The iPhone 5s iOS 11.4 update now reigns as the most up-to-date version of iOS 11 and today we want to take you through the current state of its performance, some of the problems plaguing the iPhone 5s, and a few things you can expect from Apple down the road.
The newest version of iOS 11 is a milestone release which means it’s much bigger than iOS 11.3.1, the previous version of iOS 11. While iOS 11.3.1 was focused on fixing problems, iOS 11.4 comes with a solid list of bug fixes, security updates, and brand new features.
If you’re currently running iOS 11.3 on your iPhone 5s, your iOS 11.4 update comes with the shortest list of changes. If you’re coming from something older than iOS 11.3.1, your iPhone 5s’ iOS 11.4 update will be larger thanks to the features and fixes from updates you skipped. They’re baked in.
Apple’s intentions are good, but iOS 11.4 could have a negative impact on your device’s performance. Some iPhone 5s users are struggling with iOS 11.4 problems.
With all of that in mind, we want to walk you through the most important things iPhone 5s users need to know, right now, about iOS 11.4.
Our guide to the iPhone 5s iOS 11.4 update outlines what we know about the iOS 11.4 jailbreak, the iOS 11.4 downgrade, and some information about the next iOS update for the iPhone 5s. We’ll also take you through the changes you’ll see when you upgrade your device to the latest version of iOS 11.
Let’s start with a quick look at the iPhone 5s iOS 11.4 update’s performance.
iPhone 5s iOS 11.4 Impressions
Before we get into our impressions of the iOS 11.4 update, a few quick notes about the installation and download.
The iOS 11.4 download should take just a few minutes if you’re connected to a high-speed Wi-Fi network. The installation process will take a little bit longer.
Installing iOS 11.4 on the iPhone 5s took about eight minutes. We didn’t run into any installation issues, but there’s always a chance the iOS 11.4 download or install will get stuck on your device.
For more on the iOS 11.4 download and installation process, please take a look at our guide.
As for iOS 11.4’s performance on the iPhone 5s, we’ve seen some good things and some bad things during our time with the software.
We haven’t noticed any weird battery drain and Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, cellular data, and GPS are all stable right now.
Our core applications are doing fine. We haven’t noticed any major performance problems with Chrome, Slack, Asana, Gmail, Twitter, or Spotify.
Unfortunately, we’re still noticing lag moving around the home screen and opening folders. We’ve also noticed keyboard lag and stuttering when pulling up for Control Center and pulling down for Notifications.
Lag has been a problem for us on every single iOS 11 release for the iPhone 5s and it’s an issue on iOS 11.4. No surprise there. It’s certainly a red flag and it’s something we’ll continue to monitor as we push into the month.
If you’re in need of additional feedback, take a look at our list of reasons to and not to install iOS 11.4 right now.
You Should Prepare for iOS 11.4
If you haven’t made the move to iOS 11 yet, make sure you prepare yourself, and your iPhone 5s, for the move. If you do some preparation before you start the download you’ll be in good shape if and when you run into problems.
Those of you coming from iOS 11.3.1, iOS 11.3, iOS 11.2.6, iOS 11.2.5, iOS 11.2.2, iOS 11.2.1, iOS 11.2, iOS 11.1.2, 11.1.1, iOS 11.1, iOS 11.o.3, iOS 11.0.2, 11.0.1, or iOS 11.0 should prepare as well.
We’ve put together a pre-installation guide that will take you through the steps we take before we install new iOS software on our iPhones.
You don’t need to follow every single step, but please make sure you backup the data on your iPhone 5s before you transition from iOS 10 to iOS 11 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.
Set aside some time to prepare and you’ll be in good shape once you make the decision to install the update on your phone.
iPhone 5s iOS 11.4 Problems & Fixes
We aren’t the only ones dealing with iOS 11.4 problems.
iPhone 5s users around the globe have stumbled onto iOS 11.4 bugs and issues. Some of them are small inconveniences, some issues are much larger.
We’ve been hearing about battery drain, Wi-Fi issues, Bluetooth problems, reboots, installation problems, issues with first and third-party apps, sound problems, Siri problems, and more.
If you do run into a problem with iOS 11.4 on your iPhone 5s there’s no need to panic. You should be able to fix it in a matter of minutes.
We’ve put together several guides to help iPhone users in need. They’re great starting points for those of you looking to fix iPhone 5s problems from the comfort of your home or office.
Take a look at our list of fixes for the most common iOS 11 problems. If your problem is a little more specific take a peek at our tips to improve iOS 11 battery life and iOS 11 performance. If your phone is lagging or if you’re seeing weird battery drain, start there.
If you don’t find what you’re looking for in those lists, check out our list of resources for iOS 11.4 related issues.
There are a ton of resources out there and you should only schedule an appointment with Apple if you’ve exhausted all of your options.
You Can Downgrade Your iPhone 5s
If you download iOS 11.4 on your iPhone 5s and hate its performance, you try rolling your phone back to iOS 11.3.1.
Apple’s currently signing off on iOS 11.3.1 which means you can try dropping back if iOS 11.4 hurts your iPhone 5s’ performance.
Unfortunately, the company’s closed up the iOS 10.3.3, 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, and iOS 11.3 downgrades. This is a permanent change and these updates won’t get re-released.
If you’re interested in the downgrade process, take a look at our downgrade walkthrough.
iPhone 5s iOS 11.4 Update: What’s New
The iPhone 5s’ iOS 11.4 update comes with Messages in iCloud and several bug fixes that could improve the overall quality of your device’s performance.
We’ve put together a list of the best iOS 11.4 features and it’s worth a look if you want something more than just Apple’s change log.
If you’re moving your iPhone 5s from iOS 11.3 to iOS 11.4, you get a small set of security patches. That’s it. If you’re moving from an older version of iOS 11, your update is a little more substantial.
The iPhone 5s’ iOS 11.3 update was a big release and it delivered a solid list of upgrades. These included keyboard enhancements, bug fixes, key changes to the App Store, improvements to Safari, and an assortment of bug fixes and tweaks.
If you failed to download iOS 11.3, you’ll get the update’s changes with iOS 11.4. If you’re unfamiliar with the iOS 11.3 update’s benefits, please take a look at our full rundown of its key features.
If you skipped iOS 11.2.6, your iOS 11.4 update comes with additional bug fixes. One is a fix for an issue where using certain character sequences could cause apps to crash and the other is 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 brings support for Apple’s HomePod speaker, an upgrade to Siri that lets you instantly stream a news podcast when asking the service about the news, and several important bug fixes and security patches.
If you’re jumping up from iOS 11.2.2, your iOS 11.4 update features a security patch for the widely publicized Spectre exploit. If you value your security, you should update to iOS 11.4 in the near future.
If you’re already running iOS 11.2, your iPhone 5s’ iOS 11.4 update brings a fix for a HomeKit vulnerability.
If you’re coming from an older version of iOS, your update’s change log will be much bigger thanks to the previous versions of iOS 11.
The iPhone 5s’ iOS 11.2 update was a huge release and it delivered a nice set of bug fixes including one for a pesky calculator issue. It also fixed the “it” to “i.t.” autocorrect issue and a date bug that caused some devices to loop.
If you’re interested in the rest of the iOS 11.2 update’s bug fixes and enhancements, take a look at our walkthrough.
If you failed to download iOS 11.1.1, the fixes from that update are baked into your iPhone 5s’ iOS 11.4 upgrade.
The iOS 11.1.1 update didn’t come with any new features or security patches, but it did come with fixes for Hey Siri and autocorrect issues.
If your Hey Siri feature’s suddenly stopped working, and you missed iOS 11.2, download iOS 11.4. If you’re seeing an issue where your “i” suddenly turns into a capital “A” with a rectangle, download iOS 11.4. It will fix it.
If you skipped iOS 11.1 you should consider installing iOS 11.4 because it will deliver all of the changes from the previous version of iOS 11.
The iPhone 5s’ iOS 11.1 update delivered several key security updates including an important fix for a Wi-Fi exploit. It also came with a few fixes for Photos, Accessibility, and Mail notifications.
On top of that, iOS 11.1 brought more than 50 new emoji characters for the iOS keyboard. It also delivered some redesigned emojis.
If you’re just now moving to iOS 11, your iPhone 5s iOS 11.4 update will deliver the features, tweaks, and enhancements from the previous versions of iOS 11.
Apple’s new operating system comes with a ton of user interface tweaks including a redesigned Podcasts app, screen recording, Siri upgrades, and security patches. Other highlights include a redesigned and customizable Control Center and the ability to easily share Wi-Fi passwords with friends.
If you want to learn more about iOS 11, take a look our iOS 11 vs. iOS 10 walkthrough and our list of hidden iOS 11 features.
What’s Next for the iPhone 5s
Apple typically kills software support at the four year mark (the company dropped the iPhone 5 after four years), but the iPhone 5s won’t get the axe in 2018.
The iPhone 5s iOS 12 update is confirmed which means the device will get a year plus of updates with additional features, bug fixes and security patches.
The iOS 12 update is currently in beta ahead of a release date this fall and those interested in trying it can do so by signing up for the developer beta or the Beta Software Program.
Apple’s confirmed an iOS 11.4.1 update and it’s currently in beta for the iPhone 5s and other devices. Apple hasn’t announced an iOS 11.4 release date so it could be weeks before it arrives.
The iOS 11.4.1 is currently focused on fixing bugs and improving performance which should be music to the ears of those struggling on iOS 11.4.
iPhone 5s Jailbreak Status
If you want to keep your iPhone 5s jailbreak you should avoid iOS 11.4.
Developers recently released a working iOS 11 jailbreak though it’s aimed at advanced users and comes without access to Cydia. It’s also limited to a few specific versions of iOS 11.
The jailbreak is currently limited to iOS 11.0-iOS 11.1.2. It’s not compatible with 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.
Again, there’s no way to downgrade to those aging versions of iOS 11 so those of you on newer versions must wait for a new jailbreak to arrive.
It appears at least one person has successfully jailbroken iOS 11.3 though it’s unclear if the jailbreak will be made public. There’s a very good chance it stays private.
Keep an eye out for new iOS 11 jailbreak details and teasers as we push through the year. Jailbreaks are unpredictable so you’ll need to be on your toes.
Missing iOS 11 Features
Unfortunately, Apple’s stripped some features from the iPhone 5s’ version of iOS 11.
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. These features will never come to the iPhone 5s.
ARKit, the company’s Augmented Reality solution, is limited to Apple A9, A10, and A11 processors which means the iPhone 5s and its aging A7 processor don’t make the cut. This means you miss out on the upgraded AR features that arrived with iOS 11.3.
iPhone 5s users also miss out on the battery throttling features Apple added with its iOS 11.3 update. These features give iPhone users more visibility into the health of their iPhone’s battery.
The device also misses out on iOS 11.2’s Apple Pay person-to-person payments in Messages and Apple Cash. Person to person payments and Apple Pay Cash are available only in the United States on iPhone SE, iPhone 6 or later, iPad Pro, iPad (5th generation), iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 or later, and Apple Watch.
If any of these features seem useful to you, it might be time to upgrade to a newer phone.
Some Apps Don’t Work with iOS 11 & iOS 11.4
If you’ve owned your iPhone 5s for awhile you’ve probably accumulated a ton of applications. Some of those apps might not work with iOS 11 and iOS 11.4.
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 iPhone 5s.
Most apps will work with iOS 11, but several popular games, including Flappy Bird, need to be updated with support.
If your favorite game has stopped working, there’s nothing you can do. The app requires an update from the developer and the developer probably isn’t supporting the app at this point.
If you want to look at what apps no longer work with iOS 11 you’ll want to open your Settings app and tap on General, About, and Applications.