9 Things to Know About the iPhone 5 iOS 10.0.2 Update

We continue our dive into Apple’s iOS 10 update with a look the most important things to know about the iPhone 5 iOS 10.0.2 update as we push into October.

Apple’s iPhone 5 made the cut for iOS 10. Barely. When Apple announced iOS 10 at WWDC 2016 in June it confirmed it for most iOS 9 powered devices but not all of them. Popular devices like the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4s, a device that arrived the year before the iPhone 5, didn’t get an iOS 10 beta.

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The iPhone 5 iOS 10 update that arrived earlier this month might be one of the last major iOS updates on the device’s schedule. It’s a good one but it’s not perfect and Apple’s already addressed iOS 10 problems with an iOS 10.0.2 update.

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The iPhone 5 iOS 10.0.2 update brings bug fixes to the iPhone 5 and Apple’s other iOS 10-powered devices. It’s a small update but it’s an important one.

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Today we want to take a close look at the iPhone 5 iOS 10.0.2 update and bring you up to speed on the most important things you, as iPhone 5 owners, need to know about your latest upgrade.

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This roundup offers iPhone 5 iOS 10.0.2 impressions, details about iPhone 5 iOS 10.0.2 problems, information about the iOS 9 downgrade, iOS 10 jailbreak, and more. We’ll continue to update this roundup with new information as we get it so check back for regular changes.

iOS 10.0.2 on iPhone 5: Impressions & Performance

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iOS 10.0.2 on iPhone 5: Impressions & Performance

If you're coming to iOS 10.0.2 from iOS 9.3.5, iOS 10 will be a substantial update, around 1GB. It'll be smaller if you're coming directly from the iPhone 5's iOS 10.0.1 update.

From start to finish the iOS 10.0.2 update took about seven minutes to install on our iPhone 5. The installation process was much slower than the download process. If you haven't installed yet, put aside 15 minutes or so to get it done.  

We've been using the iPhone 5 iOS 10.0.2 update for just about a week now and we've come away impressed with Apple's latest iOS update.

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Battery life is holding up nicely and we haven't noticed any abnormal drain. This is an important note because the iPhone 5 and its battery are fossils. 

We've tested the iPhone 5 and iOS 10.0.2 with several Bluetooth devices, ISPs, and routers and we haven't noticed any issues with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or LTE. We're using the iPhone 5 with AT&T's LTE/4G networks and both are performing at a high level.

We haven't noticed any random reboots or major bugs but we have experience some UI lag which is normal for a device this old.

iOS 10.0.2 feels faster than iOS 9.3.5 but there's still lag present when opening some folders, apps, Notifications, and Control Center. It's managable and about what we'd expect from a device that's as old as the iPhone 5 is. 

Thus far, iOS 10.0.2 is treating the iPhone 5 well. We haven't noticed any significant drops in performance and iOS 10 feels snappier than iOS 9.3.5.

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That said, we recommend seeking out a second or third opinion, especially if you'll be coming from an older version of iOS 9 or iOS 8. You won't be able to go back to anything older than iOS 9.3.5 so you'll want to be sure about iOS 10 and iOS 10.0.2.

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