iOS 10.3’s new fea­tures

Os­car Ray­mundo re­veals what we can ex­pect from Ap­ple’s up­date

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Find My AirPods

The AirPods are truly wire­less, mean­ing there are no wires to get tan­gled up in, but also no wires to keep these ear­buds from get­ting lost. Thank­fully, Ap­ple ad­dressed this sit­u­a­tion by in­te­grat­ing a Find My AirPods fea­ture into the Find My iPhone app. After pair­ing your AirPods, the Find My iPhone app will au­to­mat­i­cally keep track of your pre­cious ear­buds, so you’ll never have to go rum­mag­ing through couch cush­ions on a mad AirPod hunt again.

New Pod­cast wid­get

In the iOS 10.3 up­date, you will be able to add a Pod­cast wid­get to Con­trol Cen­tre, al­low­ing you to quickly con­tinue to lis­ten to your favourite pod­cast or launch the next one on your list. This wid­get looks very sim­i­lar to the Mu­sic wid­get, but in­stead of your re­cently played al­bums, you will get to see the cover art of the pod­casts you’re sub­scribed up.

To add the Pod­cast wid­get, swipe right from the Home screen, swipe all the way down past all your ex­ist­ing wid­gets, and tap ‘Edit’. On that screen, find the Pod­cast wid­get and tap the green ‘+’ sign. This screen also lets you rear­range the lay­out of your wid­gets.

Ap­ple ID pro­file in Set­tings

After you in­stall iOS 10.3, the first thing you will see in Set­tings is a new sec­tion with your name and photo. This new sec­tion houses all your most vi­tal in­for­ma­tion that’s linked to your iOS de­vice, in­clud­ing your Ap­ple ID, your iCloud and iTunes info, and your App Store set­tings.

In this sec­tion, you can up­date your pay­ment in­for­ma­tion, check your iCloud stor­age, set up Fam­ily Shar­ing, and see a list of all the Ap­ple de­vices that are reg­is­tered to your Ap­ple ID, in­clud­ing Macs, iPads, Ap­ple TVs, and Ap­ple Watches.

Write a re­view in-app

iOS 10.3 also gives de­vel­op­ers the op­tion to ask users to write a re­view with­out leav­ing the app. This way, users will be en­cour­aged to leave more re­views and rat­ings with­out hav­ing to switch to the App Store.

In ad­di­tion, app de­vel­op­ers will also be able to re­spond to these re­views and ev­ery­one will be able

to read the re­sponse, mak­ing the app re­view process more of a fo­rum.

Faster-chang­ing app icons

Be­fore iOS 10.3, de­vel­op­ers had to push out a new ver­sion of their app if they wanted to in­tro­duce a new app icon. But in iOS 10.3, app icons can be changed more fre­quently, at the de­vel­op­ers’ dis­cre­tion.

Hourly Weather fore­cast in Maps

You’re now able to get more de­tails about up­com­ing weather in the Maps app. Sim­ply use Touch ID on the weather icon to the right of the screen to see what the weather is go­ing to be like in that par­tic­u­lar lo­ca­tion in the next six-hour

Up­dates to CarPlay

This up­date also gives CarPlay im­proved app-switch­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Now you can quickly switch be­tween your

me­dia, mes­sag­ing, and travel apps with­out hav­ing to go to the Home screen first. In ad­di­tion, the Mu­sic app has added an Up Next screen so you can see all the mu­sic that’s in your queue. Plus, you can ac­cess al­bum view from the song screen.

Switch to Ap­ple File Sys­tem

One of the most sig­nif­i­cant changes in iOS 10.3 is also per­haps one of the least no­tice­able. Ap­ple has made a switch in the iOS file sys­tem, go­ing from out­dated HFS+ sys­tem to the new Ap­ple File Sys­tem (APFS). Us­ing APFS may re­sult in free stor­age space on your de­vice.

The best of the rest

That’s not all! iOS 10.3 also brings wel­comed changes to Siri, Sa­fari, and HomeKit ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Here are other sub­tle but note­wor­thy fea­tures to check out: Siri learns cricket: Ask Siri to tell you the scores from the In­dian Premier League and In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil

Re­duced Mo­tion in Sa­fari: If you’re sen­si­tive to vis­ual ef­fects on your iOS de­vice, they will no longer be a prob­lem when surf­ing Sa­fari.

iCloud stor­age break­down: Won­der­ing how much iCloud stor­age your photos, docs or back­ups are tak­ing up? Now you can get a break­down by go­ing to your iCloud set­tings. Home app light con­trols: Turn on pre­pro­grammed scenes for your HomeKit-en­abled de­vices us­ing the Home app.


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