The iPhone 6 iOS 11.4 update is a major milestone update and it could help, or hurt, your iPhone 6’s performance.
The company’s latest software update is much bigger than its predecessor (iOS 11.3.1) and it delivers a mix of new features, fixes and security patches.
If you’re currently running iOS 11.3.1 on your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, you get the shortest iOS 11.4 change log and download size.
If you still haven’t upgraded from iOS 10 or if you’re currently running an older version of iOS 11, your version of the iPhone 6’s iOS 11.4 update will be much bigger thanks to the changes from iOS updates you missed.
The iPhone 6 iOS 11.4 update is performing well in some area though we’ve run into some minor issues with Apple’s newest upgrade.
Fellow iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users are complaining about a variety of issues including abnormal battery drain, issues with Bluetooth, and annoying problems with various applications. We haven’t seen any of those issues yet, but we’ve noticed lag across the UI.
Our guide to the iPhone 6 iOS 11.4 update goes over these problems and provides some potential fixes to those in need. It also highlights the changes on board iOS 11.4 and gives you a look ahead at what’s next for the iPhone 6 and iOS 11. We’ve also got some new information about the iOS 11.3.1 downgrade.
We’ve been using the iOS 11.4 update on the iPhone 6 for several days and we want to start with a quick review of its performance on the 4.7-inch iPhone 6.
Our impressions will take you through some quick thoughts about battery life, connectivity, and overall speed.
iPhone 6 iOS 11.4 Impressions & Performance
Before we relay our impressions, a few notes about the download and installation process.
The iPhone 6 iOS 11.4 update is a sizable download. It’s several hundred megabytes if you’re moving from iOS 11.3.1 and it should take you a couple of minutes to download it.
The installation process will take a bit longer and took right around eight minutes on our iPhone 6. Exact timing will vary from person-to-person, device-to-device.
For instance, if you’re installing iOS 11 for the first time, or if you’re moving up from an older version of iOS 11, your iOS 11.4 download and installation will take a lot longer.
For more on the iOS 11.4 download time and installation, take a look at our roundup.
The iPhone 6 is getting older, but our device continues to hold up fairly well as we push toward the release of iOS 12.
The iPhone 6 model in our possession is holding a solid charge with iOS 11.4 on board. We haven’t noticed any abnormal battery drain during our stay on the latest version of iOS.
Connectivity (Bluetooth, cellular data, and Wi-Fi) is strong. We’ve successfully connected the device to Bluetooth devices (headsets and speakers) and several routers including eero mesh Wi-Fi.
App performance remains steady. We haven’t seen frequent crashes or any catastrophic issues with our core applications which include Slack, Asana, Spotify, Chrome, and Gmail.
Random reboots have been a problem on our iPhone 6, but we haven’t noticed any while using the iOS 11.4 update.
Unfortunately, lag continues to be an issue. Animations are still choppy and we continue to see keyboard lag when sending texts via Messages. This was a problem for us on iOS 11.3 and iOS 11.3.1 as well.
We’ve also noticed slowdown when pulling up Control Center from the bottom of the display and when pulling Notification Center down from the top of the display.
While there’s certainly potential for problems, particularly lag, most people should install iOS 11.4 due to the changes on board.
That said, if you’re feeling leery, take a look at our list of reasons to and not to install the iOS 11.4 update on your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.
iPhone 6 iOS 11.4 Problems & Fixes
We aren’t the only ones dealing with iPhone 6 iOS 11.4 problems.
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners are complaining about a variety of problems with Apple’s new upgrade. Some of these issues are minor bugs and glitches, others are more serious.
The current list includes some of the more common iOS issues, issues we see after every iOS release. These include weird battery drain, broken Bluetooth, UI lag, issues with first and third-party apps, sound issues, and installation problems.
Fortunately you don’t have to wait for Apple’s next update. You can fix most software-related issues yourself.
We’ve put together a list of fixes for the most common iOS 11 problems. Start there if you’re dealing with a Bluetooth issue, random reboots, or problems with Touch ID.
We’ve also put together guides that show you how to improve your device’s battery life and performance. If you’re noticing lag or if your battery is suddenly draining faster than usual, look there.
iPhone 6 iOS 11.3.1 Downgrade Closed
If your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus starts acting up on iOS 11.4, you’re on your own for the time being.
Apple is no longer signing off on iOS 11.3.1 which means you can no longer take advantage of a loophole and drop down to the previous version of iOS 11 in an effort to improve performance.
Unfortunately, Apple’s closed off all other versions of iOS 11 so once you move to iOS 11.4 you’re stuck until another version of iOS emerges.
If you aren’t familiar with the downgrade process, take a look at our guide. It’ll help you prepare for the next iOS update.
iPhone 6 iOS 11.4: What’s New
If you’re moving from iOS 11.3.1 to iOS 11.4, you get a fairly sizable list of changes including Messages in iCloud, an assortment of fixes, and security patches.
We’ve put together a guide to the iOS 11.4 update’s best features and it’s worth a look if you want more information about the milestone upgrade.
If you’re moving up from iOS 11.3, you’ll get iOS 11.3.1’s changes with your iOS 11.4 update. The iOS 11.3.1 update was focused on fixing touchscreen issues on the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. iOS 11.3.1 also delivered four security patches.
If you skipped iOS 11.3, your version of iOS 11.4 is packed with changes including new battery throttling features, upgrades to Apple News and Apple Music, upgrades to the App Store, loads of bug fixes for lingering iOS 11 issues, and more.
If you’re curious about the full list of iOS 11.3 features, take a look at our full rundown of the update’s most important changes.
If you’re upgrading from iOS 11.2.5, your iOS 11.4 update comes with iOS 11.2.6’s changes as well.
The iOS 11.2.6 update arrived with two known changes: A fix for an issue where using certain character sequences could cause apps to crash and a fix for an issue where some third-party apps could fail to connect to external accessories.
If you skipped iOS 11.2.5, your iOS 11.4 update comes with support for the company’s HomePod speaker, a Siri upgrade that lets you instantly stream a news podcast when you ask Siri about the news, important security updates, and a variety of bug fixes.
If you skipped iOS 11.2.2, you’ll get a fix for the widely publicized Spectre exploit. If you value your iPhone 6’s security, you should download the iOS 11.4 update today.
If you skipped iOS 11.2.1, your iOS 11.4 update includes a patch for a zero-day iOS HomeKit vulnerability inside iOS 11.2. The vulnerability allows for unauthorized control of accessories including garage door openers and smart locks.
If you skipped iOS 11.2, your iPhone 6’s iOS 11.4 update will be much bigger thanks to iOS 11.2’s long list of changes.
Apple’s iOS 11.2 update delivered a nice list of security patches, bug fixes and new features including Apple Pay Cash, new Live Wallpapers for the iPhone X, and a new Sports section in the Apple TV application.
If you’re curious about the changes, take a look at our iOS 11 walkthrough. It will take you through all of the important changes.
If you skipped iOS 11.1.1 or iOS 11.1, your iPhone 6 iOS 11.4 update is even more substantial.
Apple’s iOS 11.1.1 update delivered a fix for an issue where Hey Siri wouldn’t respond. If you use Hey Siri on your iPhone 6, and remember the device needs to be plugged in to use it, you’ll want to download iOS 11.4.
The other fix was for an annoying autocorrect issue that turned “i” into a capital “A” and a rectangle with a question mark in messages.
iOS 11.1 was the first milestone iOS 11 update. As such, it delivered a nice mix of features, patches, and fixes for issues.
Highlights included 50+ new emoji characters for the iOS keyboard, the return of the 3D Touch App Switcher gesture, and a fix for a potentially nasty Wi-Fi exploit.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus get everything this trio of updates have to offer, but they’re missing some iOS 11 features.
On its website Apple notes that some features, including the ability to have Siri add confirmed appointments and flights from travel websites to the calendar, are limited to the iPhone 6s and above.
ARKit, Apple’s Augmented Reality solution, is also limited to Apple A9, A10, and A11 processors which means the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus don’t make the cut.
These are just a few of the changes in iOS 11. If you want to learn more take a look our iOS 11 vs. iOS 10 walkthrough and our list of hidden iOS 11 features.
What’s Next for the iPhone 6 & iOS 11
Apple’s confirmed an iOS 11.4.1 update and it’s currently in beta for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Apple hasn’t announced a release date so it’s unclear how long the update will stay in beta.
As of right now, iOS 11.4.1 appears to be focused on fixing bugs and improving performance. We don’t expect it to include many, if any, new features.
For more on iOS 11.4.1, take a look at our guide.
In addition to iOS 11.4.1, Apple’s released an early version of its iOS 12 update. The update is currently in beta for both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
iOS 12 comes with a long list of changes including performance improvements and upgrades to Photos and Notifications.
The update is set for release this fall alongside Apple’s new iPhones and new iPad Pro.
iPhone 6 iOS 11.4 Jailbreak MIA
If you want to keep your iPhone 6’s jailbreak don’t install iOS 11.4.
Developers have released a working iOS 11 jailbreak, but it only covers iOS 11.0-iOS 11.1.2. It doesn’t support 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, or iOS 11.4. Not yet at least.
The current iOS 11 jailbreak doesn’t come with Cydia, but that could also change down the road.
Unfortunately, there’s no way to downgrade to any of Apple’s older iOS 11 updates. If you already moved to iOS 11.4 or one of the newer versions, you’re stuck until developers release a new jailbreak. There is some good news though.
It looks like a researcher successfully cracked Apple’s iOS 11.3 update though it’s unclear if the jailbreak will be made public. There’s a very good chance it’ll stay private.
Keep an eye out for updates as we push into 2018.
PSA: Some Of Your Apps Might Not Work w/ iOS 11
If you’ve owned your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus for awhile, and many of you have, you probably have a pretty large collection of applications. And while most of your apps will probably work with iOS 11 there’s a chance some won’t.
iOS 11 brings an end to iOS support for 32-bit applications. Apps that haven’t been updated to support 64-bit will no longer work on your device.
Tons of apps haven’t been updated to support iOS 11 and the list includes several popular games including Flappy Bird (if you still have it).
Unfortunately, there’s nothing you can do to get them to work. They require an update from the developer and in many cases, the developer’s no longer supporting the app.
If you want to look at what apps no longer work with iOS 11 you’ll want to open your Settings app. From there, tap on General, About, and then tap Applications.
If you haven’t upgraded to iOS 11 yet, keep this in mind.