You’ve installed the iOS 10.3.3 update on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Now what? Today we want to run down some things to do, and some things not to do, after installing iOS 10.3.3 on your device.
iOS 10.3.3 is a simple maintenance update if you’re coming directly from iOS 10.3.2. Your version of iOS 10.3.3 features bug fixes and two dozen security patches.
If you failed to download iOS 10.3.2, iOS 10.3.1, or iOS 10.3, your iOS 10.3.3 update will be much bigger thanks to the features and fixes from the updates you missed. If you missed any other iOS updates along the way, they’ll be baked into your iOS 10.3.3 update as well.
Some of you are still trying to decide if iOS 10.3.3 is worth it. Many others decided to take the plunge and are now running iOS 10.3.3 on the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
We recently provided some tips to potential iOS 10.3.3 users and today we want to switch gears and offer some tips to those of you that are running iOS 10.3.3.
This guide walks you through some things you’ll want to do and some things you’ll want to avoid as you push away from the installation.
Maybe the first thing you’ll want to do after installing iOS 10.3.3 is to check all of your important connections to ensure they’re working properly.
A few of these tests should only take you a few seconds. Test your Wi-Fi connectivity to make sure everything is working properly after the upgrade.
You’ll also want to switch over to LTE/4G to make sure your cellular data is functioning. If you rely on GPS for your commute you’ll want to test it for accuracy.
Beyond those, you’ll want to try pairing your device with your favorite Bluetooth devices. Maybe that’s a speaker, a headset or your car. If you own an Apple Watch, you’ll want to make sure your device is pairing properly.
If you use your iPhone or iPad to control the appliances in your house, you’ll also want to make sure those connections are synced up.
Check Apps & Services
We recommend checking all of your apps and services to ensure they’re working normally after the iOS 10.3.3 update. This is especially important if you rely on said apps and services for your job or for school.
There’s a chance a vital application or service will start acting up with iOS 10.3.3 on board. We’re already hearing and seeing complaints about iOS 10.3.3 problems and they include issues with Exchanges and various first and third-party apps.
Check all of your key apps and services first then move onto your secondary ones. If you notice something out of the ordinary, you’ll want to take action.
If you run into an issue with an application you’ll want to check the App Store to make sure you’re running the latest version of the app.
iOS developers have been rolling out a steady stream of bug fix updates and the latest bug fix update could help stabilize the software.
If your issue is related to work software, you’ll want to get into contact with your IT department if you have one. You might also check in with the app developer (forum/customer service) to see if they have a remedy for you.
This might sound tedious but checking these items is important. The last thing you want to do is walk into a presentation or a busy workday with broken software.
Check All of Your Important Files
You’ll also want to check and make sure all of your important files successfully made it over. This is particularly important if you came to iOS 10.3.3 from iOS 10.2.1 or something older. (iOS 10.3 introduced a new file system called APFS.)
Everything should be fine but you should double-check to make sure your important photos, videos, and other data is in order. Over the years we’ve heard countless horror stories about files and data going missing so you’ll want to make sure everything is there.
If something is missing, you’ll want to restore from a backup. That is, if you made a backup before you installed iOS 10.3.3.
Test New Features
If you failed to download iOS 10.3 you’ll get its features baked into your iOS 10.3.3 update. iOS 10.3 was a large update.
Some of iOS 10.3’s changes are small. Others might be game-changing for you. For instance, if you own a pair of AirPods you’ll want to get acquainted with the Find My AirPods function located inside the Find My iPhone app. It could save you time and maybe even a pair of AirPods.
If you use CarPlay, you’ll want to get familiar with the changes to the UI and some of the smaller tweaks to the software.
To help you get started you’ll want to take a look at our iOS 10.3/iOS 10.3.3 walkthrough. It’ll take you through the new features, the bug fixes and the important security patches on board.
iOS 10.3.3 users are reporting problems with the software and there’s a chance you’ll run into an issue with the update today, tomorrow, or a week from now. iOS issues can popup anytime.
If you do run into a problem there’s no need to panic or freakout. You should be able to fix your issue from the comforts of your home or office.
We’ve put together a list of fixes for the most common iOS 10 problems and it’s a great place to start if you’re noticing abnormal battery drain, issues with Wi-Fi, or problems with your Bluetooth connectivity.
We’ve also released a list of tips that should help you improve iOS 10.3.3 performance should it start to decline after installing iOS 10.3.3.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for there, check out our list of resources for iOS 10.3.3 problems.
Report iOS 10.3.3 Problems
If you encounter an issue with iOS 10.3.3, make sure you report it to Apple or the developer of the app.
If you’re noticing issues with a first-party app or service, make sure you report the bug to Apple so that its engineers can look into it.
You can do that via Apple’s Support account on Twitter and you can also get in touch with customer service via its website. You’ll also want to report it on the Apple Discussion Forums and here on the company’s feedback page.
If you’re seeing issues with a third-party app or service, get in touch with the developer and, if necessary, leave a review on the App Store.
Don’t Forget About iOS 11 & iOS 11 Beta
Don’t get too comfortable with iOS 10.3.3.
Apple’s confirmed an iOS 11 update for the fall. Unlike iOS 10.3.3, iOS 11 will be a massive milestone update with new features, tweaks, and other changes.
The company hasn’t confirmed a specific iOS 11 release date but it’s currently testing its third iOS 11 beta ahead of the final release this fall.
Now would be a good time to start preparing for iOS 10’s eventual successor. Dig into feedback from beta testers and, if you need to, try the iOS 11 beta on your device.
If you do decide to move off iOS 10.3.3, make sure you prepare your device for iOS 11 beta. This is very important if this will be your first time trying beta software.
Wait If You Want the Best iPhone Software Support
If you want the best iPhone software support money can buy in 2017, you'll want to hold out for the iPhone 8.
If you're the type of person that upgrades your phone once every three years (or so), it makes sense to wait for the iPhone 8.
Apple probably won't confirm this on stage but this year's iPhone model will likely get at least four years of software support. That means four years of bug fix updates, milestone upgrades, new operating systems, and security patches.
While it might be tempting to go with a cheaper option like the iPhone 5 or iPhone 6, their software support will be coming to an end much sooner. The iPhone 5 won't get upgraded to Apple's iOS 11 update this fall and the iPhone 5s will likely lose support next year.
The iPhone 8's hardware will also ensure that the device gets all of the new features coming in the iOS 11 update and beyond.
If you love getting all of the latest features and bug fixes and value your device's security, you probably want to wait for the iPhone 8 release.
It'll feature the most robust version of iOS 11 and it'll be well-protected with security patches and bug fixes for years to come.