What Features Are Included?
Today Apple released iOS 11.3.1 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. iOS 11.3.1 did not go through any beta testing before it became available to the public today. And iOS 11.3.1 is considered a minor update as it contains smaller bug fixes rather than new features. iOS 11.4 is currently being beta tested and that update will include AirPlay 2 and Messages on iCloud.
What Features Are Included In iOS 11.3.1?
The notes for iOS 11.3.1 says that it improves the security of your iPhone and iPad and addresses an issue where touch input was unresponsive on some iPhone 8 devices because they were serviced with non-genuine replacement displays.
Apple also pointed out that “non-genuine replacement displays may have compromised visual quality and may fail to work correctly. Apple-certified screen repairs are performed by trusted experts who use genuine Apple parts.” Apple’s security update page has more comprehensive details about iOS 11.3.1. And I will update this article when I learn more about the iOS 11.3.1 update.
Updates To iOS 11 Since Being Released
Apple iOS 11.3.1 is the thirteenth update to iOS 11 following 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.
The major iOS 11.3 update rolled out on March 29, 2018. The features that were added to the iOS 11.3 update included the ability to control battery performance. And that update also included new Animoji, a Business Chat feature, updated augmented reality experiences and the ability to see health records within the Health app.
Apple iOS 11.2.6 was released on February 19, 2018, which included two bug fixes for the iPhone and iPad. One of the bugs pertained to an issue where a character in the Telugu language could be used to cause apps to crash. And the other bug that was fixed in this update involved problems where third-party apps failed to connect to external hardware.
Apple’s iOS 11.2.5 update resolved a problem where a GitHub link was used maliciously to cause the Messages app to freeze up, which became known as “chaiOS.” Victims of this problem had to perform a hard rest on their device. Plus iOS 11.2.5 also added several new controls for the HomePod speaker.
iOS 11.2.2 arrived in early January with a security update that was recommended for all users. This security update contained improvements to Safari and WebKit, which mitigated the Spectre vulnerability.
Released in mid-December, Apple iOS 11.2.1 patched a bug that disabled remote access to shared users of the Home app. At that time, Apple temporarily disabled remote HomeKit access since the platform was vulnerable to exploits in smart door locks and garage door opening devices.
Apple iOS 11.2 rolled out on December 2nd as a major update with several new features. iOS 11.2 included Apple Pay Cash — which is the ability to transfer money to contacts over the Messages app. iOS 11.2 also included fast wireless charging support, new wallpapers for the iPhone X, new navigational indicators for the iPhone X and several other bug fixes. But most importantly, iOS 11.2 quickly fixed a problem that became known as the “December 2nd data bug.” This bug was causing devices with apps that had local notifications set up to crash repeatedly on December 2nd.
In mid-November, iOS 11.1.2 fixed two problems specific to the iPhone X. The first problem had to do with the iPhone X screen becoming unresponsive after a rapid temperature change. And the other bug had to do with Live Photos and videos being distorted on the iPhone X. This software update arrived within a week of iOS 11.1.1 being released.
iOS 11.1.1 fixed a problem that caused the iOS keyboard to convert the letter “i” to an “a” with a question mark symbol next to it. Plus iOS 11.1.1 also fixed a problem that caused the “Hey Siri” function to stop working for certain devices.
On October 31, 2017, iOS 11.1 brought over 70 new emoji and restored the 3D Touch multitasking gesture. iOS 11.1 also fixed problems that caused the Live Photo effects to be played back slowly. iOS 11.1 also rectified an issue that caused the same Mail notifications to repeatedly appear on the Lock screen.
iOS 11.0.3 corrected a problem in mid-October 2017 that caused the audio and haptic feedback to become dysfunctional on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus devices. And iOS 11.0.3 also fixed an issue that caused the touch input to become unresponsive on iPhone 6s displays that were repaired without genuine Apple parts.
iOS 11.0.2 fixed bugs that caused crackling noises in the earpiece of iPhone 8 devices. Plus iOS 11.0.2 also repaired problems that caused attachments in S/MIME encrypted emails to become corrupted. And iOS 11.0.2 also fixed a bug that blocked photos from reappearing on certain devices.
In September 2017, iOS 11.0.1 fixed synchronization issues in Outlook.com, Office 365 and Exchange Server 2016 running on Windows Server 2016 in Apple Mail. iOS 11.0.1 also added performance improvements for the Springboard, iMessage app Drawer and App Explorer
The big iOS 11 update launched on September 19, 2017 following the announcement about it at WWDC in June 2017. The highlights of iOS 11 included the ability to customize the Control Center, airport and indoor mall maps, Do Not Disturb While Driving, the new Files app, document scanning in Notes, Live Photos editing, new iPhone X gestures, ARKit for developers and additional multitasking features for the iPad.