Apple has released the first iOS 10.3 beta for developer testing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. We’ll update to the newly released iOS 10.3 beta and detail changes below:

Back in December, iOS 10.3 was first rumored to be released this week and include a new Theater Mode toggle accessible in part via Control Center.

Apple similarly released a feature-packed software beta this time last year with iOS 9.3 which included Night Shift, new CarPlay features, and upgraded stock apps. The beta version of iOS 9.3 was introduced on January 11 while the official version was released March 21 which could suggest the timeline for iOS 10.3 this year.

Like iOS 9.3’s release timed with the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro, iOS 10.3 could be timed with the launch of three new rumored iPads expected next quarter.

We’ll dig through iOS 10.3 and update with details here.

  • Find My AirPods added to Find My iPhone app
  • Siri learns cricket scores from Indian Premier League and International Cricket Council
  • Safari now supports Reduced Motion preference in web apps
  • New prominent user security section in Settings app
  • iOS 10.3 uses new Apple File System (APFS)
  • Podcasts app now has a widget like Music app, same app design
  • New system level way for developers to request app rating, opt out option in Settings
  • No “Theater Mode” or Control Center toggle on iOS 10.3, but Apple documentation says watchOS update will include which may activate on iPhone
  • CarPlay now has quick access to last three used apps for quick switching without accessing the Home screen
  • CarPlay also gains quick access to albums from songs in Music, new Up Next screen
  • Weather data in Maps app now has 3D Touch forecast


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