Apple Releases iOS 11.3 Update Solely for New iPad

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.

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Top Rated Comments

maflynn Avatar
82 months ago
This proves ios 11 was always catered to iPads and an afterthought mostly on iPhones
No it doesn't. It just means that the new iPad needed an update.
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)
chucker23n1 Avatar
82 months ago
With Cook, software release cycles are a f mess
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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Surely this is because the new iPad comes with 11.3 and therefore 11.3 is needed for anyone that needs a restore?
Maybe.

Could also be simply that they're tracking down an iPhone-specific bug.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sniffies Avatar
82 months ago
under cook, software release cycles are a mess
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Steve121178 Avatar
82 months ago
Why?, think im going to ditch iOS
Calm down, it's not like 11.3 has been cancelled.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
KrisLord Avatar
82 months ago
Surely this is because the new iPad comes with 11.3 and therefore 11.3 is needed for anyone that needs a restore?
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
fokmik Avatar
82 months ago
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
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)