Apple Releases Second Patch for iOS 11

Apple has just released iOS 11.0.2 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. This marks the second bug fix update since iOS 11 launched in September. The build number is 15A421.

It looks to be another round of bug fixes and performance improvements, including a fix for crackly audio during phone calls on iPhone 8, a bug that caused some photos not to show up in user’s libraries and resolves an issue relating to attachments in encrypted email.

Apple states that iOS 11.0.2 brings various ‘bug fixes and improvements for iPhone and iPad’.

The minor update is available now for all iOS 11 devices (including the sixth-generation iPod touch).

Apple released iOS 11 on September 19, followed by iOS 11.0.1 a week later. iOS 11.0.1 addressed problems relating to Microsoft email accounts not being able to connect to the server in the stock Mail app.

To update, open Settings on your iOS device and navigate to General → Software Update. You will need at least 50% battery to perform the update, or be connected to a power outlet.

iOS 11 Gets a Fast Patch

Apple today issued a small update to the millions of iPhones and iPads that have already upgraded to iOS 11. It fixes an Exchange connectivity bug in that release.

“You might not be able to send email with an Outlook.com, Office 365, or Exchange account until you update to iOS 11.0.1,” an Apple support document notes.

The bug impacts email hosted by Microsoft on Outlook.com or Office 365, or Exchange Server 2016 running on Windows Server 2016. You’ll know you have the problem if you see the error message “Cannot Send Mail. The message was rejected by the server.”

As with all iOS updates, iOS 11.0.1 will be offered to you automatically. But you can install this update immediately by navigating to Settings > General > Software Update.

Apple Releases iOS 9.2.1 Update

Today Apple released iOS 9.2.1, marking the first update to iOS 9 since iOS 9.2 launched in December of 2015. iOS 9.2.1 has been in testing since December 16, with developers and public beta testers receiving a total of three betas before its public launch.

Today’s iOS 9.2.1 release is available as an over-the-air update to all iOS 9 users. A minor update, iOS 9.2.1 is the fifth update to iOS 9 in total, following the launches of iOS 9.0.1,iOS 9.0.2, iOS 9.1, and iOS 9.2.

iOS 9.2.1, as a 9.x.x update, is minor in scale, focusing mainly on under-the-hood performance improvements and bug fixes rather than outward-facing changes. According to Apple’s release notes, the update includes security improvements and bug fixes, including a fix for a significant Mobile Device Management issue that affected enterprise customers.

This update contains security updates and bug fixes including a fix for an issue that could prevent the completion of app installation when using an MDM server.

iOS 9.2.1 will be followed by iOS 9.3, which has also been seeded to developers for testing purposes. Set to be released in the spring, iOS 9.3 will be a major update that introduces a new Night Shift feature to cut down on blue light exposure during the evening for better sleep and brings new educational features.

iOS 9.3 also includes new Quick Actions for iPhone 6s users and it introduces updates for apps and features like Apple News, Notes, Health, Siri, CarPlay, and More.

How To back out of IE11

During the past week or 2 Microsoft has added Internet Explorer 11 to it’s list of “critical updates” which can be a real problem for many of us. Many of the internet sites we visit such as banks and other important service providers simply are not ready for Microsoft’s newest browser, and Microsoft should know this. Unfortunately IE 11 (Internet Explorer) was unwisely (if you ask me) added to the most resent critical update list. This means anyone who has critical updates setup to automatically download & install is “rewarded” with the newest internet browser.

Now don’t get me wrong IE 11 has some great new features such as the new Developer Tools, better standards support and better HTML 5 video among other security improvements.

If you find, that after this update occurs IE crashes and does not behave normally or that some of the sites you regularly visit start misbehaving you should downgrade IE 11 to IE 10 or IE 9.

To do this open the “Control Panel” and “Programs and Features”. Then click “View Installed Updates” on the left panel. Be patient as this can take a few moments to load all the updates. Under “Microsoft Windows” select “Internet Explorer 11” and uninstall it.

Once you have completed this you will be asked to reboot the PC. Do this and log back into Windows. Internet Explorer will revert back to either IE9 or IE10, depending on which one you were using at the time of the upgrade.

At some point down the road, hopefully soon, IE 11 will work fine with just about everything we use, but for now, many of us will experience problems with the new browser and downgrading it is really the only solution.