iOS 9.3 is good to go, so go get it now

Apple is doing something with iOS that most OS vendors can't seem to do anymore, which is add features to the platform that are actually useful.

Apple appears to have significantly improved the quality of its code over the past nine months.

It's fair to say that Apple got off to a really bad start with iOS 9. In fact, I'll go as far as to say that it wasn't ready, and was only released because Apple didn't want to postpone the launch of the iPhone 6s. It was full of bugs and headaches and random annoyances that drove me to the point of eyeing Android. iOS 9.1 was better, but it was far from perfect, and it wasn't until the release of iOS 9.2 that the performance and stability that I expected from Apple reappeared.

I've been using the iOS 9.3 public beta for a few months now, and it's been rock solid for the past month or so, and having used the final release for the past 24 hours, I have no problems or reservations when it comes to recommending it to all iOS users. I see no point in waiting for the 9.3.1 update that will inevitably come down the pipes in a few weeks.

So go get it, NOW! Then you can check out for yourself the password-protection feature for the Notes app, and the Night Shift blue light filter that is designed to give you a better night's sleep.

On top of that, you get all the latest security updates and bug fixes.

Here's how to get iOS 9.3:

  • Backup your device: Details on how to carry out a backup can be found here. If you want to do an encrypted backup, information on how to do that can be found here.
  • Put your device on charge: You don't want the battery running out in the middle of the update.
  • Grab the update: Go to Settings > General > Software Update and then tap on to Download and Install. Alternatively, if you want to use iTunes, plug your device to your PC or Mac running iTunes, click on your device then go to Summary and then click on Check for Updates.
  • Make room for the update: If you're tight on space, you'll be given the option to temporarily delete apps. Don't worry, these will be reinstalled after the update.
  • Not right now: If you don't have time to install the update now -- I recommend putting aside 30 minutes -- then you can select the option to install the update overnight while your device is on charge (just remember to put it actually on charge that night!).

It's that simple.

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