Apple iOS 11.0.2 Released Should You Upgrade?

Apple iOS 11 is definitely has a few issues that Apple need to fix.

While iOS 11 is arguably the most ambitious iOS upgrade in generations (and packed with secret features), the launch was tainted by numerous problems and iOS 11.0.1 only added to them. Now Apple has rushed out a second fix, iOS 11.0.2, but should you upgrade or will it only make things worse?

iOS 11.0.2 Device Compatibility?

With with all iOS 11 updates, iOS 11.0.2 is compatible with the iPhone 5S or later, iPad mini 2 or later and the 6th generation iPod touch or later.

Compatible devices will be notified about the iOS 11.0.2 update automatically, but if this doesn’t happen you can trigger it manually by going to Settings > General > Software Update

TIP: iOS 11.0.2 is not part of the beta program, so if you are then you will need to unroll your device for it to show up.

iOS update sizes vary depending on the device but like iOS 11.01, iOS 11.0.2 is typically around 300MB in size.

Jailbroken Phone Issue

Yes, iOS 11.0.2 will break jailbroken iPhones, iPads and iPod touch. Steer clear until your jailbreaker of choice notifies you it has made a breakthrough.

Unfortunately, just like iOS 11 and iOS 11.0.1, there are a lot of users reporting problems with a variety of issues. It is too early to write-off this update, but poor battery life, performance lag and overall instability are common complaints.

Of course with hundreds of millions of iPhones, iPads and iPod touches in the world it is impossible to know the full scale of these problems but for now, it’s probably best not to update to iOS 11.0.2 for now, unless you have one of the issues detailed in the next section.

Apple iOS 11 introduced severe battery drain and it has got worse for many users in both iOS 11.0.1 and iOS 11.0.2 as you can see from the chart below

What’s New With iOS 11.0.2 Update?

Apple’s release notes list iOS 11.0.2 as fixing three specific problems:

  • The ‘crackling bug’ in the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
  • A bug which could cause photos to be hidden
  • An email error where attachments in encrypted emails would not open

The good news is these fixes appear to be working. Notably iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus owners are overwhelmingly reporting the crackling bug is no more, even if there is the odd exception.

But outside of this target audience, iOS 11.0.2 appears to offer nothing else. Apple’s own security page reports no security content has been updated since iOS 11. This is understandable because, while iOS 11.0.2 is the third iOS 11 release, iOS 11 itself was only released two weeks ago.

Apple iOS 11.0.2 Verdict: Avoid (With Three Exceptions)

What iOS 11.0.2 does well is address the three issues it set out to fix: speaker crackle, hidden photos and broken emails attachments. If you are suffering from one of these problems then iOS 11.0.2 is worth the risk.

For everyone else I would advise you avoid iOS 11.0.2. The battery issues which plagued iOS 11 and iOS 11.0.1 appear to continue, as does poor performance and instability. The scale of these problems is unknown at this stage but there’s no point upgrading to iOS 11.0.2 if your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch is working well. There aren’t even security patches in this update.

Furthermore Apple is working on something more substantial.

What’s Ahead

Apple iOS 11.1 is now in beta testing. Expected to launch alongside the heavily redesigned iPhone X, it will be a significant update which brings new features and security fixes. It may even return a major feature pulled from the iOS 11 launch.

Given the ongoing issues I wouldn’t rule out iOS 11.0.3 arriving first, but iOS 11.1 is the major update coming.

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