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Apple on Monday officially released iOS 11.4.1, just about a month after the last major update to the iOS 11 operating system.
iOS 11.4.1 is an incremental update with a relatively small list of additions. For the most part, it’s a minor update with bug fixes to address issues discovered in iOS 11.4. No major additions are listed in the release notes, and as of the writing of this article, no new outward-facing features have been discovered.
As far as bug fixes, Apple’s release notes for iOS 11.4.1 indicate that several issues have been addressed — including a bug that prevented the last known location of AirPods from appearing in Find My iPhone.
iOS 11.4.1 also bumps up syncing reliability for Mail, Contacts and Notes with Microsoft Exchange accounts.
There were also some reported battery life issues with iOS 11.4. Though it’s not currently clear whether iOS 11.4.1 addresses that since it’s not listed in the release notes. In other words, we’ll have to wait until user reports start rolling in before we can confirm any battery improvements.
The previous update to iOS 11, version 11.4, added several major features like Messages in iCloud and AirPlay 2.
Apple typically polishes up a major numbered iOS platform before moving on to the next one, which is iOS 12 in this case.
Usually, that’s because of the phasing-out of support for older handsets and tablets. But it’s worth noting that iOS 12 will be supported by the same range of Apple devices that were compatible with iOS 11.
Still, it’s likely that iOS 11.4.1 could be one of the last updates to the iOS 11 platform before iOS 12 launches in the fall.
iOS 11.4.1 should be available as a free over-the-air update to supported devices, which include the iPhone 5s and later, the iPad mini 2 and later, the iPad Air and later, and the 6th-gen iPod touch.
The update can be found by going to Settings > General > Software Update.
What’s Coming in iOS 12?
Speaking of which, iOS 12 is the next major update to Apple’s mobile operating system. It brings a slew of improvements, including general performance and Siri enhancements, digital health tools, Group FaceTime with support for up to 32 callers, and new customizable Memoji characters, among a range of other features.