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
— Francis Sevilleja (@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 11.4.1 for Better Security
Apple's iOS 11.4.1 update comes with 15 patches for potential security issues. If you value your security, you should think about installing it today.
iOS 11.4.1 also comes with a USB Restricted Mode that disables the Lightning port on your iPhone or iPad if a device hasn't been unlocked or connected to a computer using a passcode within a certain amount of time.
The new setting is located in Settings > Face ID/Touch ID & Passcode. There you’ll see a new toggle for USB Accessories. It's toggled off by default.
This provides an added layer of protection and prevents the use of cracking tools like GrayKey.
If you skipped iOS 11.4, your iOS 11.4.1 update comes with 30+ patches aimed at improving your device's security. This makes it an essential download for most iPhone and iPad users.
If you missed any of Apple's previous iOS updates, your iOS 11.4.1 update comes with a lot more.
If you skipped iOS 11.3.1, your version of iOS 11.4.1 comes with iOS 11.3.1's four security patches.
If you skipped iOS 11.3, your iOS 11.4.1 update comes with 27 additional patches for potential exploits. Those of you lingering on iOS 11.2.6 would be wise to make the move sooner rather than later.
If you missed iOS 11.3, your iOS 11.4.1 update also includes a new privacy feature. When an Apple feature wants to use your personal information, an icon now appears with a link to access detailed information about how your data will be used and protected.
If you're running iOS 11.2.5 or older, you're currently 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 was to patch up this issue. If you skipped iOS 11.2.6, you'll get these enhancements with iOS 11.4.1.
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.
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 11.4.1 right now.
If you skipped iOS 11.2, you'll get a few more patches with your iOS 11.4.1 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 11.4.1 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 11.4.1 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 11.4.1 update will come with even more security-related 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 want to protect the data you store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you should make your move to the latest version of iOS. This is particularly important for those of you running older versions of iOS.