7 Things to Know About the iPhone 5s iOS 10.3.1 Update

We’ve been taking a close look at Apple’s 10.3.1 and today we want to go over the most important things to know about the 5s 10.3.1 , its performance, its problems, and its future.

In late March, Apple released its highly anticipated iOS 10.3 for the 5s, 5, and others. The delivered an assortment of changes including tweaks to Siri, CarPlay, and the popular Podcasts app.

A week after its release, Apple pushed an iOS 10.3.1 update, a much smaller release for devices like the iPhone 5s.

The iPhone 5s iOS 10.3.1 is a small update for some users but it’s a much bigger release for many other people.

If you download
ed iOS 10.3 prior to the iOS 10.3.1 release, your iOS 10.3.1 update will be a few megabytes. If you’re making the move to iOS 10.3.1 from iOS 10.2.1 or older, your update will be much bigger due to iOS 10.3 and its changes.

With that in mind we want to take a look at a few things current and prospective iOS 10.3.1 users need to know about the iPhone 5s’ latest update.

This roundup takes you through all of the the key details and it also shows you a few things to keep an eye on as we push away from the software’s release.

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iPhone 5s iOS 10.3.1 Impressions & Performance

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Before we get into the update’s performance, a few notes about the download
and the installation process.

If you’re coming to iOS 10.3.1 from iOS 10.3, expect the process to take 10 minutes or so. The download
is small and the installation process took about seven minutes. 

If you’re coming to iOS 10.3.1 from something older than iOS 10.3 your download
will be much larger and your installation could take upwards of 20 minutes. We recommend putting 30 quiet minutes aside to monitor the download
and the install. 

We didn’t run into any problems but there’s always a chance something could act up. Now, onto our first impressions of iOS 10.3.1’s performance. 

We’ve only spent a couple of days with the iPhone 5s iOS 10.3.1 update but we’ve come away pretty impressed.

Battery life and connectivity (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, cellular service) are all holding up nicely. We haven’t experienced any weird drain nor have we run into any broken connections. 

Popular applications like Facebook, Twitter, Google Maps, Chrome, Gmail, Soundcloud, and Spotify all appear to be working fine with iOS 10.3.1 on board. 

We haven’t noticed any random reboots and the software feels faster than iOS 10.2.1 did on the iPhone 5s. Animations and transitions are crisper and we aren’t seeing a ton of lag when we open our folders and our various apps. Lag was an issue on older versions of iOS 10. 

In the short-term, iOS 10.3.1 has been impressive. Of course, there’s no telling what we might run into in the weeks ahead. We’ll keep an eye on performance. 

If you’re feeling leery about making the upgrade, take a look at our reasons to and not to install the iOS 10.3.1 update on the iPhone.

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