The iOS 10.3.3 update is a small upgrade but it brings some key changes to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. While some of you will want to install the iOS 10.3.3 update on your device today, others might want to wait.
Apple’s iOS 10.3.3 update is a maintenance update but it delivers important security patches and bug fixes for lingering iOS problems.
iOS 10.3.3 isn’t a milestone upgrade but it could still have a significant impact on your device’s performance, particularly if you own an older iPhone or iPad or if you’re upgrading from an older version of iOS like iOS 10.2.1 or iOS 9.
There’s also no way to downgrade to an older version of iOS 10 so you need to proceed with caution, particularly if you’re upgrading from a much older version of iOS like iOS 10.2.1 or iOS 9.
iOS 10.3.3 is only a small update if you’re coming directly to it from the previous version of iOS 10, iOS 10.3.2.
If you’re coming from an older version of iOS, your iOS 10.3.3 update will actually be much bigger thanks to iOS 10.3.2 and any other iOS updates you skipped along the way. You’ll get features and fixes from those older iOS updates baked into your version of iOS 10.3.3.
There are plenty of reasons to consider installing iOS 10.3.3 on your device (particularly if you skipped iOS 10.3) but there are also some reasons why you might be better off waiting a few days before installing iOS 10.3.3 on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod. Some of you might even be better off skipping iOS 10.3.3 in favor of Apple’s iOS 11 update.
Apple hasn’t confirmed an iOS 11 release date but we suspect it will arrive alongside the iPhone 8 in September. Apple’s confirmed a media event for September 12th and we expect iOS 11 to arrive soon after.
If you’re on the fence about upgrading, this guide will walk you through these reasons and help you decide if iOS 10.3.3 is worth it for you and your device.
Install iOS 10.3.3 If You Want Better Security
If you value your security, you'll want to seriously consider downloading the iOS 10.3.3 update on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
iOS 10.3.3 brings 24 security patches addressing vulnerabilities plaguing Contacts, Messages, Notifications, and Safari.
It also includes a patch for a potentially dangerous Wi-Fi exploit dubbed "Broadpwn." That patch alone is a great reason to install iOS 10.3.3 right now or in the immediate future.
If you failed to download previous versions of iOS, your iOS 10.3.3 update will bring even more security features.
If you passed on iOS 10.3.2, iOS 10.3.3 will deliver 23 additional security patches for potentially dangerous issues.
If you skipped iOS 10.3.1, your iOS 10.3.3 update will bring its lone security patch. If you skipped iOS 10.3, iOS 10.3.3 will bring its monster list of patches to your device.
The iOS 10.3 update delivered over 60 known patches for potential exploits. That's substantial, even for a milestone upgrade.
If you skipped the iOS 10.2.1 update and/or the iOS 10.2 update, iOS 10.3.3 brings their security patches with it. 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 10.3.3 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.
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.