Apple iOS 10.3.2: Should You Upgrade? – Forbes

iOS 10.3.2 is here and it is important. Unlike many so-called ‘minor point’ releases, including iOS 10.3.1, it had extensive public testing for nearly six weeks prior to release. So here is everything you need to know…

Who Is iOS 10.3.2 For?

Like previous iOS 10 releases, iOS 10.3.2 is compatible with the iPhone 5 or later, iPad 4 or later and the 6th generation iPod touch or later. The update can be manually triggered by navigating to Settings > General > Software Update, but you should be notified automatically.

The size of iOS 10.3.2 varies depending on which device you own, typically weighing in at between 150-200MB.

Apple iOS 10.3.2 has been released for all iOS 10-compatible devices

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Apple iOS 10.3.2 has been released for all iOS 10-compatible devices

The Deal Breakers

As always, Jailbreakers beware! iOS 10.3.2 will break any jailbroken devices – be it an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. A jailbreak for iOS 10.3.1 is expected to launch soon, so if you are passionate about the additional control jailbreaking provides, wait for that.

In addition to this several significant bugs from the last release remain, including the infamous ‘30% Battery Bug’ which is still affecting some users (despite Apple’s protestations it was fixed in iOS 10.2.1) as well as Touch ID errors, though the long running 5GHz WiFi bug appears to have been quashed.

As for new problems, myself and my contacts have witnessed nothing but isolated issues across Apple’s official Support Communities website and social media and none of these have gained traction. Examples include: update failures (1, 2), missing photos and app crashes (1, 2, 3). Should momentum build around them or another problem, I’ll update this post.

Apple iOS 10.3.2

Gordon Kelly

Apple iOS 10.3.2

So What Do You Get?

Typically Apple delivers new features in its ‘major point’ releases (eg iOS 10.3) and focuses on bug and security fixes with its minor point releases (eg iOS 10.3.1) and this pattern remains intact with iOS 10.3.2. In fact Apple’s release description is word-for-word identical to iOS 10.3.1:

“iOS 10.3.2 includes bug fixes and improves the security of your iPhone or iPad.”

Apple always leaves off the iPod touch in these descriptions, which says something about its diminishing importance, but make no mistake this is an update to get as it patches numerous security holes.

Apple’s iOS 10.3.2 security page lists 23 categories of exploit and breaks down each, but what stands out are how many WebKit-related flaws (over 20) have been discovered. Two of the most serious, however, were found in iBooks. Onthewire reports “One of the vulnerabilities could allow a malicious book file to open any website without permission, while the other could let an application execute arbitrary code with root privileges.”

This is nasty stuff and, if you were affected, could seriously compromise a device.

Apple iOS 10.3.2 Verdict: Install

Apple iOS 10.3.2 is a deceptively big release as it is crammed full of important security fixes, something which is reflected in its file size which is fairly large for an update without new features.

As such I would advise you update as soon as you can, though particularly nervous updaters may wish to wait another 24/48 hours to be 100% sure none of the minor issues reported snowball into bigger problems. After all you’re not missing out on any exciting new features or functionality, but be conscious about your web browsing in particular during this time.

The Road Ahead

Apple has already released the first iOS 10.3.3 beta for developers. This again looks set to focus on fixes not features, perhaps some which were too late to be squeezed into iOS 10.3.2. Should that be the case, expect a release sooner rather than later.

In the meantime Apple continues to gear up for the release of iOS 11 alongside up to four new iPhones. But expect the current speed of iOS updates to mean we reach iOS 10.4 or even iOS 10.5 before their big debut in September.  

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