Monday, April 3, 2017

5 Things to Know About the iOS 10.3.1 Update

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Apple’s already replaced the iOS 10.3 update with a new version of iOS 10. An iOS 10.3.1 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is now available and today we want to walk you through the most important things to know as we push away from today’s release.


Last month, Apple released two new iOS 10.3 updates. One, iOS 10.3, a milestone upgrade with new features, fixes and security patches. The other, iOS 10.3.2 beta, an early version of iOS 10.3.2 for developers and testers to poke and prod ahead of an official release.




The jump from iOS 10.3 to iOS 10.3.2 was a bit odd and it led many, including us, to wonder if Apple had a rapid fire iOS 10.3.1 release ready for iPhone and iPad users. Turns out, it did.


iOS 10.3.1 is now available and, as expected, it’s a minor update for iOS 10 users. While it’s not as big as the iOS 10.3 update it’s still important because it could have a dramatic effect on your device’s performance.


With the iOS 10.3.1 update now out in the open we want to take you through everything you need to know if you’re thinking about installing iOS 10.3.1 or if you’re already on iOS 10.3.1.




iOS 10.3.1 Impressions


The iOS 10.3.1 update is tiny if you’re coming directly to it from iOS 10.3. On the iPhone 7, you can expect a 30MB download.




We were able to finish up the the download in a matter of seconds though the installation process took about 5 minutes to complete on our phone. We recommend putting aside 10 minutes or so to monitor the situation. Our installation went smoothly but there’s no telling what you might encounter.


If you’re coming to iOS 10.3.1 from something older than iOS 10.3 your update will be much larger due to iOS 10.3. Its features and fixes will be baked in. Put aside 30 minutes or so if you’re coming to iOS 10.3.1 from iOS 10.2.1 or below.


We’ve only spent a few minutes with the iPhone 7 iOS 10.3.1 update but we haven’t noticed any issues on our device.


Our cellular, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections are strong and we haven’t run into any issues with our core applications which include Twitter, Asana, Slack, Google Maps, Gmail, and Chrome.


We’ll continue to update this with our impressions so check back for updates as we push away from the release.


iOS 10.3.1: What’s New


The iOS 10.3.1 change log states the update comes with bug fixes and security patches meaning it’s a maintenance update. Don’t expect any new features on board.


Apple lists the iOS 10.3.1 update as having an single security patch. The update also reportedly fixes unnamed iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c issues.


That said, if you’re coming to iOS 10.3.1 from iOS 10.2.1 or something older, you’ll get a bunch of new features with iOS 10.3.1 due to iOS 10.3.


If you’re unfamiliar with iOS 10.3 we recommend taking a look at our walkthrough so that you can get familiar with its features before you install iOS 10.3.1 on your device.


iOS 10.3.1 Problems


It’s a small update but we expect the iOS 10.3.1 update to cause problems for many iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users.


Look for complaints about battery drain, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, various first and third-party apps, lag, random reboots, and more to pickup as more people find and discover the iOS 10.3.1 update lurking in Settings or on iTunes.



If you’re seeing an issue after downloading the iOS 10.3.1 update, take a look at our list of fixes for the most common iOS 10 problems.


You’ll also want to report any issues you see to Apple so that its engineers can get to work on a fix in iOS 10.3.2.


Remember, you can also downgrade to an older version of iOS 10 if you don’t like iOS 10.3.1’s performance on your device.


iOS 10.3.1 Jailbreak


If you’re jailbroken, skip the iOS 10.3.1 update for now.


Jailbreak developers haven’t released a working jailbreak tool for iOS 10.2.1 or iOS 10.3 and we’re not expecting one for iOS 10.3.1 today or in the near future.


For now, you must be on iOS 10.2 or something older to jailbreak an iPhone or an iPad. Unfortunately, there’s no way to downgrade to anything older than iOS 10.2.1.


For more on the iOS 10 jailbreak, see our roundup.


What’s Next


With the iOS 10.3.1 release out of the way, iPhone and iPad owners can turn their attention to iOS 10.3.2, another maintenance update.


Apple’s iOS 10.3.2 update is currently in beta for developers and the general public. We still don’t have a release date and we might not get one ahead of time. Apple typically doesn’t confirm iOS release dates ahead of time.


While you might be tempted to try the iOS 10.3.2 update out ahead of its release, note that early software can and probably will cause problems on your device.


For more on the merits of the iOS 10.3.2 beta, take a look at our walkthrough.


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