Apple on Tuesday seeded the first beta of iOS 10.3 to developers. The new update includes a new “Find My AirPods” feature.
Registered developers can download the new iOS 10.3 beta – Build 14E5230e – from the Apple Developer Center, or over the air with the correct configuration installed on their device. (If you’re a developer, you know what that means.)
Apple has shared the details of the new beta with some publications, and we copied them from one of those lucky sites. (SOB!)
What’s new in iOS 10.3:
- There’s a new “Find My AirPods” tool to help users locate lost AirPods.
- SiriKit can be used to pay bills, check on the status of payments, and schedule future rides.
- The weather icon in the Maps app includes 3D Touch to show hourly forecasts.
- CarPlay includes new shortcuts for launching recently used apps.
- CarPlay’s Maps now features EV charging station locations.
- HomeKit supports programmable light switches.
- Conversation View in the Mail app features navigation improvements.
- When installing iOS 10.3, it will update the file system to Apple File System (APFS), so it’s important to make a backup before updating.
When Apple removed the Finder for AirPods app from the App Store a while back, observers wondered if Apple had something similar up their sleeve for a future iOS update. It looks like they did.
Apple also released a new beta for Xcode 8.3 alongside the iOS 10.3 beta. The Xcode beta – Build 8W109m – can also be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center.