Apple have just released a third dedicated bug fix, in the form of yet another iOS update, in three weeks, and it’s causing iPhone users problems. Again.
Following Apple iOS 11’s troubled launch and the rushed releases of iOS 11.0.1 (which made things worse) and iOS 11.0.2 (which made things even worse), Apple have attempted to rectify the problems with another release of much of the same thing.
Thus, angry iPhone users have flooded the official @applesupport Twitter account with complaints:
@AppleSupport Battery draining faster than before after iOS 11.0.3 Update ?
— Sadique (@sadiquecalicut) October 12, 2017
— SP Chapler, MD (@DrRevo) October 16, 2017
It is a joke this is by far the worst iOS ever 11.0.3 dosent fix anything
— chuck anthoine (@Canthoine4) October 11, 2017
@AppleSupport iOS 11 = total disaster. Updated to 11.0.3 hoping all bugs are fixed. Instead i now have a frozen 6s that can't be turned off
— Luke Doolin (@luke_doolin) October 12, 2017
@AppleSupport i have updated to iOS 11.0.3, the phone is dead slow , even the twitter app takes more than 5-10 second to open, using iPhone6
— suru (@nomad_soul_) October 11, 2017
Dear @AppleSupport iOS 11.0.3 = awful. Need 3 batteries + ton of patience to reopen post app crashes. Please. Fix. This. Love, my charger x
— Rachel Kemp (@RachieMouse) October 24, 2017
Once again the dominant themes for iOS 11.0.3 upgrades are poor performance and heavily degraded battery life.
Last month, Wandera ran data analysis across 50,000 iPhones and revealed those who had upgraded to iOS 11 saw battery life declines of an average of 60 per cent. No iOS 11 update since has even cited battery life problems, and apparently Tim Cook is having a lovely time burying his head in the sand.
This aside there are also plenty of reports of problems with overall stability, Touch ID and Bluetooth.
Furthermore, as we reported, the new update was expected to cause a lot of apps to stop working, ending support for any app that can only run on a 32-bit processor.
Because new Apple devices run on 64-bit processors, they are forcing people to upgrade by not allowing any app that runs on anything less, because they’re Apple and they love to force people to upgrade.
You can check to see if any of your apps are affected by the update in Settings – head over to General, then About and clicking over to Applications.
People have dubbed it ‘a total disaster’ and ‘a joke’, with one Reddit user commenting he missed ‘the Steve Jobs era’. Ouch.
To make matters worse, Apple has cut off their one route to redemption by ‘signing’ off iOS 10.3.3, which means there is no route back to iOS 10. Once you’ve upgraded, there’s no going back to slightly better but still appalling battery life.
On the other hand, two of the fixes iOS 11.0.3 promised – namely sorting out the haptic feedback on iPhone 7/iPhone 7 Plus and unresponsive iPhone 6S displays when repaired with non-genuine Apple parts – are actually solved.
Predictably, the cynics have been proven right, and there have been very few reports of iOS 11.0.3 - or any of its former counterparts - failing to deliver with iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus.
Meanwhile, we might see iOS 11.0.4 on the horizon as we wait patiently for iOS 11.1 which is currently in beta testing and is expected to launch near to the iPhone X release in late October or early November, reports Forbes.
This all comes months after a study was released, proving the tech giants slow down old iPhones so people go out and buy millions of new ones.
So, if your iPhone 6 or 7 has been acting up of recent late, there's a decent chance it's not bad luck, but actually the devious trappings of Apple who clearly find it increasingly hard to sell new models with little-to-no new features on them at eye-watering prices, even though the new models and they're accompanying updates are garbage.
Because profit > self-respect.