Like iOS 10.3.2, the iOS 10.3.3 update aims to improve iOS 10 performance but some iOS 10.3.3 users 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 another iOS 10 update which means owners of devices like the iPhone 5s 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.
Any other iphone users w/ ios 10.3.3 have severe battery drainage issues? Battery was fine until I updated. Fuck Apple.
— Living_Legend (@Living_Legend) August 30, 2017
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 starting to fill up with complaints about the iOS 10.3.3 update and we expect the list to grow as more people find and install Apple’s new software.
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 before 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 to iOS 10.3.2 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 move to the iOS 11 beta) until Apple rolls out its next iOS update.
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.
Apple’s currently running an iOS 11 beta for select iPhone and iPad models ahead of an official release on September 19th. The iOS 11 update arrives just a few days before the iPhone 8.
The iOS 11 beta is stuffed with features, tweaks, and enhancements but it’s also plagued with many of the same problems affecting iOS 10.3.3 users. The iOS 11 beta isn’t viable options for those of you looking to solve iOS 10.3.3 problems.
We expect the final version of iOS 11 to come with bug fixes for iOS 10 problems and we also expect problems from the beta to slip into the final release. iOS 11 won’t be perfect.
Unfortunately, iOS 11 won’t be coming to every iOS 10-powered device. The iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and iPad 4 will stay put on iOS 10 which means those of you dealing with iOS 10 problems will have to find a remedy on your own.
For more on the iOS 11 and its features, take a peek at our comparison to iOS 10.
Install iOS 11.2.6 for Better Security
If you're running iOS 11.2.5 or older, you're exposed to an issue that lets people send a specific character that will crash an iOS-powered device and block access to the Messages app. It can also block apps like Facebook Messenger, Gmail, Outlook, and WhatsApp.
The iOS 11.2.6 update's main purpose is to patch up this issue.
If you're running iOS 11.2.2 or below and receive a certain GitHub link through your Messages app, your iPhone or iPad can lockup or respring. The Messages app will also become unusable.
If you're on iOS 11.2.1, your iOS 11.2.6 update includes security improvements to Safari and WebKit to mitigate the effects of Spectre. If you're running an older version of iOS, your iOS 11.2.6 update will come with a lot more.
Apple's iOS 11.2 update fixed several problems, but it also brought problems of its own including a potentially nasty zero-day iOS HomeKit vulnerability.
The vulnerability, discovered by Tian Zhang, allowed for unauthorized control of HomeKit accessories including garage door openers and smart locks.
Apple quickly rolled out a server-side fix, but the company restored full functionality with the release of iOS 11.2.1. If you skipped iOS 11.2.1 and use HomeKit, you should download iOS 11.2.6.
If you skipped iOS 11.2, you'll get a few more patches with your iOS 11.2.6 update. Apple's iOS 11.2 update delivered 11 patches including one for Mail and one for Wi-Fi.
The iOS 11.2 and iOS 11.2.1 updates also patched up a widespread security issue called "Meltdown." Apple says its analysis suggests it "has the most potential to be exploited."
Meltdown affects all iOS 11 powered devices so we highly recommend downloading iOS 11.2.6 if you skipped iOS 11.2.
If you skipped iOS 11.1.2, iOS 11.1.1, and iOS 11.1, you'll get additional patches with your iOS 11.2.6 update.
The iOS 11.1 update delivered eight security patches including a fix for a serious Wi-Fi vulnerability called KRACK or Key Reinstallation Attack. KRACK is an exploit that targets the common WPA2 encryption protocol.
If you're just now making to move from iOS 10 (or whatever you're on) to iOS 11, your iOS 11.2.6 update will come with additional security features.
In iOS 11 you can't establish trust with a PC using fingerprints alone. You'll also need to put in a full passcode in order to gain that trust.
If you skipped older versions of iOS, your iOS 11.2.6 update will come with an even longer list of security patches.
Apple's iOS 10.3.3 update delivered 24 security patches addressing potential issues with Contacts, Messages, Notifications, and Safari. It also included a patch for a potentially dangerous Wi-Fi exploit called "Broadpwn."
If you skipped iOS 10.3.2 you'll get 23 additional patches with iOS 11.2.6. And if for some reason you missed iOS 10.3, you'll get 60 security patches with your version of iOS 11.2.6.
If you want to protect the data you store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you should make your move to iOS 11 and iOS 11.2.6 soon.
This is particularly important for those of you running older versions of iOS.