Apple AAPL -0.43% iOS 11.1 is the big one. Following the rushed releases of iOS 11.0.1, iOS 11.0.2 and iOS 11.0.3 (which caused more problemsthan they fixed), Apple has launched a new iOS 11.1 update which tackles by far the biggest problem facing iOS 11 upgraders today: battery life.
Popular YouTuber iDeviceHelp was first to spot dramatic battery improvements in iOS 11.1. His video shows an iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus each gain up to three hours of additional screen-on time compared to when they were running iOS 11.0.3. This goes a long way to correcting the circa 60% drop many iPhones suffered after upgrading to iOS 11.
- A Beta Life
Firstly you can’t get iOS 11.1 without enrolling in the Apple Beta Program. That’s right, iOS 11.1 is still in beta testing and it is actually the fourth beta which has delivered these serious battery gains. That said with many reports of iPhones running iOS 11.0.3 only lasting a few hours on standby, enrollment is a simple hurdle worth jumping.
- Usage Variation
Secondly while the real world battery improvements you get with iOS 11.1 will be significant, you can’t expect the exact figures iDeviceHelp achieved. This is because the tests are not representative of real world usage and operate simply by setting away a timer and waiting until the phone runs out.
The timer is far less demanding than the usual real world mix of social media, videos, photography and gaming so you won’t be getting the massive 6-8 hours of screen-on time iDeviceHelp achieved. That said the gains iDeviceHelp discovered were almost 40% up on iOS 11.0.3 so however you use your iPhone, it’s still going to see a massive improvement.