7 Things to Know About the iPhone 5s iOS 10.3.1 Update

We’ve been taking a close look at Apple’s iOS 10.3.1 update and today we want to go over the most important things iPhone 5s users need to know about their update.

In late March, Apple released its highly anticipated iOS 10.3 update for the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, and others. The update delivered an assortment of changes including tweaks to Siri, CarPlay, and the popular Podcasts app.

A week after its release, Apple pushed an iOS 10.3.1 update, a much smaller release for devices like the iPhone 5s.

The iPhone 5s iOS 10.3.1 is a small update for some users but it’s a much bigger release for many other people.

If you downloaded iOS 10.3 prior to the iOS 10.3.1 release, your iOS 10.3.1 update will be a few megabytes. If you’re making the move to iOS 10.3.1 from iOS 10.2.1 or older, your update will be much bigger due to iOS 10.3 and its changes.

With that in mind we want to take a look at a few things current and prospective iOS 10.3.1 users need to know about the iPhone 5s’ latest update.

This roundup takes you through all of the the key details including a look at performance and potential problems. We’ll also tell you about a few things to keep an eye on as we push into the month of May.

iPhone 5s iOS 10.3.1 Review

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iPhone 5s iOS 10.3.1 Review

Before we get into the iPhone 5s iOS 10.3.1 update's performance, a few notes about the download and the installation process.

If you're coming to iOS 10.3.1 from iOS 10.3, expect the installation process to take 10 minutes or so. The download is small and the installation process took about seven minutes. 

If you're coming to iOS 10.3.1 from something older than iOS 10.3 your download will be much larger and your installation could take upwards of 20 minutes. We recommend putting 30 quiet minutes aside to monitor the download and the install. 

We didn't run into any problems but there's always a chance something could act up so you'll want to be extremely careful. 

We've spent a couple of weeks with the iPhone 5s iOS 10.3.1 update and we've come away pretty impressed with Apple's software.

Battery life and connectivity (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, cellular service) are still holding up. We haven't experienced any weird battery drain and our connections continue to hold up.  

We haven't run into any major problems with any of our core applications. Popular apps like Facebook, Twitter, Google Maps, Chrome, Gmail, Soundcloud, and Spotify are all working fine with iOS 10.3.1 on board. 

We haven't noticed any random reboots and the software feels faster than iOS 10.2.1 did on the iPhone 5s. Animations and transitions are crisper and we aren't seeing a ton of lag when we open our folders and our various apps. Lag was an issue on older versions of iOS 10. 

The iPhone 5s iOS 10.3.1 update has been impressive. Its fast, it feels stable, our apps are working properly, and we haven't run into any serious battery life issues. 

If you're feeling leery about making the upgrade, take a look at our reasons to and not to install the iOS 10.3.1 update on the iPhone.

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