9 Things to Know About the iPhone 5 iOS 10.1 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 10.1 update as we push into the month of November.

The 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 iPhone 4s, the device that arrived the year before the iPhone 5, didn’t get iOS 10.


The iPhone 5 iOS 10 update might be one of the last major iOS updates for the aging device. It’s a good one but it’s not perfect and Apple’s already addressing iOS 10 problems with bug fix updates.

The latest is an iOS 10.1 update for the iPhone 5 and other iOS 10-powered devices.


The iPhone 5 iOS 10.1 update brings important bug fixes and some other changes to the iPhone 5. It’s a key update for the former flagship.



Today we take a close look at the iPhone 5 iOS 10.1 update and bring you up to speed on the most important things you as iPhone 5 owners need to know about your latest upgrade.

This roundup offers our iPhone 5 iOS 10.1 impressions, details about iPhone 5 iOS 10.1 problems, information about the iOS 10 downgrade, some iOS 10 jailbreak info, and more. We’ll continue to update this roundup with new information as we get it so check back for regular changes.

iOS 10.1 on iPhone 5: Impressions & Performance

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iOS 10.1 on iPhone 5: Impressions & Performance

If you're coming to iOS 10.1 from iOS 9 or below, iOS 10.1 will be a substantial update because of the features and fixes from previous versions of iOS 10. They're baked in. It'll be smaller if you're coming directly from the iPhone 5's iOS 10.0.2 update.

From start to finish the iOS 10.1 update took about 15 minutes to install on our iPhone 5. The installation process was much slower than the download process. 


We've been using the iPhone 5 iOS 10.1 update for a full day now and we've come away impressed with the software.

Battery life is holding up and we haven't noticed any abnormal drain. If you just installed iOS 10.1 on your iPhone 5 and you're noticing some weird issues, give the device and its battery a couple of days to settle before fiddling with your settings. 

We've tested the iPhone 5 and iOS 10.1 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 behaving normally. 

We haven't noticed any random reboots or major bugs but we have experienced some UI lag which is normal for our iPhone 5 after an update. 

iOS 10.1 still feels faster than iOS 9.3.5 but there's lag present when opening some folders, apps, Notifications, and Control Center. It's managable but it's something we'll keep an eye on as we push away from the update's release date.

We haven't noticed any significant drops in performance and iOS 10.1 feels snappier than iOS 9.3.5 did on our iPhone 5.

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 can no longer drop down to iOS 9 or iOS 8 so you'll want to be absolutely sure about iOS 10 and iOS 10.1 before making the move. 

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