Apple iOS 13.1.1 has arrived. It is the second fix-focused update for iOS 13 in a week as Apple tries to fix its botched iOS 13 launch. So if you rushed to upgrade to iOS 13 you need this, but iOS 12 owners please run for the hills because the early signs are it’s still a mess.
Tip: I keep this guide updated, so bookmark this page. I will deliver my final verdict in a week.
Who Is It For?
All iOS 13-compatible devices, this means the iPhone 6S and newer and the current iPod touch 7th generation. If you weren’t automatically prompted to upgrade, go to Settings > General > Software Update. Beta testers, if you are running a newer version of iOS 13 when you read this (see ‘The Road Ahead’ section below), remember to unroll your iPhones or iOS 13.1.1 won’t show up.
iPad owners, Apple has moved you to a new dedicated platform: iPadOS.
The Deal Breakers
Unfortunately, just like its predecessors, iOS 13.1.1 seems to be full of bugs. Users are reporting that the biggest problems in iOS 13 remain unfixed, such as Mail, Reminders and the battery problems introduced in iOS 13.1. Moreover, there are complaints about iPhones not starting after the update and even failing to see the app in the first place.
In addition to this, reports of cellular problems, Face ID bugs and general instability can be found across social media. There’s also no fix yet for the iOS 13.1 glitch that has caused a speed downgrade for wireless chargers.
And yet, if you are running iOS 13 you need to update.
So What Do You Get?
In short, critical bug fixes. Apple lists them as follows:
- Fixes issues that could prevent iPhone restoring from backup
- Addresses an issue that could cause the battery to drain more quickly
- Fixes an issue that could impact recognition of Siri requests on iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max
- Resolves a problem where Safari search suggestions may re-enable after turning them off
- Addresses an issue that could cause Reminders to sync slowly
- Fixes a security issue for third-party keyboard apps
The big one is listed last. Apple’s iOS 13 keyboard bug allowed third-party keyboards to attain “full access” to your phone and I suspect this was the primary focus of this fast-tracked release. Apple’s official security page also mentions the flaw listing a fix for when “Third party app extensions may not receive the correct sandbox restrictions”.
As for the others listed, user complaints show work still needs to be done but I suspect there will be a silent majority seeing improvements.
Apple iOS 13.1.1 Verdict: Upgrade From iOS 13, Avoid From iOS 12
Despite its problems, iOS 13 users should upgrade because iOS 13.1.1 seems to be passing on a softer punch than both iOS 13 and iOS 13.1. This is hardly inspiring stuff, but it’s where we are right now (and likely will be for some time) after all the problems with iOS 13.
On the flip side, iOS 12 users should steer clear. Apple’s final iOS 12 releases were rock solid and iOS 13 owners have a rocky road ahead.
The Road Ahead
iOS 13.2 has already shown up in analytics so expect official beta testing to begin shortly. I strongly suspect we will see further ‘minor point’ upgrades like iOS 13.1.2 and iOS 13.1.3 delivering more dedicated bug fixes before it arrives.
I previously warned iOS 13 users to expect at least six bug fix releases before the end of 2019. Based on Apple’s current woes and quick-fire Whac-A-Mole updates, I suspect that number was conservative.
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