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[Update] The upcoming iOS 10.3.2 update is bad news for millions of iPhone users

[Update] The upcoming iOS 10.3.2 update is bad news for millions of iPhone users
Update (April 14): Two credible sources reported they have successfully received and installed 32-bit builds of iOS 10.3.2 on their iPhone 5 and 5c devices. As far as we know, such weren't available at the time of writing this article, or at the time of release of the first beta 10.3.2 iOS update, leading us to a conclusion that seemed overwhelmingly plausible. Therefore, we apologize for unintentionally misleading you. Chances are the iOS 10.3.2 update will be available for the iPhone 5 and 5c, although Apple will very likely drop support for these models in the iOS 11 update.

The upcoming iOS 10.3.2 will be an unprecedented one, and not in a pleasant way. Apple is doing something very unusual in that it appears to be shutting down support for older iPhones in the middle of iOS 10's "shelf life", so to speak.

Both beta iOS 10.3.2 releases available are skipping 32-bit devices altogether, which is out the norm. No former iOS release, beta or final, has ever done this unless it was a dedicated bug fix for a specific device.

This means the 10.3.2 update won't reach an approximate 43.7 million iPhone owners who still use the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c. These are the last 32-bit iPhones to run iOS 10, and they will be forever stuck on iOS 10.3.1. Apple is keeping quiet about this, but the writing's on the wall.

Granted, that isn't a bad place to be, and the fact these ancient models run the latest operating system is a little miracle in itself (cough, Android). But it looks like Apple won't see them all the way to iOS 11. It's also setting up for the somewhat unfortunate possibility of cutting off device support mid-iOS cycle in the future.

The iOS 10.3.2. update includes a fix for third-party virtual private network apps. New SiriKit car commands are now working, and some bugs have been exterminated. That's what the beta updates contain so far.

In case you'd like to inquire about our approximation of the number of iPhone 5 and 5C owners – BMO Capital Markets estimated a 715 million total iPhone installed base in December 2016. Likewise, Mixpanel's April 10 stats on active iPhone models report a 6.11% combined share for the iPhone 5 (3.77%) and 5c (2.34%).

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posted on 12 Apr 2017, 01:33 2

1. batmite (Posts: 170; Member since: 19 Jan 2017)

No one better not say anything about fragmentation. This isn't Android.

posted on 12 Apr 2017, 03:46 3

19. Unordinary (unregistered)

It's the closest we'll ever get to feelin what Android users feel like after 7 months, instead of YEARS lmfao.

posted on 12 Apr 2017, 05:07 4

26. yann (Posts: 362; Member since: 15 Jul 2010)

Why blaming all Andrid OEM's?
Sony for example updated old Xperia Z1 to Lollipop 5.1.
It is great for Apple to have such long support, but lets face it from top to bottom - yea, long life support, in this case 5 years, but let see the difference between 10.3 for iPhone 6, 6S, 7 and 10.3 for iPhone 5: there is huge difference in functionality and prductivity. Latest OS updates on iPhone 5 laggs too much. It is limited 10.3 OS. Not full one. And fluidity of iPhone is gone/speaking for iPhone 5 with iOS 10.3/
From that perspective maybe, just maybe, most Android OEM's do not keep such long life of OS updates. My example: SONY Xperia Z1 will lagg and freaks with 6.0 or 7.0. That is why Sony stop updated old SD400 at 5.1.
This is not a fight or fan words. Apple make very nice phones, but the same is valid for some Android OEM's.

posted on 13 Apr 2017, 08:06

41. joey_sfb (Posts: 6540; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

I agree with what you have said. Android OEM may not support their phone as well as apple but they also charge much less.

Everything even out in the end. I chose go with Android route not because I like Google any particular Android OEM or that I hate apple.

It's because Android has compelling mid range at the price range less than $300. The ecosystem is also less controlled by Google compared to Apple.

Frankly it's just the less of two evils for me. Apple user choose apple for good reason. I understand that apple security update is currently top notch with better apps selection.

posted on 25 Apr 2017, 08:17

47. Export (Posts: 98; Member since: 24 Apr 2017)

You have to keep in mind that the resale value for an iPhone is higher than that of any midrange $300 Android or any mobile for that matter, the only other phone I have seen keep up with Apples phone resale value is the Pixel. If saving is what interests you in a phone, you could potentially spend less on phones by taking the Apple route. That is very dependent on how you are as a consumer tho.

posted on 12 Apr 2017, 06:44 1

30. SleeperOne (Posts: 370; Member since: 25 Feb 2017)

You shouldn't say anything about anything, since you're a bloody retard, Batmite.

posted on 14 Apr 2017, 08:46 1

42. marorun (Posts: 5029; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)

Take an ipbone 5C then iphone 6 then iphone 7.

all on same ios.

Do they have all the same features? nope.

thats also a type of fragmentation ;)

for Unordinary.

I take a stable OS with fewer updates than an unstable OS with full of issue after each updates.

posted on 12 Apr 2017, 01:37 5

2. JohanP (Posts: 37; Member since: 04 Apr 2017)

Another big win for Android.

posted on 12 Apr 2017, 01:40 12

3. der_damo (Posts: 202; Member since: 16 Sep 2014)

yeah, it beat iOS in terms of fragmentation lol.

posted on 12 Apr 2017, 01:43 7

4. NoToFanboys (Posts: 2939; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)

What? How is this a win for Android?

posted on 12 Apr 2017, 02:51 3

12. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 841; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)

It's not a win for Android. In fact, it makes Android look ridiculous. Will the 4 year-old Galaxy S4 get Nougat through an update? Nope. LG G2? Ha! Maybe the Droid Ultra? Maybe. All supported iPhones stay completely up to date at the same time, so I don't see any "fragmentation" here. At least they still update phones that are 4 years old. Sorry Galaxy S5 and Note 4 owners.

posted on 12 Apr 2017, 04:02 8

22. Settings (Posts: 2308; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)

A 4 year old Galaxy S4 runnning Kitkat has more potential and features than a iPhone 7 running iOS10.

posted on 12 Apr 2017, 04:36

24. phonearenarocks (Posts: 543; Member since: 26 Mar 2015)


posted on 12 Apr 2017, 05:40

28. whatev (Posts: 377; Member since: 28 Oct 2015)

Nice joke, you're a really good comedian, have thought of doing it as a professional?

posted on 12 Apr 2017, 06:47 1

31. cmdacos (Posts: 566; Member since: 01 Nov 2016)

Very good point lol

posted on 25 Apr 2017, 08:21

48. Export (Posts: 98; Member since: 24 Apr 2017)

You are definitely correct in stating that it has more features, the way you define potential is very subjective though, if a Galaxy S4 running KitKat was that great we'd still have them right? I see a lot more iPhone 5's out there from all age groups still being rocked rather than S4's which came out 7 or 8 months later.

posted on 14 Apr 2017, 08:51 1

43. marorun (Posts: 5029; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)

you guys are super funny.

the main reason of the high faillure rate of iphone is updates.

So i will repeats.

I take a stable android phone over an unstable ios phone.

Too many update is as worst as too few.

older android version only mean lesser security but thats can be handled with a good security program like bitdefender ( its protect against vulnerability1-2 days after they are out )

As for app support 99% of all app can be run on almost any android version as the API are updated directly by google.

So stay with your false sense of security ( vulnerability only known after they are patched on ios even if they been there and exploited for years lol )

and stay with your unstable mess of 20 update per years.

posted on 16 Apr 2017, 19:07

46. ColinW (Posts: 240; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)

What is ridiculous is that iPhone fans do not understand (or just cannot face the reality) that Android does not need updates as often as IOS. Features and functionality comes more through app updates than from the OS. This is why IOS is always adding features way later than Android.

posted on 12 Apr 2017, 03:18 1

16. Nine1Sickness (Posts: 363; Member since: 30 Jan 2011)

Because of Obama.

posted on 12 Apr 2017, 01:57 2

5. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

How? A win for an OS that fragments updates?

posted on 12 Apr 2017, 01:59 2

7. sip1995 (Posts: 1683; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)

Hahahaha, you're so funny. Are facking kidding me, do you even think before you write. Tell me how the hell is this a win for Android...tell me dude.

posted on 12 Apr 2017, 03:36

17. piyath (Posts: 999; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)

Crazy pill??

posted on 12 Apr 2017, 01:57 1

6. cnour (Posts: 1406; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)

Android lovers: shut up and don't talk about this. Of course you know why!!!!!

posted on 12 Apr 2017, 02:26 4

11. NoToFanboys (Posts: 2939; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)

They should, then you should shut up on Android articles. Hypocrite.

posted on 12 Apr 2017, 02:59 2

14. maple_mak (Posts: 853; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)

The pot calling the kettle black. Yes, I am saying to you.

posted on 12 Apr 2017, 02:12 1

8. AlikMalix (unregistered)

Bad news, your 4 year old 32bit phone won't get 64bit software update, tragic. How dare Apple support these devices for 4 years straight.

Jokes aside, I bet if there are security updates - those 5 and 5c owners will still get them, just like my iPhone 3GS did with iOS 6.1.6 long after iOS 7 was released for newer devices. Keep in mind iPhone 3GS originally came with

posted on 12 Apr 2017, 02:22 1

9. AlikMalix (unregistered)

.... Keep in mind iPhone 3GS originally came with iOS 3.0. And iPhone 5 had iOS 6.0. It's not like Apple dropped iOS updates exactly after first 64bit iPhone was released (iPhone 5S), that was almost 4 years ago.

posted on 12 Apr 2017, 02:25 1

10. omnitech (Posts: 869; Member since: 28 Sep 2016)

Hilarious how the ifans are trashing Android for updates when it's obvious Android manufacturers do way more update work for their fans than Apple does.

posted on 12 Apr 2017, 02:56 1

13. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 841; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)

How much work do you think goes into development of iOS? Because it sounds like you don't know.

posted on 12 Apr 2017, 03:42 2

18. Lumia_Luigi (Posts: 104; Member since: 22 Mar 2017)

Except these phones are almost 5 years old & android OEMs can't even keep up with security patches on phones that came out last year

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