9 Things to Know About the iPhone 5 iOS 10.2.1 Update

Its been a week since the iOS 10.2.1 release and today we take a look the most important things to know about the iPhone 5 iOS 10.2.1 update and its performance as we push further away from the upgrade’s release date.

The iPhone 5 is getting older which puts a greater importance on each update Apple releases for the former flagship.

Apple’s iOS updates for older devices can have a dramatic effect on a device’s performance. Sometimes the effect is positive. Sometimes its negative.

Apple’s latest iOS 10 update for the iPhone 5 is a small but important update. The iPhone 5 iOS 10.2.1 update is much smaller than iOS 10.2 but it brings some notable changes to the device.

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If you’re making the move from the iOS 10.2 update, your iOS 10.2.1 update will be tiny, only a few megabytes.

If you’re coming from something older than iOS 10.2 you can expect your update to be much larger thanks to the features and fixes from previous iPhone 5 iOS upgrades. They are baked into iOS 10.2.1.

This roundup will take you through our impressions of the iPhone 5 iOS 10.2.1 update’s performance and it will guide you through some of the key things to keep in mind as we push toward Apple’s next iOS 10 release.

We’ll continue to update this roundup with new details as we get them so keep an eye out for frequent changes.

iPhone 5 iOS 10.2.1 Review: One Week Later

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iPhone 5 iOS 10.2.1 Review: One Week Later

The iPhone 5 iOS 10.2.1 update is tiny and it'll only take you a few minutes to download and install. It took us about three minutes to download the update over a fast Wi-Fi speed network and about five minutes to finish up the installation. 

We recommend setting aside 10-15 quiet minutes where you can monitor both the download and installation without distractions. 

We've been using the iPhone 5 iOS 10.2.1 update for a week now and the update is still holding up nicely on our AT&T model. 

The iPhone 5's battery continues to work miracles. We haven't noticed any abnormal battery drain during our time with iOS 10.2.1 though that could certainly change down the road.

We've tested the iPhone 5 and its new update with several different ISPs, routers and Bluetooth devices. We haven't noticed any major issues during our week with the upgrade. AT&T's LTE and 4G networks are working fine as well. 

Random reboots were an issue for us on iOS 10.2 though we haven't noticed any during our time on iOS 10.2.1. That's a big improvement, at least for us.

UI speed is decent. Most animations and transitions are fast and fluid and we haven't experienced any lag when opening up Control Center. 

The user interface still lags when opening up folders and some apps but that's par for the course. Remember, this phone is over four years old. 

If you're already on iOS 10.2, iOS 10.2.1's fixes and security patches definitely make it worth a look. Performance is also a plus at the week milestone. 

If you're on something older than the iOS 10.2 update, make sure you dig into more feedback before you make the jump to iOS 10.2.1. 

For more on the merits of iOS 10.2.1, see our list of reasons to and not to install the iOS 10.2.1 update on your iPhone.

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