An iOS 10.3.2 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is confirmed and today we want to walk you through the most important things to know about the update’s changes, release date, release time, and more.
In late March, Apple pulled its iOS 10.3 update out of beta. The iOS 10.3 update was a massive milestone upgrade bringing new features, tweaks, bug fixes, and a long list of security patches to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users.
Apple quickly replaced iOS 10.3 with an iOS 10.3.1 update though it too will be replaced by something new in the near future.
Apple’s confirmed an iOS 10.3.2 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and the update is currently in testing ahead of a release later this year.
While your focus should still be on iOS 10.3.1 we want to take an early peek at the iOS 10.3.2 update and outline the most important things to know as we push deeper into the month.
Several important iOS 10.3.2 release details remain unconfirmed so this roundup also adds in a few things we expect from Apple’s roll out.
We’ll continue to update this roundup with new details so check back for frequent updates. We should learn more about the iOS 10.3.2 update as it pushes through testing.
iOS 10.3.2 Beta
If you want to try out the iOS 10.3.2 update ahead of its release you can thanks to the iOS 10.3.2 beta for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Apple’s released its iOS 10.3.2 beta to developers and those signed up for the free Beta Software Program. The company’s Beta Software Program is available to anyone with a working Apple ID.
If decide to try the iOS 10.3.2 update ahead of its official release date, you’ll want to be extremely careful.
Early iOS software can and probably will, cause problems on your device. Beta testers are reporting a wide range of issues and we’re seeing issues on our devices running the iOS 10.3.1 beta.
In order to combat these problems, we recommend doing some prep work before you install iOS 10.3.2 beta on your device.
If you do notice issues after you install iOS 10.3.2 beta on your device, you’ll want to report those issues to Apple. This way the company can improve the final release.
At this point, its small change log and potential for problems, most of you will probably want to skip the beta and wait for the official version of iOS 10.3.2.
It’s also worth noting that Apple appeared to have finally released 32-bit version of the iOS 10.3.2 beta. There are currently iTunes restore images for the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c or the iPad 4.
While an iOS 10.3.2 release is in the cards for these devices, we expect Apple to keep the iPhone 5 on iOS 10 when iOS 11 arrives in beta form this summer.
iOS 11 is expected to arrived in early June at WWDC 2017.
How to Downgrade from iOS 10.3.2 Beta
If you decide you want to try the iOS 10.3.2 beta know that you can drop down to an official version of iOS 10 if you can’t stand the bugs or its performance on your device.
Apple is currently signing off on one update, iOS 10.3.1, which means you can downgrade to it if your device’s performance takes a hit after installing the beta.
Sadly, you can’t drop back down to anything older than iOS 10.3.1. The iOS 10.3 and iOS 10.2.1 downgrade paths are now closed.
For more on the downgrade process, see our iOS 10 downgrade walkthrough.
iOS 10.3.2 Release Date
An iOS 10.3.2 release date could land at any time.
Apple hasn’t confirmed an official iOS 10.3.2 release date. And with no Apple event in sight (this is the only instance where Apple confirms an iOS release date ahead of time), we probably won’t get an iOS 10.3.2 release date announcement ahead of time.
Currently, we’re on iOS 10.3.2 beta 5. This might seem like a lot for a maintenance release but it’s not. iOS 10.2.1, a bug fixer from early 2017, also went through five betas before it was officially released to iPhone and iPad users.
With five iOS 10.3.2 betas under our belts, we’re getting closer to the iOS 10.3.2 release date and we wouldn’t be surprised if it landed on May 1st or May 8th.
Apple tends to release beta updates, and official iOS software, on Monday’s so those are the dates to circle on your calendar.
iOS 10.3.2 Release Time
The iOS 10.3.2 release date is hard to predict but the iOS 10.3.2 release time isn’t.
The iOS 10.3.2 update will almost certainly arrive around 10AM Pacific on its release day. You can expect the same from all of Apple’s iOS 10.3.2 beta releases.
Here’s what that will look like for other regions in the United States and countries around the world including Australia and Japan:
- Eastern – 1 PM
- Central – 12 PM
- Mountain – 11AM
- London – 6 PM
- Moscow – 9 PM
- New Delhi – 10:30 PM
- Shanghai – 1 AM
- Tokyo – 2 AM
- Melbourne – 3 AM
- Auckland – 5 AM
Apple never releases its iOS updates on the weekend and has a tendency to release new software on Monday morning.
iOS 10.3.2 Update: What’s New
The iOS 10.3.1/iOS 10.3 updates delivered all sorts of changes including APFS, Find My AirPods, huge tweaks to CarPlay, and more.
This could change but at this point, iOS 10.3.2 is looking like a minor release for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
The next big iOS release could be the iOS 11 update that’s probably going to land at WWDC 2017 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.