IOS 11.3.1 rolls out with iPhone display fix


Apple has released iOS 11.3.1 for the iPhone and iPad, improving security on both devices. The new update, however, does not bring any new features other than the fix itself. Apple promised to release a fix for the issue, which is rolling out for all iPhone 8 users across the world with the iOS 11.3.1 update. However, consumers should be able to get it very soon as well, so here is what you can expect from the new iOS 11.3.1 build.

This is a minor update for most of us, but for those who had touchscreen issues after installing iOS 11.3, it has been a long time coming.

Apple has added a note in the update changelog informing users about genuine Apple parts, adding "Non-genuine replacement displays may have compromised visual quality and may fail to work correctly". A particular bug was causing some iPhone 8 models fitted with third-party display units to become unresponsive to touch.

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This could have been a major drawback for Apple when it comes in terms of customer satisfaction just after the Battergate issue which is still to get its final judgement.

The company is already working on iOS 11.4, with a developer and public beta for users with an Apple developer account.

The iOS 11.3.1 update additionally improves the security of iPhone and iPad devices. Users can download the update by launching Settings General Software Update. Unless you are iPhone 8 user who made a change to your display, there is not much else to see. The iPhone X's ambient light sensor will also stop functioning if the screen is replaced by anyone but Apple, even if the screen is an official part. According to a report by ArsTechnica, this new update fixes two security vulnerabilities addressing a privilege elevation attack and how macOS High Sierra handles URLs.