Once again, Apple has given iPhone and iPad owners an opportunity to download a final version release of its iOS mobile platform. With immediate effect, the Cupertino-based company has released the final version of iOS 11.4.1, permitting an over-the-air as well as IPSW download.
Most of the development community is talking about Apple’s iOS 12 platform and all of the changes that are going to be brought to compatible devices when that actually lands later in the year.
However, right now, the focus has to be on iOS 11.4.1 as that is the latest version of Apple’s iOS firmware to go live to the public. And with that, each device owner will have immediate access to all of the new features and functionality introduced with that platform. So, if you can remove iOS 12 from your radar, then you have a version of iOS ready to be installed, right now.
As we have tried to hammer home in previous iOS 11.4.1-related posts, this particular release is by no means one of Apple’s sexier or more in-depth platform releases. In fact, as the versioning suggests, this is very much a minor point release which has been designed to fix a number of issues which were identified with the release of iOS 11.4. As we know, iOS 11.4, the version which preceded this release, was a fairly decent release comprising of the integration of AirPlay 2, Messages on iCloud, and a few other tweaks and tidbits which definitely showcased the fact that Apple wants to keep introducing new features and functionality where possible.
iOS 11.4.1, on the other hand, is a release which acts as the post-release glue to try and stick everything together. It also gives all iPhone and iPad owners an opportunity to get their devices to a position of stability prior to iOS 12 coming into play later this year. So, if you do have a 64-bit compatible iPhone or iPad, and you want to be on the latest publicly available version of Apple’s platform, and you’re happy to acknowledge that this is about stability rather than features, then iOS 11.4.1 is where you need to be.
You can launch the Settings app, navigate to General > Software Update to get the latest iOS 11.4.1 download as an OTA update. Alternatively, you can grab the official IPSW download for your device from the links below. Enjoy as this could be the last release prior to iOS 12 final version.