iPhone 5 iOS 9.3.1 Update: 10 Things to Know After Six Weeks
The iPhone 5 iOS 9.3.1 update is still the most up-to-date version of iOS 9. With that in mind, we want to take a look at some things users need to know about the iPhone 5 iOS 9.3.1 update at the six week mark.
The iPhone 5 iOS 9.3 update 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, the iOS 9.3.1 update’s 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 offers a quick review of the iPhone 5 iOS 9.3.1 update’s 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: Six Weeks Later1 / 10
Six weeks 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 well over a month now and we’ve been keeping an eye on a few key areas of performance. Our current 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 plus using iOS 9.3.1. We haven’t experienced any weird drain and it’s still holding an excellent charge for a device that’s going on four years old.
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and LTE (AT&T) are still behaving. We’ve tested the software and device with numerous routers, ISPs and Bluetooth devices and haven’t run into any serious trouble.
We haven’t encountered 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. The video below will give you another look at the update’s speed and performance.