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iPhone 5 iOS 9.3 Update: 5 Important Details



The iPhone 5 iOS 9.3 release date continues to move closer and today we want to take an updated look at the most important things to know, right now, about the upgrade that could follow the iPhone 5 iOS 9.2.1 update.

Like many of you, I’ve been an iPhone 5 user since its release all the way back in the fall of 2012. The iPhone 5 has been a trusty sidekick of mine for many years and it continues to perform at a pretty high level.

My iPhone 5, and your iPhone 5, will move on from the iOS 9.2.1 update at some point. Apple’s planning at least one more big iOS update for the iPhone 5.


Earlier this year, Apple confirmed an iOS 9.3 update for the iPhone 5, the device’s third milestone iOS 9 upgrade. (iOS 9.1 and iOS 9.2 were the others). Apple’s iOS 9.3 update is an exciting upgrade but there’s already one disappointment.

Today I want to tell you about that disappointment and some of the other details iPhone 5 users should know ahead of the iOS 9.3 release date. It’s still early but some very important details have already emerged.

Let’s take a look.

iPhone 5 iOS 9.3 Performance

iPhone 5 iOS 9.3 Performance

Now that the iOS 9.3 beta 3 is out, we're starting to see feedback about the update's performance trickle out to those who aren't using the early version of the software. 

It's still early but some beta testers are reporting some improvements to performance. The videos below will give you an early look at the update in action and some feedback about the UI speed, the boot speed of the phone and more.

This video compares the iOS 9.2.1 update to the iOS 9.3 beta 2. 

If you aren't planning to try the early version of the iPhone 5 iOS 9.3 update, you should keep an eye on this feedback. It'll help you set your expectations for the final release.

We expect Apple to release a few more betas before testing is complete so check back after every single beta for new details. 



  1. mackabieviper42

    01/17/2016 at 11:21 am

    I wonder if iOS 9.3 sucks just as bad as the rest of the 9’s ever since I put them on my iPhone 5s 64 Gb I had lot problems mixing photos from 2013 to 2014 or 2015 bringing photos back when I have deleted them not one but 4 16 even up to 25 copies it been doing it for two months they first came back after two weeks then one week three days twenty four hours now in eight hours they come back after I deleted them now I can’t even post photos I notice each photo on bottom of the right hand corner it has clock on it when the clock is at 3 8 or 9 I can’t post the photo when I try post photo it freezes or crashes a lot I have asked lot people that have iPhone 5’s they say there phones have no problems but they have 16 GB iPhones even the people with 6’s have 16 GB no problem with iOS 9’s so way I figure it is 32 or 64 iPhones that are having all the problems on 9’s I even waited three weeks before I put iOS 9.2 it sucks really bad just like rest of the 9’s I put on I never had this much problems with iOS 7’s or 8’s when I had my iPhone 4 32 GB never had problems with iOS 5’s 6’s or 7’s the 9’s are the worst iOS I have had

  2. Farooq Hadi

    01/17/2016 at 1:01 pm

    I have battery problem in my iPhone my iPhone up to date on iOS 9.3

  3. Kimberlyfseder

    01/19/2016 at 6:24 am

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  4. Alex

    02/12/2016 at 2:00 am

    Very slow performance
    Lags , bugs..
    It’s normal for Apple now
    You should buy 6s now and in few months you must buy new one, nice shiny brick “iPhone 7” with iOS 10

  5. mackabieviper42

    02/12/2016 at 9:39 am

    I notice all Apple does is put new IOS’s on their iPhones iPads and iPods every two or three weeks they don’t want fix the problems what people have with their old IOS’s they just add more problems to their phones I still got the same problems when I put the first iOS 9’s on every time I put new 9 on it just creates new problem never fixes the old problem which I still have and 99% of these articles never tell you how to fix the problems you got on your gadgets they always tell you to connect to iTunes and refurbished it which to make the gadget like it was when you bought it lot times that don’t work it just creates lot more problems

  6. Energias Renováveis

    03/22/2016 at 10:56 am

    I have problem with the iPhone 5, after ios 9.3 update , can not pass the iPhone activation steps , it remains locked , do not know what to do

    • Thru-HikeTheWorld

      03/23/2016 at 10:01 am

      Verify you have a backup of your phone via The follow the steps in the link to put your phone into recovery mode and restore the OS.
      May the force be with you.

    • Rr

      03/24/2016 at 4:39 pm

      Try it with wifi connection

  7. Junaidi

    03/24/2016 at 11:36 am

    I updated my iphone 5 … But there’s no such thing as IOS 9.3 function like said in description… I need help here!

  8. Gary Gerhardt

    03/24/2016 at 9:03 pm

    I tried to update to 9.3 but I am getting the message that the update is downloaded but can’t be verified because it says I am not connected to the Internet which is not true. This is on an iPhone 5.

    • Leticia

      03/25/2016 at 7:49 pm

      I’m having the same problem!!!

    • DC

      08/12/2016 at 9:15 am

      I got the same message

  9. Jerked beef

    03/25/2016 at 8:25 am

    Same old Apple bullshit that doesn’t work. I wonder who’s actually testing this shit before it gets released to the general public. Developers should be shot point blank between the eyes.

  10. JD

    03/25/2016 at 9:35 pm

    Same not connected to the Internet message when installing 9.3 OS update. PLEASE help. I would love to delete the download from my
    iPhone & try again but can’t find how to do that. Tried all steps except restore and do not think that would be worth the it for the update. Anyone have any solutions yet?

  11. Liway

    03/26/2016 at 3:58 am

    I updated my iphone5s last Thursday and it turn out having a charger sign and an iTune sign. I tried everything but still not working. I have googled it and it said to connect it a computer. Since my computer is broken I took my phone to the technician but he couldn’t even fix it himself. He said my phone doesn’t recognise their computer. I need help please!!!!

  12. DEE

    03/26/2016 at 5:46 am

    I have the same problem, update on 5s,say it wants 9.3 and went it wants it verified, it tells me i am not connected to the internet.

  13. JWizz

    03/26/2016 at 8:38 am

    Same problem here! Update to iOS9.3 on iPhone5 16GB, and it tells me that the update cannot be verified since I’m not connected to the internet, which is so not true – the WiFi-indicator even disagrees!

  14. mackabieviper42

    03/26/2016 at 10:51 am

    You will have to buy new iPhone cause that is what happen to me on my iPhone 4 32 GB IT HAD CHARGE SIGN and CONNECT TO ITUNES after 31/2 hours it said it couldn’t find the iPhone you are fourth person on GOTTA BE MOBILE has said this about their phone LIWAY

  15. jack

    03/27/2016 at 3:42 am

    thats why i leaved my iphone5 on 8.1 until now. and it works perfectly. now i think the last update for the iphone5 is ios9.2.1 because when i check the new updates is still on 9.2.1 even there is already 9.3……. my battery is still good. i think when my phone die it will die with its ios8.1 so as my ipad mini2 on 8.3……… :)

  16. John

    03/27/2016 at 1:22 pm

    iPhone 5,32 GB,updated 2 days ago

    Not familiar with any of the problems mentioned here,performance on this phone has always been great but with 9.3,I think it works even better than 9.2.1!
    Control Centre graphic lag and Spotlight search as well,has surprisingly disappeared!!!It was annoying,even though it didn’t happened every time,but it’s gone!!
    Annimation is smooth like 100%and all aspects of the phone work great so far!
    Of course for IOS 9 that is…Because in my opinion Nothing EVER worked like IOS 6
    New features isn’t something you should expect on the 5,as they refer mostly to 6 series!
    Notes can be password protected,Photos can dublicate,some changes in News as well,which I can’t justify,because I just got the app,by changing my locale!
    As for other goods,I see slightly better battery life!
    Only bug I noticed so far is that the auto-brightness is gone from the display settings!
    That’s where they added the new night swift and I guess they removed it completely(or forgot it) ?
    Really unpleasant what witnessed here by many people though…I believe Apple,in many cases,have shown that they want to move on with stuff,but the fact that they stop supporting older hardware,or even undermine them sometimes as well,to force move people to pay for their products,is really annoying…
    Truly hope they will come back soon with solutions for all,and that you will get the same experience,as I did!

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