iOS 10 Release Date & Time: 5 Things to Know

The iOS 10 release date is confirmed and today we want to take a look at what we know, so far, about the iOS 10 release date and time for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

In June, Apple took the stage at WWDC 2016 and announced a handful of new products including a brand new iOS 10 update for its mobile devices.

The company detailed many of the key iOS 10 features and it also confirmed an iOS 10 beta ahead of a public release later this year.

The end of the iOS 10 beta is close as Apple’s now confirmed a specific iOS 10 release date for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and it lands in a few short minutes.


Today we want to take a look at everything we know right now about the iOS 10 release date. This roundup includes details about the iOS 10 release date itself, the iOS 10 release time, the iOS 9 downgrade, and more.

iOS 10 Release

When iOS 10 arrives it will roll out to a number of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models. It won’t be released for all iOS 9-powered devices though.

In June, Apple confirmed the iOS 10 update for most devices capable of running the iOS 9 operating system. Unfortunately, some popular devices will be left behind on the iOS 9 update.

Apple’s official iOS 10 upgrade list doesn’t list the iPhone 4s, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad mini, or the fifth-generation iPod Touch. These devices will stay on iOS 9.3.5.

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If you own one of the devices listed below, you should be keeping tabs on the iOS 10 beta and the iOS 10 release date and time.


  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5


  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad 4
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2

iPod touch

  • iPod touch sixth-generation

iOS 10 Release Date

As expected, Apple confirmed the iOS 10 release date alongside the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. And as expected, the release date will land between the iPhone 7 pre-order date (September 9th) and the iPhone 7 release date on September 16th.

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The iOS 10 release date for all capable devices is September 13th. It’s same day as the new WatchOS release.

With a release as close as it is, now would be a good time to check in with beta testers to see how performance for your device is holding up.

iOS 10 Release Time

Apple didn’t confirm a specific iOS 10 release time on stage but that doesn’t matter. We know when to expect it.

iOS 10 wasn’t released at midnight on September 13th so we’re hoping these people went to bed early instead of waiting up until midnight for the iOS 10 release.

Apple’s iOS updates almost always roll out between 9AM and 10AM Pacific. This is what you should expect from Apple.

Here’s what the iOS 10 release time should look like for people in the United States, Japan, Australia, and more.

  • Eastern – 1 PM
  • Central – 12 PM
  • Mountain – 11AM
  • London – 6 PM
  • Moscow – 9 PM
  • New Dehli – 10:30 PM
  • Shanghai – 1 AM
  • Tokyo – 2 AM
  • Melbourne – 3 AM
  • Auckland – 5 AM

Apple’s servers typically get slammed right when its major iOS updates are released so if you don’t want to deal with problems you might want to wait a few hours before trying to install the iOS 10 update on your device.

iOS 10 to iOS 9 Downgrade

If you decide to download the iOS 10 update on release day, you’re going to notice a number of new features. You might also notice a change in performance. For better or worse.

If you see the latter, or if you decide you don’t like update’s unique set of features, you’ll be able to drop back down to iOS 9.

If you decide you don’t like iOS 10 and its performance you’ll be able to downgrade from iOS 10 to the most up-to-date version of iOS 9 which, at the moment, is iOS 9.3.5.

If you’re nervous about iOS 10 and its performance now would be a good time to get familiar with the downgrade process.

iOS 10 Jailbreak

It’s unclear if iOS jailbreak developers will have an iOS 10 jailbreak ready for the iOS 10 release date.

Jailbreak developers have successfully jailbroken the iOS 10 update. This is encouraging news but it doesn’t confirm anything for the general public.

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It’s clear that Pangu, and others, are working on a tool behind the scenes but it could it take weeks or perhaps even months before a public iOS 10 jailbreak is released.

For reference, the first untethered iOS 9 jailbreak arrived about a month after the iOS 9 release date for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

9 Things to Do Before Installing iOS 10.3.1

Get Familiar with iOS 10.3.1 & iOS 10.3

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Get Familiar with iOS 10.3.1 & iOS 10.3

One of the first things you'll want to do is get familiar with the iOS 10.3.1 update and its changes. This is particularly important if you failed to upgrade to iOS 10.1, iOS 10.1.1, iOS 10.2, iOS 10.2.1, or iOS 10.3. If you skipped one of these updates, they'll be baked into your iOS 10.3.1 update. 

iOS 10.3.1 doesn't come with much. Apple lists a single security patch and it reportedly brings fixes for the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c, two aging devices in the company's iPhone lineup. 

If you failed to download the iOS 10.3 update, you'll want to get familiar with its changes before you download iOS 10.3.1. This way, you won't be caught off guard by the changes. 

There are a few ways to get this done. You can take a look at our walkthrough. It'll go over the key differences between iOS 10.3 and the previous versions of iOS. It's a great place to start, especially if you're coming from iOS 10.2 or below.  

You'll also want to take a look at our list of reasons to, and not to, install the iOS 10.3.1 update on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. 

You'll want to be comfortable with iOS 10.3, iOS 10.3.1 and their changes before you make the move. If you haven't dug into the update yet, now is a great time to do so. 

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