Earlier this week, Apple CEO Tim Cook apologized for the fact that Apple had been slowing down processors in older iPhones. He then reported that after the iOS 11.3 release date, users will be able to disable the “throttling” feature and use their phones as they were before.
The issues surrounding the iPhone slowdowns caused a lot of negative PR for Apple – largely due to the lack of transparency. For several generations of iOS devices, searches along the lines of “iPhone slow” spiked with the release of specific iOS updates. For quite some time, there was no confirmation that this was actually happened, but the company recently came forward and admitted that they were, in fact, slowing older phones down.
Their reasoning for the slowdown was to protect the battery, but the slowdowns without any warning led many people to buy brand new phones unnecessarily, which was a sore spot for many loyal Apple fans. The development clearly saw the error of their ways, however, as the iOS 11.3 release date will usher in a new feature that allows people to turn off the slowing feature with the understanding that it may put stress on an aging battery.
Preparing For The iOS 11.3 Release Date
As with any previous release, there are bound to be some issues for people during the time surrounding the upcoming launch. We currently don’t have a clear idea of when exactly the iOS 11.3 release date will happen, but Tim Cook did state that a developer release will happen sometime “next month”, which suggests we could see an iOS 11.3 release date as soon as March.
With every release, many iOS users face an “unable to verify update” bug that makes it difficult to get your phone or tablet moved onto the latest operating system. However, the bug has been around for quite some time and there’s some steps – courtesy of Mirror – you can take to make sure you’re prepared for the iOS 11.3 release date and can install the update without a hitch.
- Make sure your device is connected to the internet
- Even if the WiFi symbol isn’t showing on your device, try to open up Safari and load a web page.
- If the web page loads, that’s an indication that you’re online and are ready to proceed to the next steps
- Shut down the Settings app by double tapping the home button and then swiping the window upwards.
- If you’re unable to refresh the Settings, try refreshing your device’s memory
- Press and hold the power button until the “Slide to power off” prompt appears. Then press and hold the home button until you see the home screen again – refreshing your memory.
- Restart your network settings
- If there’s an issue with your network, it may be preventing an update, so you can reset your settings to see if that fixes the issue.
- In Settings, navigate to Reset, then Reset Network Settings, and tap Reset, keeping in mind that this will make the device forget all of your WiFi passwords and they will need to be manually entered.
- If all of the above steps don’t work, you may need to totally delete the update.
- Go to Settings > General > Storage and iCloud Usage > Manage Storage and then scroll down until you see Software Update. Click “Delete Update” and then try to reinstall it from scratch.
Odds are, one of the tips and tricks above will help you get everything installed without too much of a hassle after the iOS 11.3 release date.
As far as other features that are coming with the iOS 11.3 release date, there’s not so much we know. However, the addition of an option to toggle off the battery throttling is a major change that should help restore some customer confidence in a brand that has dealt with a huge amount of backlash recently regarding some shady practices. With this being an 11.x update, however, it’s likely that we’ll see some cool new features as well. It may be a couple of months before we know what to expect, but if it’s anything as major as the ability to toggle throttling, a lot of people may be very happy after the impending iOS 11.3 release date.