8 Things to Know About the iPad iOS 10.3.1 Update

Its been a week since the iOS 10.3.1 update‘s release for the iPad, iPad Air, iPad Pro, and iPad mini and today we want to take a look at the most important things you need to know about the iPad iOS 10.3.1 update as we push deeper into the month.

Apple continues to refine its iOS 10 operating system with milestone upgrades and maintenance releases. The latest, iOS 10.3.1, is a small update for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Unlike its predecessor, iOS 10.3, the iOS 10.3.1 update brings a few bug fixes and just one important security update.

The iPad’s iOS 10.3.1 update is small but it’s important and worth monitoring as we move further away from its release date.

If you’re coming to iOS 10.3.1 from iOS 10.3 your update will only be a few MB. If you’re coming from something older than iOS 10.3, your iPad’s iOS 10.3.1 update will be much larger thanks to the fixes and features from iOS 10.3 and/or previous versions of iOS. They’re baked in.

This roundup takes a look at the iOS 10.3.1 update’s performance on a few iPad models, the iOS 10.3.1 problems plaguing the iPad, and a quick look at the update that will follow the iOS 10.3.1 update.

We’ll continue to update this with new information so check back in as the month goes on.

Quick iPad iOS 10.3.1 Review

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Quick iPad iOS 10.3.1 Review

We've installed the iOS 10.3.1 update on four iPad variants: The 9-inch iPad Pro, the iPad Air 2, the iPad mini 2, and the original iPad Air.

Over the past week we've been taking a look at several key areas of performance including including battery life, connectivity, and UI speed. 

So far, battery life has been excellent on all of these iPad models. We have, however, observed abnormal battery drain on the iPad Pro. 

For whatever reason, the YouTube application continues to cause problems and its been draining the device's battery, severely, in the background. If you use the YouTube app on your iPad, this is something to be aware of. 

If you recently installed iOS 10.3.1, you should give the battery a few days to settle in. If you continue to see issues with battery life, you should take action because Apple's next iOS 10 update could still be a few weeks out. 

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are both holding up. We've tested these slates with several different ISPs, routers, and Bluetooth devices and we haven't run into any problems with speed or random disconnects. Our connections are stable. 

We're using the iPad mini 2 on AT&T's network and we haven't noticed any issues with cellular data. LTE and 4G are working fine. 

We haven't noticed any random reboots or freezes/lockups and we've noticed improvements to the UI speed on the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 2, particularly when opening up folders and apps. This was an issue for us on iOS 10.2.1 and below. iOS 10.3.1 feels a lot faster. 

Outside of the YouTube app problems, iOS 10.3.1 has been excellent to our iPads. The patches, fixes and features from iOS 10.3 certainly make it worth a look.

If you need some more feedback, please take a peek at our list of reasons to and not to install the iOS 10.3.1 update right now. It'll help you get to one side of the fence or the other. 

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