Apple just started rolling out the first iOS 10.3 beta to for public beta testers and developers. The update is likely the last major iOS 10 update Apple will release in terms of features and improvements before it shows off iOS 11 at WWDC 2017.
Rumors about the iOS 10.3 surfaced earlier in January, which revealed that Apple might have planned something big with iOS 10.3. A new feature called Theatre Mode was expected to arrive with the update. But sadly, that’s not the case.
The upcoming update is expected to include a slew of major changes and new features such as Apple ID Settings, iCloud storage and more.
Besides, iOS 10.3 will also include the Find My Airpods feature, which should come in handy if you happen to misplace those little Airpods. Here’s a list of features and changes we can expect in iOS 10.3.
CarPlay gets updated with new shortcuts that allow users to launch their most recently apps along with the location of EV charging stations.
Play Sound for Airpods
iOS 10.3 is to get the new Find My Airpods feature to help you find your misplaced Air Pods. The feature can be found in the Find My iPhone app.
SiriKit allows third party apps to get integrated with Siri, which can, in turn, respond by scheduling your Uber rides, pay bills, check flight schedules, payment status, etc.
HomeKit gets support for programmable light switches.
Apple has also added iCloud storage analytics which gives users a breakdown of their iCloud usage. For instance, it can show how much space gets consumed by your photos and backup files. You can find it under Settings>iCloud.
Apple File System
iPhone’s file system gets overhauled in iOS 10.3 with better encryption, better optimization for flash/SSD storage, along with important features such as space sharing, copy-on-write-metadata, and more.
Enables calls on iCloud-connected devices for Verizon
Verizon iPhone subscribers in the iOS 10.3 beta get the ability to make and receive calls via any iCloud-connected device such as Macs, iPads, iPods, along with the Apple Watch.
Also, here’s a list of devices compatible with iOS 10.3 beta
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 5s
- iPhone 5c
- iPhone 5
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch
- iPad Pro 9.7-inch
- iPad Air 2
- iPad Air
- iPad 4th generation
- iPad mini 4
- iPad mini 3
- iPad mini 2
- iPod touch 6th generation
iOS 10.2.1 stable release also rolls out
Apart from iOS 10.3 beta, Apple has also released the latest iOS 10.2.1 upgrade which is now available on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices. The update arrives six months after iOS 10.2 release and brings a whole lot of performance improvements and bug fixes. To install the iOS 10.2.1 update, open the Settings app, go to the General section, then access the Software Updates entry and install iOS 10.2.1, then reboot your device.