On Monday, Apple announced some *major* things at the March Special Event, including the new iOS 9.3 update that’s available right now. Some of you may have already downloaded the newest update to get your hands on all the features and some of you, well… some of you might be update procrastinators. Maybe your apps haven’t been updated since the day you downloaded. Maybe you’re still using iOS 6 and wondering why your phone looks totally different from everyone else’s. Does this sound like you? If so, here’s why you should get to updating ASAP.


1. Safety and bug-fixes. One of the biggest reasons why apps + operating systems release new updates (especially following a major one) is to patch up security holes and fix bugs. We all know how wily and dangerous hackers are nowadays, and tech companies have to stay ahead of the game to keep their users safe. Hence, new updates are always a good idea because the latest version is generally the safest. Of course, we always encourage you to do your own research before you update to see what changes are happening in each new version (you can also check out “What’s New” for each app when you look at Updates in the App Store or Google Play Store).

2. OS Updates get beta tested. The new iPhone OS that got released today has gone through SEVEN different beta versions before it got released to the public. Beta testers for Apple (and other tech co’s) try out these new versions before everyone else in order to provide feedback and report bugs that can then be amended in the next beta update. Basically, the bigger the update, the more beta testing is done in order to smooth out the wrinkles. That’s not to say new updates are bug-free (we all know what happened with iOS 9’s common bugs), but at the end of the day, updating your apps is still safer.

3. New features. Duh. With major updates (like iOS 9 or even 9.3), there are usually going to be some awesome new features getting introduced. Some of the best iOS 9 features included a whole library of new emoji, a swanky new News app and so much more. With the iOS 9.3 update, we get Night Shift and Touch ID-protected Notes. No update? No awesome new features for you. The tech FOMO will be real.

4. Obsolete apps can stop working. If you’ve ever tried accessing an app and found that it isn’t loading like it used to or certain features are no longer working, you should probably check the App Store or Play Store to see if there’s a new update. Older versions can become obsolete and stop working over time. That’s one more reason why you should make sure you’re up-to-date.

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