9 Things to Know About the iPhone 5s iOS 11.0.3 Update

Apple’s released a brand new iPhone 5s iOS 11.0.3 update and today we want to take you through our impressions of the update, some of the problems plaguing iPhone 5s users, and what you can expect from Apple and iOS 11 in the future.

Apple’s iPhone 5s iOS 11 update spent a few months in beta before the company (predictably) released it ahead of its new iPhones, the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X. The beta managed to squish a number of bugs, but iPhone 5s users have complained about a variety of iOS 11 issues.

Apple’s rolled out several iOS 11 bug fix updates and it recently issued a third maintenance update for the iPhone 5s and other iOS 11-powered devices.

iOS 11.0.3 is now available for the iPhone 5s. The update doesn’t come with a long list of changes, but it could have a significant impact on the performance of your iPhone 5s.

It’s a maintenance release, but the iPhone 5s iOS 11.0.3 update is actually a pretty big download. And if you’re downloading iOS 11 for the first time, your iOS 11.0.3 update will be even bigger because you’ll get the features, enhancements, patches, and fixes from the iOS updates you’ve skipped.

Today we want to walk you through some of the features you’ll get (and some you won’t) when you upgrade your device to iOS 11 for the first time. We’ll also take you through the iOS 11.0.3 update’s changes.

Our guide to the iPhone 5s iOS 11.0.3 update also provides you with some information about the iOS 11 jailbreak, the iOS 11 downgrade, and a few tidbits about the next major iOS 11 update for the iPhone 5s. Apple’s promising another big iOS 11 upgrade this fall and the iPhone 5s should benefit from at least one of its features.

Let’s start with the update’s performance.

iPhone 5s iOS 11.0.3 Impressions

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iPhone 5s iOS 11.0.3 Impressions

Before we get into our impressions of the iOS 11.0.3 update, a few quick notes about the installation and download. 

The iOS 11.0.3 download should only take you a few minutes over a high-speed Wi-Fi network. The installation process will take a little bit longer. It took us about seven minutes. 

We didn't run into any installation issues, but there's always a chance the download or install will get stuck. For more on the iOS 11.0.3 download and installation process, take a look at our guide

As for iOS 11.0.3's performance, we've seen some good things and some bad things during our short time with the software. Let's start with the good news.

We haven't noticed any weird battery drain and our connectivity (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, cellular data, GPS) has been consistent. Same as iOS 11.0.2 and iOS 11.o.1. 

Apps, for the most part, are stable. A few apps (Twitter, Gmail, Chrome, Soundcloud) have crashed, but that's about it thus far. We have, however, noticed a ton of lag on the aging device.

The device's UI will occasionally lock up when moving around the home screen and when we're opening folders. We've also noticed keyboard lag and the UI occasionally stutters when opening up Control Center and Notifications.

Lag has been an issue for us on all four versions of iOS 11 so we're hopeful the company's iOS 11.1 update irons it out. iOS 10.1 worked wonders for our iPhone 5 last year.

If you're struggling with iOS 11 problems, you'll probably want to download iOS 11.0.3. That said, you'll want to be careful.

There are some issues with the new version of iOS 11 and those of you having a great experience on iOS 11.0.2 or below might want to wait for the next update to roll out. 

For more feedback, take a look at our list of reasons to and not to install iOS 11.0.3 and iOS 11 right now

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  4. Stuart

    10/13/2017 at 11:18 pm

    I have iPhone 5s. Battery is draining in half the time with new version on iOS and the phone freezes regularly. I have had three unprompted reboots and device gets hot just before it freezes and reboots.


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