iOS 11.3: Get your iPhone and iPad ready for the biggest update yet

“If you’re the sort that will want to pull the trigger on upgrading to iOS 11.3 — which is likely to be soon — the moment it’s released, there are some steps that you should take so you don’t end up in a world of hurt,” Adrian Kingsley-Hughes writes for ZDNet. “Word is that it will land tomorrow, coinciding with Apple’s ‘Let’s Take a Field Trip’ event.”

“Before you go hog-wild, throw caution to the wind and start upgrading, be aware that there are risks,” Kingsley-Hughes writes. “Things can go wrong, stuff may be broken, and you may lose data. Plenty of iOS launches have been marred by bugs and problems, so with that in mind, it’s a good idea to have an up-to-date backup, because making a fuss isn’t going to bring back your lost photos or documents.”

“You can either create a local backup using iTunes, or backup to iCloud by going to Settings > iCloud > Backup, and then turning on iCloud Backup,” Kingsley-Hughes writes. “Keep in mind that unless you’re willing to jump through hoops and do things that Apple frowns upon, going to iOS 11.3 is a one-way trip, so you might want to let other people to go ahead of you just in case there are gotchas.”

“Right now that latest beta feels shaky at best. While the release feels pretty good in terms of stability, performance wise things don’t feel all that good,” Kingsley-Hughes writes. “I’m seeing lags and frame drops on a regular basis across a wide variety of devices, and overall responsiveness still leaves a lot to be desired. Right now it’s hard to tell whether this is down to diagnostic and debugging code still in the iOS beta, or some wider performance issue that will affect the final release.”

Much more in the full article – recommended – here.

MacDailyNews Take: Always backup your data before upgrading any operating system.

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iOS 11.3: What to expect from Apple’s new system update as it launches tomorrow – March 26, 2018


  1. The betas have been very good for this release, and iCloud messages are working correctly now. Been running it since beta 1 and it’s pretty good, no crashes, very stable in the 6 betas. 10.13.4 is a different story, it wasn’t until beta 6 that it got straightened out, but it’s an improvement. I’d like macOS 10.14 to be a bug squashing exercise a la snow leopard, before adding a ton of new features.

    1. I wish Apple could give ONE valid reason to not “allow” it.
      I’d also like them to explain where they think they get the right to control that ? I own the product I have the right to put whatever software I want on the device! They have NO right to prevent me.
      All they have the right to do is tell me its not supported.
      Its the principle and it really is angering still to this day.

    2. I used to be one of those people that blindly jumped on the iOS updates as soon as they were releases … then Steve died. I’ve been burned a few times – once drastically resulting in the bricking of my iPhone for over a day until there was a fix released. I always wait at least until the weekend after – gives me plenty of time to see if there are any issues popping up from the early adopters.

    3. Because… sometimes when you upgrade data models change. New fields, etc.

      Old services may crash and not work if the db structure changes.

      If you downgrade, you can do so and restore an OLD backup.

      For the savvy, this is ok. But for many, would result in a tech support call

  2. Apple hasn’t exactly been inspiring confidence in their software updates lately. Think I’ll wait a while.

    Tim Cooks “mediocre is good enough” policy is killing the company and the brand.

  3. Every iOS release is the biggest ever. The bloat never stops. Apple doesn’t even let the user delete apps he will never use.

    What does the new iOS do that is new? Oh, we know. Thanks fof all the emoji Apple. Let’s dumb down a generation of kids with hieroglyphics that have imprecise meaning.

  4. “Right now that latest beta feels shaky at best”…

    From which orifice did Adrian pull this conclusion? iOS 11.3 beta 6 is rock solid.

    God forbid that actual facts might prevail over a blogger’s preconceptions…

    1. Lazy bloggers indeed. So you reply with an equally lazy fanboy response?

      what facts do you have to share? IOS 11.3 beta error reports have been as active if not more than recent prior major releases. This was supposed to be a major cleanup and Apple still has issues, including GPS, battery, and streaming. Do you have the statistics or do you think your experience should speak for everyone else?

      The one thing Tim really cares about has taken all the resources: more emoji. Yuck.

  5. iOS 11 has been a mess since introduction.
    My iDevices are still using iOS 10.
    I am skipping iOS 11 entirely.
    I’ll wait it out for a better iOS 12 experience.

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