With an iOS 10.3 release date inching closer we want to help iPhone and iPad users avoid some common mistakes.
Apple’s iOS 10.2.1 update is still the current version of iOS 10 but its reign should be coming to an end in the near future.
Apple’s got an iOS 10.3 update in beta and it will bring more than just bug fixes and security patches to iOS 10 users. It’s loaded up with new features including a new Find My AirPods options, AFPS (Apple File System), and Verizon Wi-Fi calling for iCloud-connected devices.
The company hasn’t confirmed an iOS 10.3 release date just yet but we, and many others, are expecting it to make its debut alongside new hardware at an Apple launch event in March or April.
For the past few years Apple’s held a press event in March. At last year’s event the company confirmed the iOS 9.3 release date alongside its iPhone SE and a new 9.7-inch iPad Pro.
With the iOS 10.3 beta making significant progress (we’re now on beta 7 and seeing simultaneous releases for developers and the public) and the release getting close, we want to help you prepare for Apple’s iOS 10.3 release.
You’ll want to start by avoiding some of these mistakes on release day. Here are a few rules of thumb and you’ll want to keep these in mind as we push toward release day.
Start Preparing Now
Another mistake you don't want to make ahead of the iOS 10.3 release: Thinking it's too early to start preparing for your iOS 10.3 update.
Again, nothing is confirmed, but we're confident that we're just a few weeks away from the iOS 10.3 release date. At the very most.
iOS 10.3 is getting close and now would be a good time to start preparing yourself and your device for the upgrade, especially if you're a novice user and/or new to iOS. This is particularly important ahead of the iOS 10.3 release.
The iOS 10.3 update is bringing a new file system to iOS devices. APFS (Apple File System) will replace HFS+ (Hierarchical File System). This is good news though the switch to APFS could be problematic for those of you that fail to make a backup of your device before installing iOS 10.3.
If you haven't made a backup in awhile or if you don't know how to make a backup, now would be a good time to get on that.
iOS 10.3 is a big update and big updates can cause big problems. You'll want to make sure you're comfortable with the backup/restore process (iCloud backup here, iTunes backup here) before you install it. Not during, not after. Before.
If you have an IT department at your company, they might be using the beta. It might be wise to check-in with them before the iOS 10.3 release date to see if they have any advice about important apps and services.
We recommend bookmarking fixes for potential iOS 10.3 problems so that you're as prepared. You won't be able to predict iOS 10.3 problems so it's important to be prepared, particularly if your phone/tablet is important for your day-to-day at work or school.