9 Things to Know About the iPhone 6s iOS 10.3.1 Update

The iPhone 6s iOS 10.3.1 update is a small but important release for the former flagship and today we want to take a look at the most important things iPhone 6s users need to know about the current version of iOS 10.

In late March, Apple pulled its iOS 10.3 update from beta and released it for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

A week later, Apple replaced iOS 10.3 with a new iOS 10.3.1 update. iOS 10.3.1 a small maintenance release with a security patch and bug fixes on board.

If you are coming to iOS 10.3.1 from the iPhone 6s iOS 10.3 update, your download will be pretty small, just a few megabytes.

If you’re coming to iOS 10.3.1 from something older than that, your iOS 10.3.1 update will be much larger thanks to the previous versions of iOS. They’re baked into your iOS 10.3.1 update.

Today we want to take a look at the most important things you need to know if you’re already on iOS 10.3.1 or if you’re thinking about installing the iOS 10.3.1 update on your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus.

This roundup looks at the iPhone 6s iOS 10.3.1 update’s performance, the current state of iPhone 6s iOS 10.3.1 problems, and a quick glimpse at what’s next from Apple and iOS 10.

Quick iPhone 6s iOS 10.3.1 Review

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Quick iPhone 6s iOS 10.3.1 Review

Before we get into the iPhone 6s iOS 10.3.1 update's performance, a quick note about the iOS 10.3.1 installation process. 

The iOS 10.3.1 download/installation process took us about 7 minutes to complete. Of course, we were coming from the device's iOS 10.3 update. 

If you are coming to iOS 10.3.1 from iOS 10.2.1 or older, your iOS 10.3.1 installation could take upwards of 20 minutes. 

We suggest putting 30 minutes of quiet time aside to monitor the download and the installation process for problems. We didn't run into any issues but there's always potential for trouble.

We've been using the iPhone 6s iOS 10.3.1 update for a week now and the update continues to perform well on our iPhone 6s models. 

Battery life is holding up and we haven't seen any abnormal drain on the devices we're using to test the iOS 10.3 update. We're still able to get a full day of use when using a mixture of Wi-Fi and LTE. 

If you recently installed iOS 10.3.1 and you're seeing abnormal battery drain issues, give it a couple of days. Sometimes it takes a few days for the battery to settle in. If the problems persist, you'll want to dig into some fixes.

Connectivity remains stable as we push away from the update's release. We've tested the phone and the update with several ISPs, routers and Bluetooth devices and we haven't noticed any major issues with our connections. They remain strong and fast.

The iPhone 6s' UI is fast and we haven't experienced any lag, random reboots or freezes during our testing. The iOS 10.3.1 update feels stable and fluid.

So far, the transition from iOS 10.3 to iOS 10.3.1 has been extremely smooth. We haven't run into any significant performance issues at the week milestone.

iOS 10.3.1 is definitely worth a look if you're running into issues on an older version of iOS 10 or if you're concerned with security. 

If you're coming from an older version of iOS, like iOS 9 or iOS 10.2.1, you might want to snag a second opinion before installing the update on your device.

For more, take a look at our reasons to and not to install iOS 10.3.1 today.

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