IOS 11.3.1 rolls out with iPhone display fix

Doug Carpenter
April 25, 2018

Tap "Download and install" next to the iOS 11.3.1 listing and you'll be good to go. If you've got a compatible iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can download the update by going into Settings General Software Update on your device. Alongside the new iOS update, Apple has brought a security update to the macOS 10.13.4 that debuted on Mac devices last month. Following a brief investigation, it was found that only those units of the iPhone 8 were affected that underwent a third-party display fix.

Apple released iOS 11.3.1 today, partially addressing an iOS 11.3 issue with iPhone 8 screens that were replaced by third-party fix shops. The bug wasn't revealed officially, but some affected users reported its existence weeks after the release of the update.

Interestingly, Apple's patch notes specify that the release "improves the security" of iOS devices.

It seems that iOS 11.3 is more of an issue than Apple has publicly acknowledged, however, as it also introduced ambient light sensor failures for iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X users running with genuine Apple components.

In a separate note, Apple warns that non-genuine replacement displays can compromise visual quality and may not even work as they should. "Yet, Apple doesn't make the replacement screens available to the thousands of fix shops that people take those phones to in order to be fixed", said U.S. PIRG's Nathan Proctor, Director of their campaign for the Right to fix. Later, it was found that the display drivers for third-party iPhone 8 display panels weren't supported by iOS 11.3, which caused the problem. It is also being reported that Apple is trying to bring changes in order to end the "Right to Repair" that could ban the users from using any kind of third-party service for replacement of parts or even service or fix.

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