Apple Releases iOS 11.3 Update Solely for New iPad
Mar 28, 2018 10:16 am PDT by Juli Clover
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.


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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12 weeks 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.
Rating: 31 Votes
12 weeks 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.
Rating: 23 Votes
12 weeks ago
under cook, software release cycles are a mess
Rating: 22 Votes
12 weeks ago

Why?, think im going to ditch iOS


Calm down, it's not like 11.3 has been cancelled.
Rating: 20 Votes
12 weeks ago
Surely this is because the new iPad comes with 11.3 and therefore 11.3 is needed for anyone that needs a restore?
Rating: 18 Votes
12 weeks 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
Rating: 17 Votes
12 weeks ago
Zero sense does this make.
Rating: 16 Votes
12 weeks ago
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.
Rating: 12 Votes
12 weeks ago

Why?, think im going to ditch iOS


It's been 41 minutes and you're already ready to jump the ship. Can't wait to see your reaction when your shiny Android device does not get the new updates for 8 to 10 months.
Rating: 11 Votes
12 weeks ago
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?
Rating: 8 Votes

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