The iOS 10.3.2 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is still the most up-to-date version of iOS 10. This guide will walk you through the most important things to know about the iOS 10.3.2 update and some of its problems. We’ll also tell you about how it performs on select versions of the iPhone and iPad.
The company’s latest version of iOS 10 isn’t a big milestone upgrade but iOS 10.3.2 is still a very important release thanks to the bug fixes and security patches on board.
The iOS 10.3.2 update could have a positive impact on your device’s performance. It could also cause problems if you aren’t careful.
With that in mind, we want to go over the most important things you need to know about the iOS 10.3.2 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Let’s start with a quick look at iOS 10.3.2’s performance on five popular iPhone variants and four versions of Apple’s iPad.
iOS 10.3.2 Review
The iOS 10.3.2 update might be a maintenance release but the download is close to 200MB for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. That’s if you’re coming directly from iOS 10.3.1.
How Long Does the iOS 10.3.2 Update Take?
If you’re coming to iOS 10.3.2 from something a little older, say iOS 10.2.1, you can expect your download to be much larger.
The download only took us a few seconds (we downloaded the update while connected to a high-speed Wi-Fi network) but the installation took about seven minutes on the iPhone 7. It’ll take a lot longer if you skipped iOS 10.3 and/or iOS 10.3.1.
We recommend putting 15 minutes aside so that you can monitor both the iOS 10.3.2 download and installation.
We’ve spent over a month with the iOS 10.3.2 update but it appears to be stable on the iPhone 7, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 5.
We haven’t noticed any freaky battery drain and we’ve been able to connect to various Wi-Fi networks and Bluetooth devices. AT&T’s LTE and 4G networks are also working properly.
Core applications like Gmail, Slack, Asana, Twitter, Spotify, Soundcloud, and Google Chrome are also functioning as normal with iOS 10.3.2 on board.
We haven’t noticed any random reboots or UI lag nor have run into any debilitating bugs. That could change down the road but for now, iOS 10.3.2 feels stable on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 5.
If you need additional feedback about iOS 10.3.2 and its changes, take a look at our reasons to, and not to, install the iOS 10.3.2 update on your device right now. It should help you one to one side of the fence or the other.
iOS 10.3.2 Update: What’s New
All signs pointed to a small maintenance release and that’s exactly what iOS 10.3.2 is. It fixes lingering bugs and it improves device security.
iOS 10.3.2’s change log is pretty thin. We know the update fixes some problems with SiriKit car commands. We also know that it brings 23 security patches to beef up security on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
It doesn’t come with much else, unless you decided to skip Apple’s iOS 10.3.1 update and/or its iOS 10.3 update.
If you skipped either one of those, iOS 10.3.2 will bring changes from those updates to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
iOS 10.3.1 was a small bug fixer but the company’s iOS 10.3 update delivered a new file system, a Find My AirPods features, and a long list of other changes.
Make sure you get familiar with those before you download iOS 10.3.2.
iOS 10.3.2 Problems
iOS 10.3.2 went through a six week beta process but problems have slipped into the final version.
We’ve seen complaints about installation problems (some of these issues come from people moving off the iOS 10.3.2 beta), weird battery drain, connectivity issues, and bad performance including lag and random reboots.
We expect complaints about iOS 10.3.2 problems to continue as we push away from the update’s release date.
If your situation is dire you might try dropping down to the iOS 10.3.1 update in an effort to improve your device’s performance.
Apple continues to sign off on iOS 10.3.1 though the loophole could close any day now. The company won’t announce when it will stop signing off on iOS 10.3.1 so you’ll need to move quickly if you want to downgrade.
Sadly, you can’t drop back down to anything older than iOS 10.3.1. The iOS 10.3 and iOS 10.2.1 downgrade paths are now closed and Apple won’t open them back up.
For more on the downgrade process, see our iOS 10 downgrade walkthrough.
iOS 10.3.2 Jailbreak Status
Jailbreak developers recently demonstrated an iOS 10.3.1 jailbreak. The proof of concept, which can be seen in the video below, is a great sign for those looking to jailbreak iOS 10.3.1.
Unfortunately, we haven’t seen or heard anything about an iOS 10.3.2 jailbreak release for iPhone and iPad.
iOS 10.3.1 jailbreak release rumors pointed to a release sometime after the release of iOS 10.3.2 but nothing’s been released yet.
For now, current and prospective iOS 10 jailbreak users must contend with the public iOS 10.2 jailbreak tool.
iOS 10.3.2’s successor is confirmed.
The iOS 10.3.3 update is official for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and it’s currently in beta ahead of an unknown release date.
The iOS 10.3.3 update, like iOS 10.3.2, appears to be a maintenance release focused on under-the-hood improvements and security. The beta also includes some new iPad Pro wallpapers
We expect the iOS 10.3.3 to stay in beta for a few more days while Apple engineers and developers/public beta testers poke and prod it for problems.
Apple’s iOS 10.3.3 update isn’t the only iOS update on the horizon. The company’s also confirmed iOS 10’s successor.
iOS 11 is official and Apple is planning to release it to the public this fall. If you can’t wait that long, you can make the jump from iOS 10.3.2 to iOS 11 right now.
Apple’s released an iOS 11 beta for select iPhone and iPad models giving iOS users a chance to try its new features including an improved Control Center, changes to Siri, a redesigned app drawer in the Messages app, and the ability to record your screen.
The iOS 11 beta update is available to developers and the general public via the Beta Software Program.
If you can no longer stand iOS 10 and its performance, you might give the iOS 11 beta a try on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch right now.
Install iOS 10.3.2 If You Want Better Security
If you value your security, you'll want to seriously consider downloading the iOS 10.3.2 update on your iPhone or iPad.
iOS 10.3.2 brings (by our count) 23 security patches for a potential exploits. That's a ton for a small maintenance update and a great reason to install iOS 10.3.2 in the near future.
Your iOS 10.3.2 update will bring even more security features if you failed to download previous versions of iOS.
If you skipped iOS 10.3.1, your iOS 10.3.2 update will bring its security patch. If you skipped iOS 10.3, iOS 10.3.2 will also bring its monster list of patches as well.
The iOS 10.3 update delivered over 60 known patches for potential exploits. That's substantial, even for a milestone upgrade. The previous version of iOS 10, iOS 10.2.1, brought 14 known patches.
If you skipped the iOS 10.2.1 update and/or the iOS 10.2 update, know that iOS 10.3.2 brings their security patches with it as well. Again, 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 10.3.2 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.