Apple Releases Minor iOS 11.3.1 Update for iPhone and iPad

Isaac Cain
April 26, 2018

Apple reluctantly addressed these issues today with the release of its iOS 11.3.1 update, maintaining its stance surrounding third-party components. As Apple explains in its release notes for the software, the update "addresses an issue where touch input was responsive on some iPhone 8 devices because they were serviced with non-genuine replacement displays". Various third-party screen suppliers also stated that the issue prevented customers from opting for cheaper means to fix their faulty iPhone units than an authorised source.

In a follow up to iOS 11.3 released earlier this month, Apple published a minor update for its mobile operating system.

In its release notes, Apple also warns users against using "non-genuine replacement displays". The iOS 11.3 is one of the major updates being rolled out to the iOS devices.

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The iPhone X's ambient light sensor will also stop functioning if the screen is replaced by anyone but Apple, even if the screen is an official part. The update is available for iPhone 5s and later, iPad Air and later, iPod touch 6th generation. Also, it is recommended to take a backup of all the files before proceeding with the update.

iOS 11.3.1 is a 44.5MB download over-the-air (OTA) for iPhone X. On iPad Pro (9.7-inch), it's 33.5MB.

Since January nearly 15 percent of iOS users updated to the latest version so it will be interesting to see if in the next few months if iOS 11 adoption rises to reach closer to a 90 percent install base. The new update, iOS 11.3.1, will reportedly fix this issue. It fixes a memory corruption issue that could give an application elevated privileges. Then the buyer makes the "right" choice and goes to the App Store. Increases were somewhat lower for apps simply featured in App Store Stories or App Lists, but still showed a demonstrable increase.

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