Apple may have released iOS 10.3.2 to the public, and actually quickly released iOS 10.3.3 as a first beta seed to developers after that launch, but many device owners are still wondering whether or not it is worth their time going through the upgrade process from iOS 10.3.1.
In addition to creating device performance tests when a new version of iOS is dropped, YouTube channel iAppleBytes has also created a video to showcase what battery performance is like when comparing iOS 10.3.1 to the recently released iOS 10.3.2.
Finding out how a particular version of an operating system performs when launching apps or interacting with data is one thing, and it’s actually something that device owners find valuable and like to know, but investigating its power management capabilities is something else entirely. In fact, ascertaining how a new version of iOS handles battery life on a device can literally be the make or break difference from updating to that version or staying on the old release. Apple, of course, wants all device owners to be running iOS 10.3.2, where possible.
The theory behind these videos is relatively simple. Take a series of Apple’s devices, which in this case was an iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6s, and ensure that all are running the same firmware and are all charged to 100%. Once all devices were fully charged, they were then taken off power and had the Geekbench battery performance test initiated on them.
That test basically runs a series of tests on the device designed to deplete the battery, which in turn instantly lets us know whether or not iOS 10.3.1 or iOS 10.3.2 offers the better battery life. It’s a bit of a chore to actually do and record, as it involves the same device running a different version of firmware.
As you might expect, Apple hasn’t made huge leaps and bounds forwards with iOS 10.3.2 over iOS 10.3.1, but it certainly hasn’t gone in the opposite direction either. In fact, the tests would suggest that the Cupertino-based company has managed to pull out some performance from iOS 10.3.2 when installed on modern 64-bit devices. The video evidence suggests that there is definitely no reason to be waxing lyrical about the battery performance on iOS 10.3.2, but it’s definitely not a reason to stay away from that particular version of iOS if you’ve been sitting on the fence about updating.