Apple’s iOS 11 is finally here, and like with every major iPhone and iPad update, it brings with it a host of exciting new features and capabilities. However, according to some early adopters, a few of the changes aren’t exactly welcome — or apparently all that intentional.
We speak, of course, of glitches. The OS has been out as a public beta since June, but Sept. 19 marked the day the operating system was disseminated as a fully baked product. Or, on closer examination, a maybe not-so-fully baked product.
Mashable’s very own Tech Editor Pete Pachal quickly spotted some problems with his own device after updating, and took to Twitter to see if the sentiment of general bugginess was widespread. His replies suggest that he was far from alone in experiencing issues with iOS 11.
While Pachal observed problems with both Apple Pay and the copy and paste functionality, that was just the tip of the iceberg for the Twitterverse.
I’ve been having the same issues… the beta version had the same glitchy issues while I was using it also.
— Brattynn (@SnowAspire) September 21, 2017
TouchID seems to locking up more than usual.
— Logan VanDyke (@logaccino) September 21, 2017
I lost a couple of iMessages from a client for a day – fun!
— Deanna Davis (@deannad) September 21, 2017
In an interesting twist, one of iOS 11’s new features — screen recording — means we can watch some of these glitches go down in realtime.
iOS 11’s screen recording feature is incredible, you can literally record a glitch happening
— emmaan // ايمانويل (@heartswochains) September 21, 2017
Like this one, courtesy of Mashable Associate Producer Avi Bagla, which shows his iPhone screen going blurry after he locked and unlocked the phone while in iMessage. Notice, he was still able to type, but the text (and screen) was illegible.
Another video (although not shot using the screen-recording feature) depicts what appears to be some kind of password-bypass bug. By swiping right into the camera from the lock screen, this person looks to be able to view all the photos on the phone — not just ones taken while the phone was locked. Importantly, we were unable to reproduce the below error and it may just be a one-off thing.
And it wasn’t just iPhones that struggled under the new OS. iPads didn’t escape altogether unscathed either, with anecdotal reports of various display glitches popping up on Twitter.
Importantly, there are no current reports of widespread bugs affecting iOS 11. The weird failure of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to turn off, for example, are not glitches but rather deliberate design choices. Still, as with any major rollout of a new OS, there are bound to be some initial growing pains and missteps. It’s just that now, perhaps more than ever, thanks to iOS 11’s screengrab and screen-recording features we get to see all those missteps in high-def color video.
So should you update? Definitely yes. The new operating system is bound to be more secure than its predecessors, and that’s always a good thing. However, should you maybe wait like a week or so until Apple has ironed out all the kinks? We can’t say we’d blame you.