iOS 10.3 is now available, and it’s one of the most impressive and significant updates Apple has released in some time. Here are the 10 most notable changes to keep in mind as you install the latest upgrade:
Find My iPhone
You can now use your iPhone to find those coveted AirPods when they’re misplaced. So long as you’re within Bluetooth range (20 to 30 feet), you can request that a sound be played from one or both pods. You can also view the last known location where they were connected to an iOS device.
Expanded sync capabilities with banking, ride booking and automaker apps are included in this update. Apple’s virtual assistant can now pay and check bill status, schedule a ride in advance, and check your car’s fuel level.
Rent once, watch anywhere. Video rentals are now available across all of your devices, not just the one you rented from.
Report whether an app review is ‘Helpful’ or ‘Not Helpful’ with 3D Touch. To developers, you’ll be able to respond directly to reviews on your apps in a way that is available for all customers to see.
Shortcuts in the status bar now allow easy access to last-used apps, and daily curated playlists and new music categories are available in Apple Music. Now Playing includes an Up Next feature that allows you to skip around the playlist, and go to the currently playing song’s album.
Apple ID account information will now be displayed in a unified view across all settings and devices. You also get a list of every device signed into your Apple ID, with access to serial numbers, Find my iPhone, device backup status, and more.
Get an hourly weather forecast on the displayed current temperature of the city you’re searching with 3D Touch. Search for your “parked car”, and view nearby charging stations for electronic vehicles.
Access recently updated shows with 3D Touch and Today widget, and share your favorite episodes through Messages with full playback support.
Support for over 60 known patches for potential exploits will substantially enhance the security on your device. In comparison, iOS 10.2.1 brought 14 known patches. If security is important to you, this factor alone makes 10.3 worth a download.
Announced at WWDC 2016, Apple is delivering on their new file system known as Apple File System (APFS). Until now, Apple has been using its 31 year-old Hierarchical File System (HFS), originally designed for Macs with floppy or hard disks. The new system is optimized for modern devices that use solid state storage, and has improved data storage efficiency, strengthened encryption, and sharply increased available internal storage space for most users.