Should I update to iOS 11? Read on this guide to get the pros and cons, and then make the final decision about whether you should upgrade to iOS 11, or iOS 11.1/11.2/11.3, or the latest iOS 11.4 on your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch.
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Apple has announced iOS 11 to the public in the fall of 2017. And iOS 11.4 has just been announced. Comparing to iOS 10, iOS 11 brings users plenty of awesome new features and improvements to iOS devices, such as improved person-to-person payments in Apple Pay, merged Lock screen and Notification Center, customizable Control Center, Do Not Disturb Driving mode, etc.
With those wonderful new features, you might be really eager to update iOS 11 or the latest iOS 11.4 on your device to get more surprises. However, it is worth mentioning that iOS 11 still existing various bugs and potential problems to be aware of. In this article, we have collected some major pros and cons of iOS 11 to help you weigh whether you should or should not update iOS 11 or iOS 11.1/11.2/11.3/11.4 on your iPhone/iPad/iPod.
The new update – iOS 11, iOS 11.1, iOS 11.2, iOS 11.3 and iOS 11.4 come along with plenty of fascinating features and enhancements. Here we will present you the most surprising 4 features that you’ll appreciate on your iOS device (new iPhone included).
Person-to-Person Payments in Apple Pay
With iOS 11, Apple Pay will allow you to send money to friends, family and others directly within a text conversation. When get paid, the received money will be held in a new "Apple Pay Cash" account, which can be used to make Apple Pay purchases in stores, in apps, or online, or you can transfer it to your bank account as you prefer.
Merged Lock Screen and Notification Center
Lock Screen and Notifications Center have now been combined into one screen in iOS 11. There’s no separate Notification Center anymore. Previously, the notification center would open when you swipe down the screen, but in iOS 11 it will bring up the Lock screen. To access the Today View, you just need to swipe to any of the sides.
Customizable Control Center
The iOS 11 Control Center has been completely redesigned and the best part is you can now customize and add even more Control Center toggles in iOS 11 even without jailbreak. That’s to say, you can freely add the options you want to the Control Center now.
To customize the Control Center, just go to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls > Tap the Plus (+) icon next to the items you would like to add to the "MORE CONTROLS" section. Also, you can use 3D Touch to control options in Control Center.
Options you will be able to add to Control Center:
Do Not Disturb While Driving Mode
Apple added a new safety feature called "Do Not Disturb While Driving", which fixed with the ability to silence all alerts as well as notifications and keep your iPhone screen dark when it is connected to car's Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. It will not only mute notifications, but also send an automatic text response to the people who trying to reach you when you are driving. The feature is meant to help drivers stay focused on the road, thereby reducing the risk of causing a crash.
If you are hesitating between updating your iDevices to iOS 11 and stick on iOS 10/10.1/10.2/10.3.3, then stay here. Following are some cons of iOS 11 that you should take into consideration.
3D Touch Brings No App Switcher Any More
Using 3D Touch to easily switch apps could be one of the most awesome hidden features in iOS 10. But in iOS 11, Apple has removed 3D Touch multitasking, which means the convenient 3D Touch power-user gesture for quickly opening app switcher and a quick shortcut to move back to the previous app have disappeared. There’s no longer app switcher on the left side of screen when 3D touching an app. You will have to double-tapping the home button and drag though in iOS 11.
Downgrade to iOS 10 is A Hassle
It will be a hassle to downgrade to the previous version after updating to iOS 11. If you want to downgrade to iOS 10, the only way to do so is with a complete factory reset. In other words, you're going to lose everything on your device as the downgrade process involves a complete data erase.
Of course, you can make a total backup of your iPhone/iPad/iPod to computer in advance. But you must take a risk that your device may get stuck during the downgrading process. What’s worse, if you made a wrong backup, the backups you created on iOS 11 will not be applied to lesser versions of iOS. In this case, you can only recover the lost files on iPhone via some third-party recovery tool. Neither solution is labor-saving.
Lose iOS 10 Jailbreak
Once you update your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch to iOS 11, you will lose all your iOS 10 jailbreaks, and the new jailbreaks for iOS 11 will take a long time to release the final version. So, if you like your jailbreak on iOS 10, don't upgrade to iOS 11 until final jailbreak is available for it. In addition, even though you downgrade your device to the previous version, the jailbreaks on previous iOS 10 may still have lost.
Every update comes with not only pros, but also cons, there’s no exception with iOS 11. Whether you should upgrade iOS 11 to have a new experience on your iOS device, or stuck on iOS 10/10.1/10.2/10.3.3 to keep your settings, jailbreaks or some other important items, it’s your decision. But one thing to remember, backup your device before upgrading to iOS 11.