Install iOS 11.3 for Better Security
The iOS 11.3 update comes with enhanced security that will help protect you and your device(s) from harm. The update includes 27 known patches for potential exploits.
iOS 11.3 also includes a new privacy feature. When an Apple feature wants to use your personal information, an icon now appears with a link to access detailed information about how your data will be used and protected.
If you’re running iOS 11.2.5 or older, you’re exposed to an issue that lets people send a specific character that will crash an iOS-powered device and block access to the Messages app. It can also block apps like Facebook Messenger, Gmail, Outlook, and WhatsApp.
The iOS 11.2.6 update’s main purpose was to patch up this issue. If you skipped iOS 11.2.6, you’ll get these enhancements with iOS 11.3.
If you skipped iOS 11.2.5, you’ll get 10 additional security patches including one for the malicious chaiOS link exploit with iOS 11.3.
If you’re running iOS 11.2.2 or below and receive a certain GitHub link through your Messages app, your iPhone or iPad can lockup or respring. The Messages app will also become unusable.
If you’re on iOS 11.2.1, your iOS 11.3 update includes security improvements to Safari and WebKit to mitigate the effects of Spectre. If you’re running an older version of iOS, your iOS 11.3 update will come with a lot more.
Apple’s iOS 11.2 update fixed several problems, but it also brought problems of its own including a potentially nasty zero-day iOS HomeKit vulnerability.
The vulnerability, discovered by Tian Zhang, allowed for unauthorized control of HomeKit accessories including garage door openers and smart locks.
Apple quickly rolled out a server-side fix, but the company restored full functionality with the release of iOS 11.2.1. If you skipped iOS 11.2.1 and use HomeKit, you should download iOS 11.3.
If you skipped iOS 11.2, you’ll get a few more patches with your iOS 11.3 update. Apple’s iOS 11.2 update delivered 11 patches including one for Mail and one for Wi-Fi.
The iOS 11.2 and iOS 11.2.1 updates also patched up a widespread security issue called “Meltdown.” Apple says its analysis suggests it “has the most potential to be exploited.”
Meltdown affects all iOS 11 powered devices so we highly recommend downloading iOS 11.3 if you skipped iOS 11.2.
If you skipped iOS 11.1.2, iOS 11.1.1, and iOS 11.1, you’ll get additional patches with your iOS 11.3 update.
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 11.3 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.
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 11.3 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 with iOS 11.3. And if for some reason you missed iOS 10.3, you’ll get 60 security patches with your iOS 11.3 update.
If you want to protect the data you store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you should make your move to iOS 11 and iOS 11.3 soon.
This is particularly important for those of you running older versions of iOS.
Install iOS 11.3 to Fix These Issues
In addition to security patches, the iOS 11.3 update comes with a substantial list of bug fixes for lingering iOS 11 issues. If you’re dealing with any of these problems, you’ll want to consider downloading iOS 11.3 immediately.
- Fixes a problem that could cause the capitalization of the first letter of some words by the automatic correction feature.
- Fixes an issue on the iPad Pro that prevented the iPad Smart Keyboard from working after connecting to a captive Wi-Fi hotspot.
- Fixes a problem that could cause undesirable activation of the digital layout on the Thai keyboard in landscape mode.
- Corrects a problem with the incorrect description of the Bluetooth status icon and the Bluetooth icon by VoiceOver.
- Fixes a problem that may prevent the end of call button from appearing in the Phone app when using VoiceOver.
- Fixes an issue preventing access to an app’s built-in ranking with VoiceOver.
- Fixes a problem that may cause distorted audio playback when using real-time listening.
- Fixes a problem that may prevent incoming calls from activating the screen.
- Fixes a problem that may prevent or prevent voicemail playback.
- Fixes an issue that prevents opening a web link in Messages.
- Fixes a problem that may prevent users from returning to Mail after previewing an attachment to a message.
- Fixes a problem that could cause the deleted screen to reappear on the locked screen.
- Fixes a problem that can cause the time and notifications to disappear on the locked screen.
- Fixes an issue that prevents parents from using Face ID for approving purchase authorization requests.
- Fixes a problem that could prevent updating of the current weather conditions in Weather.
- Fixes a problem that could prevent the synchronization of contacts with a vehicle directory when connected via Bluetooth.
- Fixes a problem that may prevent an audio app from playing content in a vehicle while it was in the background.
If you skipped iOS 11.2.6, the iOS 11.3 update fixes an issue where some third-party apps could fail to connect to external accessories. If you’ve noticed this problem and you’re running iOS 11.2.5 or below, you’ll want to install iOS 11.3 in the near future.
If you skipped iOS 11.2.5, your iOS 11.3 update comes with bug fixes for several other issues thanks to iOS 11.2.5. These include:
- Addresses an issue that could cause the Phone app to display incomplete information in the call list
- Fixes an issue that caused Mail notifications from some Exchange accounts to disappear from the Lock screen when unlocking iPhone X with Face ID
- Addresses an issue that could cause Messages conversations to temporarily be listed out of order
- Fixes an issue in CarPlay where Now Playing controls become unresponsive after multiple track changes
- Adds ability for VoiceOver to announce playback destinations and AirPod battery level
If you skipped iOS 11.2, you’ll get additional bug fixes with your version of iOS 11.3.
Apple’s iOS 11.2 update was loaded up with bug fixes including one for the widespread calculator issue where quickly tapping 1 + 2 and the = sign gave the wrong result and a date bug that caused some devices to go into a crash loop.
The iOS 11.2 update also fixed another annoying autocorrect bug that caused the word “it” to change to “i.t.” on some devices.
Those are the highlights, and here are the rest of the changes from Apple’s official iOS 11.2 change log:
- Fixes an issue that could cause Mail to appear to be checking for new messages even when a download is complete.
- Fixes an issue that could cause cleared Mail notifications from Exchange accounts to reappear.
- Resolves an issue where Settings could open to a blank screen.
- Fixes an issue that could prevent swiping to Today View or Camera from the Lock Screen.
- Addresses an issue that could prevent Music controls from displaying on the Lock Screen.
- Fixes an issue that could cause app icons to be arranged incorrectly on the Home Screen.
- Addresses an issue that could prevent users from deleting recent photos when iCloud storage is exceeded.
- Addresses an issue where Find My iPhone sometimes wouldn’t display a map.
- Fixes an issue in Messages where the keyboard could overlap the most recent message.
- Fixes an issue in Calculator where typing numbers rapidly could lead to incorrect results.
- Addressed an issue where the keyboard could respond slowly.
- Improves VoiceOver stability in Messages, Settings, App Store and Music.
- Resolves an issue that prevented VoiceOver from announcing incoming Notifications.
If you own an iPhone 7 or an iPhone 7 Plus and you skipped iOS 11.2, iOS 11.2.1, iOS 11.2.2, iOS 11.2.5, and iOS 11.2.6, you probably want to install iOS 11.3 right now or in the near future. Here’s why.
Apple’s iOS 10.2.1 update, released in January of last year, prevented unexpected shutdowns on the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE.
iOS dynamically manages the instantaneous performance peaks, only when needed, to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down.
Apple’s iOS 11.2 update extended the same capability to iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
If you don’t want unexpected shutdowns rendering your device unreliable or unusable, think about downloading iOS 11.3 today. Just know that it could come at the expense of your device’s speed.
Install If You’re Dealing with Performance Issues
iOS 11.3 could also have a positive impact on your iPhone or iPad’s overall performance.
While they go unlisted in the change log, iOS updates have been known to iron out issues like severe battery drain, broken Wi-Fi connectivity, and busted Bluetooth.
The iOS 11.3 update could also fix UI lag issues, random reboots, lockups and freezes, and various issues with first-party applications.
We dealt with random reboot issues on iOS 10 and we haven’t seen widespread random reboots on the iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, or iPhone SE while running iOS 11.3.
If your device’s performance is struggling consider downloading iOS 11.3. Just make sure you read reviews from other iOS 11.3 users before you do.
Install iOS 11.3 for These App Store Changes
iOS 11.3 delivers some excellent improvements to the App Store. The first one is exclusive to Apple’s iPhone X users.
Once you download iOS 11.3 you’ll notice a change to your iPhone X’s Face ID checkout on the App Store and Apple Pay.
If you’re running iOS 11.3 and you go to download a new app or checkout, you’ll see a “Confirm with Side Button” instruction with a graphic. This is an attempt to clarify a process that many users, us included, feel isn’t initiative.
The iOS 11.3 update also brings a welcomed change to App Store’s “Updates” tab. If you’re running iOS 11.3, you’ll now notice a version number and installation size listed right next to the app’s name. You’ll notice information for updates you’ve already installed and updates you haven’t installed.
Apple’s also implemented a new way to sort reviews on the App Store making it easier to find relevant feedback about an app.
On iOS 11.3, you can tap “See All” under the “Ratings & Reviews” section in the App Store and sort reviews via four categories: Most Helpful, Most Favorable, Most Critical, and Most Recent.
- Most Helpful: These reviews have received “Helpful” feedback from other users. iOS 11 users can choose between “Helpful” or “Not Helpful” by hard pressing the text bubble via 3D Touch.
- Most Favorable: These are the reviews with the highest ratings.
- Most Critical: These are the reviews with the lowest ratings.
- Most Recent: This shows the reviews in reverse chronological order.
We enjoyed these changes while testing the beta and they’re a great reason to upgrade your device to iOS 11.3 right now or in the near future.
Install iOS 11.3 If You Own an iPhone X & Have Kids
iOS 11.3 comes with an exciting iPhone X-specific feature that allows parents to approve family purchases using Face ID.
iPhone X users have been complaining about the fact that they can’t use Face ID to approve purchases made by their children.
They’re able to use Touch ID to approve purchases through iOS’ Ask to Buy feature, but it doesn’t work with Face ID. That’s changed with the release of iOS 11.3.
If own an iPhone X running iOS 11.3 you should now be able to approve purchases using the iPhone X’s Face ID.
A prompt to use Face ID appears once the parent has entered the correct password. Once the password is entered, iOS will ask if it should enable Face ID for future purchases.
This should’ve been enabled from the get-go, but we’re excited it’s finally here in iOS 11.3.
Install iOS 11.3 to Keep App Support
Developers of popular applications are starting to kill support for older versions of iOS.
Pokemon GO developer Niantic recently announced that the app now requires an iPhone or iPad capable of running iOS 11. The update ends support for older devices.
This includes the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c. It also includes the iPad (4th generation), iPad (3rd generation), iPad mini (1st generation), and the iPad 2.
In January, Google pushed an update to Chrome for iOS that requires iOS 10 or higher to operate.
In December, Asana pushed a brand new update that effectively kills support for iOS 9. The company is encouraging users to update to the latest iOS software in order to run the app:
“We’re saying so long, farewell to supporting iOS 9. So you should say hi, hello to iOS 10 or higher so you can keep using Asana. And if you’re using iOS 11, you can now drag and drop more file formats on iPad. Adieu, adieu… to you…”
If you use Asana, you’re currently using a device that runs iOS 9, you’ll need to update to iOS 11.3 in order to use it.
Slack says its killed support for iOS 9. This means the current build is the last update for devices like the iPhone 4s. Unfortunately, the iPhone 4s isn’t upgradeable to iOS 10 or iOS 11.
Slack and Asana aren’t the only companies killing support for older iOS software.
Last year, Whole Foods killed support for iOS 9 and below. If you want to use the Whole Foods app, you must be using iOS 10.0 or above.
If any of your devices, primary or secondary, are sitting on iOS 9 or below, this is a pretty good excuse to upgrade to the latest version of iOS.
Install iOS 11.3 for New Animojis
Apple continues to improve the iPhone X in a variety of ways and the iOS 11.3 update comes with some new, exclusive, features for the flagship phone.
If you’re running iOS 11.2.6 or below on your iPhone X, you currently have 12 Animoji characters at your disposal. If you’re running the iOS 11.3 update on your iPhone X, you’ll have access to 16 in total.
iOS 11.3 delivers four brand new Animoji characters including a lion, bear, dragon, and skull.
We enjoyed them while testing the beta and those of you who love sending your likeness in emoji form to friends and family will get a kick out of the new options.
Install iOS 11.3 for Improved Augmented Reality
Apple’s iOS 11.3 update comes with ARKit 1.5, an update to the company’s Augmented Reality solution. This might sound like developer mumbo jumbo, but it brings some exciting changes to average iPhone users as well.
According to Apple, ARKit 1.5 can “recognize and place virtual objects on vertical surfaces like walls and doors, and can more accurately map irregularly shaped surfaces like circular tables.” The current version can only recognize horizontal surfaces.
So where does this come into play for regular users? ARKit apps from companies like IKEA.
In the current IKEA app, you can use Augmented Reality to look at how a piece of furniture might look on your floor at home. However, you can’t mount items to your walls within the app. This changes with the introduction of ARKit 1.5.
ARKit 1.5 will also be able to recognize flat pictures (posters, artwork) and bring up additional AR content.
It’ll probably take some time for companies to implement these changes, but keep an eye out on the App Store for updates.
Install iOS 11.3 for Business Chat in Messages
Find yourself spending an unnecessary amount of time tracking down customer support numbers or live support chat lines at big companies? If so, you’re probably going to like Apple’s new Business Chat feature.
Instead of navigating around a confusing website, you’ll now be able to ping customer support from within Apple’s Messages app. Here’s how Apple describes it:
“With Business Chat, it’s easy to have a conversation with a service representative, schedule an appointment or make purchases using Apple Pay in the Messages app. Business Chat doesn’t share the user’s contact information with businesses and gives users the ability to stop chatting at any time.”
A similar feature is already live via Facebook Messenger so it’s exciting to see Apple bringing it to iPhone and iPad.
Business Chat is currently in beta (it’s also limited to the United States) and it’s only available for a few companies including Hilton, Discover, T-Mobile, and Wells Fargo, but we expect it to expand in the weeks ahead.
Install iOS 11.3 for Battery Improvements
In response to the iPhone slowdown debacle, Apple promised “new features that give users more visibility into the health of their iPhone’s battery, so they can see for themselves if its condition is affecting performance.” These features are available to you in iOS 11.3.
Once you install iOS 11.3 on your phone, you’ll be able to access new features to show battery health. These features will also tell you if your battery needs to be serviced. These features are limited to the iPhone 6 and newer models.
On iOS 11.3 you’ll also be able to see if the “power management feature that dynamically manages maximum performance to prevent unexpected shutdowns, first introduced in iOS 10.2.1, is on and can choose to turn it off.”
This feature is available for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
These new battery features will give you a little more control over your device and could improve your device’s performance. They’re a great reason to download iOS 11.3 on your phone.
Install iOS 11.3 for for These Other Enhancements
Apple’s making changes to several first-party apps, but the changes it’s making to the Health app could have a significant impact on your health or the health of a loved one.
The company’s worked with clinics, hospitals, and medical providers to add a brand new “Health Records” feature to the stock Health application.
Medical providers include Johns Hopkins Medicine, Cedars-Sinai, Penn Medicine, Geisinger Health System, UC San Diego Health, UNC Health Care, Rush University Medical Center, Dignity Health, Ochsner Health System, MedStar Health, Ohio Health, and Cerner Healthe Clinic. More will come later.
With iOS 11.3 installed, the Health app will aggregate medical records into one spot, the Health app, for easy access.
Patients from these participating medical institutions will also receive regular notifications for their lab results, medications, conditions, and more.
Apple says all Health Records data is encrypted and protected with a passcode.
iOS 11.3 also comes with improvements to Apple Music:
- Provides a new experience in video clips, including a Revised Video Clips section featuring exclusive video playlists.
- Find friends with similar tastes through Apple Music’s improved suggestions, which list the genres that the users and mutual friends follow.
Improvements to the News App:
- The main titles now always appear first in “For You.”
- Watch the best videos selected by News editors.
Several key changes to Safari:
- Promotes the protection of privacy by notifying usernames and passwords until they have been selected in a web form field.
- Presents warnings in the smart search field when the user interacts with password entry forms or credit card data on unencrypted web pages.
- Automatic filling of usernames and passwords is now available in apps’ web views.
- By default, articles shared via Mail from Safari are now formatted using Reader mode, if the drive is available.
- In Favorites, folders now have icons for the bookmarks they contain.
Improvements to Keyboards:
- Adds two Shuangpin keyboard layouts.
- Supports connected physical keyboards using Turkish F layout.
- Improves Chinese and Japanese keyboards for better accessibility on devices with a 4.7-inch or 5.5-inch screen.
- Allows you to return to the keyboard with a simple touch after the dictation.
- The App Store now supports accessibility options “Bold Text” and “Large Font” for customizing the display.
- Smart Reversal now supports images on the web and in Mail messages.
- Enhances the RTT experience and supports RTT service for T-Mobile.
- Improves app selection on the iPad for VoiceOver users and selection control.
And a few other changes including improvements to the Podcasts app:
- Supports AML technology, which provides more accurate location data to emergency services during an emergency call (in countries where this technology is available).
- Supports software authentication, which provides developers with a new way to create and activate HomeKit-compatible accessories.
- Podcasts now plays episodes with a single tap, and you can tap Details to learn more about each one.
- Improves search performance for users with long notes in Contacts.
- Improves the performance of Handoff and the universal clipboard when both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
If any of these sound interesting to you, you might want to give iOS 11.3 a try today.
Don’t Install iOS 11.3 If You’re Unprepared
If you haven’t prepared yourself, or your device, for the iOS 11.3 update, do yourself a favor and wait until you’ve properly prepared.
It’s impossible to predict how your device will handle the transition from iOS 10 to iOS 11.3 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 to iOS 11.3 and that’s why we recommend doing some prep work before you install the software on your phone.
We’ve put together a guide that will walk you through our pre-installation process. Some of the steps will take you a few seconds others, like backing up your phone or tablet, might take you longer.
A little preparation will go a long way toward preventing problems so make sure you take the time to properly prepare your device for iOS 11.3.
Don’t Install If You’re Worried About Problems
If you’re having a flawless experience on your current version of iOS and you’re concerned about iOS 11.3 problems, it might be a good idea to wait a few days before committing.
iOS 11.3 is a small bug fix update, but the update’s brought its own collection of issues iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners.
The current list of iOS 11.3 problems includes weird battery drain, issues with first and third-party applications, finicky Bluetooth, problems with Wi-Fi and cellular data, installation issues, lag, issues with smart punctuation, random reboots, and missing battery indicators.
If you’re feeling leery, you might want to wait for Apple’s next iOS 11 update to emerge. Apple’s confirmed a iOS 11.4 update and it should arrive in a few weeks.
There’s currently no way to downgrade to an older version of iOS 11 so you’ll want to be confident in your move to iOS 11.3.
Don’t Install iOS 11.3 If You’re Jailbroken
If you want to jailbreak your device, avoid the iOS 11.3 update.
Jailbreak developers recently released a working iOS 11 jailbreak for iOS 11.0-iOS 11.1.2, but they haven’t released anything for iOS 11.2 and above.
The iOS 11 jailbreak is for advanced users and it doesn’t come with Cydia. At least not yet. Novice iOS users should avoid the iOS 11 jailbreak for now.
Unfortunately, there’s no way to downgrade to an older version of iOS 11. If you’re running iOS 11.3, iOS 11.2.6, iOS 11.2.5, iOS 11.2.2, iOS 11.2.1, or iOS 11.2 right now, you’re stuck until developers release something for those updates.
Keep an eye out for new developments as we push on into 2018.
Don’t Install iOS 11.3 While Traveling
If you’re currently in the middle of a trip for business or pleasure, you’ll probably want to hold off on the iOS 11.3 update.
Over the years, we’ve heard horror stories from people who decided to upgrade while traveling with family or co-workers.
We’ve heard about apps (like the Camera app) not working, email breaking, maps and GPS acting up, and more.
These issues aren’t the end of the world if you’re at home or at the office, but they can be very problematic if you’re dependent on your phone or tablet for business or getting around an unfamiliar city.
If you are traveling away from your comfort zone and your backups, we recommend waiting until you get back to your base of operations.
You don’t want to ruin a personal trip or put an important business meeting in jeopardy. Wait until you have some downtime and then install iOS 11.3 on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.