Pros & Cons of Updating to iOS 9.3.2; Is it Worth the Upgrade?

Apple released the latest update, iOS 9.3.2 this week. And some 9.7 inch iPad Pro users were immediately hit with a bricking problem, which gave them an Error 56 code. No one likes that.  In case you’re not familiar with the term, bricking is quite literal. A small update has turned the best tablet around into nothing but a heavy brick. But what about for the rest of us on iPhone? Should we go ahead and update to iOS 9.3.2? Let’s take a look with some Pros & Cons.

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Before I update anything, whether it be an app or the latest iOS, I like to see what is being updated. To do this, open Settings. Tap General, and select Software Update. Your iPhone will look for the update and upon finding one, show you a short summary. But you can read more details by tapping Learn More.

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The iOS 9.3.2 Learn More section reveals its focus on fixing existing issues such as Bluetooth accessory problems on iPhone SE and the lack of being able to type email addresses using the Japanese Kana keyboard. It notes that this update improves security as well, but fails to list in what way.

If you’re someone who has experienced the problems listed above, the update might seem like a no-brainer. But let’s look at the Pros & Cons.

Pros:

  • Although the update summary doesn’t list it, the biggest win with the iOS 9.3.2 update is that you no longer need to choose Night Shift Mode OR Low Power Mode. You can finally use both!
  • The update fixes a slew of bugs not listed under Learn More such as problems with Game Center freezing. This is a huge gain for gamers on iPhone as the issue has been affecting users for over a year.
  • If you’ve had issues with any of the problems listed in the Learn More section of the iOS 9.3.2 update, you’ll be happy to see them resolved. However...

Cons:

  • It appears only iPad Pro users have experienced the bricking problem; however, I don’t think you can ever be too cautious about these things, so you may want to hold off on downloading the update to any iPad. Better safe than sorry, right?
  • According to TechTimes, “iOS 9.3.2 [users] are experiencing issues with Bluetooth, including choppy audio through Bluetooth headphones, while another user is reporting the update broke his Hyundai hands-free Bluetooth connection. There are also reports of music no longer syncing with iTunes since the update, and others claim it has resulted in decreased battery life.”

Final Verdict:

Wait! I’m going to make a firm decision on this one and recommend you wait to update until Apple has released a fix for all the issues created by iOS 9.3.2. If using both Low Power Mode and Night Shift Mode ASAP are important to you, proceed at your own risk. Apple is surely aware of the uproar over issues, and we can expect an update for the update soon.

How to Update to iOS 9.3.2

(Warning: No Lifeguard on Duty)

If you must, you can update to iOS 9.3.2 by opening Settings, tapping General, selecting Software Update. Then tap Download and Install to make the transition. But I implore you to create an iTunes or iCloud backup before doing so! Just in case.



Are you updating to iOS 9.3.2? If you already have, has it been treating your iPhone or iPad well?

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