With an iOS 10.3 release date getting close we want to share some tips we think will help you in the buildup to the release and on release day.
Apple hasn’t confirmed an iOS 10.3 release date for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch but it’s getting close. Real close.
Apple’s pushed rapid fire iOS 10.3 beta updates, a sign the upgrade is making substantial progress behind the scenes. The release of iOS 10.3 beta 7 came less than a week after the company released an iOS 10.3 beta 6 for developers and those in its free Beta Software Program.
And thanks to new product announcements, we now know the iOS 10.3 update should be out sometime before the end of April.
Apple’s new Clips app is scheduled for release next month and iOS 10.3 will be required to use it on the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
We still don’t have an official iOS 10.3 release date to share but we do have some tips that could help you on the road to its release.
iOS 10.3 Release Time
The iOS 10.3 update is shaping up to be an exciting release. Its packed with new features, performance enhancements, and tweaks.
While you might be tempted to check your phone every 15 minutes for the update, that’s not how Apple iOS releases work.
It’s difficult to predict the exact iOS 10.3 release date but it’s very easy to predict the iOS 10.3 release time. Here are a few things to keep in mind as we close in on the iOS 10.3 release date:
- Apple never releases iOS updates on the weekend so there’s no need to check for iOS 10.3 on Saturday or Sunday.
- iOS updates almost always arrive between 9AM and 10AM Pacific. General rule of thumb is to check around 10AM Pacific.
While some of you will want to download the iOS 10.3 update the second it arrives, many others will want to wait.
Skip the iOS 10.3 Beta
We’re now on iOS 10.3 beta 7 which means we’re really close to the official release. With an iOS 10.3 release imminent, most people should avoid the iOS 10.3 beta and wait for the official release. The potential headaches aren’t worth it at this point.
Prepare Your iPhone, iPad or iPod
With an iOS 10.3 release date likely just days away, now is the perfect time to start preparing for the update’s release. Here are a few pre-installation tips to keep in your back pocket as we approach the arrival of iOS 10.3:
- Use this time to cleanup your device. Get rid of files (apps, music, etc), anything you no longer use. Cleaning up your device could improve your device’s performance.
- Start backing up your data. If you don’t know where to start, you’ll want to research iCloud backups, iTunes backups, and the differences between the two. This is especially important due to the arrival of AFPS.
- If you want to download iOS 10.3 right when it comes out, make sure your device has at least a 50% charge (or you’re near a charger) around 10AM Pacific.
- Get your login information handy. Make sure you have the device’s passcode, Apple ID, and your important logins ready on release day. The update might log you out of various apps and services.
- Dig into feedback from iOS 10.3 beta testers. You might learn about a potential problem or benefit to your version of iOS 10.3.
A little prep work will help you avoid major problems during the iOS 10.3 installation process. It’ll also help you avoid headaches once you get the new update on board your phone or tablet.
Learn About iOS 10.3
Make sure you know what you’re getting into before you download the iOS 10.3 update on your phone. This goes deeper than just perusing the change log Apple will include with the update. You’ll want to dig deeper, especially if you own an older device.
iOS 10.3 isn’t officially out for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch but thanks to the iOS 10.3 beta for developers and the general public, we know what to expect.
We’ve put together a broad guide to the iOS 10.3 update. We’ve also put together some in-depth analysis of the iOS 10.3 update’s most exciting features. We’ve also detailed some of iOS 10.3’s small but important features.
You’ll also want to get familiar with the new Clips application that’s set to arrive in April. Again, you’ll need to download iOS 10.3 in order to use the Clips app on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
If you haven’t been following the iOS 10.3 beta, now would be a good time to dig in. We don’t expect the update to change much between now and the official release date and we don’t expect the beta to be too much different from the official version of iOS 10.3.
Download iTunes 12.6
Now would be a good time to download the latest version of iTunes.
Apple recently released iTunes 12.6. The update delivers some bug fixes and performance improvements and it also delivers an exciting feature that requires iOS 10.3 to work on iPhone and iPad.
iTunes 12.6 marks the debut of a “Rent once, watch anywhere” that allows you to watch iTunes rentals across all of your devices provided they’re running iOS 10.3 or tvOS 10.2.
If you rent movies from iTunes you’ll probably want to download the latest version. You’ll also probably want to download the iOS 10.3 update as soon as it arrives.
Report iOS 10.3 Problems
If you choose to install iOS 10.3 on release day there’s a chance you’ll run into an issue during or after the installation process finishes up. If you do run into an iOS 10.3 problem on your phone, there’s no need to panic.
Sometimes it can take a couple of days for an update to settle in. If you notice weird battery life on release day, give it a day or two to even out. If problems persist after two days with iOS 10.3, or if the issues are serious, you’ll want to take action.
There are tons of resources out there but our list of fixes for common iOS 10 problems is a great place to start. If you don’t consider yourself an expert, you’ll want to bookmark those fixes so you’re ready to tackle problems as soon as they popup.
If you can’t fix your problem and/or you want to help the community, you’ll want to report iOS 10.3 problems as you see them. There are a few places to do that.
We also recommend reporting your problem on Apple’s Discussion forums to alert Apple and other users to your issue.
You Can Test iOS 10.3
Remember, if you don’t want to deal with the iOS 10.3 beta, you can take the official version of iOS 10.3 for a test drive provided you’re already on iOS 10.2.1.
For a short time, Apple will allow you to drop back down to iOS 10.2.1. You won’t be able to downgrade to anything older than iOS 10.2.1 and it will only be open for a short period of time, probably a couple of weeks tops.
Most of you will choose to remain on iOS 10.3 but others might benefit from dropping down to the older version of iOS 10.
If you aren’t familiar with the iOS downgrade process, now is the time.
How to Get Off iOS 10.3 Beta
If you chose to try the iOS 10.3 beta and you don’t want to get thrown onto the next iOS 10 beta (iOS 10.3.1? iOS 10.4?), you’ll want to unenroll from the iOS 10.3 beta once the final version is released. Here’s how to do that.
- Go to Settings > General > Profiles and then tap the iOS Beta Software Profile that appears on your device.
- Enter your passcode, if there is on associated with the device, and tap Delete Profile. You will no longer receive beta software.
- Go into your Settings or iTunes and download iOS 10.3.
If you’ve been running an iOS 10.3 and the watchOS beta on your Apple Watch, you’ll need to take a few more steps before, on, or after the iOS 10.3 release date.
Here’s how to get the watchOS beta off your device,
- Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
- Tap the My Watch tab.
- Go to General > Profiles.
- Tap the beta profile you want to remove.
- Enter a passcode if needed and then tap Delete Profile.
If you want to use beta software again you’ll need to install the correct beta profile.
Install iOS 10.3 If You Want Better Security
If you value your security, you'll want to seriously consider downloading the iOS 10.3 update on your iPhone or iPad.
The iOS 10.3 update brings 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 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 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 is probably worth a download right now.