Find My AirPods en­ters pub­lic beta

Any­one can beta test lat­est mo­bile OS, re­veals Susie Ochs

iPad&iPhone user - - CONTENTS -

Just two days after Ap­ple un­leashed iOS 10.3 to de­vel­op­ers, mem­bers of the pub­lic beta pro­gram have ac­cess to it, too. Any­one who wants to kick the tires of the first pub­lic beta can join the beta pro­gram by vis­it­ing beta.ap­ and sign­ing in with your Ap­ple ID.

Its big selling point is a great new fea­ture for AirPods own­ers, let­ting them lo­cate a mis­placed Pod by fir­ing up the Find My iPhone app and hav­ing the ear­phones play a sound. This plays if the AirPods are any­where in Bluetooth range of any of your Ap­ple de­vices signed into the same iCloud ac­count. If your Pods are out of range or to­tally dead, the Find My iPhone app can let you know where they were last ‘seen’ by Bluetooth. It’s pretty handy.

That isn’t the only thing new in iOS 10.3, though. The Set­tings app gets a new Ap­ple ID Pro­file page, that col­lects all the in­for­ma­tion and set­tings tied to your Ap­ple ID in one place, which should make Set­tings eas­ier to nav­i­gate. Also in Set­tings, you’ll see a bet­ter ex­pla­na­tion of what is tak­ing up your iCloud stor­age.

As al­ways, be sure to back up your de­vice be­fore you up­grade to the beta. And then be sure to do your duty by re­port­ing bugs with Ap­ple’s Feedback As­sis­tant app, which is au­to­mat­i­cally in­stalled.

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