Apple releases iOS 11.4.1 with USB Restricted Mode

Joanna Estrada
July 10, 2018

Alongside iPhones and iPads, Apple also released an update to bump the HomePod software version to 11.4.1.

It's no wonder that Apple reportedly chose to delay a number of big new features in iOS 12 in order to focus more closely on ironing out all of the wrinkles in iOS 11.

Dozens of user reports on the Apple support community claim that their iPhones are suffering from expedited battery drain on iOS 11.4.

iPhone and iPad owners can download iOS 11.4.1 starting today.

The new feature will not prevent the phone from being charged, but if you want to unlock or transfer any data to or from the device, you will need to enter the phone's passcode on the touchscreen.

Apple's bug fix updates for iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS have been in beta since the last minor updates were released in May. It's off by default.

At any rate, USB Restricted Mode functions by preventing USB devices from connecting to your iPhone or iPad, and yes, that includes Lightning-powered accessories. That seems to be the case for Apple's latest controversial security feature which was initially expected for iOS 12 in a few months.

However, if you aren't actually happy with the release, and you want to go back to an earlier version of iOS, then be aware that Apple is now only signing iOS 11.4, which means that you will only be able to downgrade to iOS 11.4. The official change-log from Apple points to the release including "general improvements for stability and quality". If you have taken the opportunity to upgrade your compatible device to iOS 11.4.1 and immediately regret that decision for one reason or another, then it is possible to downgrade the firmware.

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