iOS 10.3.2 continues to reign as the most up-to-date version of iOS 10 but it’ll be replaced by a new version of iOS 10 in the near future.
Apple’s iOS 10.3.3 update is currently in beta and it looks like it’ll be another small maintenance release aimed at fixing bugs and improving security on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It should also bring some new wallpapers to iPad owners.
Apple hasn’t confirmed an iOS 10.3.3 release date but the company recently released a sixth beta, a sign that it’s making progress behind the scenes. According to testers, the iOS 10.3.3 beta 6 should be the final beta release which means a release should come this week or next.
With the iOS 10.3.3 release date inching closer, we want to help make your transition from iOS 10.3.2 (or whatever version of iOS you’re on) to iOS 10.3.3 as smooth as possible.
When to Check for iOS 10.3.3
Again, the iOS 10.3.3 update is shaping up to be a small release with under-the-hood improvements and security patches. It’s not as exciting as iOS 10.3 but it could be an important update for your device, particularly if you’re struggling with iOS 10 problems.
While you might be tempted to check for iOS 10.3.3 throughout the day, that’s not how Apple iOS releases work.
It’s difficult to predict the exact iOS 10.3.3 release date (we do expect it to arrive soon) but it’s very easy to predict the iOS 10.3.3 release time.
Here are a few things to keep in mind as we close in on the iOS 10.3.3 release date.
- Apple never releases iOS updates on the weekend so there’s no need to check for iOS 10.3.3 on Saturday or Sunday.
- iOS updates almost always arrive around 10AM Pacific.
- This 10AM release time applies to iOS 10.3.3 beta releases as well.
- Betas typically come every 1-2 weeks, usually on Monday but sometimes on Tuesday-Thursday.
While some of you will want to download the iOS 10.3.3 update the second it arrives, many others will want to wait a few hours, a few days, or even longer.
Don’t Install iOS 10.3.3 Beta
Given what’s on board, you should only try the iOS 10.3.3 beta if you really want to help Apple squash problems, if you’re a developer, or if you really, really want to test the update’s performance on your device ahead of the official release.
You don’t need to be on the beta to get access to the new iPad wallpapers. You can download the update’s iPad Pro wallpapers right now if you wish.
Most people should avoid the pre-release version of iOS 10.3.3, especially if you’re having an outstanding experience on your current version of iOS.
Apple could add some more meat to the iOS 10.3.3 update in the future but that would be surprising now that we’re on the sixth version of the beta.
For more on the merits of the iOS 10.3.3 beta, take a look at our guide.
Start Prepping Your iPhone, iPad or iPod Right Now
It’s never too early to start preparing for an iOS update’s release. And now that we’re on the sixth beta, we expect a release to happen this month.
Here are a few pre-installation tips to keep in mind as we approach the iOS 10.3.3 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 10.3.3 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 10.3.3 beta testers. You might learn about a potential problem or benefit coming with your version of iOS 10.3.3.
A little prep work will help you avoid major problems during the iOS 10.3.3 installation process. It’ll also help you avoid headaches once you get the new update on board your phone or tablet.
How Long Will the iOS 10.3.3 Update Take?
If you’re coming to iOS 10.3.3 from iOS 10.3.2, the download and installation shouldn’t take too long. Maintenance updates like iOS 10.3.3 are typically pretty small and iOS 10.3.2 users will get the smallest iOS 10.3.2 change log. We recommend putting aside 15 minutes to monitor your installation.
If you’re coming to iOS 10.3.3 from an older iOS update, say iOS 10.2.1, your update will take a lot longer due to features and fixes from the updates you skipped. If you’re in this group, make sure you put aside 25 minutes or more to get the job done.
Dig Into Older iOS Updates If You Need To
If you failed to download iOS 10.3 or iOS 10.3.1 and you plan to skip Apple’s iOS 10.3.2 update, make sure you know what you’re getting into before you download the iOS 10.3.3 update on your phone.
If you skipped iOS 10.3/iOS 10.3.1 and currently don’t have plans to download iOS 10.3.2, you’ll get the changes from those updates baked into your iOS 10.3.3 update. You’ll also get the features and fixes from any other iOS updates you missed along the way.
If you plan on downloading iOS 10.3.3, and you’ve skipped several updates, make sure you get familiar with their changes ahead of the update’s release.
Prepare For iOS 10.3.3 Problems
If you choose to install iOS 10.3.3 on release day there’s a chance you’ll run into an issue during or after the installation process finishes up.
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 10.3.3, 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 10.3.3 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.
Remember, You Can “Test” iOS 10.3.3
Remember, if you don’t want to deal with the iOS 10.3.3 beta, you can take the official version of iOS 10.3.3 for a test drive, provided you’re already on iOS 10.3.2 when it arrives.
For a short time, Apple will allow you to downgrade from iOS 10.3.3 to iOS 10.3.2. Apple is no longer signing off on iOS 10.3 or iOS 10.3.1 so you won’t be able to drop back to either of those.
Most of you will probably choose to remain on iOS 10.3.3 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.
Be Ready to Downgrade
We expect the iOS 10.3.2 downgrade loophole to close soon after the release of iOS 10.3.3.
Remember, Apple won’t give you any warning. And once the loopholes are closed, they’re closed forever. Make sure you’re prepared and make sure you’re on your toes after iOS 10.3.3 is released.
If you’ve downloaded the iOS 11 beta you’ll want to get familiar with the iOS 11 beta to iOS 10 downgrade right now. Our walkthrough will help you do just that.
How to Get Off iOS 10.3.3 Beta
If you chose to try the iOS 10.3.3 beta and you don’t want to get thrown onto the next iOS 10 beta, you’ll want to unenroll from the iOS 10.3.3 beta (if there is one) 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 10.3.3.
If you’ve been running an iOS 10.3.3 beta and the new watchOS beta on your Apple Watch, you’ll need to take a few more steps before, on, or after the iOS 10.3.3 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 10.3.3 If You’re Jailbroken
Do not, we repeat, do not upgrade to the iOS 10.3.3 update on release day if you’re jailbroken.
Jailbreak developers have reportedly cracked iOS 10.3.1. A proof of concept video has surfaced which means we could see an iOS 10.3.1 jailbreak released to the public.
We’ve also seen an iOS 10.3.2 jailbreak teased at a conference. However, like the iOS 10.3.1 jailbreak, it’s still unclear if it’ll be released to the general public.
We haven’t seen developers tease anything for iOS 10.3.3. They could certainly surprise us with an iOS 10.3.3 jailbreak release on release day but you’ll definitely want to avoid iOS 10.3.3 when it arrives just to be safe.
If you do happen to download iOS 10.3.3 on your device and developers do release a working iOS 10.3.2 jailbreak, you should be able to downgrade in order to take advantage of the tool.
Try iOS 11
If you really want to get off iOS 10.3.2 (or whatever you’re on) but don’t want to wait for iOS 10.3.3 to arrive, try Apple’s iOS 11 beta.
Apple recently released the public iOS 11 beta giving anyone with a working Apple ID the chance to try iOS 11 ahead of its release this fall.
If you hate iOS 11 and/or its performance, you can always downgrade to iOS 10.3.2 or iOS 10.3.3 when it arrives.
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.