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 11.0.3.
Apple’s iOS 11 update is only a few weeks old, but the company’s already pushed four new versions. One, iOS 11.1, is in beta ahead of an unknown release date. The other three, iOS 11.0.1, iOS 11.0.2, and iOS 11.0.3 are maintenance releases aimed at fixing issues on the iPad and iPhone.
The current version of iOS 11 is iOS 11.0.3. iOS 11.0.3 doesn’t come with any new features or security patches (assuming you’re coming to it from iOS 11.0.2 or iOS 11.0.1), but it does deliver a few bug fixes. If you’re dealing with bugs on your device, you’ll probably want to download iOS 11.0.3.
The iPad iOS 11.0.3 update is also causing a variety of problems for iPad users. iPad users are complaining about poor performance, connectivity issues, problems apps and services, installation problems, and many other annoying problems. iOS 11.0.3 problems can popup at anytime so you’ll want to be prepared. This guide will help you do that.
Our iPad iOS 11.0.3 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 11.0.3 update on three iPad variants, and some information about the first major update for the iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPad.
Let’s start off with some quick iOS 11.0.3 impressions.
iPad iOS 11.0.3 Impressions
We've been using the iOS 11.0.3 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 running iOS 11.
iOS 11.0.3 is a fairly substantial download, but it should only take a minute or two provided you're connected to fast Wi-Fi network.
The installation process took a little bit longer. It took about 7 minutes on the iPad mini 2 and a minute less on the newer iPads. We didn't have to troubleshoot any download or installation problems on any of these devices.
Mileage is going to vary from person-to-person, device-to-device, so you'll want to take a peek at our iOS 11.0.3 download guide for more information.
We've been testing iOS 11.0.3 on the trio for a couple of days now. The update's pretty impressive on the iPad Air models, but it leaves something to be desired on the iPad mini 2.
Battery life and connectivity are both holding up. We haven't noticed any weird battery drain nor have we had any problems connecting to Wi-Fi or Bluetooth devices. Connections are fast and strong.
App performance has been pretty steady. Chrome and Twitter have crashed a few times on the original iPad Air, but all of our core apps work.
Our devices haven't randomly rebooted themselves, but UI speed has been an issue on all three.
We've noticed lag on all three iPads and it's pretty bad, at times, on the iPad mini 2. We've noticed heavy 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.
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. This is about the same as it was on iOS 11.0.2.
For the most part, iOS 11 is treating our devices well. That said, the potential for lag is something to consider if you haven't yet the move to iOS 11 or iOS 11.0.3.
For more on the merits of iOS 11.0.3, take a look at our reasons to and not to install the update right now.