What’s New in the iOS 10.3 Update
Last week, Apple released a brand new update for iPhone and iPads – iOS 10.3.
It’s being hailed as a huge improvement and a great success for Apple. There are some pretty major changes included in the update that you may not even notice as well as some cool new features like Find My AirPods.
We’ve waited a few days, to see if there were any kinks that Apple needed to work out before we advised you to update, but we’ve waited and we’re going to give you the go-ahead! There simply haven’t been many problems.
There were a few users who reported a battery drain, issues with Bluetooth/Wifi, and issues with third-party apps. These issues were very isolated and are expected to happen with any new release.
Our update was on an iPhone 6S, and it’s been great so far. So let’s dig into the contents of the upgrade, the pros and cons, and finally, we’ll walk you through the installation process.
What’s In 10.3?
The biggest change Apple made in 10.3 is something you may not even notice. A basic part of how every iPhone/iPad works – the filing system – has changed. This means the way the computer inside your phone stored all your data and knows how to find it.
Apple has been running a file system called HFS+ for over thirty years now. The upgrade to Apple File System (AFS) “is optimized for Flash/SSD storage and features strong encryption … and improved file system fundamentals” – according to Apple.
Some users have reported this update freeing up to 7 GB of storage on their phones! The bigger the phone, the more storage it frees up. It was definitely a smart move on Apple’s part, but it was also a little risky. Changing over the whole file system greatly increased the chances of data loss during the update.
As we now know, data loss was not an issue at all. It has been downloaded by millions and there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of complaining or reports of errors. Definitely a big achievement for Apple.
Perhaps because of the somewhat non-exciting nature of a file system change, Apple managed to pull all this off without much fanfare. However, you may notice that apps boot faster and you have more space on your phone. Thank the new Apple Filing System.
There are a few other nifty features in iOS 10.3. Apple made some steps forward in it’s battle to bar 32-bit apps. 32-bit apps don’t work as well and are not supported very well by app-makers. The iOS 10.3 update includes a new way to check to see if any of your apps are 32-bit.
The new update brings with it ver 60 new security patches, new support for rented movies, a find my EarPods app, better CarPlay, and a whole bunch of bug fixes.
Pros And Cons Of Installing 10.3
As with any update, there are always pros and cons and bugs that Apple hasn’t squashed yet. we’ve made a little list of reasons for and against upgrading. Once you’ve decided, we’ll walk you through the necessary steps. Let’s start with some cons.
There will be another update soon
We all know the drill. Apple releases one update, and then next thing you know there’s another one. There are still some bugs that Apple is working out. In fact, the next update 10.3.2 is already available for a public beta release.
If you download the new upgrade and find out there are bugs, there may not be any way for you to downgrade to 10.2. So, if you have any concerns about bugs it may be wise to avoid the update for now.
It will take away your jailbreak
If your iPhone is jailbroken (which we do not recommend) and you like it that way, you should definitely avoid downloading the update. Developers have released the 10.2 jailbreak, but they have not yet released anything for 10.3.
Downloading the update now will remove the jailbreak from your phone and will also prevent you from jailbreaking your phone again. Presently, there are no details about a jailbreak for 10.3.
It’s a big file, don’t download while traveling
The iOS 10.3 update is over 600 mbs big. Generally, you will not be able to download the update over wifi, so you shouldn’t be worried about data usage, but trying to download it on terrible or slow wifi may not be a great idea. It can take a long time as it is.
There’s also a chance that if you are traveling away from your physical backups and you experience bugs or problems with the update you’ll be pretty upset. There’s no reason to put business data or emails at risk over the update. You may as well wait until you’re back to your bas of operations.
There can be problems, don’t download before preparing your iPhone
Most of you will probably end up upgrading eventually, it’s important to be reasonably prepared before upgrading. Of course, Apple makes it as simple as possible. But, you never know what problems you’ll run into, so it’s wise to prepare.
Read through the list of pros, and if you decide to upgrade, we’ll run you through the steps you should take to prepare your phone for the update.
It will fix a bunch of problems you’re having with iOS
If you’ve got an older phone or are having problems with your current version of iOS, this upgrade may just be the answer. Users have reported increased speed on their iPhone 5s, fixes for weird problems with Bluetooth Wifi, and even poor battery life.
There’s a short list of fixes for common problems like:
A Maps problem that prevents Maps from displaying current location
VoiceOver stability improvements
A fix for a robocall problem
If you’re using Apple CarPlay, there were some major improvements to the functionality of the feature. Older versions of the app required multiple taps to access other apps. Now, there are three apps lined up on the left side of the screen.
Small Updates to Apple Music
There are new daily curated playlists, some new music categories, and Up Next function in the Now Playing screen, and a few functionality features like the ability to jump to a songs root album from the Now Playing screen.
Find My AirPods
AirPods have always seemed like easy things to lose. It makes sense that Apple would provide a way to find them for people who are prone to losing them. You can access it from inside the Find My iPhone app.
The app lists the last known location of the AirPods, so you have a place to start your search. They will also make a sound if they are connected by Bluetooth. This feature will definitely come in handy if you’ve misplaced your EarPods.
Better support for renting movies on iTunes
If you’re renting movies on iTunes, you’ll have noticed that the rental was only available on one device at a time.
In the new update, you can rent a movie and watch it across all devices. If you have an Apple TV, you’ll need to have tvOS.2 to use this feature.
The new update also provides way better security. The 10.3 update delivered over sixty patches for potential security vulnerabilities. Among these, are patches for ransomware on Safari, and many other potential security problems.
How To Upgrade To 10.3
Alright, so if you’re like the vast majority of people, you want to upgrade. Users and experts seem to agree on this: the update is good. Very few problems, significant improvements.
Upgrading is a simple process, but you’ll want to make sure you’ve properly prepared your phone. You need to make sure you have enough space, are backed up, and are properly connected for the update.
First off, make sure you’re connected to wifi. Also, plug in and charge your phone. It can take a lot of battery to download and install such a large update.
Follow these steps to complete the update.
Free up enough space for the update. You need 600 MBS of free space for this update. To check you much space you have, follow these steps:
Open up the Settings app and tap on General.
Tap on Storage & iCloud Usage
Under storage, you’ll see how much Available space you’ve got on your phone. If it’s less than
600 MB, you may need to go an delete some photos and clear some data off of your phone.
Backup your iPhone. It goes without saying, but many of us neglect this crucial step. If for some reason something goes wrong and you lose some data, you’ll be glad you backed up. Follow these steps to make sure you’re backed up.
Open up the Settings app and tap on iCloud.
Once you’re in the iCloud section, tap on Backup.
Make sure the iCloud Backup is On. Here you can see when you last backed up. If it was a while
ago, tap Back Up Now.
If you want to create a physical backup on iTunes, plug your iPhone into your computer via your USB charging cable. Launch iTunes once it’s connected.
Tap on Back Up Now to initiate a physical iTunes back up.
Update your iPhone. You’re now ready. Follow these steps to update your phone:
Open up the Settings app. Tap on General.
Tap on Software Update.
Here you will find iOS 10.3 (or 10.3.1 if you’ve already installed 10.3). Tap on Download and Install. Your phone will work away for 20-30 minutes. When it wakes up again, you’ll be running iOS 10.3
First Impressions Of 10.3
This update is definitely an overall improvement. It’s a big one, coming in at 600 MBs, but it’s space saving features definitely make up for it.
We ran into no issues downloading and upgrading, and even noticed some small performance improvements.
Less than a week after releasing 10.3, Apple released 10.3.1, which just has a few little bug fixes. It’s a very small update and only takes five minutes to do, however you should still follow the same directions as above.
What has your experience been with the latest update? If you have questions, let us know!