Apple Releases iOS 11.3 Update Solely for New iPad

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    Apple today released the long-awaited iOS 11.3 update, but it appears the software is only available for download on the sixth-generation iPad, which was announced yesterday at an education event in Chicago.

    The sixth-generation iPad went on sale yesterday, but the first orders won't be delivered until later this week and the device is not yet in stores.

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    Customers with the new iPad can download iOS 11.3 over-the-air using the Settings app. To access the update, go to Settings --> General --> Software Update.

    iOS 11.3 introduces a long list of new features, such as Messages on iCloud for storing your iMessages in iCloud to save valuable on-device storage space.

    The update also introduces ARKit 1.5, a new version of ARKit that allows developers to do more with augmented reality apps, and it includes a "Battery Health" feature designed to provide iOS users with more information about their batteries.

    Other new features include new review sorting options in the App Store, software authentication for HomeKit devices, Business Chat for contacting businesses using iMessage, and more.

    It's not clear why Apple has released iOS 11.3 for the new iPad and not for any other devices, but the surprise launch suggests the release of iOS 11.3 for other Apple products is imminent and could perhaps come later this week.

    Article Link: Apple Releases iOS 11.3 Update Solely for New iPad
     
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  3. BMcCoy macrumors 68000

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    Perhaps there’s a brief stall, and it’ll be fully released in the next hour...
     
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    So whats the point for this release today? since even the single one device that supports this isn't out yet until Friday or Monday
     
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    Surely this is because the new iPad comes with 11.3 and therefore 11.3 is needed for anyone that needs a restore?
     
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    Aha.. o_O How you get this from? The iPad is out but not delivered as soon as later this week, as you described. So how can I confirm this? :eek:
     
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    What I thought too.
    And maybe this build number is lower than the final build.
     
  12. Soopastar macrumors newbie

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    So its for the ipad and your lead in image shows the iphone X?
     
  13. chucker23n1 macrumors 68020

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    Under Steve Jobs, iOS 3.2 was iPad-only, and then iOS 4.0 and 4.1 were iPhone-only. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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    Maybe.

    Could also be simply that they're tracking down an iPhone-specific bug.
     
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    This is a little confusing. Any reason why?
     
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    This proves ios 11 was always catered to iPads and an afterthought mostly on iPhones
     
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    No it doesn't. It just means that the new iPad needed an update.
     
  21. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

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    Why are people getting bent out of shape about this? This pretty much guarantees that it will see wide release any day now. If I'm not mistaken, the new iPad won't be arriving in stores or delivered to consumers before the end of this week, or maybe early next week. All this means is that people who get the new iPad won't have to download an update right out of the box.
     
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    I really hope they fix bugs. My iPhone X has so many UI issues when switching to landscape and even when clicking the keyboard in messages and safari.
     
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    Calm down, it's not like 11.3 has been cancelled.
     
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    Call me crazy, but I think that iOS 11.3 will be released on Friday, with a website update that introduces AirPower, AirPods wireless case, and a gold iPhone X. The reason I say this is because there is code in the iOS 11.3 betas that suggest AirPower support coming with it, and why would there be support for it if you can't buy it?
     

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