With an iOS 10.3.3 release date inching closer we want to help iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners avoid some common mistakes.
Its been over a month since Apple released its iOS 10.3.2 update. The iOS 10.3.2 update continues to reign as the current version of iOS 10 but that should change soon.
Apple’s got an iOS 10.3.3 update in beta ahead of an official release for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch later this year. The company hasn’t confirmed an iOS 10.3.3 release date yet but we expect the update to arrive soon.
The iOS 10.3.3 update’s been in beta for a month now and we’re currently on the third beta for developers and those testing the update via the free Beta Software Program.
With the iOS 10.3.3 beta making progress, and the official release getting closer, we want to help you prepare for the iOS 10.3.3 update and its release.
You’ll want to start off by avoiding some of these mishaps.
Make Sure You Prepare for iOS 10.3.3
Be sure you prepare before you make the jump to iOS 10.3.3.
If you haven’t made a backup in awhile or if you don’t know how to make a backup, now would be a good time to get on that.
iOS 10.3.3 will likely be small but even the tiniest iOS updates can cause problems. You’ll want to make sure you’re comfortable with the backup/restore process (iCloud backup here, iTunes backup here) before you install it. Not during, not after. Before.
If you have an IT department at your company, they might be using the iOS 10.3.3 beta. It might be wise to check-in with them before the iOS 10.3.3 release date to see if they have any advice about important apps and services.
We recommend bookmarking fixes for potential iOS 10.3.3 problems so that you’re ready to face them head on.
You won’t be able to predict iOS 10.3.3 problems so it’s important to be prepared, particularly if your phone/tablet is important for work or school.
For more on the pre-installation process, please take a look at our walkthrough. It’s never too early to get some prep work done and it’ll go a long way toward preventing problems on your device.
Don’t Upgrade Right Away If You Own an Old Device
iOS 10.3.3 might be tempting when it arrives but many of you will want to avoid it on day one.
If you’re already on iOS 10.3.2, you’ll probably be fine to install iOS 10.3.3 on your device. You can always downgrade to iOS 10.3.2 if you don’t like the performance.
If you’re on something older than iOS 10.3.1 or if you’re using an older device, you might want to take a raincheck, for a few days at least.
If you’re using an older device on an older version of iOS, and you’re having a excellent experience, you might want to wait for some initial feedback about the iOS 10.3.3 update to emerge.
If you’re feeling especially leery, you might want to wait for some long-term iOS 10.3.3 feedback from people using the same device.
Remember, there won’t be a way to downgrade to anything older than iOS 10.3.1. Once you make the move from iOS 10.1.1 or iOS 9, you’re stuck with iOS 10.
You’ll want to be absolutely sure about the move to iOS 10.3.3 before you make it. You probably won’t be able to make the decision immediately.
Get Familiar with the Downgrade Process
After iOS 10.3.3 is released you’ll probably only have a few days to downgrade to the iOS 10.3.2 update. And that’s precisely why we recommend getting comfortable with the downgrade process now. This way, you won’t be scrambling.
Apple will sign off on the iOS 10.3.2 update for a limited time. This will leave a downgrade loophole open to all iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users.
If you run into major issues on iOS 10.3.3, you might want to try downgrading to the iOS 10.3.2 update to see if that improves your device’s performance.
Unfortunately, time will be of the essence. Apple typically closes up the downgrade path two weeks or so after an update’s release. And once the downgrade loophole is closed, there’s no going back. You’ll be stuck on iOS 10.3.3 until something new is released.
Dig into the downgrade process, get familiar with it, and you’ll be in a much better place if and when you need to use it.
Avoid the iOS 10.3.3 Beta
Now that we’re close to the iOS 10.3.3 release, the iOS 10.3.3 beta isn’t as appealing. Most people should avoid it and wait for the final release.
We don’t know when Apple will release iOS 10.3.3 but we don’t expect the company to roll out 10 more beta updates. At most, we could see the company pushing a beta 4 to tie-up loose ends.
The iOS 10.3.3 beta, at this point, is a barren wasteland. There aren’t any new features or amazing tweaks. Instead, there’s a collection of bugs. In particular, we’re having issues with battery life, AirPods, and various apps and services.
Given what’s on board, most people should avoid iOS 10.3.3 beta at this point. It’s simply not worth the trouble.
This is particularly true if you’re on an older version of iOS (you can’t downgrade to anything other than iOS 10.3.1) or if you’re new to the beta game. Getting off the iOS 10.3.3 beta when the official iOS 10.3.3 arrives could prove to be a pain in the you know what.
Don’t Upgrade Right Away If You’re Jailbroken
If you’re jailbroken on iOS 10.2 or below or if you’re on iOS 10.2 below and want to jailbreak your phone or tablet, do not install the iOS 10.3.3 beta or the iOS 10.3.3 update when it arrives. It’s as simple as that.
If you install the iOS 10.3.3 beta you’ll lose your jailbreak and you won’t be able to jailbreak until developers release another tool. That might not happen for awhile.
You’ll also want to avoid the official version of iOS 10.3.3 when it arrives for your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Nothing is confirmed but we probably won’t see an iOS 10.3.3 jailbreak tool emerge on release day.
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, iPad, or iPod touch.
iOS 10.3.3 brings 24 security patches addressing 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.
If you failed to download previous versions of iOS, your iOS 10.3.3 update will bring even more security features.
If you passed on iOS 10.3.2, 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 lone 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.
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. 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.