Apple’s iPhone 5 iOS 10.3.2 update is out of beta and available to download. It’s a small update but small updates can have an enormous impact on older devices like the iPhone 5.
The iPhone 5 is getting old and that puts the spotlight on each update Apple releases for the former flagship. Even maintenance releases like iOS 10.3.2.
iOS updates for older devices can have a dramatic impact on performance. Sometimes they have a positive effect. Sometimes, unfortunately, it’s negative.
Apple’s latest iPhone 5 update, iOS 10.3.2, is a bug fix update but those of you already on iOS 10.3.2 or thinking about downloading should be extremely careful.
If you’re coming to iOS 10.3.2 from something older than iOS 10.3, you can expect your update to be massive (several hundred MB) thanks to the features and fixes from iOS 10.3 and any other iOS updates you missed along the way.
This device-specific roundup will take you through our impressions of the iPhone 5 iOS 10.3.2 update’s performance and it will guide you through some of the key things to keep in mind as we push toward Apple’s next iOS 10 release.
We’ll continue to update this roundup with new details as we get them so keep an eye out for frequent changes.
iPhone 5 iOS 10.3.2 Update: First Impressions
We upgraded from iOS 10.3.1 to iOS 10.3.2 so our download and installation only took about seven minutes total. We didn't run into any issues with the installation.
If you are coming to iOS 10.3.2 from iOS 10.2.1 or something older, your download/installation is going to take a few minutes longer.
We recommend putting aside 15-20 minutes of quiet time so that you can monitor the process. You shouldn't anticipate any problems but there's always a chance for a hiccup.
We've been using the iPhone 5 iOS 10.3.2 update for a full day and so far, the device is handling iOS 10.3.2. We're using the update on an AT&T iPhone model.
The iPhone 5's battery continues to work miracles. We haven't noticed any abnormal battery drain during our brief time with iOS 10.3.2.
If you do notice weird battery drain, take a look at our list of tips. Chances are, it's not iOS 10.3.2 causing your problems.
We've tested the iPhone 5 and its iOS 10.3.2 update with several different ISPs, routers and Bluetooth devices. We haven't noticed any major issues. AT&T's LTE and 4G networks are also behaving.
Random reboots were an issue for us on iOS 10.2 but we haven't noticed with iOS 10.3.2 on board. That could change but iOS 10.3.1 and iOS 10.3 were stable as well.
The iPhone 5 feels fast with iOS 10.3.2 on board. Animations and transitions are fluid and we haven't experienced any lag when opening up Control Center.
We also haven't noticed any lag when opening up and closing folders, something we saw on iOS 10.2.1. The movement is crisp.
We have seen some clunkiness when opening up applications but it's not as bad as it was on iOS 10.2.1 and older versions of iOS 10.
The iPhone 5 iOS 10.3.2 feels stable on our device but you'll definitely want to take a cautious approach, particularly if you're having a good experience on whatever version of iOS you're on.
If you need some additional feedback, see our list of reasons to and not to install the iOS 10.3.2 update on your iPhone.