So far, Apple was iOS 15 a buggy mess and little has improved with iOS 15.0.1, iOS 15.0.2 and even the feature-rich iOS 15.1 update. Now Apple has pushed Another update – iOS 15.1.1 – this time exclusively for iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 owners, and it shows clear signs of improvement. Here is everything you need to know.
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For whom is that?
Apple iOS 15.1.1 was released for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 series only. You should be automatically notified of the upgrade, but if not the update can be triggered manually by navigating to Settings> General> Software update. If you’re using a newer beta version of iOS 15 (see ‘The Road Ahead’ section at the end), you must sign out your iPhone first before it shows iOS 15.1.1.
Note: This guide doesn’t focus on older iOS updates or iPadOS, but I will address relevant issues in these guides.
The deal breakers
Jailbreakers remain trapped in stasis. Unc0ver and checkra1n have yet to crack the later iOS 14 versions, let alone iOS 15. If you want your iPhone 12 to continue to remain jailbroken, you have to stay where you are. IPhone 13 owners who started with iOS 15 still need to benefit from a supported jailbreak.
For everyone else, the news is promising. I see isolated reports of graphics problems like Widget and Home screen error and Menu error as well as reported Stability problems with Spotify. But that’s about it. Complaints about the Long-reported problems with CarPlay, memory and touchscreen everyone seems to be calm.
That said, two factors play a role here. First, since it is limited to iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 users, the sample size is much smaller than normal. Second, the release is almost 400MB for what appears to be (Spoilers for the next section) a single problem update that is not tracked. My hope is that Apple has added many undisclosed fixes and is testing their effectiveness on fewer models than usual.
We will see.
So what are you getting?
Apple’s official release notes state:
- iOS 15.1.1 improves call abandonment performance on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models.
Oddly enough, I haven’t seen widespread abandonment reports on either the iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 series. Certainly not enough to warrant a dedicated iOS update. In fact, I couldn’t find a single example of a user reporting that their calling experience suddenly improved with this version. This, in turn, leads me to the question of whether this 400MB update is tacitly containing more fixes than Apple is willing to reveal.
Apple iOS 15.1.1 Bottom Line: Update if you’re already using iOS 15
iOS 15.1.1 is a strange update. It’s a big download for a single fix on two areas of the iPhone that I can’t find any evidence that the problem (dropped calls) is widespread. On the other hand, apart from a few graphic glitches, the update seems to be more stable than any previous iOS 15 version.
This makes my Spidey Sense tingle (Apple has a long history of not making bug fixes), but the end result is one and the same: this seems like a very solid step forward for owners of iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 with iOS 15 . Perhaps similar steps for older iPhones will follow in the next version.
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Along the road
iOS 15.2 is already in the third beta phase and, as is usual with updates for ‘main points’, contains some useful new features. Apple Music owners can finally search playlists, reminders can be renamed and deleted en masse, Apple Arcade search results are displayed in Spotlight, and iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max owners benefit from a new macro mode switch for their cameras.
Interestingly, iOS 15.2 also allows iPhone 13 owners to replace their displays without disabling Face ID after a significant setback. This seems to be part of Apple’s new attitude versus third-party iPhone repairs, a surprising but very welcome U-turn.
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