iPhone 5 iOS 9.3.1 Update: 9 Things to Know After Three Weeks

9.3.2 is confirmed but the 5 9.3.1  is still the most up-to-date version of 9. With that in mind, we want to take a look at some things 5 users need to know about the 9.3.1 release at the three week milestone.

The iPhone 5 iOS 9.3 was a milestone upgrade meaning it brought more than just a few bug fixes and security patches. It also brought new features and enhancements aimed at improving the overall iOS 9 experience.

Apple’s iOS 9.3 update was an exciting update but it wasn’t perfect. It also arrived with some problems including a web link crashing bug that drove a number of iPhone 5 owners crazy. Fortunately, Apple’s fixed that issue with a new iOS 9.3 update dubbed iOS 9.3.1.

For iOS 9.3 users, its change log features a single fix for that web link crashing bug. If you’re coming from something older than iOS 9.3, it’s a much larger update.

This guide rounds up the most important things to know, right now, about the iOS 9.3 and iOS 9.3.1 updates for the iPhone 5.

It features impressions of the iPhone 5 iOS 9.3.1 update performance, details about the iOS 9.3 downgrade, and some information about the update that will replace the iOS 9.3.1 update, probably in the near future.

iPhone 5 iOS 9.3.1 Review: Three Later

1 / 9iPhone 5 iOS 9.3.1 Review: Three Weeks Later

27 days ago we download
ed the iPhone 5 iOS 9.3.1 update. The update for our iPhone 5 was tiny (we came directly from iOS 9.3) and required only a few minutes to download
and install over a high-speed Wi-Fi network. We didn’t run into any installation issues. 

We’ve been using the iPhone 5 iOS 9.3.1 update for nearly a month now and we’ve been keeping an eye on a few key areas of performance. Our checklist includes battery life, UI speed, connectivity, app performance, and bugs. Here’s what we’ve found. 

Battery life is still excellent after a month of daily use. We haven’t experienced any weird drain and that’s about all you can ask for from a device that’s almost four years old. It’s still performing at a high level. 

Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and LTE (AT&T) are all behaving with the iOS 9.3.1 update on board. We’ve tested the software and device with numerous routers, ISPs and Bluetooth devices and haven’t run into trouble. At least not yet.

We haven’t run into any experience-breaking bugs or app problems and the UI speed is about as fast as it was with iOS 9.2.1 on board. That is to say that we’ve encountered a bit of lag when opening certain apps and Control Center but other functions, like typing on the keyboard, still feel fast and fluid. 

The iPhone 5 iOS 9.3.1 update appears to be a solid upgrade for the aging iPhone 5, iOS 9.3 users in particular. If you’re feeling leery about the move, dig into additional feedback. It never hurts to get a second opinion.

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