iPhone 6 iOS 10.3.1 Update: 10 Things We Learned in 21 Days

Its been three weeks since the iPhone 6 iOS 10.3.1 update replaced iOS 10.3 and today we want to walk iPhone 6 users through the most important things to know about their iOS 10.3.1 update as we push into the month of May.

In late March, Apple pulled its milestone iOS 10.3 update out of beta and released it for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models capable of running iOS 10. iOS 10.3 was only out for a week before it was replaced with a new version iOS 10 dubbed iOS 10.3.1

Unlike iOS 10.3, iOS 10.3.1 is a small maintenance release focused on fixing bugs and improving device security.

If you’re coming to iOS 10.3.1 from the iOS 10.3 update, you can expect a pretty small download. Just a few MB.

If you’re coming from something older like iOS 10.2.1 or iOS 9, your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus iOS 10.3.1 update will be much bigger. You’ll get everything from the previous iOS updates baked in.

With the smoke from the release starting to settle we want to take a close look at the iPhone 6 iOS 10.3.1 update.

This roundup includes a quick iPhone 6 iOS 10.3.1 review, some tips to help you get the most out of iOS 10.3.1, and a look at iPhone 6 iOS 10.3.1 problems.

We’ll continue to update this page as we push away from the release date so check back for regular changes.

iPhone 6 iOS 10.3.1 Review

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iPhone 6 iOS 10.3.1 Review

First, a quick note about the iOS 10.3.1 download and installation process on the iPhone 6.

The iPhone 6 iOS 10.3.1 update is tiny it will only take you a few minutes to download and install on your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. Of course, this is only if you're coming to it directly from iOS 10.3. If you're coming to iOS 10.3.1 from something older, expect the process to take a lot longer. 

If you're coming to iOS 10.3.1 from iOS 10.2.1 or below, your installation process will take a lot longer than most iOS updates. Our iPhone 6 iOS 10.3 update took about 15 minutes to install. This is due, in part, to the file system change to APFS. 

If you fall into this group, we recommend putting aside 30 minutes or so of quiet time to monitor your iPhone 6 iOS 10.3.1 download and installation for problems. 

We've been using the iPhone 6 iOS 10.3.1 update for three weeks now and we've been taking a close look at some key areas including battery life, connectivity, and UI speed. Here's what we've learned so far. 

We still haven't noticed any abnormal battery drain. Our iPhone 6 (AT&T model) is holding a solid charge. Same as iOS 10.3. 

If you recently installed iOS 10.3.1 and you're noticing issues with your iPhone 6's battery life, give it a couple of days. It sometimes takes a few days for the battery and the new update to settle in. If you continue to see issues with your battery life, take action

We've tested the iPhone 6's update with several ISPs, routers, and Bluetooth devices. We haven't run into any issues yet though that could certainly change down the road. AT&T's LTE and 4G networks are working properly as well. 

We haven't noticed any random reboots and the phone's UI appears to be fast. Animations and transitions are fluid and we haven't encountered any weird lag or sluggishness when opening folders, apps or Control Center. 

The iPhone 6 iOS 10.3.1 update's performance continues to impress at the three week mark. And given what's on board the update, it's certainly worth a look if your iPhone 6 is already on iOS 10. 

If you're on an older version of iOS, say iOS 9, you might want to wait a few days so you can gather a little more feedback about performance. 

If you need help to one side of the iOS 10.3.1 fence or the other, please take a look at our list of reasons. It'll help you make a decision.

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