Friday, March 10, 2017

How to Improve iOS 10.2.1 Performance

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iPhone and iPad users continue to complain about poor iOS 10.2.1 performance. Fortunately, you should be able to fix these issues without having to go to your local Apple Store.

Apple’s iOS 10.2.1 update has been out for several weeks now. While many iPhone and iPad users are having a fine experience on the current version of iOS 10, others are struggling with weird battery drain, busted connectivity, lag, lockups, and reboots.

iOS 10.2.1 problems continue to be a problem for many users as we close in on the release of Apple’s new iOS 10.3 update.

Solving iOS 10.2.1 performance issues could be tricky for some of you. Others might be able to solve them in a matter of seconds. You won’t know until you try.

How to Improve iOS 10.2.1 Performance

Today we want to outline some potential fixes for the iOS 10.2.1 performance issues plaguing iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Some of these tips will require a ton of time. Others you can try from your desk at work or your desk at school.

iOS 10.2.1 Battery Life

If your iOS 10.21 performance issues are related to your device’s battery life, take a look at our list of tips to improve iOS 10 battery life.

iOS 10.2.1 Connectivity

If your issues are related to connectivity (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc), please take a look at our in-depth guide to fixing iOS 10 connectivity issues.

Restart Your Device

If you’re looking to speed up your iOS 10.2.1-powered device or fix random UI lag, here are a few things to try.

First, try a simple restart. Power your device down and power it back up to see if that improves its performance. If you hadn’t restarted your iPhone or iPad in awhile you might see a nice boost.

Cleanup Your Device

If your iPhone or iPad is nearing capacity it’s probably a good idea to do some spring cleaning.

In the time that you’ve owned your device there’s a good chance you’ve accumulated a bunch of files and apps you no longer use. They’re just there, taking up space.

Reducing the amount of data stored on your device could result in a speed boost so it’s definitely worth a shot. Warning, it can be an extremely tedious process.

To get a handle on what’s taking up space on your device, head into your Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage and select Manage Storage. You’ll quickly see what’s taking up what on your device’s internal storage.

Delete at all. And if you find something you want to keep, think about offloading it to your iCloud storage space.

Stop Automatic Downloads

Automatic App Store downloads is a great feature if you are terrible about keeping your apps up-to-date. Problem is, its a resource hog at times as it makes your device’s CPU work. This can lead to battery drain or other performance issues.

Disabling Automatic Downloads in iOS 10.2.1 is easy. Go to Settings > iTunes & App Store. Once you’re there, toggle the switch to turn off Updates located in the Automatic Downloads section.

Stop Background Refresh

If you have Background Refresh enabled on your device, your apps will be refreshed with new information in, well, the background. For example, your Facebook feed will constantly be updated without having to open the app.

It’s a nifty feature but it can have a negative impact on your device’s performance. It’s worth shutting down if you’re noticing issues on iOS 10.2.1.

To try and help out your device’s CPU, go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh and toggle it off. You can also opt to go down your list of apps one-by-one and make a selection on a case-by-case basis.

Reduce Motion Effects

If you’re seeing lag like choppy animations and transitions, you might try turning on two features buried in iOS 10.2.1’s settings. The first is Motion Effects.

iOS 10 gives you a sense a depth when you tilt your device and when you open and close your various applications. It’s nifty but it could be causing problems on your device.

Reducing these motion effects could smooth out performance. To reduce Motion Effects, go to  Settings > General > Accessibility and toggle Reduce Motion on.

Be warned, this will disable some features like the bubble effect in the Messages app.

Reduce Transparency

While you’re in the Accessibility part of your Settings, you might try and reduce transparency as well. This will reduce transparency and blur effects.

This should less stress on your device’s processor because there is one less graphical task it needs to tackle.

To Reduce Transparency tap Increase Contrast and then tap the toggle to turn on the Reduce Transparency function.

Try the iOS 10.3 Beta

If you can’t wait for the official iOS 10.3 update (thought to be coming in March or April) to arrive, you might try downloading the iOS 10.3 beta.

iOS 10.3 is a milestone iOS update which means it delivers a mixture of new features, tweaks, and bug fixes.

Beta users report that iOS 10.3 features important improvements for new and old iPhone models. And that makes the iOS 10.3 an appealing option to those of you looking for help with performance.

For more on the iOS 10.3 update and its beta, take a look at our coverage. It’ll help you decide if installing the iOS 10.3 beta is the right move for you and your device.

You can downgrade back to iOS 10.2.1 if iOS 10.3 beta doesn’t improve performance for you.

Start From Scratch

If nothing here helps, and you can’t find a fix anywhere else, it might be time to set aside some time to start over from scratch.

If you don’t want or can’t wait to take your device into an Apple Store, you might try erasing everything on your device. This has been known to have a positive effect on performance, particularly on older devices like the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5.

Before you reset your phone to its factory defaults, you’ll want to make sure you’re completely backed up. You’ll also need to put aside an hour or two of free time to make sure the process goes as intended.

If you’ve backed everything up and you’re ready to wipe your device clean, head into Settings > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings to get started.

iOS 10.3 Update: 7 Reasons to Get Excited & 2 Reasons Not To

Get Excited Because iOS 10.3 Should Arrive Soon

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Get Excited Because iOS 10.3 Should Arrive Soon

The first thing to get excited about is that you probably won’t have to wait too much longer for the official version of iOS 10.3 to arrive for your device. 

If you’re uninterested in trying out the iOS 10.3 beta, or if you’re dealing with an maddening problem on iOS 10.2.1 or an older version of iOS, know that the iOS 10.3 release date should take place in the near future.

We haven’t been able to nail down an exact date but a March or April iOS 10.3 release is trending in the right direction. Apple is probably the worst case scenario at this point. 

Nothing is confirmed but Apple is rumored to have a launch event planned for March. The company is reportedly planning to debut new iPad models. Rumors are also pointing to 128GB iPhone SE and a brand new red iPhone 7 option. 

So how does iOS 10.3 play into this? Well, a Bloomberg says “Apple may roll out the new iPad software features as part of an upgrade to the iOS 10 operating system in the first half of 2017.” 

It’s also worth noting that last year’s March event saw the debut of a new iPad Pro, the iPhone SE, and Apple’s official version of iOS 9.3. The company released the iOS 9.3 update the same day as the event. 

With the iOS 10.3 beta now on its fifth iteration (iOS 10.3 beta 5 is now available), a lack of changes on recent beta releases (it’s probably not going to add new features to the beta, it’s a refinement process at this point), and a potential March event looming, we’re confident that iOS 10.3 will be released sooner rather than later. 

Now, let’s move onto what in the iOS 10.3 beta’s change log has us most excited. 

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