9 Things to Know About the iPhone 5 iOS 10.3 Update

The 5 10.3 is now available and today we take a look the most important things to know about the 5 10.3 and its performance as we push into the month of April.

The iPhone 5 is getting older which puts a greater importance on each update Apple releases for the former flagship. updates for older devices can have a dramatic impact on performance. Sometimes its positive. Sometimes, unfortunately, its negative.

Apple’s latest update to the iPhone 5 is a huge milestone upgrade. Its much larger than the iOS 10.2.1 update that came before it.

If you’re making the move to iOS 10.3 from the iOS 10.2.1 update, your iOS 10.3 update will be substantial, several hundred megabytes.

If you’re coming from something older than iOS 10.2.1 you can expect your update to be even bigger thanks to the features and fixes from previous iOS upgrades. They are baked into the iPhone 5’s iOS 10.3 update.

This roundup will take you through our impressions of the iPhone 5 iOS 10.3 update’s performance and it will guide you through some of the key things to keep in mind as we push toward Apple’s next iOS 10 release.

We’ll continue to update this roundup with new details as we get them so keep an eye out for frequent changes.

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iPhone 5 iOS 10.3 Update: Impressions & Performance

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The iPhone 5 iOS 10.3 update is a big one and it’ll only take you some time to download
and install.

It took us about seven minutes to download
the update over a fast Wi-Fi speed network. It took a lot longer to install.

Due to the file system change and the other features on board iOS 10.3, the iPhone 5’s new software update took upwards of 15 minutes to install on our device. That’s abnormal for an iOS update and it means you’ll need to pay extra attention to the installation process. 

We recommend setting aside 30 quiet minutes where you can monitor both the download
and installation without distractions. Moving onto the update’s performance. 

We’ve been using the iPhone 5 iOS 10.3 update for a few days now and the update has been pretty impressive. We’re using an aging AT&T model. 

The iPhone 5’s battery continues to work miracles. We haven’t noticed any abnormal battery drain during our time with iOS 10.3 though that could certainly change down the road.

If you do notice weird battery drain, take a look at our list of tips. Chances are, it’s not iOS 10.3 causing the problems.

We’ve tested the iPhone 5 and its new update with several different ISPs, routers and Bluetooth devices. We haven’t noticed any major issues during our time with the upgrade. AT&T’s LTE and 4G networks are working fine as well. 

Random reboots were an issue for us on iOS 10.2 but we haven’t noticed any during our time on iOS 10.3. That’s a big improvement, for us at least. 

The most noticeable change, outside of the new features, is to the speed of the device’s user interface. Animations and transitions are fast and fluid and we haven’t experienced any lag when opening up Control Center. 

We also haven’t noticed any lag when opening up and closing folders, something we did see on iOS 10.2.1. The movement is crisp. There’s still some jaggedness when opening up some apps but hey, this phone is going on five years old.

If you’re already on iOS 10.2.1, iOS 10.3’s features, fixes and security patches definitely make it worth a look. You could also see a boost to your device’s performance. 

If you’re on something older than the iOS 10.2.1 update, make sure you dig into more feedback before you make the jump to iOS 10.3. 

For more on the merits of iOS 10.3, see our list of reasons to and not to install the iOS 10.3 update on your iPhone.

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