Apple iOS 11.0.3 Angers Users Two Weeks Later – Forbes
Writing about the topic famed ally AppleInsider wrote “Problems with battery life and instability proliferate on social media and Apple support forums” many of which “don’t seem to have a common cause, or are easily rectifiable.” More to the point, AppleInsider points out postings I’d previously missed where users are flooding Apple with complaints.
On Apple’s Official Support Communities forum a post reporting multiple problems within iOS 11.0.3 but most specifically truly dreadful battery life has over 1200 endorsements confirming to Apple that “I have this question too”.
On reddit a post from one owner describing how his iPhone has “taken a nosedive” after upgrading to iOS 11 now has over 400 comments, almost all of which empathise with the poster. And it gets worse. On a second reddit thread which describes a slew of performance and stability problems, the poster asks how common others are finding this and over 2000 comments followed again overwhelming in support.
Anger levels are also rising. Affected users are arguing it’s the apocalypse and unaffected users are counterarguing in a manner that suggests because they are unaffected there is clearly no problem – neither standpoint is useful. Clearly not every single iPhone, iPad or iPod touch is being affected, but it is equally clear that a significant number are.
AppleInsider itself makes this point saying it has a pair of iPad Airs, iPhone 7 Plus and an iPhone 6S which are running fine on iOS 11 but other iPads and iPhones are experiencing problems including a “profound impact on battery life”. Indeed battery life in particular seems to be a dire problem for many.
A simple keyword search on Twitter reveals thousands of complaints just for iOS 11.0.3 battery life alone, and it does appear to be the fault of software not hardware. Digging into the data set collated from Genius Bars since the 2016 ‘Touch Disease’ problems, AppleInsider points out there is no obvious increase in authorised hardware repairs so “something in iOS 11 is to blame”.
The good news is for battery life specifically there appears to be hope with the latest betas of iOS 11.1 showing massive improvements. But that is just one issue and so far release notes alongside the iOS 11.1 betas have not shown it will deliver the lorry load of fixes required by many, at least officially (Apple sometimes sneaks fixes in under the radar).
Apple iOS 11.1 will launch in the next 1-2 weeks, but it could be worth signing up for the Apple Beta Program if you can’t wait. In the meantime Apple needs to remember that no matter how focused it is on the super smart iPhone X, the company cannot afford to leave behind loyal customers using older models…
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