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 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.
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 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.
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.
iOS 10 update at midnight 🔥🔥🔥
— Miss_J_Leigh (@Jazzy_Garrett) September 12, 2016
will be staying up until midnight tonight to download iOS 10 even though I have a 8 AM tomorrow.
— camille (@camillemixon) September 12, 2016
Is it crazy that tonight I'm going to stay up until midnight so that I can download iOS 10 on my phone and iPad right when it's released? 😅😂
— Chantal ✌️ (@karim_is_my_bae) September 12, 2016
I think I'm going to stay up till midnight just to download iOS 10😂
— Destroyer of Worlds (@PointsMaster) September 12, 2016
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.
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.
Get Familiar with iOS 10.2.1
One of the first things you'll want to do is get familiar with the iOS 10.2.1 update and its changes. This is particularly important if you failed to upgrade to iOS 10.1, iOS 10.1.1, or iOS 10.2. If you skipped one of these updates, they'll be baked into iOS 10.2.1.
iOS 10.2.1 is small but it packs a big punch. Apple's stuffed its latest iOS 10 update with important changes and you'll want to be aware of them before you replace your current version of iOS with iOS 10.2.1. 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 10.2.1 and the previous versions of iOS. It's a great place to start, especially if you're coming from iOS 10.1.1 or below.
We've also put together a list of reasons to, and not to, install the iOS 10.2.1 update on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. This will take you through the most important aspects of the upgrade.
You'll also want to take a look at Apple's website to get a feel for the potential exploits the iOS 10.2.1 update patches up. There are several.
You'll want to be comfortable with iOS 10.2.1 and its changes before you make the move. If you haven't dug into the update yet, now is a great time to do so.