9 Things to Know About the iPhone 7 iOS 10.3.1 Update

The iPhone 7 iOS 10.3.1 update is now available today we want to take a look at the most important things iPhone 7 users need to know, right now, about their iOS 10.3.1 update.

In late March released a new milestone upgrade for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The iOS 10.3 update delivered new features, a long list of security patches, bug fixes, and more.

In early April, Apple replaced iOS 10.3 with a new iOS 10.3.1 update, a much smaller maintenance update for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

The iPhone 7 iOS 10.3.1 update is extremely small. If you’re upgrading directly from iOS 10.3, you’re looking at a 30MB update.

If you’re coming from something older than iOS 10.3 your iPhone 7’s iOS 10.3.1 update will be much larger thanks to iOS 10.3 and any iOS updates you skipped along the way. Features and fixes from older iOS updates will be baked into your version of iOS 10.3.1.

iOS 10.3.1 is an important update for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and today we want to take a look at the most important things you need to know about the iPhone 7 iOS 10.3.1 update as we push toward the next iOS 10 release.

This roundup includes iOS 10.3.1 tips, some details about the iPhone 7 iOS 10.3.1 update’s performance, and a look at what’s ahead for the iPhone 7 and iOS 10.

We’ll continue to update this page with new information so check back in with us for regular updates.

Quick iPhone 7 iOS 10.3.1 Review

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Quick iPhone 7 iOS 10.3.1 Review

First, we want to talk a little bit about the iOS 10.3.1 download and installation process on the iPhone 7. 

The iPhone 7 iOS 10.3.1 download took only a few seconds to complete over a fast Wi-Fi connection. Again, you're looking at a 30MB file if you're coming from iOS 10.3. Again, you can expect a much bigger download if you skipped iOS 10.3. 

The iOS 10.3.1 installation process took about five minutes to complete. If you failed to download iOS 10.3, expect your installation to take 15 minutes or so. 

Mileage will vary but we recommend putting aside 20-30 minutes to monitor your iOS 10.3.1 download and installation. We didn't run into any major issues with the iOS 10.3 installation but there's no telling what you might run into when you initiate the download and start the installation. 

As for the iPhone 7 iOS 10.3.1 update's performance, we've spent a full week with the update and we've been keeping an eye on a few key areas including battery life and connectivity. Here's what we've discovered thus far. 

Battery life is holding steady. We've used the iPhone 7 extensively over the last week and we haven't noticed any major problems.

iOS updates aren't supposed to negatively impact battery life so if you do see something strange, take a look at our list of tips to improve battery life on the iPhone

Wi-Fi, cellular data and Bluetooth connectivity is strong. We've tested the phone with several different ISPs, routers and Bluetooth devices. We haven't noticed anything out of the ordinary. LTE and 4G are also performing at a high level.

Random reboots have been a problem on our iPhone 7 models but we haven't noticed any in the days since the iOS 10.3.1 release. We haven't noticed any user interface lag either. Animations and transitions are still fast and fluid. 

So far the iPhone 7 iOS 10.3.1 update feels stable on our iPhone 7 models. Given what's on board, it's worthy of consideration. 

We've put together a list of reasons to, and not to, install the iOS 10.3.1 update on your iPhone right now. So if you're on the fence about making the jump to the new update, we recommend reading it before making your move. 

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