iOS 11.1 Release Date Tips & Tricks

iOS 11.1 Release Date Tips & Tricks is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The iOS 11.1 update doesn’t have an official release date, but there’s a good chance it’ll touch down for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users in a few short weeks.

Apple continues to refine its iOS 11.1 update as we push through the fall.

The first iOS 11.1 beta came with some small tweaks and changes, but the second iOS 11.1 beta delivered new and redesigned emojis for the iOS keyboard. Apple employees are also testing the company’s upcoming Apple Pay Cash solution with the iOS 11.1 beta.

Apple recently released its third beta with improvements to iOS 11’s first milestone upgrade. With every beta release we get closer to the official iOS 11.1 release date.

The company hasn’t attached a specific release date to the iOS 11.1 update though we expect Apple to push it live in late October or early November. If we’re lucky, the company will release the upgrade alongside the iPhone X flagship that’s set to arrive on November 3rd.

The iOS 11.1 update is making progress which means you iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users can, and probably should, start shifting your attention from iOS 11.0.3 to the first major update to iOS 11. The emojis are exciting, sure, but iOS 11.1 should deliver a nice list of tweaks and bug fixes for lingering iOS 11 problems.

The most recent iOS 11.1 beta brought a fix for an annoying Reachability bug and the update will also patch up a nasty Wi-Fi exploit.

In this guide will provide you with some tips that should help you prepare for the iOS 11.1 update’s release later this year. The more prepared you are, the better.

Get Familiar with iOS 11.1 & Its Changes

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Get Familiar with iOS 11.1 & Its Changes

If you haven't been keeping an eye on the iOS 11.1 beta, now's a great time to dig into the changes coming with Apple's first milestone iOS 11 upgrade. 

It's important to get familiar with the changes coming with each and every iOS update Apple puts in beta. This way, you won't be caught off-guard by the changes. 

iOS 11.1 is much bigger than your standard iOS update and it will deliver new features and tweaks alongside bug fixes and security patches. 

The best way to get acquainted with the iOS 11.1 update is via the iOS 11.1 beta. The beta is free to anyone with an Apple ID. Take a look at our list of reasons to, and not to, install the iOS 11.1 beta on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

If you don't want to try the iOS 11.1 beta on your device, take a look at our iOS 11.1 walkthrough to get acquainted with some of the key features on board. 

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iOS 11.1 Release Date Tips & Tricks is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

5 Things to Know About the iOS 11.0.3 Update

5 Things to Know About the iOS 11.0.3 Update is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Apple’s released a new iOS 11.0.3 update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and the company’s new bug fixer delivers an important fix for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Apple continues to release new iOS 11 updates at a rapid pace. Earlier this month, the company pushed a new iOS 11.1 update beta with 50+ new emoji characters. The company’s also released a brand new maintenance update aimed at solving lingering iOS 11 problems.

The iOS 11.0.3 update is a bug fix update, but it’s actually a pretty sizable download. Like iOS 11.0.1 and iOS 11.0.2, iOS 11.0.3 is another 278MB download for the iPhone 7, 280MB for the iPhone 7 Plus.

If you’re coming to iOS 11.0.3 from an older version of iOS, your download will likely be larger thanks to features and fixes from the update’s you skipped. They’re baked in. If you’re upgrading to iOS 11 for the first time, you can expect a very substantial download.

The iOS 11.0.3 update fixes problems on the iPhone and iPad, but we’re hearing about some of the iOS 11.0.3 problems plaguing iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users. Some users are reporting installation issues, others are reporting immediate battery drain and issues with GarageBand.

Our iOS 11.0.3 update guide goes over the most important things to know, right now, about these iOS 11.0.3 problems. It also includes our impressions of the iOS 11.0.3 update on the iPhone, fixes for iOS 11.0.3 problems, the iOS 11 downgrade, and what to expect next from Apple.

iOS 11.0.3 Review

Apple’s iOS bug fix updates sometimes are just a few megabytes. However, the last three iOS 11 updates have been pretty substantial downloads.

The iOS 11.0.3 update is 278MB on the iPhone 7, 280MB on the iPhone 7 Plus, and 276MB on the iPhone SE. If you’re coming straight from iOS 11.0.2, your download should only take a minute or so provided you’re connected to a swift Wi-Fi network.

The iOS 11.0.3 installation will take a bit longer. The installation on these three devices took about five minutes, give or take a few seconds.

Again, if you’re coming from something older than iOS 11.0.2, you can expect your download and installation to take a little bit longer.

We’ve only been using the iOS 11.0.3 update for a short time, but we want to relay some early impressions of the software on the iPhone.

We’ve been using the new update on the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone SE, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, and iPad mini 2. Most of these updates are stable.

We haven’t noticed any abnormal battery drain and we’ve successfully connected all of these devices to Wi-Fi (including eero), Bluetooth devices, and cellular networks.

We haven’t noticed any random reboots, but we’ve noticed user interface lag on the iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, and the ancient iPad mini 2.

Apps are performing well.  Our core apps include Asana, Slack, Twitter, Spotify, Podcasts, YouTube, and Gmail. We’ve noticed a few crashes, but that’s not out of the ordinary.

For the most part, iOS 11.0.3 feels stable. That said, new software, even maintenance updates like iOS 11.0.3, can cause major problems. Older devices (like the iPhone 5s) are particularly susceptible to performance issues so those of you with an older device should approach iOS 11.0.3 with caution.

If you need additional feedback about iOS 11.0.3 and iOS 11, take a look at our reasons to, and not to, install the iOS 11.0.3 update on your device right now.

We’ve also put together quick reviews for the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone SE, and the iPad Air 2, iPad Air, and iPad mini 2.

iOS 11.0.3: What’s New

The iOS 11.0.3 update is a maintenance update which means it comes with bug fixes. And like iOS 11.0.1 and iOS 11.0.2, it fixes serious issues with iOS and the iPhone.

Apple’s change log notes that iOS 11.0.3 fixes an issue where audio and haptic feedback would not work on some iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus devices. It also addresses an issue where touch input was unresponsive on some iPhone 6s displays. The company says this is because they were not serviced with genuine Apple parts.

The iOS 11.0.3 doesn’t bring any new features (that we know of) and it includes the security content of iOS 11.

iOS 11.0.3 Problems

We’re having a solid experience on iOS 11.0.3, but others are already running into trouble with Apple’s update.

iPhone and iPad users are noticing installation problems (the update’s getting stuck during the download/installation process and we noticed an error you can see below), Bluetooth problems, weird battery drain, issues with first and third-party applications, Wi-Fi issues, and UI lag.

Apple’s acknowledged an iOS 11 Reachability bug, but it’s unclear if the iOS 11.0.3 update fixes it. The change log doesn’t mention a fix. The company is also looking into a fix for GarageBand issues.

If you’re already noticing bugs or problems, take a look at our list of fixes for the most common iOS 11 problems. Our list covers abnormal battery drain, Bluetooth issues, and more.

You might also want to take a look at our tips to improve iOS 11 performance and iOS 11 battery life. They will come in handy if you start noticing lag or weird battery drain after installing iOS 11.0.3.

iOS 10 Downgrade Closed

If iOS 11.0.3 starts acting up on your device you can try downgrading.

As of right now you can drop back down to iOS 11.0.1 or iOS 11.0.2 in an effort to improve your device’s performance.

Apple’s closed off the iOS 11.0. and iOS 10 downgrades which means there’s no going back to iOS 10. Once you download iOS 11 on your device, you’re stuck.

Apple will, at some point, stop signing off on iOS 11.0.1 and iOS 11.0.2 so those of you interested in downgrading will need to move pretty quickly. It won’t make an announcement ahead of time.

Our guide will take you step-by-step through the downgrade process.

What’s Next

The iOS 11.0.3 update fixes some bugs, but there still are iOS 11 problems. Apple hasn’t confirmed an iOS 11.0.4 update, but we could certainly see one emerge in October.

An iOS 11.0.4 bug fixer is up in the air, but the company is planning to deliver a new iOS 11.1 update later this year. Apple recently released the second iOS 11.1 beta for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Apple hasn’t confirmed an iOS 11.1 release date, but it could arrive in late October with several brand new features for iPhone and iPad users.

iOS 11.1 will deliver Unicode 10.0 and its new emoji characters to the iOS keyboard. The list of new emojis includes a zombie, a genie, an elf, an exploding head, a mage, a coconut, a sandwich, and a vampire. The iOS 11.1 update will also bring back the 3D Touch App Switcher gesture.

The company’s also promised to deliver Apple Pay Cash and person-to-person Apple Pay payments in Messages later this year and Apple employees are testing the service in iOS 11.1 beta.

iOS 11.1 is shaping up to be a major release so make sure you keep an eye out for new iOS 11.1 betas, and new iOS 11 updates, as we push through the month.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 11.0.3 & 9 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 11 for Better Security

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Install iOS 11 for Better Security

If the security of your device is important to you you'll probably want to install iOS 11.0.3 today or sometime in the near future. 

The iOS 11.0.3 update doesn't come with any new security patches. It simply features the patches from the iOS 11.0 update. (iOS 11.0.1/iOS 11.0.2 didn't come with any new patches either.)

Apple's initial iOS 11.0 update delivered several patches for potential exploits. These patches address serious vulnerabilities in iOS. If you're coming from iOS 10, the iOS 11.0.3 update delivers eight patches to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. 

That's not all. iOS 11 also comes with new security features aimed at keeping your data safe. Elcomsoft recently discovered a change to the way iOS deals with trusted devices. 

In iOS 11 you can't establish trust with a PC using fingerprints alone. You'll also need to put in a full passcode in order to gain that trust. 

If you skipped previous versions of iOS, your iOS 11.0.3 update will come with an even longer list of security patches. 

Apple's iOS 10.3.3 update delivered 24 security patches addressing potential issues with Contacts, Messages, Notifications, and Safari. It also included a patch for a potentially dangerous Wi-Fi exploit called "Broadpwn." 

If you skipped iOS 10.3.2 you'll get 23 additional patches in iOS 11.0.3. And if for some reason you missed iOS 10.3, you'll get 60 security patches with your version of iOS 11.0.3. 

If you want to protect the data you store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you should make your move to iOS 11/iOS 11.0.3 soon.

This is particularly important for those of you running older versions of iOS.

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5 Things to Know About the iOS 11.0.3 Update is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

How to Share iCloud Storage With Your Family

How to Share iCloud Storage With Your Family is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

This will show you how to share iCloud storage with a family member on iOS 11. You no longer need to buy an iCloud Storage plan for each member of your family, and you may be able to save quite a bit of money by adding family members to a shared iCloud Storage plan.

Even if you already share purchases, music or your location with members of your family using Family Sharing, you need to turn on iCloud Storage sharing and make sure everyone is added to your account.

You can only share iCloud Storage on the 200GB or higher plans. So you will need to be paying $2.99 to $9.99 a month to use this sharing feature. The 50GB plan cannot be shared. If anyone in your family is using iCloud Storage at the 200GB level it may make sense to share storage.

How to Add a Family Member to iCloud Storage

You can add a member to your iCloud Storage family share very quickly, especially if they are already part of your family on iOS 11. If you need to add a member to your family, use this guide to setup Family Sharing on the iPhone and iPad.

Share iCloud Storage with Family Sharing in iOS 11.
Share iCloud Storage with Family Sharing in iOS 11.

Here’s what to do to share iCloud Storage with family members;

  1. Open the Settings app on your primary device.
  2. Tap on the Apple ID at the top with your photo.
  3. Tap on Family Sharing.
  4. Tap on iCloud Storage
  5. Turn iCloud Storage Sharing On by tapping Share Storage Plan
  6. Tap on Send Invitation
  7. Send the iMessage to let them know they can share your storage.
Send the invite to your family members.
Send the invite to your family members.

From here they will need to accept the invitation to share storage. Your files and your photos are all kept separate, but now you as the primary organizer can see how much storage everyone is using.

How to Accept iCloud Family Sharing Invite

On the other devices your family members will need to open the message, tap on the iCloud invitation and then tap on Accept to join your share.

You may be able to share with other users who are not on iOS 11 yet. We are testing this and will update when we know for sure if they can use iCloud Family Sharing. Apple introduced Family Sharing with iOS 8, so it is available to many devices.

18 Best iPhone 8 Cases

Speck Presidio Ultra iPhone 8 Case

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Speck Presidio Ultra iPhone 8 Case

Generally when you have to pick an iPhone 8 case you have to choose between style and durability or thickness and protection. Speck already did a great job of delivering just enough protection and a lot of style, and the new Presidio Ultra for iPhone 8 takes this to another level.

This is a multi-part iPhone 8 case that allows you to carry a Speck Slim Presidio case on your phone at all times. This slim case includes a raised bezel a great amount of protection and easy clickable buttons. There is a large opening for charging and lear access to the speakers.

When you need more protection -- like when working out, going outdoors or being more active -- you can snap on the include Impactium Ultra Bumper. This adds another layer of shock protection from drops, added screen protection on the front of your iPhone 8 and also keeps dust and debris out of the charging port.

It's a slim iPhone 8 case all the time and a rugged iPhone 8 case when you need it, without the need for two cases. There's even a holster included to secure it to you or to use as a kickstand.

$49.95 at Speck

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How to Share iCloud Storage With Your Family is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

How to Fix Verification Failed: Error Connecting to Apple ID Server Problems

How to Fix Verification Failed: Error Connecting to Apple ID Server Problems is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

This guide will show you how to fix the Verification Failed: There was an error connecting to the Apple ID Server error on your iPhone or iPad. You may see this while setting up a new iPhone or when trying to install an iPhone update.

We’ve seen this most recently while setting up the iPhone 8 Plus and installing an iOS 11 update, but you can see it on any iPhone or iPad. In most cases there are ways you can fix this quickly, but you will need access to another WiFi network or to a computer depending on when you are seeing it.

How to fix the annoying Apple ID Server error on iPhone or iPad.
How to fix the annoying Apple ID Server error on iPhone or iPad.

Here’s what to do when you keep getting the Verification Failed Error when trying to connect to the Apple ID Server on your iPhone or iPad. Try these four steps before you bother talking to Apple, since they will just tell you the same thing after a long hold;

  1. Restart the iPhone or iPad
  2. Restart your Router and Modem
  3. Try another WiFi Network
  4. Update Your iPhone with iTunes

In many cases restarting your iPhone and your router or modem won’t work, but now and then it will solve the issue. We have not had any success turning WiFi off and trying to use LTE to finish setup or find the update.

Try Another WiFi Network

When setting up an iPhone 8 we saw the Apple ID Server error and we were able to fix it by connecting to a different WiFi network and completing the setup. This took just a few minutes and was a simple fix. The troublesome network is a TP Link router and there are many threads suggesting turning all kinds of settings on and off to make the iPhone work with TP Link routers, but this isn’t the only cause of the problem.

Update With iTunes

The same phone couldn’t install the iOS 11.0.2 update on the home WiFi network. When checking for an update we saw the Verification Failed: There was an error connecting to the Apple ID Server error again.

This time trying another WiFi network didn’t work, nor did turning airplane mode on and off or trying to find the update over LTE. We had to plug into iTunes to install the iOS 11.0.2 update.

If you see the Apple ID Server problem on your iPhone or iPad, you should plug into iTunes and install the update that way. Here’s a guide on how to install iOS updates using iTunes.

18 Best iPhone 8 Cases

Speck Presidio Ultra iPhone 8 Case

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Speck Presidio Ultra iPhone 8 Case

Generally when you have to pick an iPhone 8 case you have to choose between style and durability or thickness and protection. Speck already did a great job of delivering just enough protection and a lot of style, and the new Presidio Ultra for iPhone 8 takes this to another level.

This is a multi-part iPhone 8 case that allows you to carry a Speck Slim Presidio case on your phone at all times. This slim case includes a raised bezel a great amount of protection and easy clickable buttons. There is a large opening for charging and lear access to the speakers.

When you need more protection -- like when working out, going outdoors or being more active -- you can snap on the include Impactium Ultra Bumper. This adds another layer of shock protection from drops, added screen protection on the front of your iPhone 8 and also keeps dust and debris out of the charging port.

It's a slim iPhone 8 case all the time and a rugged iPhone 8 case when you need it, without the need for two cases. There's even a holster included to secure it to you or to use as a kickstand.

$49.95 at Speck

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How to Fix Verification Failed: Error Connecting to Apple ID Server Problems is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.