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 11.4.1 for Better Security
Apple's iOS 11.4.1 update comes with 15 patches for potential security issues. If you value your security, you should think about installing it today.
iOS 11.4.1 also comes with a USB Restricted Mode that disables the Lightning port on your iPhone or iPad if a device hasn't been unlocked or connected to a computer using a passcode within a certain amount of time.
The new setting is located in Settings > Face ID/Touch ID & Passcode. There you’ll see a new toggle for USB Accessories. It's toggled off by default.
This provides an added layer of protection and prevents the use of cracking tools like GrayKey.
If you skipped iOS 11.4, your iOS 11.4.1 update comes with 30+ patches aimed at improving your device's security. This makes it an essential download for most iPhone and iPad users.
If you missed any of Apple's previous iOS updates, your iOS 11.4.1 update comes with a lot more.
If you skipped iOS 11.3.1, your version of iOS 11.4.1 comes with iOS 11.3.1's four security patches.
If you skipped iOS 11.3, your iOS 11.4.1 update comes with 27 additional patches for potential exploits. Those of you lingering on iOS 11.2.6 would be wise to make the move sooner rather than later.
If you missed iOS 11.3, your iOS 11.4.1 update also includes a new privacy feature. When an Apple feature wants to use your personal information, an icon now appears with a link to access detailed information about how your data will be used and protected.
If you're running iOS 11.2.5 or older, you're currently exposed to an issue that lets people send a specific character that will crash an iOS-powered device and block access to the Messages app. It can also block apps like Facebook Messenger, Gmail, Outlook, and WhatsApp.
The iOS 11.2.6 update's main purpose was to patch up this issue. If you skipped iOS 11.2.6, you'll get these enhancements with iOS 11.4.1.
If you're running iOS 11.2.2 or below and receive a certain GitHub link through your Messages app, your iPhone or iPad can lockup or respring. The Messages app will also become unusable.
Apple's iOS 11.2 update fixed several problems, but it also brought problems of its own including a potentially nasty zero-day iOS HomeKit vulnerability.
The vulnerability, discovered by Tian Zhang, allowed for unauthorized control of HomeKit accessories including garage door openers and smart locks.
Apple quickly rolled out a server-side fix, but the company restored full functionality with the release of iOS 11.2.1. If you skipped iOS 11.2.1 and use HomeKit, you should download iOS 11.4.1 right now.
If you skipped iOS 11.2, you'll get a few more patches with your iOS 11.4.1 update. Apple's iOS 11.2 update delivered 11 patches including one for Mail and one for Wi-Fi.
The iOS 11.2 and iOS 11.2.1 updates also patched up a widespread security issue called "Meltdown." Apple says its analysis suggests it "has the most potential to be exploited."
Meltdown affects all iOS 11 powered devices so we highly recommend downloading iOS 11.4.1 if you skipped iOS 11.2.
If you skipped iOS 11.1.2, iOS 11.1.1, and iOS 11.1, you'll get additional patches with your iOS 11.4.1 update.
The iOS 11.1 update delivered eight security patches including a fix for a serious Wi-Fi vulnerability called KRACK or Key Reinstallation Attack. KRACK is an exploit that targets the common WPA2 encryption protocol.
If you're just now making to move from iOS 10 (or whatever you're on) to iOS 11, your iOS 11.4.1 update will come with even more security-related features.
In iOS 11 you can't establish trust with a PC using fingerprints alone. You'll also need to put in a full passcode in order to gain that trust.
If you want to protect the data you store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you should make your move to the latest version of iOS. This is particularly important for those of you running older versions of iOS.