Apple is rolling out iOS 10.3 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The latest software update includes Find My AirPods support, CarPlay improvements, Apple’s new filesystem, and more.
iOS 10.3 is the first version to include Find My AirPods in the Find My iPhone app, Wi-Fi Calling for iCloud-connected devices for Verizon customers, and a new 32-bit alert that suggests iOS 11 could be 64-bit only.
Apple is also introducing a way for developers to reply to app reviews with iOS 10.3, and a new system-wide app review request feature is being added. iOS 10.3 includes iCloud Analytics for the first time as well.
Here’s an overview of changes discovered during the beta period:
- Find My AirPods added to Find My iPhone app
- Siri support for cricket scores from Indian Premier League and International Cricket Council
- Safari support for Reduced Motion preference
- Prominent user security section in Settings app
- iOS 10.3 uses new Apple File System (APFS) which may free up some space
- Podcasts app has a widget like Music app, same app design
- New system level way for developers to request app rating, opt out option in Settings
- CarPlay status bar has persistent quick access to media, communication, and travel apps for quick switching without accessing the Home screen
- CarPlay gains quick access to albums from songs in Music, new Up Next screen
- Weather data in Maps app now has 3D Touch forecast
You can see our hands-on with iOS 10.3 below:
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- Learn More link on 32 bit app warning, new 32 bit app section in Settings
iOS 10.3 beta 4 included an restart message whenever a button is hit during the update installation process.
We’ll update with any changes found in official iOS 10.3 release.
iOS 10.3 introduces new features including the ability to locate AirPods using Find my iPhone and more ways to use Siri with payment, ride booking and automaker apps.
Find My iPhone ● View the current or last known location of your AirPods ● Play a sound on one or both AirPods to help you find them
Siri ● Support for paying and checking status of bills with payment apps ● Support for scheduling with ride booking apps ● Support for checking car fuel level, lock status, turning on lights and activating horn with automaker apps ● Cricket sports scores and statistics for Indian Premier League and International Cricket Council
CarPlay ● Shortcuts in the status bar for easy access to last used apps ● Apple Music Now Playing screen gives access to Up Next and the currently playing song’s album ● Daily curated playlists and new music categories in Apple Music
Other improvements and fixes ● Rent once and watch your iTunes movies across your devices ● New Settings unified view for your Apple ID account information, settings and devices ● Hourly weather in Maps using 3D Touch on the displayed current temperature ● Support for searching “parked car” in Maps ● Calendar adds the ability to delete an unwanted invite and report it as junk ● Home app support to trigger scenes using accessories with switches and buttons ● Home app support for accessory battery level status ● Podcasts support for 3D Touch and Today widget to access recently updated shows ● Podcast shows or episodes are shareable to Messages with full playback support ● Fixes an issue that could prevent Maps from displaying your current location after resetting Location & Privacy ● VoiceOver stability improvements for Phone, Safari and Mail