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iOS 10.3.3 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know

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Apple’s iOS 10.3.3 update delivers bug fixes and security patches, but many iPhone and iPad users continue to complain about a variety of frustrating iOS 10.3.3 problems as we push deeper into 2018.

Like the iOS 10.3.2 update, iOS 10.3.3 aims to improve iOS 10 performance, not harm it. While some iOS 10.3.3 users are reporting improved performance, others are running into battery drain, installation issues, and other performance issues.

With that in mind we want to take a look at the most important things iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners need to know about the iOS 10.3.3 problems currently plaguing Apple’s mobile devices.

This roundup takes a look at the current state of problems, shows you potential fixes for the most common iOS 10.3.3 issues, and provides some resources that could come in handy if you start to see trouble with your version of iOS 10.3.3.

It also looks at what’s next for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Apple won’t release any more iOS 10 updates which means owners of devices like the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c can’t rely on Apple for bug fixes going forward.

iOS 10.3.3 Problems

iOS 10.3.3, iOS 10.3.2, and Apple’s other iOS 10 updates are causing problems for many users and the list includes some of the usual suspects.

iOS 10.3.3 users are seeing installation errors, severe battery drain, issues with Wi-Fi connectivity, various Bluetooth issues, Touch ID problems, 3D Touch issues, Hey Siri problems, and issues with first and third-party applications including Facebook and Soundcloud.

We’re also hearing about UI lag on older devices, random reboots, issues with sound, and various problems with the App Store including busted downloads.

Apple’s discussion forums, Reddit, and social media sites like Twitter are still rife with complaints about the iOS 10.3.3 update and the list could continue to grow as more people install Apple’s update.

It’s virtually impossible to predict what kind of performance you’ll see on your phone or tablet and this is precisely why we always recommend doing a some prep work before installing an iOS release, even a small maintenance release like iOS 10.3.3.

We’ve put together a step-by-step process that will take you through the pre-iOS 10.3.3 installation process we used on our iPhones and iPads.

Where to Find Feedback

It’s important to keep tabs on the update’s performance. Part of this is monitoring your version of the update for issues. Part of it is digging into feedback from other iOS 10.3.3 users.

Digging into this ongoing iOS 10.3.3 feedback will alert you to potential iOS 10.3.3 problems and it’ll help you find potential benefits of the iOS 10.3.3 update.

To start you off, we’ve put together some reasons to and not to install the iOS 10.3.3 update on your device right now. If you’re on the fence about making the move to iOS 10.3.3, start there.

We’ve taken a look at iOS 10.3.3 on the iPhone 7, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, and iPad. If you need some quick feedback about performance, head there.

As always, we also recommend keeping an eye on YouTube, Apple’s discussion forums, social media sites like Twitter/Facebook, and the MacRumors forums for additional feedback about the current version of iOS 10.

How to Fix iOS 10.3.3 Problems

If you run into an iOS 10.3.3 problem on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, there’s no need to panic. Chances are, you’ll be able to fix your issue from the confines of your home or office.

Before you take your iPhone or iPad down to an Apple Store or carrier store you’ll want to try to fix your issue(s) manually.

We’ve put together a list of the most common iOS 10 problems and fixes and it’s a great place to start if you’re in trouble.

We also recently released a list of tips that could help you improve your device’s performance. Some of these will take seconds to complete, others are a little more involved.

If you’re unable to find a fix for your issue there, you should go to Apple’s discussion forums for help. There are tons of helpful users there.

If Apple’s forums don’t help, you can get in contact with Apple Support via Twitter or the company’s website.

If that doesn’t work, schedule an appointment to see a Genius at a local Apple Store.

iOS 10.3.3 Downgrade Closed

Apple is no longer signing off on iOS 10.3.2 which means you can no longer downgrade in an effort to fix the problems you’re seeing on iOS 10.3.3. You can’t downgrade to anything older than iOS 10.3.2 either.

This change is permanent. Apple won’t magically open the iOS 10.3.2 update back up to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users. Once you make the upgrade to iOS 10/iOS 10.3.3 you’re stuck unless you’re able to move your device to iOS 11 or iOS 12 beta.

If you’re curious about the downgrade process and how it works, take a look at our detailed walkthrough.

What’s Next

The iOS 10.3.3 is the last version of iOS 10 which means iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, and iPad 4 users won’t get any more bug fixes from Apple.

The most up-to-date version of iOS is iOS 11.4. iOS 11.4 is compatible with iPhone 5s and above, iPad mini 2 and above, iPad 5 and above, iPad Air and up, 9.7-inch iPad Pro and up, and the sixth-gen iPod touch.

Apple’s iOS 11 update is full of features, tweaks, and enhancements but it’s also plagued with many of the same problems affecting iOS 10.3.3 users so you’ll want to be careful if you decide to upgrade.

The company’s also testing an iOS 12 update ahead of an official release this fall. Like iOS 11, iOS 12 comes with a long list of changes including performance improvements for older devices.

iOS 12 will be limited to devices capable of running iOS 11 which means the iPhone 5s and iPad mini 2 make the cut.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 12.4.1 & 11 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 12.4.1 for Better Security

Install iOS 12.4.1 for Better Security

If you're on the fence, here's one of the best reasons to install iOS 12.4.1.

If you value your device's security, you'll want to download iOS 12.4.1 in the near future because it brings an important security patch for your device. You can read about it right here

If you skipped iOS 12.4, you get its patches with your iOS 12.4.1 update. 

iOS 12.4 brought 19 security patches to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. If you're interested in the specifics, you can read about them on Apple's security site

If you skipped iOS 12.3, your iOS 12.4.1 update carries iOS 12.3's security patches on board. The iOS 12.3 update brought 23 patches and you can read about all of them right here on Apple's site. 

If you skipped iOS 12.2, you'll get its security patches with your version of iOS 12.4.1.

iOS 12.2 brought a whopping 41 security patches to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch in March. You can read more about the iOS 12.2's patches over on the company's website

It's important to note that Apple's iOS 12.2 update patched up an exploit that allowed websites to use motion sensors to "fingerprint" devices.

The exploit, discovered by researchers in Europe, uses JavaScript to snag data from a device's accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer when the user visits an infected website. If the attack is successful, a device can be tracked around the internet. 

Fortunately, Apple's patched up the issue. If you skipped it, you'll probably want to move to iOS 12.4.1 soon.

If you skipped iOS 12.1.4, you get four important security patches including fixes for a widespread FaceTime eavesdropping bug that lets you call someone via FaceTime and hear the audio coming from their phone before they pick up the phone.

If you skipped iOS 12.1.3, you get some additional patches with your version of iOS 12.4.1. Again, they're baked into your upgrade.

Apple lists a grand total of 23 patches on board iOS 12.1.3 and you can read about all of them over on Apple's website. 

If you skipped iOS 12.1.1, you'll want to install the iOS 12.4.1 update on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch today. 

The iOS 12.1.1 update brought 17 patches for potential security exploits. They'll will help protect your phone. You can read about them here.

If you skipped iOS 12.1, you'll get the 24 patches from that update with your version of iOS 12.4.1. If you skipped iOS 12.0.1, your iOS 12.4.1 update brings two additional patches. Both patches are for potential lock screen exploits.

If you skipped iOS 12.0, and you're still running iOS 11.4.1 or below, your iOS 12.4.1 update comes with a longer list of security updates. 

The iOS 12.0 update delivered 16 patches for security issues. You can read about all of them over on Apple's security page.

In addition to those patches, iOS 12 delivers new security features aimed at protecting you and the data you store on your device. These include:

  • Enhanced Intelligent Tracking Prevention in Safari prevents embedded content and social media buttons from tracking cross-site browsing without your permission
  • Suppresses ad retargeting by reducing advertisers’ ability to identify iOS devices uniquely
  • Strong and unique passwords are suggested automatically when creating an account or changing a password in most apps and in Safari
  • Reused passwords are flagged in Settings > Passwords & Accounts
  • Security code AutoFill presents one-time security codes sent over SMS as suggestions in the QuickType bar
  • Sharing passwords with contacts is easier than ever using AirDrop from Passwords & Accounts in Settings
  • Siri supports quickly navigating to a password on an authenticated device 

Long story short, if you store sensitive data on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you have some really good reasons to upgrade to iOS 12.4.1 today.

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24 Comments

24 Comments

  1. DopplerDon Barker

    03/30/2017 at 3:55 pm

    I installed (or did I) iOS 10.3 and now my phone (6S) will not get past the updating iCloud settings screen despite hard reboots x3.

  2. jenny

    04/03/2017 at 2:15 am

    My phone keeps searching,fixed it just within 4days its searching again

  3. Yacine

    04/05/2017 at 12:21 pm

    Hello i have mutch problems touch id very slow and the 4g data problems you turn on very slow not fast that all i can say please Apple fix this i have a iPhone 6s 128gb Apple give updates but nothing working good i hope fix this message app little bit slow thanks!!!!

  4. Josh Orlando

    04/07/2017 at 10:51 am

    I’m currently extracting 10.3.1 as I write this comment since my phone crashed while trying to install last night. First time having any issues with any iOS updates, so I will take precaution going forward. Luckily I backed up my phone not too long ago.

  5. Michele

    04/07/2017 at 3:38 pm

    My 7 Plus was stable. My phone advised there was an update so I went forward with it. Now my Bluetooth isn’t working, all my messages have been erased and none of the messages buttons work (like send for example), when I swipe up from the bottom to access my Control Panel is completely locks up my phone, and even a factory reset with backup restore didn’t work. I am trying a complete reset now with setup as a new phone to see if I can resolve my issues. I will update once done.

  6. Michele

    04/07/2017 at 4:28 pm

    Had to do a full factory reset with start as a new phone options. Appears to have fixed the issue but lost a lot of information. No big deal tho. At least the phone is fine.

  7. Brooke

    04/09/2017 at 9:18 pm

    Updated to 10.3.1 last night and less than 12 hours later my 6 plus has died. Will not turn on and can get no response from it.

  8. Dot parnell

    04/12/2017 at 1:49 am

    Since I downloaded 10.3 my Facebook does work – anyone know what I can do.

  9. W Stephen Wilson

    04/13/2017 at 8:27 am

    The update destroyed my IMAP path functionality so I can no longer do email.

  10. Rosie

    04/13/2017 at 9:22 am

    Ever since I purchase iPhone 7Plus I had nothing but problems. I uploaded the 10.3.1 on 4/11/2017 with the following problems:

    It’s stuck on the iCloud setup
    Delete email in Allmail and it creates a duplicate; therefore I have to delete the mail twice.

    Apple why don’t you hire some computer technology people that know what they’re doing. This will be costing you money and making you look inadequate to the world.

  11. David Pearcey

    04/14/2017 at 6:32 am

    I tired to update but it messed up my iCloud authentication somehow. It goes into a password authorization loop and disabled my iMessage, FaceTime and Family services functions. The update actually failed during Verifying Update phase of the install. It didn’t install (probably a good thing), and after it failed I got the above mentioned issues. I called apple support and they couldn’t fix it.They upgraded my issue to the engineering department and I haven’t heard from them since. After waiting a couple of days I decided to try doing a full reset and restore on my iPad Air2 and it fixed the issue. I will not be installing 10.3.1 until I hear back from Apple. Very uncharacteristic instability coming from Apple these days :(

  12. Gourmetdrummer

    04/16/2017 at 7:58 am

    iOS 10.3.1 slows down the search function in contacts if you have a large contact list. I tested this with less than 5,000 contacts and it worked fine, but when I loaded the full 12,000+ contacts it takes 3-4 minutes to pull up a searched contact. I then restored to my backup with the older software version and it worked fine. Is anyone else seeing this?

  13. Hee

    04/20/2017 at 4:15 am

    I not sure is it whether is ios 10.3.1 problem or my package data problem. I can’t buff the video in instagram story and facebook video. IS that an issue about that?

  14. Billy

    04/24/2017 at 4:16 am

    Another problem with 10.3.1 is that photos taken on an ipad cannot be uploaded directly from the ipad into other applications, such as ebay. You have to enlist the help of a desktop computer.

  15. Jason

    05/04/2017 at 8:06 am

    Sad, my brother’s iPhone 6s home button is causing some issue. When pressed sometime it straight away goes to power off option (he is just tapping).

  16. KASH

    05/05/2017 at 4:26 pm

    after release update 10.3.1
    we received huge amount of iphones 5s,6,6plus,6s
    WIFI disable AFTER UPDATE 10.3.1 iphone 6 x 6 pcs so far
    iphone 6 doesnt charge after update x 3 pcs so far
    iphone 6 plus doesnt turn on after update x 1 pcs so far
    iphone 6s wifi doesnt work after update x 1 so far
    iphone 6 battery issue after wifi x 4 pcs so far

  17. Thu

    05/10/2017 at 4:08 am

    my I phone 6s can not connect network after update iOS 10.3.1. Service centre said have to pay for repair over S$ 500.
    What should I do? I bought this phone last year. Apple should be undertake this problem.

  18. Rob

    05/16/2017 at 9:14 am

    A year ago, after upgrading my wife’s system to a new Mini, her iPad Mini3 became stuck on the famous iCloud/Facetime/Messages authorizing loop. After a month going back and forth with Apple, on my own, I thought to log out of all iCloud services on all her devices, and then try to log-in on the iPad, and it worked.

    So perhaps this would work for others having similar issues.

  19. lorelei

    05/26/2017 at 6:55 am

    My iPhone 5S simply died after the last update. It cannot be charged. No I feel it warmer…

  20. James Hamm

    08/06/2017 at 10:28 am

    After I updated to 10.3.3, the battery in my iPhone failed. It would not hold a charge unless it was plugged in. I also stared getting errors when trying to get gmail through the apple mail app. This also impacted retrieving gmail through outlook on my PC. I got errors suggesting that there were too many connections to my account. I stopped by the AT&T store and they suggested I file a claim and get a new phone, which I did. Got the new phone and updated it to 10.3.3 and the new iPhone exhibited similar battery issues. It would sometimes lose power while plugged in to charge. It also had the same email issues. I rolled back to iOS 10.3.2 and all the issues are gone. I updated my iPad to 10.3.3 before it was clear that these issues were system related and while it doesn’t have battery issues, apple mail will not retrieve mail from my school account. I had to install outlook to get mail from that account on the iPad. Did apple hire a bunch of Microsoft developers to put together this 10.3.3 update?

  21. Gerald Scartiong

    09/11/2017 at 5:10 am

    The main problem is an interface! This GUI is awful!
    And also this version is very vulnerable to spy apps.

  22. prismpeter

    04/16/2018 at 11:07 am

    The correct information you have given about the ios 10.3.3 and I was also facing these issue and I was very much irritated with this then I contacted Apple Customer Service to get rid of it then they told that we have to update the ios so that all the problems can be solved.

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