The iOS 10.3 update is finally available for devices around the world and today we want to walk you through some steps to take before you install the iOS 10.3 update on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
In the months since iOS 10’s release, Apple’s pushed out several new versions of the operating system. Its latest update is iOS 10.3, a massive milestone upgrade that delivers more than just bug fixes and security patches.
iOS 10.3 is a huge upgrade and brings a new Find My AirPods feature, the new Apple File System, useful updates to CarPlay, and a number of other tweaks and enhancements. It’s much larger than the previous version of iOS 10, iOS 10.2.1.
iOS 10.3 is a huge update. Literally. The collection of new features, bug fixes and patches are 613MB for the iPhone 7. It’s also a large update for devices like the iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 5, and the iPad Air.
While you might be tempted to download this update right now, you’ll benefit from doing some prep work ahead of your installation.
iOS 10.3 brings exciting features, important bug fixes and security patches but it could also bring problems to your device so you’ll want to be as prepared as possible.
To help, we’ve put together a game plan for you. This guide will walk you through the steps we typically take before we install an iOS update on our devices.
Here are a few things to do before you install iOS 10.3 on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Get Familiar with iOS 10.3
One of the first things you'll want to do is get familiar with the iOS 10.3 update and its changes. This is particularly important if you failed to upgrade to iOS 10.1, iOS 10.1.1, iOS 10.2 or iOS 10.2.1. If you skipped one of these updates, they'll be baked into your iOS 10.3 update.
Apple's stuffed its latest iOS 10 update with a long list of changes and you'll want to be aware of them before you replace your current version of iOS with iOS 10.3. This way, you won't be caught off guard by the changes.
There are a few ways to get this done. You can take a look at our walkthrough. It'll go over the key differences between iOS 10.3 and the previous versions of iOS. It's a great place to start, especially if you're coming from iOS 10.2 or below.
You'll also want to take a look at Apple's website to get a feel for the exploits the iOS 10.3 update patches up. There are several.
You'll want to be comfortable with iOS 10.3 and its changes before you make the move. If you haven't dug into the update yet, now is a great time to do so.