The iOS 10.3.3 update isn’t as exciting as the company’s incoming iOS 11 update but it’s still an important release thanks to the bug fixes and two dozen security patches on board.
iOS 10.3.3 is a fairly small update but even the smallest maintenance releases can have a dramatic impact on your device’s performance. The iOS 10.3.3 update is only a few days old and we’re already hearing about problems plaguing those who decided to download it.
Now that the firmware is officially out, we want to walk you through the most important things to know, right now, about the iOS 10.3.3 update.
Let’s start with a quick look at the iOS 10.3.3 update’s performance on five popular iPhone variants and several versions of Apple’s iPad.
iOS 10.3.3 Review
iOS 10.3.3 is a maintenance release but it’s actually rather large for some of Apple’s iOS-powered devices. We’re talking 137MB for the iPhone 7. That’s pretty big for a point release. It’s also fairly sizable for the iPhone 5 and Apple’s other iPhone and iPad variants.
Before we get into our some initial thoughts about iOS 10.3.3’s performance, a few notes about the installation process.
The update took about a minute to download and about six minutes to install on the iPhone 7. It took 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 updates you missed. Their features and fixes will be baked into your version of iOS 10.3.3.
So far, the iOS 10.3.3 update is treating the our iPhone and iPad models well. We haven’t noticed any weird battery drain or any issues with connectivity.
We’ve tested the devices with Bluetooth headsets and speakers and we were able to get strong, solid connections. We’ve also tested these iOS 10.3.3 updates 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 the SoundCloud app has crashed multiple times on the iPhone 7.
We’ve also noticed a bit of keyboard lag on the iPhone 5 though we could see it even out as we push away from today’s release date.
So far, iOS 10.3.3 feels stable. With that said, its only been a few hours so if you’re feeling leery (we don’t blame those of you with older devices), you might want to hold out and wait for long-term feedback to arrive.
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.
iOS 10.3.3 Problems
The iOS 10.3.3 update went through an extensive beta process but problems have trickled into the final release.
It’s early but we’re already hearing complaints about wonky battery life, app crashes, Bluetooth issues, installation problems, random reboots, and lag. The update is stable on our devices but it’s clear others are having problems in the early going.
We fully expect complaints about iOS 10.3.3 problems to continue as more people discover, and download, the iOS 10.3.3 update on their device.
You might also consider downgrading back to iOS 10.3.2.
Apple is currently signing off on iOS 10.3.2 which means you can drop back down to it if your device starts to struggle with on iOS 10.3.3. The company will close the iOS 10.3.2 loophole up at some point so you’ll need to move quickly.
Once you make the move to iOS 10.3.3 there’s no going back to anything older than iOS 10.3.2. Apple isn’t signing off on any of its older iOS updates.
So, if you’re running iOS 10.2.1, iOS 9, or iOS 8, you should be extremely careful with Apple’s latest iOS 10 update.
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 install iOS 10.3.3 to get these new wallpapers on board your slate. You can download them onto your 12-inch iPad Pro right now.
We could see hidden features and unlisted bug fixes emerge in the days ahead so we’ll let you know what we find as we dig into Apple’s latest and perhaps last iOS 10 update.
iOS 10.3.3 Jailbreak
A quick note for those of you that still like to jailbreak.
Jailbreak developers have reportedly cracked Apple’s iOS 10.3.2 update and the iOS 11 beta. The functional jailbreaks were shown off at the MOSEC (Mobile Security Conference) in Shanghai, China earlier this year.
Unfortunately, we haven’t heard anything about an iOS 10.3.3 jailbreak. This doesn’t rule out a public iOS 10.3.3 jailbreak tool but it doesn’t breed confidence.
For now, those of you looking to jailbreak iOS 10 should avoid iOS 10.3.3.
iOS 10.3.3 could be the last iOS 10 update.
Apple hasn’t confirmed iOS 10.3.4 or iOS 10.4. And with an iOS 11 release inching closer, the company could choose to focus its efforts on the new operating system.
Obviously, this could be a problem for those of you dealing with unfixable iOS 10.3.3 problems because it means you could be on your own until Apple releases iOS 11 in the fall. And even then, there’s no guarantee iOS 11 will fix whatever’s plaguing your device.
If you can’t stand iOS 10.3.3’s performance on your phone, you can downgrade or you might think about giving Apple’s iOS 11 beta a try on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch right now.
It’s buggy for some people but there are definitely some reasons why it might be a good idea to make the transition from iOS 10 to iOS 11 right now.
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.