APFS formatting with iOS 10.3

Populus

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Hi.

I want to update my iPhone SE and my iPad Air from iOS 10.2 to iOS 10.3. I'd like to perform a clean install, restoring each device, rather than installing the update and changing the filesystem with all the files and apps inside.

So, i want to install iOS 10.3 from scratch. Do you think the conversion to the APFS will be done successfully if I format an iOS 10.2 device? It is better to just make the update?

Thank you.
 

C DM

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Doesn't really seem like it would make much of a difference one way or another under normal circumstances.
 

cynics

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If you want iOS 10.3 downloaded in its entirety than update through iTunes. None of your data will be lost.

If you want the patch update use the OTA update.

If you want to start fresh then restore as new with the iOS 10.3. You'll obviously lose all your data and need to start from scratch (basic stuff can be sync'd).

None of these or better, first 2 are much more convenient though.
 

Populus

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Thank you.

What I meant to do is to plug my device to my Mac and erase and restore installing the new version of iOS, 10.3. By doing this, do you think the APFS will be implemented correctly?
 

chrfr

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Thank you.

What I meant to do is to plug my device to my Mac and erase and restore installing the new version of iOS, 10.3. By doing this, do you think the APFS will be implemented correctly?
APFS is implemented perfectly fine by just upgrading on the device. There is no need to wipe the phone to get APFS.
 

Populus

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APFS is implemented perfectly fine by just upgrading on the device. There is no need to wipe the phone to get APFS.
Ok, I know there's no need to wipe the phone to get APFS. But it happens to be that now, I think it is a good moment to perform a clean install, and keep the phone that way for quite a long time (because I have some 32bit only apps that I want to keep using).

So, provided I want to make a clean install, restoring the devices... The APFS will be well implemented with that installation?

That's all, I know I can succesfully change the file system with an update but I just don't want to make it that way.
 

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It is better to just make the update?
Whenever there is an incremental update, I update OTA and then factory reset it and restore from iCloud. Whenever there is a version update I download and update through iTunes. I still will do a factory reset and restore. I am not sure why I do this, but I always have.
 
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chrfr

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So, provided I want to make a clean install, restoring the devices... The APFS will be well implemented with that installation?
It doesn't make a difference; with either an update, clean install, or erase and restore, you end up with the same APFS.
 

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It doesn't make a difference; with either an update, clean install, or erase and restore, you end up with the same APFS.
I tend to agree. I've only seen a couple of instances where the OTA update created an unstable device. We always just update (after waiting a few weeks for all the early adopters to post their complaints or praise)
 
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sbailey4

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There is no reason to fresh install as already mentioned. APFS will convert just fine via the update. But it sounds like that's what you want to do anyway so go for it. But you will gain no benefit from doing so. The choice is yours.
 

Populus

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Okay, thanks to all of you who answered my doubts :)

I'll perform a clean install, and leave the devices as they are for a year or two.
Hopefully iOS 10.3 won't have many bugs...
 
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