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 fucking with everybody's battery life
— ᜉ᜔ᜇᜈ᜔ᜐᜒᜐ᜔ (@civilyeahhuh) April 27, 2018
IOS 10.3.3 terrible battery life, please fix it apple, I'm going android on my next phone upgrade. Apple piss poor #nothappy
— Gunny (@gunny33) August 17, 2017
I think Apple purposefully neefed the battery in iOS 10.3.3 to be bad so that people will say iOS 11 gets better battery life when it drops.
— Micah Wilson (@micahjwilson) August 16, 2017
Bluetooth is not stable!!!
iPAD Air – iOS 10.3.3
— Marco F.I. O' Relly (@MarcoFIORelly) July 20, 2017
No other Bluetooth connections to the car. iPhone SE with IOS 10.3.3. Appeared to start after update to 10. Thanks
— Mark Hill (@ukulelemark) August 22, 2017
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.
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 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.
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.
Install iOS 12.5.6 for Better Security
If you're on the fence, here's one of the best reasons to install iOS 12.5.6 right away.
iOS 12.5.6 has a vital security patch on board and it will protect your device(s) from harm. If you want the details, head over to Apple's website.
If you missed the iOS 12.5.5 update, it brought three security patches to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. You can learn more about the trio on Apple's security site.
If you missed iOS 12.5.4, you'll get that update's important security upgrades with your iOS 12.5.6 update. If you're interested in the particulars, head on over to Apple's website for more.
If you skipped iOS 12.5.3, you'll get its security patches with your upgrade. Both of its patches were related to WebKit. If you want to learn more about them, head on over to Apple's security site.
If you skipped iOS 12.5.2, you'll also get its security patch with your upgrade. You can read more about it over on Apple's website.
If you also skipped iOS 12.5, you'll also get its patch with your upgrade. Apple's outlined the update's patch in detail on its security site.
If you missed iOS 12.4.9, you'll also get its four security patches with your upgrade. You can read more about those right here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.7, you also get the update's three security patches (two for the Mail app and one for Wi-Fi) with your upgrade to iOS 12.5.6.
If you're running software that's older than Apple's iOS 12.4.4 update, you'll want to download iOS 12.5.6 in the near future because it brings iOS 12.4.4's security patch to your device. You can read about it right here.
If you're running software older than iOS 12.4.2, you'll get an its patch with your upgrade. You can read about the security contents of iOS 12.4.2 right here.
If you're on software that's older than iOS 12.4.1, you'll get iOS 12.4.1's security patch with your iOS 12.5.6 update. You can read about that patch right here.
If you're on software that's older than iOS 12.4, you get iOS 12.4's patches with your iOS 12.5.6 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're running software older than iOS 12.3, your iOS 12.5.6 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're on software that's older than iOS 12.2, you'll get iOS 12.2's security patches with your version of iOS 12.5.6.
iOS 12.2 brought a whopping 41 security patches to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. 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.
Fortunately, Apple's patched up the issue. If you skipped it, you'll probably want to move to iOS 12.5.6 soon.
If you're on software older than 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're on software older than iOS 12.1.3, you get some additional patches with your version of iOS 12.5.6. 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're on software older than iOS 12.1.1, you should install the iOS 12.5.6 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're running software older than iOS 12.1, you'll get 24 patches from that update with your version of iOS 12.5.5.
If you're on software that's older than iOS 12.0.1, your iOS 12.5.6 update brings two additional patches. Both patches are for potential lock screen exploits.
Long story long, if you store sensitive data on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you have some really good reasons to upgrade to iOS 12.5.6 today.