iOS 10.3 Beta 1 Vs iOS 10.2.1 Shows Faster Boot Up Speed And App Launch Time

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Jan 27, 2017
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Apple released the first beta of the next in line iOS 10.3 and as of now, the update carries a handful of forward facing features for both developers as well as the general public. Previous findings suggest that a new Find My AirPods feature is on the way, a new APFS file system, the ability to change app icon without an update for developers and much more. Now, a speed test conducted between iOS 10.3 beta 1 and iOS 10.2.1 shows faster boot up time due to specific reason. Let’s dive in to see what causes the iPhone to boot up faster than before.

APFS Allows iPhones To Launch Apps And Boot Up Faster

As we have covered previously, the first beta of iOS 10.3 carries the new file system format, APFS that focuses on data integrity and encryption. We also questioned whether the change in file system format would result in improved performance. While changing the system file is an underlying change, it brings major change in the performance department.

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Apple’s APFS file system was first introduced last year in macOS Sierra but was not released in the final release of the operating system. It was more of expected that the new Apple File System will be the primary file system with the release of iOS 11 along with the next macOS firmware. We’re glad to see that Apple has made the new file system available early. As noted by the company, the new file system will be added to iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and even the Apple TV automatically.

Moving on to the speed test comparison, we can see a major boost in boot up speed on different iPhone models running iOS 10.3 beta 1 compared to iPhones running iOS 10.2.1. Due to faster read speeds caused by the switch to APFS file system, the boot up speed is 3-7 seconds faster. As you can see in the video shared below, app launch time has also been reduced. This is greatly noticeable when launching heavy games and apps. For more details, check out the videos embedded below.

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Do take note that iOS 10.3 is still in its beta phases and other beta versions are expected to be released sometime in the near future. As for the final release, the company will most probably release the final build of iOS 10.3 in March alongside the new iPads.

As for now, what are your thoughts on Apple switching its file system to APFS? Do you think this format should have been implemented a long ago? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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