An iOS 10.3.3 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is confirmed and you can try it right now ahead of its official release date.
Apple’s iOS 10.3.3 update isn’t as exciting as the company’s rumored iOS 11 update but it’s worth monitoring as we push closer to Apple’s announcements at WWDC 2017 in early June.
Today we want to rundown the most important things to know, right now, about the upcoming iOS 10.3.3 update.
This guide includes a look at the iOS 10.3.3 beta, the changes coming to your iPhone or iPad with iOS 10.3.3, and a quick peek at what we expect from its release date and time.
Let’s start with the most important things to know, right now, about the iOS 10.3.3 beta for your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
iOS 10.3.3 Beta
If you want to try out the iOS 10.3.3 update ahead of its official release you can.
Apple’s released an iOS 10.3.3 beta to developers and to the general public via the Beta Software Program. iOS software in the company’s Beta Software Program is available to anyone with a working Apple ID.
If decide to try early version of iOS 10.3.3 ahead of its official release date, proceed with caution. Early iOS software can and probably will, cause problems on your device.
In order to combat these problems, we recommend doing some prep work before installing the iOS 10.3.3 beta on your device.
If you do notice issues on your device, you’ll want to report those issues to Apple. This way, the company can improve the final release.
If you’re on the fence about downloading the iOS 10.3.3 beta on your phone or tablet, take a look at our list of reasons to, and not to, install the beta on your device.
Most iPhone and iPad users are better off staying put on official iOS software.
You Can Downgrade from iOS 10.3.3 Beta
If you decide to try the iOS 10.3.3 beta on your device you’ll want to get familiar with the downgrade process.
If you run into problems with the iOS 10.3.3 beta you might want to downgrade to an official version of iOS 10.
Apple is currently signing off on iOS 10.3.2 and iOS 10.3.1 which means you can drop back down to either one of those if your device struggles with the beta on board.
The company will close up the iOS 10.3.1 downgrade path but you’ll always be able to downgrade to iOS 10.3.2.
Once you make the move to iOS 10.3.3 beta there’s no going back to anything older than iOS 10.3.1.
So if you are running iOS 10.2.1, iOS 9, or (god forbid) iOS 8, you should be extremely careful with iOS 10.3.3 beta. For many of you, it probably isn’t worth it.
iOS 10.3.3 Update: What’s New
One of the reasons iOS 10.3.3 isn’t worth the trouble is because those testing the iOS 10.3.3 beta haven’t discovered anything of note.
The iOS 10.3.3 beta 1 doesn’t appear to have any new features besides three new wallpapers for the 12-inch iPad Pro.
You don’t need to install the iOS 10.3.3 beta or wait for the official iOS 10.3.3 release to get these new wallpapers on board your device. You can download them onto your 12-inch iPad Pro right now.
Apple is rumored to have a new iPad Pro hardware planned for WWDC 2017 and there’s a chance these wallpapers could tie-in with a new product.
Based on the version number, iOS 10.x.x, we assume the iOS 10.3.3 update will primarily be focused on fixing bugs and improving device security.
Apple is reportedly working on major software changes for the iPad but those changes will likely come with iOS 11.
iOS 10.3.3 Release Date
Apple failed to confirm an iOS 10.3.3 release date with the beta so it’s unclear how long the software will stay in beta.
Apple only confirms specific iOS release dates on stage during media events. With new iPads rumored to be at WWDC 2017, and new iPad wallpapers apparently coming with iOS 10.3.3, the update could tie-in with company’s keynote address on June 5th.
June 5th also falls on a Monday and Apple is notorious for releasing new iOS software on Monday mornings.
It’s impossible to predict a precise iOS 10.3.3 release date but we expect the company to release a few more betas before the software pushes out to the general public.
The company’s last maintenance release, iOS 10.3.2, went through a six-week beta process before Apple released it for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
iOS 10.2.1, another recent bug fix update, went through four betas before it arrived for the public.
iOS 10.3.3 Release Time
The iOS 10.3.3 release date might be difficult to predict but the iOS 10.3.3 release time isn’t.
Apple’s iOS 10.3.3 update will almost certainly arrive around 10AM Pacific on release day. You can expect the same from Apple’s iOS 10.3.3 beta releases.
Here’s what that will look like for other regions in the United States and countries around the world including Australia and Japan:
- Eastern – 1 PM
- Central – 12 PM
- Mountain – 11AM
- London – 6 PM
- Moscow – 9 PM
- New Delhi – 10:30 PM
- Shanghai – 1 AM
- Tokyo – 2 AM
- Melbourne – 3 AM
- Auckland – 5 AM
Apple never releases iOS updates on the weekend and it typically releases new software on Monday and Thursday.
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.