Apple has released iOS 11.1 to the general public. The new version of iOS includes a variety of bug fixes, feature enhancements, security improvements, and other additions to the mobile operating system, making iOS 11.1 a recommended update for iPhone and iPad users running a prior version of iOS 11.
Separately, Apple also released the final version of macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 for Macs, security updates to prior Mac OS releases, watchOS 4.1 for Apple Watch, and tvOS 11.1 for Apple TV.
iOS 11.1 includes over 70 new emoji icons, including dinosaurs, pie, broccoli, bearded people, breastfeeding person, gender neutral characters, wizard, pixies, zebra, scarf, brain, vampires, and a variety of other characters.
Additionally, iOS 11.1 restores the popular 3D Touch multitasking gesture on iPhone devices equipped with 3D Touch.
How to Download and Install iOS 11.1 Update
Users can download iOS 11.1 now through the Software Update mechanism on their devices, or through iTunes. The easiest way is through the OTA update available on the device in the Settings app.
Back up your iPhone or iPad before installing iOS 11.1 update.
- Open the “Settings” app on the iPhone or iPad
- Go to “General” and then to “Software Update”
- Choose “Download and Install” when iOS 11.1 becomes available
The delta update is around 180mb if you’re coming from a prior iOS 11 build.
Users can also choose to download and update to iOS 11.1 via iTunes by connecting an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to their computer, launching iTunes, and installing the update when requested.
iOS 11.1 IPSW Firmware Download Links
Another option is to download iOS 11.1 as firmware in the form of IPSW files. The IPSW firmware is then used with iTunes to update the system software of a compatible iPhone or iPad manually. This is generally more advanced and not recommended for most users:
Be sure to save the IPSW file with a .ipsw file extension, otherwise iTunes may not recognize it.
iOS 11.1 Release Notes
iOS 11.1 introduces over 70 new emoji and includes bug fixes and improvements.
Over 70 new emoji characters including new food types, animals, mythical creatures, clothing options, more expressive smiley faces, gender-neutral characters and more
-Resolves an issue that could cause some photos to appear blurry
-Addresses an issue that could cause Live Photo effects to playback slowly
-Fixes an issue that could cause some photos to not display in the People album when restoring from an iCloud Backup
-Fixes an issue that could impact performance when swiping between screenshots
-Improves braille support for Grade 2 input
-Improves VoiceOver access to multi-page PDFs
-Improves VoiceOver rotor actions for announcing incoming notifications
-Improves VoiceOver rotor actions menu when removing an app from the App Switcher
-Fixes an issue for some users where alternative keys would not display when using VoiceOver with Touch Typing
-Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would always return to default action in Mail
-Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would not delete messages
Other improvements and fixes
-Adds back support for accessing the app switcher by pressing on edge of display with 3D Touch
-Fixes an issue that caused cleared Mail notifications to reappear on Lock screen
-Fixes an issue in enterprise environments that prevented data from being moved between managed apps
-Fixes an issue with some 3rd-party GPS accessories that caused inaccuracies in location data
-Resolves an issue where settings for Heart Rate notifications were appearing in Apple Watch app (1st generation)
-Fixes an issue where app icons were not appearing in notifications on Apple Watch
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Separately, Mac users will find a 10.1macOS High Sierr3.1 along with security updates to El Capitan and Sierra. Apple Watch users will find watchOS 4.1 available, and tvOS 11.1 is available to download for Apple TV as well. A minor update to iTunes, versioned as 12.7.1, is also available for Mac and Windows PC.