After a week of testing it in beta, Apple has today started to rollout iOS 11.1 update for supported iPhones and iPads. Along with that, Apple has also released macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 and the watchOS 4.1 update. Here’s taking a look at what these updates bring in new.
Though not a major update like the iOS 11, the iOS 11.1 does bring a few important bug fixes, so it’s best you don’t ignore it. Headlining iOS 11.1 are over 70 new emoji, which include “new food types, animals, mythical creatures, clothing options, more expressive smiley faces, and gender-neutral characters, and more.”
While the new emojis are exciting, my personal favorite in the update is the return of the 3D app switcher. Which means, on iPhone 6s and above running iOS 11.1, you can now again press the edge of the display to activate the app switcher – an alternative to double clicking the home button. ALSO READ: iOS 11: It’s beyond just an upgrade, here’s your guide to get familiar with the new iPhone, iPad OS
Bug fixes in this update are a handful. For Photos the update patches issues like some pictures appearing blurr, live photo effects playing slow, some pictures not showing up in the People album when restoring from an iCloud backup. It also fixes the issue of lag when swiping between screenshots.
There are also some updates to the VoiceOver feature. Another bug that caused cleared Mail notifications to reappear on Lock screen has been fixed. The update fixes an issue with some third party GPS accessories that caused inaccuracies in location data.
Additionally, according to YouTube channel iDeviceHelp, you can expect battery improvements for the iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus following the iOS 11.1 update. Each of those devices gained up to three hours of additional screen time while running on the iOS 11.1 beta 4 compared to when the devices were running iOS 11.0.3. ALSO READ: iOS 11 overtook iOS 10 with 48.6% installs, soon lost race with a drop to 43%
Again, no major upgrades come with this one, but the ones that come with it are considerable, like the ability to toggle automatic Wi-Fi connections on and off. The watch’s preference for Wi-Fi caused connectivity problems for some reviewers and current users who wanted to use their watches while in range of nonfunctional or paid wireless networks.
This release also enables music streaming on Apple Watch Series 3 with Apple Music or iCloud Music Library. You can also listen to live radio on Series 3 (Beats 1, custom stations, and expert-curated ones too). Also on the music front, Siri can find and play songs, playlists and albums for you on your wrist.
Further, fitness data can now be synced with GymKit-enabled treadmills, ellipticals, stair steppers, and indoor bikes. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 Review: When you know you want it, but still ask questions
macOS High Sierra 10.13.1
Apple has also updated the macbooks with macOS High Sierra 10.13.1, which comes with new emoji of its own, a fix for the KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerability, and more reliable Exchange message syncing in Mail. A bug which made Bluetooth unavailable during Apple Pay transactions is fixed, as is an issue relating to Spotlight not accepting keyboard input. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 Plus review: The best. Period.
Also rolling out is tvOS 11.1 to Apple TV (4th gen) and Apple TV 4K. There are no new features to speak of in this case, it’s all about unnamed bug fixes and performance enhancements. ALSO READ: ARKit: A definitive leap towards making augmented reality mainstream