iOS 10.3 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know

The 10.3 update is an exciting release for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch but it’s far from perfect. iPhone and iPad users are already complaining about 10.3 plaguing their devices.

Ahead of its release, Apple put the 10.3 update into beta for developers and anyone interested in trying out the software ahead of its official release.

The iOS 10.3 beta helped Apple gain valuable feedback about potential bugs and and the final release is stable for a lot of users. Others haven’t been so lucky.

The official version of iOS 10.3 is here and it brings more than just features, tweaks and bug fixes. Its brought problems to some iOS 10 users.

With that in mind we want to take a look at the most important things iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners need to know about iOS 10.3 problems as we push away from the update’s release.

This roundup takes a look at the current state of iOS 10.3 problems, shows you potential fixes for the most common iOS 10.3 issues, and provides some resources that could come in handy if you start to see trouble with your version of iOS 10.3.

It also takes a look at what’s next from Apple in terms of bug fixes.

iOS 10.3 Problems

It’s early but we’re already hearing about some of the iOS 10.3 problems iPhone and iPad users are encountering after installing Apple’s brand new update.

The early list includes the usual suspects. iPhone and iPad users are encountering installation errors, weird battery drain, Wi-Fi issues, busted Bluetooth, Touch ID, Siri, and some issues with third-party applications including Facebook and HBO Now.

Apple’s discussion forums, Reddit, and social media sites like Twitter are starting to fill up with various complaints about the iOS 10.3 update and we expect the list to grow as more people find and install the new software.

It’s virtually impossible to predict what kind of performance you’ll see on your phone or tablet and this is precisely why we always recommend doing a some prep work before installing an iOS release, particularly one as big as iOS 10.3.

We’ve put together a step-by-step process that will take you through the pre-iOS 10.3 installation process we used on our iPhones and iPads.

At the bare minimum you’ll want to make a backup of your device. This way you won’t lose any important files.

Where to Find Feedback

As we push away from the iOS 10.3 release date it’s important to keep tabs on the update’s performance. Part of this is monitoring your version of the update for issues. Part of it is digging into feedback from other iOS 10.3 users.

Digging into some of this iOS 10.3 feedback will alert you to potential iOS 10.3 problems and it’ll help you find potential benefits of the iOS 10.3 update.

To start you off, we’ve put together some reasons to and not to install the iOS 10.3 update on your device right now. If you’re on the fence about making the move to iOS 10.3, start there.

We’ve also starting putting together our own impressions of the iOS 10.3 update. We’ve started with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 6 and we plan to publish our thoughts on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 5 iOS 10.3 updates in the near future.

As always, we also recommend keeping an eye on YouTube, Apple’s discussion forums, social media sites like Twitter/Facebook, and the MacRumors forums for additional feedback about your new iOS update.

How to Fix iOS 10.3 Problems

If you do run into an iOS 10.3 problem on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, there’s no need to panic. Chances are, you’ll be able to fix your issue from the confines of your home or office.

Before you take your iPhone or iPad down to an Apple Store or carrier store you’ll want to try and fix your issue(s) manually.

We’ve put together a list of the most common iOS 10 problems and fixes and it’s a great place to start if you’re in trouble.

We also recently released a list of tips that could help you improve performance. Some of these will take seconds to complete, others are a little more involved.

If you’re unable to find a fix for your issue there, you should go to Apple’s discussion forums for help. There are tons of helpful users there.

If Apple’s forums don’t help, you can get in contact with Apple Support via Twitter or the company’s website. If that doesn’t work, schedule an appointment to see a Genius at a local Apple Store.

You Can Downgrade to iOS 10.2.1

You also have another option at your disposal.

If you think it might improve performance, you can try dropping back down to Apple’s iOS 10.2.1 update. The downgrade process is pretty straightforward but you’ll want to put away at least 20-30 minutes to get it done.

The downgrade will only be open for a limited time. At some point, Apple will close up the iOS 10.2.1 downgrade path. Once Apple stops signing on iOS 10.2.1, you’re stuck on iOS 10.3.

For more on the iOS 10.2.1 downgrade process, take a look at our detailed walkthrough.

What’s Next

A new version of iOS 10.3 is confirmed.

The iOS 10.3.2 update is official and it’s currently in beta for developers. We expect it to be released into the free Beta Software Program in the near future. The update arrived alongside new beta updates for tvOS, watchOS, and macOS.

The iOS 10.3.2 update appears to be a maintenance release which means it will likely have critical bug fixes and security patches on board.

Unfortunately, we don’t know when iOS 10.3.2 will be released to the general public. Apple typically releases several beta releases before pushing the final product.

If you’re dealing with an iOS 10.3 problem, keep an eye on iOS 10.3.2 and the iOS 10.3.2 beta.

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Install iOS 10.3 If You Want Better Security

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If you value your security, you’ll want to seriously consider download
ing the iOS 10.3 update on your iPhone or iPad. 

The iOS 10.3 update brings over 60 known patches for potential exploits. That’s substantial, even for a milestone upgrade. The previous version of iOS 10, iOS 10.2.1, brought 14 known patches.

Among them is a patch for a Safari ransomware bug that scammers used to extort iOS users who viewed pornography on their device. 

These patches enhance the security on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch making them ideal for those of you who store sensitive files/data on your device. Most people do.

If you skipped the iOS 10.2.1 update and/or the iOS 10.2 update, know that iOS 10.3 brings their security patches with it as well. Again, the iOS 10.2.1 update had 14 important patches on board. You can see them all right here. 

If you failed to install Apple’s iOS 9.3.5 update, iOS 10.3 will also bring the three crucial security patches it delivered last year. These patch up serious security problems that could potentially expose your calls, contacts, texts, and emails.

If security is important to you, iOS 10.3 is probably worth a download
right now.

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