The iOS 10.3.1 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is still available and today we want to walk you through the most important things to know as we push toward the next iOS 10 release and the iOS 11 launch.
Apple recently released two new versions of iOS 10.3. One version, iOS 10.3.2, is an unreleased bug fixer that’s in beta testing ahead of an unknown release date.
The other version, iOS 10.3.1, is a small maintenance release for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. iOS 10.3.1 is much smaller than its predecessor (iOS 10.3) but it’s still an important upgrade for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
iOS 10.3.1 comes with an important security patch and bug fixes and there’s a chance it could have a dramatic effect on your device’s overall performance.
Its been three weeks since its release and iOS 10.3.1 continues its reign as the most up-to-date version of iOS 10.
With that in mind, we want to walk you through the most important things to know, right now, about iOS 10.3.1’s performance, problems, and what’s coming next for iOS 10 users.
iOS 10.3.1 Review
The iOS 10.3.1 update is tiny if you’re coming directly from iOS 10.3. On the iPhone 7, you can expect a 30MB download.
We were able to finish up the the download in a matter of seconds though the installation process took about 5 minutes to complete on our phone.
We recommend putting aside 10 minutes or so to monitor the situation. Our installation went smoothly but there’s no telling what you might encounter.
If you’re coming to iOS 10.3.1 from something older than iOS 10.3 your iOS 10.3.1 update will be much larger thanks to iOS 10.3.
iOS 10.3’s features and fixes will be baked into your update so make sure you put aside 30 minutes or so to monitor the download and the installation.
In the weeks since iOS 10.3.1’s release we’ve downloaded and installed the update on five versions of the iPhone: iPhone 7, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 5. If you want some quick feedback, head to those links.
We’ve also installed the software on four versions of the iPad including the iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPad Pro.
Right now, iOS 10.3.1 is looking good. And given what’s on board (an important fix for a potential Wi-Fi exploit), it’s definitely worth a look if you own one of these devices.
If you need additional feedback about iOS 10.3.1 and its changes, take a look at our reasons to, and not to, install the iOS 10.3.1 update on your device right now.
iOS 10.3.1: What’s New
The iOS 10.3.1 change log states the update comes with bug fixes and security patches meaning it’s a maintenance update. Don’t expect any new features on board.
That said, if you’re coming to iOS 10.3.1 from iOS 10.2.1 or something older, you’ll get a bunch of new features with iOS 10.3.1 due to iOS 10.3.
If you’re unfamiliar with iOS 10.3 we recommend taking a look at our walkthrough so that you can get familiar with its features before you install iOS 10.3.1 on your device.
It’s also worth noting that Apple’s Clips application is finally out on the App Store for both the iPhone and iPad.
Clips is available for select devices running iOS 10.3 or iOS 10.3.1. Clips isn’t available for the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, or iPad 4.
iOS 10.3.1 Problems
It’s a small update but the iOS 10.3.1 update is causing problems for many iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users.
iOS 10.3.1 users are complaining about battery drain, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, various first and third-party apps, lag, random reboots, and more.
We expect complaints to pickup as more people find and discover the iOS 10.3.1 update lurking in Settings or on iTunes.
If you’re seeing an issue after downloading the iOS 10.3.1 update, take a look at our list of fixes for the most common iOS 10 problems. You’ll also want to take a look at our tips to improve iOS 10.3.1 performance.
You’ll also want to report any issues you see to Apple so that its engineers can get to work on a fix for the issue.
Note: You can no longer downgrade from iOS 10.3.1 in an effort to fix performance issues. Apple’s no longer signing off on iOS 10.2.1 or iOS 10.3 which means you’re stuck on iOS 10.3.1 until the company rolls out a new update.
iOS 10.3.1 Jailbreak
If you’re jailbroken, skip the iOS 10.3.1 update for now.
Jailbreak developers haven’t released a working jailbreak tool for iOS 10.2.1 or iOS 10.3 and we’re not expecting one for iOS 10.3.1 today or in the near future.
For now, you must be on iOS 10.2 or something older to jailbreak an iPhone or an iPad. Unfortunately, there’s no way to downgrade to anything older than iOS 10.2.1.
For more on the iOS 10 jailbreak, see our roundup.
With the iOS 10.3.1 release out of the way, Apple’s now focused on iOS 10.3.2, another maintenance update.
Apple’s iOS 10.3.2 update is currently in beta for developers and the general public. We still don’t have a release date (we’re on iOS 10.3.2 beta 5 so it could land soon) and we might not get one ahead of time. Apple typically doesn’t confirm iOS release dates.
While you might be tempted to try the iOS 10.3.2 update out ahead of its release, early software can and probably will cause problems on your device. So you’ll want to be sure about the beta, especially now that we’re so close to an official release.
For more on the merits of the iOS 10.3.2 beta, take a look at our walkthrough.
It’s also worth noting that we’re just a few short weeks away from Apple’s annual developer conference, WWDC.
At WWDC 2017, we expect Apple to debut its next major update, iOS 11.
While an iOS 11 release will probably take place alongside the new iPhone this fall, Apple could release an iOS 11 beta for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch soon after the WWDC 2017 keynote in early June.
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.