The iOS 10.3.1 update is a small upgrade but it brings some important changes to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. And while some of you will want to install the iOS 10.3.1 update on your device today, others might want to skip it.
Three weeks ago, Apple replaced iOS 10.3 with an iOS 10.3.1 update. iOS 10.3.1 continues to reign as the official version of iOS 10 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Unlike iOS 10.3, Apple’s iOS 10.3.1 update is a tiny maintenance update with one important security patch and bug fixes. Despite its small stature, iOS 10.3.1 is worthy of your attention as we push away from its release date.
iOS 10.3.1 is only a small update if you’re coming directly from the iOS 10.3 update. It’s just 30MB for the iPhone 7.
If you’re coming from an older version of iOS, iOS 10.3.1 will be much bigger thanks to iOS 10.3 and Apple’s previous versions of iOS. You’ll get the features and fixes from older iOS updates baked into your version of iOS 10.3.1.
There are plenty of reasons to consider installing iOS 10.3.1 on your device right now but there are also some reasons why you might be better off waiting a few days before installing iOS 10.3.1 on your phone, tablet or iPod. At this point, with iOS 10.3.2 on the horizon, some of you might even want to consider taking a permanent rain check.
This guide will walk you through these reasons and help you make a decision about your version of Apple’s iOS 10.3.1 update today.
Install iOS 10.3.1 If You Want Better Security
If you value your security, you'll want to seriously consider downloading the iOS 10.3.1 update on your iPhone or iPad.
iOS 10.3.1 brings a single security patch for a potential Wi-Fi exploit. But if you failed to install iOS 10.3, your iOS 10.3.1 update will bring its monster list of patches as well.
The iOS 10.3 update delivered over 60 known patches for potential exploits. That's substantial, even for a milestone upgrade. The previous version of iOS 10, iOS 10.2.1, brought 14 known patches.
Among them is a patch for a Safari ransomware bug that scammers used to extort iOS users who viewed pornography on their device.
These patches enhance the security on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch making them ideal for those of you who store sensitive files/data on your device. Most people do.
If you skipped the iOS 10.2.1 update and/or the iOS 10.2 update, know that iOS 10.3.1 brings their security patches with it as well. Again, the iOS 10.2.1 update had 14 important patches on board. You can see them all right here.
If you failed to install Apple's iOS 9.3.5 update, iOS 10.3.1 will also bring the three crucial security patches it delivered last year. These patch up serious security problems that could potentially expose your calls, contacts, texts, and emails.
If security is important to you, iOS 10.3.1 is probably worth a download right now.