With an iOS 10.3.2 release date getting closer we want to share some tips we think will help you in the buildup to the release and on release day itself.
iOS 10.3.1 continues to reign as the most up-to-date version of iOS 10 but its days are numbered.
Its successor, iOS 10.3.2, is currently in beta and it will likely be another small release aimed at fixing bugs and improving security on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Apple hasn’t confirmed an iOS 10.3.2 release date for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch but with each passing day, the release gets closer. The company is currently on fifth iOS 10.3.2 beta for developers and the general public.
With the iOS 10.3.2 release date imminent, we want to share some tips that could help make the transition from iOS 10.3.1 to iOS 10.3.2 a little easier for you and your device.
iOS 10.3.2 Release Time
The iOS 10.3.2 update is shaping up to be a small release with under-the-hood improvements and security patches. That could change as the beta progresses but we’re expecting it to be a maintenance release.
It’s not as exciting as iOS 10.3 but iOS 10.3.2 could be an important update for your device, particularly if you’re struggling with iOS problems.
And while you might be tempted to check your phone every 15 minutes for the iOS 10.3.2 update, that’s not how Apple iOS releases work.
It’s difficult to predict the exact iOS 10.3.2 release date (though we do expect it to arrive soon) but it’s very easy to predict the iOS 10.3.2 release time. Here are a few things to keep in mind as we close in on the iOS 10.3.2 release date.
- Apple never releases iOS updates on the weekend so there’s no need to check for iOS 10.3.2 on Saturday or Sunday.
- iOS updates almost always arrive between 9AM and 10AM Pacific. General rule of thumb is to check around 10AM Pacific.
- This release time applies to iOS 10.3.2 beta releases as well.
- Betas typically come every 1-2 weeks, usually on Monday.
While some of you will want to download the iOS 10.3.2 update the second it arrives, many others will want to wait.
Don’t Try the iOS 10.3.2 Beta Unless You Really, Really Want To
Given what’s on board (bugs and little else), the only people that should be trying the iOS 10.3.2 beta are those people who really, really want to help Apple squash problems, developers, and those who really, really want to test performance ahead of the official release.
Most of you should avoid the early version of iOS 10.3.2, especially if you’re having an outstanding experience on your version of iOS. Be it iOS 10.3.1 or something older.
Again, Apple could add some more meat to the iOS 10.3.2 update in the future but that would be surprising given that we’re now on the fifth iOS 10.3.2 beta.
For more on the merits of the iOS 10.3.2 beta, take a look at our guide.
Start Prepping Your iPhone, iPad or iPod
It’s never too early to start preparing for an iOS update’s release. Here are a few pre-installation tips to keep in your back pocket as we approach the iOS 10.3.2 release date:
- Use this time to cleanup your device. Get rid of files (apps, music, etc), anything you no longer use. Cleaning up your device could improve your device’s performance.
- Start backing up your data. If you don’t know where to start, you’ll want to research iCloud backups, iTunes backups, and the differences between the two.
- If you want to download iOS 10.3.2 right when it comes out, make sure your device has at least a 50% charge (or you’re near a charger) around 10AM Pacific.
- Get your login information handy. Make sure you have the device’s passcode, Apple ID, and your important logins ready on release day. The update might log you out of various apps and services.
- Dig into feedback from iOS 10.3.2 beta testers. You might learn about a potential problem or benefit coming with your version of iOS 10.3.2.
A little prep work will help you avoid major problems during the iOS 10.3.2 installation process. It’ll also help you avoid headaches once you get the new update on board your phone or tablet.
Dig Into iOS 10.3 and iOS 10.3.1 If You Need To
If you failed to download iOS 10.3 and you plan to skip Apple’s iOS 10.3.1 update, make sure you know what you’re getting into before you download the iOS 10.3.2 update on your phone.
If you skipped iOS 10.3 and don’t have plans to download iOS 10.3.1 know that you’ll get the changes from those updates baked into your iOS 10.3.2 update. (Note: You’ll also get the features and fixes from any other iOS updates you missed.)
If you plan on downloading iOS 10.3.2, you’ll want to get familiar with these changes ahead of the iOS 10.3.2 release.
You’ll also want to get familiar with the new Clips application that arrived earlier this month. Again, you’ll need to download iOS 10.3.1/iOS 10.3.2 in order to use the Clips app on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Clips doesn’t support popular devices like the iPhone 5 or iPad 4.
Prepare For & Report iOS 10.3.2 Problems
If you choose to install iOS 10.3.2 on release day there’s a chance you’ll run into an issue during or after the installation process finishes up. If you do run into an iOS 10.3.2 problem on your phone, there’s no need to panic.
Sometimes, it can take a couple of days for an update to settle in. If you notice weird battery life on release day, give it a day or two to even out. If problems persist after two days with iOS 10.3.2, or if the issues are serious, you’ll want to take action.
There are tons of resources out there but our list of fixes for common iOS 10 problems is a great place to start.
If you don’t consider yourself an expert, you’ll want to bookmark those fixes so you’re ready to tackle problems as soon as they popup.
If you can’t fix your problem and/or you want to help the community, you’ll want to report iOS 10.3.2 problems as you see them. There are a few places to do that.
We also recommend reporting your problem on Apple’s Discussion forums to alert Apple and other users to your issue.
You Can Test iOS 10.3.2
Remember, if you don’t want to deal with the iOS 10.3.2 beta, you can still take the official version of iOS 10.3.2 for a test drive, provided you’re on iOS 10.3.1 when it arrives.
For a short time, Apple will allow you to downgrade from iOS 10.3.2 to iOS 10.3.1. Apple is no longer signing off on iOS 10.2.1 or iOS 10.3 so you won’t be able to drop back to either of those.
Most of you will probably choose to remain on iOS 10.3.2 but others might benefit from dropping down to the older version of iOS 10. It could help improve your device’s performance in key areas like battery life, connectivity, and speed.
If you aren’t familiar with the iOS downgrade process, now is the time to get familiar with it.
How to Get Off iOS 10.3.2 Beta
If you chose to try the iOS 10.3.2 beta and you don’t want to get thrown onto the next iOS 10 beta, you’ll want to unenroll from the iOS 10.3.2 beta once the final version is released. Here’s how you’ll do that:
- Go to Settings > General > Profiles and then tap the iOS Beta Software Profile that appears on your device.
- Enter your passcode, if there is on associated with the device, and tap Delete Profile. You will no longer receive beta software.
- Go into your Settings or iTunes and download iOS 10.3.2.
If you’ve been running an iOS 10.3.2 beta and the watchOS beta on your Apple Watch, you’ll need to take a few more steps before, on, or after the iOS 10.3.2 release date.
Here’s how to get the watchOS beta off your device,
- Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
- Tap the My Watch tab.
- Go to General > Profiles.
- Tap the beta profile you want to remove.
- Enter a passcode if needed and then tap Delete Profile.
If you want to use iOS beta software again you’ll need to install the correct beta profile.
Avoid iOS 10.3.2 If You’re Jailbroken
Do not, we repeat, do not upgrade to the iOS 10.3.2 update on release day if you’re jailbroken.
Jailbreak developers have reportedly cracked the iOS 10.3.1 update. A proof of concept video has surfaced and we could see an iOS 10.3.1 jailbreak released to the public in the near future.
Unfortunately, we haven’t seen a proof of concept for iOS 10.3.2 and rumors point to an iOS 10.3.1 jailbreak release sometime after the iOS 10.3.2 release.
Developers could certainly surprise us with an iOS 10.3.2 jailbreak release on release day but you’ll want to avoid iOS 10.3.2 when it arrives just to be safe.
If you do happen to download iOS 10.3.2 on your device and developers release a working iOS 10.3.1 jailbreak, you’ll be able to downgrade to iOS 10.3.1 for a limited time to take advantage.
iOS 10.3.3 Release Date
Apple rarely announces iOS release dates ahead of time so its silence regarding the iOS 10.3.3 release date isn't surprising.
It's difficult to predict an exact iOS 10.3.3 release date for your device but we do have one potential clue to share with you.
In a bit of an odd move (Apple typically saves new features for milestone upgrades), Apple's included some new iPad Pro wallpapers inside iOS 10.3.3. The timing is a bit interesting given the company's rumored announcements at WWDC 2017.
Apple is reportedly planning to announce new iPad models at WWDC 2017. Respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes the company will announce a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro during the show. It's possible these wallpapers tie-in with these announcements. Their release could also be a complete coincidence.
At this point we see two scenarios: A release alongside new iPads in early June or a long drawn-out process like the iOS 10.3.2 and iOS 10.2.1 betas.
June 5th lands on a Monday and Apple loves to release new iOS software on Monday's. Don't be surprised if iOS 10.3.3 emerges in early June.