[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%).

Since Apple doesn't issue official data like this, these stats are the best we've got to work with. It's important to be transparent about this stuff in journalism's "fake news" era.


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1. batmite

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 19, 2017

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

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.

26. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 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. Cheers.

41. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

47. Export

Posts: 98; Member since: Apr 24, 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.

30. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

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

42. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 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.

2. JohanP

Posts: 38; Member since: Apr 04, 2017

Another big win for Android.

3. der_damo

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

yeah, it beat iOS in terms of fragmentation lol.

4. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

What? How is this a win for Android?

12. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 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.

22. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

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

24. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015


28. whatev

Posts: 2333; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

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

31. cmdacos

Posts: 4267; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Very good point lol

48. Export

Posts: 98; Member since: Apr 24, 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.

43. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 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.

46. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 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.

16. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Because of Obama.

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

How? A win for an OS that fragments updates?

7. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 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.

17. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Crazy pill??

6. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

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

11. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

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

14. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

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

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

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.

10. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 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.

13. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

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

18. Lumia_Luigi

Posts: 173; Member since: Mar 22, 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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