Monday, March 13, 2017

iOS 10.3 Release Date Tips

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With an iOS 10.3 release date getting close we want to share some tips we think will help you in the buildup to the release and on release day.

Apple hasn’t confirmed an iOS 10.3 release date for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch but we know that it’s getting closer.

Apple’s pushed rapid fire iOS 10.3 beta updates, a sign the upgrade is making substantial progress behind the scenes. The release of iOS 10.3 beta 6 comes less than a week after the company released an iOS 10.3 beta 5 for developers and those in the free Beta Software Program.

The company is also rumored to have new hardware up its sleeve and supply sources claim the company could make an announcement as soon as next week. As we’ve noted, the iOS 10.3 release could have a tie-in with Apple’s new products.

We don’t have an official iOS 10.3 release date to share but we do have some tips that could help you on the road to its release.

iOS 10.3 Release Time

The iOS 10.3 update is shaping up to be an exciting release. Its packed with new features, performance enhancements, and tweaks. And while you might be tempted to check your phone every 15 minutes for the update, that’s now how Apple iOS releases work.

It’s difficult to predict the exact iOS 10.3 release date but it’s very easy to predict the iOS 10.3 release time. Here are a few things to keep in mind as we close in on the iOS 10.3 release date:

  • Apple never releases iOS updates on the weekend so there’s no need to check for iOS 10.3 on Saturday or Sunday.

  • iOS updates almost always arrive between 9AM and 10AM Pacific. General rule of thumb is to check around 10AM Pacific.

While some of you will want to download the iOS 10.3 update the second it arrives, many others will want to wait.

Prepare Your iPhone, iPad or iPod

With an iOS 10.3 release date likely days away, now is the perfect time to start preparing for the update’s release. Here are a few pre-installation tips to keep in your back pocket as we approach the arrival of iOS 10.3:

  • Use this time to cleanup your device. Get rid of files (apps, music, etc), anything you no longer use. Cleaning up your device could improve your device’s performance.

  • Start backing up your data. If you don’t know where to start, you’ll want to research iCloud backups, iTunes backups, and the differences between the two.

  • If you want to download iOS 10.3 right when it comes out, make sure your device has at least a 50% charge (or you’re near a charger) around 10AM Pacific.

  • Get your login information handy. Make sure you have the device’s passcode, Apple ID, and your important logins ready on release day. The update might log you out of various apps and services.

  • Dig into feedback from iOS 10.3 beta testers. You might learn about a potential problem or benefit to your version of iOS 10.3.

A little prep work will help you avoid major problems during the iOS 10.3 installation process. It’ll also help you avoid headaches once you get the new update on board your phone or tablet.

Learn About iOS 10.3

Make sure you know what you’re getting into before you download the iOS 10.3 update on your phone. This goes deeper than just perusing the change log Apple will include with the update. You’ll want to dig deeper, especially if you own an older device.

iOS 10.3 isn’t officially out for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch but thanks to the iOS 10.3 beta for developers and the general public, we know what to expect.

A new iCloud storage breakdown in iOS 10.3 shows you exactly how your using your space.

We’ve put together a broad guide to the iOS 10.3 update. We’ve also put together some in-depth analysis of the iOS 10.3 update’s most exciting features.

If you haven’t been following the iOS 10.3 beta, now would be a good time to dig in. We don’t expect the update to change much between now and the official release date and we don’t expect the beta to be too much different from the official version of iOS 10.3.

Report iOS 10.3 Problems

If you choose to install iOS 10.3 on release day there’s a chance you’ll run into an issue during or after the installation process finishes up. If you do run into an iOS 10.3 problem on your phone, there’s no need to panic.

Sometimes it can take a couple of days for an update to settle in. If you notice weird battery life on release day, give it a day or two to even out. If problems persist after two days with iOS 10.3, or if the issues are serious, you’ll want to take action.

There are tons of resources out there but our list of fixes for common iOS 10 problems is a great place to start. If you don’t consider yourself an expert, you’ll want to bookmark those fixes so you’re ready to tackle problems as soon as they popup.

If you can’t fix your problem and/or you want to help the community, you’ll want to report iOS 10.3 problems as you see them. There are a few places to do that.

You can relay your problem to Apple Support on Twitter and/or get in contact with Apple Support via the company’s website. We also recommend reporting your problem on Apple’s Discussion forums to alert Apple and other users to your issue.

You Can Test iOS 10.3

Remember, if you don’t want to deal with the iOS 10.3 beta, you can take the official version of iOS 10.3 for a test drive provided you’re already on iOS 10.2.1.

For a short time, Apple will allow you to drop back down to iOS 10.2.1. You won’t be able to downgrade to anything older than iOS 10.2.1 and it will only be open for a short period of time, probably a couple of weeks tops.

Most of you will choose to remain on iOS 10.3 but others might benefit from dropping down to the older version of iOS 10.

If you aren’t familiar with the iOS downgrade process, now is the time.

Get Off Beta

If you’re currently trying the iOS 10.3 beta and you don’t want to get thrown onto the next iOS 10 beta (iOS 10.3.1? iOS 10.4?), you’ll want to unenroll from the iOS 10.3 beta. Here’s how to do that.

  • Go to Settings > General > Profiles and then tap the iOS Beta Software Profile that appears on your device.

  • Enter your passcode, if there is on associated with the device, and tap Delete Profile. You will no longer receive beta software.

  • Go into your Settings or iTunes and download iOS 10.3.

If you’ve been running an iOS 10.3 and the watchOS beta on your Apple Watch, you’ll need to take a few more steps before, on, or after the iOS 10.3 release date.

Here’s how to get the watchOS beta off your device,

  • Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.

  • Tap the My Watch tab.

  • Go to General > Profiles.

  • Tap the beta profile you want to remove.

  • Enter a passcode if needed and then tap Delete Profile.

If you want to use beta software again you’ll need to install the correct beta profile.

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

iOS 10.3 Should Be Released Soon

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iOS 10.3 Should Be Released 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. April is probably the worst case scenario at this point. 

Nothing is confirmed but Apple is rumored to have a launch event planned for March. There, 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. 

Apple hasn’t confirmed a date but supply chain sources claim the company is planning to announce new products sometime next week. 

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 sixth iteration, 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. 

With that out of the way, let’s move onto what in the iOS 10.3 beta’s change log has us most excited. 

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