I try to install a new iOS release as soon as it hits Apple’s download servers. I’d like to get a few days of use under my belt — as well as a chance to see what early adopters think about it — before I give it the thumbs up or thumbs down.
Things were a little more complicated this time that I was away, and a dead or misbehaving iPhone was the last thing I wanted to deal with.
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iOS 17, like previous releases, has been plagued with random bugs and issues, from overheating and poor battery life to cellular issues and data transfer bugs.
Oh, and there was a bug that allowed a Flipper Zero to cause popups and crash iPhones.
With this in mind, I threw caution to the wind and updated my iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch to the latest release of iOS.
It’s fair to say I was expecting something goofy, but luckily for me, everything went smoothly.
The first thing I noticed is that iOS 17.3 is generally snappier. The interface feels smooth and apps pop to life quickly. I’m not sure if this is an actual performance boost or a smoother user interface.
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Battery life is also good, and I didn’t experience much of a hit during the first 24 to 48 hours of use.
But it’s not just what I think that matters. I also keep an eye on social media and Apple’s own support community For bugs or problems that may be widespread. Apart from the usual sprinkling of complaints dotted about the place – which you’d expect when an update is being pushed to hundreds of millions of devices – it’s been pretty quiet.
So I’d say it’s a good one, and if you haven’t already installed it, now’s the time to do so.
Also note that along with new features such as stolen device protection, AirPlay hotel support, crash detection optimizations and the beautiful new Unity Bloom wallpaper, which is part of this year’s Black Unity initiative, there’s also a A raft of critical security fixesIncluding one that can already be exploited by attackers.
To get updates, tap Settings > Generalthen Software updates to start the download and install if it hasn’t already done so automatically.