This guide to the iOS 10.3.2 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch 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.
iOS 10.3.2 wasn’t a big milestone upgrade but it was still an extremely important release thanks to the bug fixes and security patches on board.
Note that we’re talking about iOS 10.3.2 in the past tense. Apple’s finally replaced the iOS 10.3.2 update with an iOS 10.3.3 update, another maintenance release that’s focused on fixing bugs and improving security.
While most of you will want to move from iOS 10.3.2 to iOS 10.3.3, some of you might want to stick around for awhile. 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’ve been a maintenance release but it had a profound impact on many devices including the iPhones and iPad in our possession.
We’ve spent over a month with the iOS 10.3.2 update but it remains stable on the iPhone 7, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, and iPad.
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 absolutely hate iOS 10.3.2’s performance you could try installing iOS 10.3.3. If it doesn’t work out, you can always drop back down to iOS 10.3.2.
If you’re curious about the downgrade process, take a look at our iOS 10 downgrade walkthrough. It’ll take you through everything you need to know about the iOS 10.3.3 to iOS 10.3.2 downgrade.
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 was. It fixed lingering bugs and improved device security.
iOS 10.3.2’s change log was pretty thin. The update fixed some problems with SiriKit car commands. It also delivered 23 security patches to beef up security on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
It doesn’t come with much else that is 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 brought those changes along with it. iOS 10.3.3 will do the same.
iOS 10.3.2 Problems
iOS 10.3.2 went through a six week beta process but problems 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.
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.
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.
Developers have also reportedly cracked the iOS 10.3.2 update. The jailbreak was shown off at the MOSEC (Mobile Security Conference) in Shanghai, China. Unfortunately, we haven’t heard anything concrete about an iOS 10.3.2 jailbreak release for the public.
iOS 10.3.3 could be the final iOS 10 release for Apple’s mobile devices.
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.
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 or iPad.
iOS 10.3.3 brings (by our count) 24 security patches and it addresses 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.
Your iOS 10.3.3 update will bring even more security features if you failed to download previous versions of iOS.
If you passed on iOS 10.3.2, your version of 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 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. 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, iOS 10.3.3 brings their security patches with it. 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 10.3.3 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.