iPhone 5 iOS 9.3.4 Update: 9 Things to Know After 11 Days

The 5 9.3.4 is out and today we want to take a look at the most important things 5 owners need to know about Apple’s latest 9 .

Apple continues to refine its iOS 9 software ahead of the iOS 10 release for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch in the fall.

A brand new version of the iOS 9.3 is out for the iPhone 5 and the company’s other iOS 9 powered devices.

Unlike iOS 9.3.3, the iOS 9.3.4 update isn’t a bug fix update. Instead, it’s focused on closing up an exploit discovered by jailbreak developers.


For iOS 9.3.3 users, the iPhone 5 iOS 9.3.4 update delivers that important security patch. If you’re coming from something older than iOS 9.3.3, it’s a much larger update thanks to the changes on board Apple’s various iOS 9.3 upgrades.

This guide rounds up the most important things to know, right now, about the iPhone 5 iOS 9.3.4 update as we head toward the fall.

It offers our impressions of the iPhone 5 iOS 9.3.4 update’s performance, a look at iOS 9.3.4 problems on the iPhone 5, fixes for those problems, some information about the iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak, and a whole lot more.

We’ll continue to update this as we move away from the release date so check back for key updates down the road.

iOS 9.3.4 on iPhone 5: Impressions & Performance

1 / 9iOS 9.3.4 on iPhone 5: Impressions & Performance

We’ve been using the iPhone 5 iOS 9.3.4 update for about two weeks now and we’ve been monitoring several key areas: Battery life, UI speed, connectivity, app performance, and bugs. Before we get into those, a quick note about the installation process.

If you’re coming from iOS 9.3.3, iOS 9.3.4 is a tiny update and it should only take you a few minutes to install. It took us about five over a high-speed Wi-Fi network. If you’re coming from something older than iOS 9.3, you’ll want to allot more time to get the process done. 

Our iOS 9.3.4 update has been treating us well. We haven’t experienced any weird drain and the phone continues to perform at pretty high level. The battery life continues to impress us after nearly four years with the phone. 

Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and LTE (AT&T) continue to behave themselves. We’ve tested the software and device with numerous routers, ISPs and Bluetooth devices and haven’t run into any serious trouble during our time with the software. 

We still haven’t encountered any experience-breaking bugs or app problems and the UI speed is about as fast as it was with iOS 9.3.3 on board. 

We do continue to see lag when opening certain apps and the Control Center but other functions, like typing on the keyboard, still feel fast and fluid with the latest update on board.

Apple’s iPhone 5 iOS 9.3.4 update is worth a look if you’re coming from iOS 9.3.3 thanks to the single security patch.

Those of you coming from something older, particularly those of you coming from iOS 8 or iOS 7, will want to seek out a second or third opinion before updating to iOS 9.3.4.

If you’re feeling leery about the move, dig into additional feedback on YouTube and Apple’s discussion forums. 

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