 update, your iOS 11.4 download is a few hundred megabytes. It should take you 10 minutes or so to get it up and running.
If you skipped iOS 11.3.1 or any previous version(s) of iOS 11, your iOS 11.4 download will be much bigger and your installation will take longer.
This guide will take you through steps iPhone 7 should take prior to downloading the iOS 11.4 update. Our walkthrough also goes over a few other things iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users should know about bugs and performance issues, the iOS 11 jailbreak situation, and the iOS 11.4 downgrade.
Before we get to all that, we want to provide you with some feedback about the iPhone 7 iOS 11.4 update’s performance. If you’re currently on the fence about iOS 11.3.1, our impressions could help get you to one side of the fence or the other.
iPhone 7 iOS 11.4 Impressions
Your iOS 11.4 download shouldn’t take long to complete. It took about a minute to download on our iPhone 7. The installation process took a little bit longer.
The iOS 11.4 installation took about six minutes on the iPhone 7, or, about the same as iOS 11.3.1. We didn’t run into any problems during the installation.
If you’re coming from an older version of iOS 11, the download and installation will take longer. In some cases, a lot longer.
If you need more information about the iOS 11.4 installation process and download, take a look at our walkthrough. It’ll guide you through it all.
We’ve been using iOS 11.4 on the iPhone 7 for a few weeks and we haven’t run into any major issues with the software.
Battery life is currently holding up.Connectivity (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Cellular data, GPS) remains stable and we haven’t noticed any of the FaceTime Audio issues that gave us trouble on earlier versions of iOS 11.
We’ve haven’t run into any major problems with our first and third party applications nor have we seen any random reboots.
The lag we noticed on earlier versions of iOS 11 is still missing in action and we haven’t noticed any freezes, stutters, or lockups. iOS 11.4 feels fast and stable on our iPhone 7.
If you own an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus and you’re feeling leery about upgrading, take your time. iOS 11.4 isn’t going anywhere. Most of you will want to install it for the bug fixes and security patches, but Apple won’t force you to make a move.
How to Prepare for iOS 11.4
If you haven’t installed iOS 11.4 on your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus yet, make sure you do some prep work before you make your move. It’ll help you avoid problems.
Again, there’s no way to predict how the iOS 11.4 update will perform on your phone. You could have a flawless experience or, if you’re unlucky, you could run into an assortment of bugs and/or performance issues.
There’s no way to guarantee a problem-free transition from iOS 10 to iOS 11.4 or 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/iOS 11.2/iOS 11.2.1/iOS 11.2.2/iOS 11.2.5/iOS 11.2.6/iOS 11.3/iOS 11.3.1 to iOS 11.4, but you can shift the odds in your favor if you take some time to prepare yourself and your device for the move.
To assist you, we’ve put together a list of things to do before installing iOS 11.4 on your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus.
You don’t need to follow every step, but you’ll absolutely want to backup your data before jumping to the new operating system.
iPhone 7 iOS 11.4 Problems & Fixes
iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users are reporting various iOS 11.4 problems.
We’re hearing about abnormal battery drain, issues with various first and third party applications, issues with Bluetooth connectivity problems, and various issues with Wi-Fi. We’re also hearing about reboots and installation problems.
Some of these issues might require a fix from Apple or a visit to the Apple Store, but most iPhone 7 iOS 11.4 issues can be fixed from your computer chair.
We’ve put together a list of fixes for the most common iOS 11 problems. If you’re dealing with an issue or if you’re concerned about iOS 11 problems, it’s a great place to start.
We’ve also put up guides to improve iOS 11 battery life and iOS 11 performance. They’re worth a look if you’re seeing weird drain or if your phone is lagging.
You Can’t Downgrade from iOS 11.4
If you can’t stand iOS 11.4’s performance on your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, you’ll have to find a manual fix.
Apple’s no longer signing off on iOS 11.3.1 which means you can no longer use a loophole to downgrade your iPhone 7 if iOS 11.4 gives you problems.
Unfortunately, earlier versions of iOS 11 are also inaccessible. You can no longer downgrade your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus to iOS 11.3, iOS 11.2.6, iOS 11.2.5, iOS 11.2.2, iOS 11.2, iOS 11.2.1, iOS 11.1.2, iOS 11.1.1, iOS 11.1, iOS 11.0.3, iOS 11.0.2, iOS 11.0.1, iOS 11.0, or iOS 10.
With the iOS 10.3.3 downgrade loophole closed, there’s no way to get off iOS 11. If you move your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus from iOS 10 to iOS 11, you’re stuck with iOS 11.4.
The iOS downgrade process is pretty straightforward and once you get the hang of it, you’ll be ready whenever Apple releases a new version of iOS 11.
iPhone 7 iOS 11.4 Update: What’s New
If you’re moving up from iOS 11.3.1, your iOS 11.4 update comes with a mix of new features, bug fixes, and security patches.
The highlight is probably Messages for iCloud, but iOS 11.4 also comes with AirPlay 2 and stereo pairing for the HomePod.
If you want to learn a little more about the contents of iOS 11.4, take a look at our roundup of the best features.
If you skipped iOS 11.3.1, iOS 11.4 will a touchscreen issue on the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. It also comes with a few security patches for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. If you value your security, you should download iOS 11.4 in the near future.
If you skipped iOS 11.3, you’ll get its features, fixes, and enhancements bundled in with iOS 11.4.
The iPhone 7’s iOS 11.3 update was a substantial update and it delivered upgrades to Augmented Reality (ARKit), a new Business Chat feature in Messages, battery throttling features, upgrades to Apple Music and the App Store, and more.
If you’re unfamiliar with the features on board the iOS 11.3 update, please take a look at our walkthrough. It outlines them in detail.
If you’re running iOS 11.2.5 right now, your iOS 11.4 update comes with iOS 11.2.6’s two fixes. One of them is a fix for an issue where using certain character sequences could cause apps to crash. It’s rather nasty and a good reason to install this update today.
The other is a fix for an issue where some third-party apps could fail to connect to external accessories. If you were noticing issues with your accessories, give iOS 11.4 a shot.
If you’re running iOS 11.2.2, your iOS 11.4 update comes with several bug fixes and security patches. It also comes with an upgrade to Siri that lets you instantly stream a news podcast when you ask her about the news and support for the HomePod speaker.
If you’re moving up from iOS 11.2.1, your iOS 11.4 update comes with another change: A security patch for the Spectre exploit.
If you’re upgrading from iOS 11.2, your iPhone 7’s iOS 11.4 update comes with a fix for HomeKit issues. It’s an important fix and another reason why you should consider installing the update today.
If you skipped iOS 11.2, you’ll get its features and fixes on board your iOS 11.4 update.
The iPhone 7’s iOS 11.2 update delivered a nice combination of features, bug fixes, and enhancements. Highlights include Apple Pay Cash, a fix for a calculator issue, a bug fix for a pesky autocorrect issue that caused the word “it” to automatically change to “i.t.”, and a fix for a date bug.
If you’re upgrading from iOS 11.1, your iOS 11.4 update brings a couple of key bug fixes.
One fix is for a Hey Siri issue where the service would suddenly become unresponsive. The other fix is for the autocorrect bug.
If you’re tired of “i” autocorrecting to “A” and that rectangle, you’ll want to download iOS 11.4 right away. It fixes the issue.
If you’re installing iOS 11 for the first time, your upgrade will be even bigger.
If you’re unfamiliar with those updates, take a look at our iOS 11 walkthrough right here. We’ve also put together a list of hidden iOS 11 features that could come in handy.
iPhone 7 iOS 11.4 Jailbreak MIA
Developers recently released an iOS 11 jailbreak though it comes with some caveats.
If you own an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus running iOS 11.1.2, iOS 11.1.1 or any other version of iOS 11, you should be able to jailbreak your phone today.
If you’re currently running iOS 11.4, iOS 11.3.1, iOS 11.3, iOS 11.2.6, iOS 11.2.5, iOS 11.2.2, iOS 11.2.1, or iOS 11.2, you’re out of luck. The jailbreak isn’t compatible with those versions of iOS 11.
Unfortunately, we have no idea how long the wait for those versions of iOS 11 will be. It could be days, weeks, months.
Developers have reportedly cracked iOS 11.3, but there’s no indication they’ll release the exploit for the general public.
If you want to jailbreak your device, you need to be on an older version of iOS 11 or iOS 10. Unfortunately, there’s no way to downgrade if you already moved to iOS 11.4.
What’s Next for the iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus
Apple’s next iOS 11 update will be iOS 11.4.1.
The iPhone 7’s iOS 11.4.1 update is currently in beta testing ahead of an unknown release date. iOS updates typically stay in beta testing for several weeks so we don’t expect iOS 11.4.1 to emerge until late June or July.
Apple’s also working on a new iOS 12 update and the final version will arrive this fall alongside a new iPadand new iPhones.
The company typically releases a beta shortly after the conclusion of the keynote so we could see the first version of iOS 12 arrive on Monday.
If you don’t want to wait for September you don’t have to. You can try the update on your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus right now via the iOS 12 beta.
The iOS 12 beta includes a long list of changes including upgrades to Notifications, the Photos app, and Do Not Disturb. We expect Apple to bring more changes to the operating system in future iOS 12 betas.