The iOS 10.3.3 update is the final iOS 10 release for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and today we want to touch on the most important things to know as we push into 2018.
Apple’s last iOS 10 update is a small upgrade, but even the smallest maintenance releases can have a dramatic impact on your device’s performance.
We’re now almost a year removed from the iOS 10.3.3 release and we continue to hear complaints about its performance on popular devices like the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c.
Let’s start with a quick look at the iOS 10.3.3 update’s performance on one of the device’s that was left out of the iOS 11 release.
iOS 10.3.3 Review
Before we get into our some initial thoughts about iOS 10.3.3’s performance, we want to share a few notes about the installation process with those of you installing iOS 10.3.3 for the first time.
iOS 10.3.3 is a maintenance release, but it’s actually rather large for some of Apple’s iOS-powered devices. It’s over 100MB for most devices which is pretty big for a maintenance update. The update took about a minute to download and about eight minutes to install on the iPhone 5.
If you’re coming from an older iOS update, your update could take a little longer to install due to the iOS updates you missed. Their features and fixes will be baked into your version of iOS 10.3.3.
The iOS 10.3.3 update is treating our iPhone 5 pretty well. We haven’t noticed any weird battery drain or any issues with connectivity.
We’ve tested the device with Bluetooth headsets and speakers and we were able to get strong, solid connections. We’ve also tested the iOS 10.3.3 update with a couple of different routers (including eero) and we haven’t noticed anything out of the ordinary. LTE and 4G data connections from AT&T are reliable as well.
We haven’t stumbled upon any experience-breaking bugs (random reboots, extreme lag) though Chrome has crashed a few times on the iPhone 5.
We’ve also noticed a bit of keyboard lag on the iPhone 5 and it continues to plague the device months after the update’s release. That’s something to think about if you haven’t installed iOS 10.3.3 yet.
If you need additional feedback about iOS 10.3.3 and its changes, take a look at our reasons to, and not to, install the iOS 10.3.3 update.
For more detailed feedback about iOS 10.3.3, take a look at our iPhone 5 iOS 10.3.3 roundup.
iOS 10.3.3 Problems
The iOS 10.3.3 update went through an extensive beta process but problems made it into the final release.
iPhone and iPad users are complaining about wonky battery life, app crashes, Bluetooth issues, installation problems, random reboots, and lag. Again, the update is mostly stable on our iPhones and iPads.
Unfortunately, once you make the move to iOS 10.3.3, you’re stuck.
Apple’s no longer signing off on iOS 10.3.2 which means you can’t drop back down to it if your device starts to struggle on iOS 10.3.3. This is a permanent change.
Apple doesn’t allow you to go back to anything older than iOS 10.3.2 so if you haven’t installed iOS 10.3.3 yet, and you’re running something older like iOS 10.2.1, iOS 9, or iOS 8, you should be extremely careful when moving your device to iOS 10.3.3.
iOS 10.3.3 Update: What’s New
The iOS 10.3.3 update isn’t a milestone upgrade which means it doesn’t come with a huge set of new features for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
The official change log notes that iOS 10.3.3 is focused on fixing bugs and improving device security. iOS 10.3.3 comes with two dozen security patches including one that tackles a potentially dangerous Wi-Fi exploit called “Broadpwn.”
The iOS 10.3.3 beta featured new wallpapers for the iPad Pro, but you don’t need to be running iOS 10.3.3 in order to get these new wallpapers on board your device.
You can download them onto your 12-inch iPad Pro right now.
iOS 10.3.3 Jailbreak
A quick note for those of you that still like to jailbreak.
Jailbreak developers have cracked Apple’s iOS 10.3.3 update. Functional jailbreaks are available for both 64-bit and 32-bit devices like the iPhone 5.
iOS 10.3.3 is officially the last version of iOS 10.
Apple’s iOS 11 update replaced iOS 10 for good last year and the company’s spent the better part of the past year refining the software.
Apple is working on an iOS 12 update for the fall. The iOS 12 update is set to bring new features and a slew of performance improvements to the iPhone and iPad.
iOS 12 is only compatible with devices capable of running iOS 11. Devices like the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c will unfortunately stick around on iOS 10.3.3.
Install iOS 12.4 for Better Security
If you're on the fence, here's one of the best reasons to install iOS 12.4.
If you value your device's security, you'll want to download iOS 12.4 in the near future because it brings important security patches for your device.
iOS 12.4 brings 19 security patches to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. If you're interested in the specifics, you can read about them on Apple's security site.
If you skipped iOS 12.3, your iOS 12.4 update carries iOS 12.3's security patches on board. The iOS 12.3 update brought 23 patches and you can read about all of them right here.
If you skipped iOS 12.2, you'll get its security patches with your version of iOS 12.4.
iOS 12.2 brought a whopping 41 security patches to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch in March. You can read more about the iOS 12.2's patches over on the company's website.
It's important to note that Apple's iOS 12.2 update patched up an exploit that allowed websites to use motion sensors to "fingerprint" devices.
Fortunately, Apple's patched up the issue. If you skipped it, you'll probably want to move to iOS 12.4 soon.
If you skipped iOS 12.1.4, you get four important security patches including fixes for a widespread FaceTime eavesdropping bug that lets you call someone via FaceTime and hear the audio coming from their phone before they pick up the phone.
If you skipped iOS 12.1.3, you get some additional patches with your version of iOS 12.4. Again, they're baked into your upgrade.
Apple lists a grand total of 23 patches on board iOS 12.1.3 and you can read about all of them over on Apple's website.
If you skipped iOS 12.1.1, you'll want to install the iOS 12.4 update on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch today.
The iOS 12.1.1 update brought 17 patches for potential security exploits. They'll will help protect your phone. You can read about them here.
If you skipped iOS 12.1, you'll get the 24 patches from that update with your version of iOS 12.4. If you skipped iOS 12.0.1, your iOS 12.4 update brings two additional patches. Both patches are for potential lock screen exploits.
If you skipped iOS 12.0, and you're still running iOS 11.4.1 or below, your iOS 12.4 update comes with a longer list of security updates.
The iOS 12.0 update delivered 16 patches for security issues. You can read about all of them over on Apple's security page.
In addition to those patches, iOS 12 delivers new security features aimed at protecting you and the data you store on your device. These include:
Long story short, if you store sensitive data on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you have some really good reasons to upgrade to iOS 12.4 today.
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