Early adopters of new software updates have been warned by one expert they are often used as “guinea pigs” and Apple iPhone users should consider holding off on downloading the company’s iOS 11 update.
Apple has received hundreds of complaints that the iPhone’s newest operating system is causing bugs and overall performance to nosedive.
Numerous iPhone users have taken to reddit claiming their smartphones are experiencing significant problems since downloading the update, which launched last week.
The iOS 11 “major update” is reportedly causing slower app performance, app crashes and increasingly poor battery life.
“Any time a new system is brought into play, no matter how diligent and no matter how much testing has gone into it, there are always bound to be bugs,” Queensland University of Technology mobile expert Christine Satchell told The New Daily.
RMIT University IT lecturer John Lenarcic echoed the comments, stating early adopters of software updates are often used as “guinea pigs”.
He said that users should wait a “couple of months” before upgrading to a new operating system.
“I think it’s a good idea to wait especially if it’s dealing with any operating system upgrade,” Mr Lenarcic said.
Users have complained their phones freeze when attempting to open specific apps, like Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, Messenger and Safari, and that a hard reset was the only way to fix the problem.
The new Control Centre has also been a cause for concern for users, with it either not displaying and/or the “now playing” widget unable to control songs.
But the chief complaint has been the serious hit to their device’s battery life.
It comes after mobile security company Wandera found battery drain increased by almost 150 per cent.
According to a subset of 50,000 moderate to heavy iPhone users, iOS 11 devices decay from 100 per cent battery to 0 per cent in 96 minutes, whereas iOS 10 devices take 240 minutes to run empty.
Approximately 24 per cent of iPhone users have adopted iOS 11, while 69 per cent still use iOS 10 and six per cent use an older version, according to analytics company Mixpanel.
Downgrade to iOS 10 if problems persist
If you have experienced problems with the iOS 11 update, experts suggested backing up your device, and reverting to iOS 10.3.3.
This can be done by following these steps.
- Plug your iPhone into your computer via your charging cable
- Open iTunes
- Press and hold the power button and the volume down button at the same time, if you’re using an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 plus. If using an iPhone 6 or earlier, press and hold the power button and home button until recovery mode screen begins
- On your iTunes, you will be prompted to either update or restore. Click restore
Alternatively, you can delete the update by going to Settings > General > Storage & iCould Usage > Manage Storage > iOS 11 Update > Delete Update, and re-download it again.
iOS 11 update changes
- Customisable Control Centre widget
- Screen recording
- Drag and Drop feature
- Do Not Disturb while driving feature
- Scan and annotate documents on devices
- Siri “natural voice” improvement, five new languages
You can read the iOS 11 changes in full here.