Now that we’re a few days removed from the release we want to take iPad users through the most important things to know about the iPad’s version of iOS 11.2.
Apple’s already pushed out seven new versions of iOS 11. Five of those upgrades (iOS 11.0.1, iOS 11.0.2, iOS 11.0.3, iOS 11.1.1 and iOS 11.1.2) were maintenance releases aimed at fixing issues on the iPad and iPhone. The company’s iOS 11.1 update was much bigger.
The company’s latest version, iOS 11.2, is on par with iOS 11.1 and it delivers a nice mix of features, fixes, and enhancements to the iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad, and iPad mini.
Apple’s iOS 11.2 update delivers numerous bug fixes and there’s a chance it’ll improve your iPad’s performance. There’s also a chance it’ll cause problems.
iPad users are complaining about poor performance, connectivity issues, problems apps and services, installation problems, and many other annoying problems. Software problems can popup at anytime so you’ll want to be prepared. This guide will help you do that.
Our iPad iOS 11.2 walkthrough will take you through current problems and provide you with some potential fixes for those issues. It’ll also take you through the iOS 11 downgrade, our impressions of the iOS 11.2 update on three iPad variants, and some information about the second major iOS 11 update for the iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPad.
Let’s start off with some quick iOS 11.2 impressions.
iPad iOS 11.2 Impressions
We've been using the iOS 11.2 update on three versions of the iPad: The iPad Air 2, the iPad Air, and the iPad mini 2. The iPad mini 2 is the oldest iPad capable of running iOS 11.
iOS 11.2 is a sizable download for all three, but it should only take a minute or so to download. The installation process took a little bit longer, about six minutes on the iPad Air 2 and around seven on the original iPad Air and iPad mini 2.
Mileage is going to vary from person-to-person, device-to-device, so you'll want to take a peek at our iOS 11.2 download guide for more information.
We've been testing iOS 11.2 on this trio of iPads for a few days now. The update's currently running fine on the iPad Air models, but we continue to notice issues on the iPad mini 2.
Battery life and connectivity are holding up on all three iPad variants. We haven't noticed any weird battery drain nor have we had any problems connecting to Wi-Fi or Bluetooth devices. Our various connections are fast and strong.
App performance has been pretty steady. Most of our core apps are working properly though Chrome, YouTube, Asana, and Slack have all crashed on the iPad mini 2.
Our iPads haven't randomly rebooted yet, but UI speed has been an issue. We've noticed lag on all three iPads and it's been pretty bad on the iPad mini 2.
On the iPad mini 2 we've noticed stuttering, keyboard lag, and lag when pulling up Control Center and Notification Center. It's also visible when opening folders and apps and when moving from one home screen to another. It's similar to what we saw on iOS 11.1.2 and iOS 11.1.
On the iPad Air and iPad Air 2, we've occasionally come cross keyboard lag and a bit of slowdown when opening up certain apps and folders.
For the most part, iOS 11.2 is treating our devices well. That said, the potential for lag is something to consider, especially if you own an iPad mini 2.
For more on the merits of iOS 11.2, take a look at our reasons to and not to install the update on your device right now.