Apple has finally released iOS 10.3 to the public. The new mobile software is available as an over the air (OTA) download or as a download through iTunes on a Mac or Windows PC and it’s compatible with 19 different Apple devices including the old ones, the iPhone 5, 4th-generation iPad, iPad mini 2 and the 6th-generation iPod touch.
Lets run through the new features Apple introduced in iOS 10.3.
Find My AirPods: The most talked-about new feature in iOS 10.3 is Find My AirPods which obviously only matters if you own a pair of Apple’s new AirPods. They’re still next to impossible to find in Apple stores but you can get one from Amazon if you want one.
There’s now a new option in the Find My iPhone app that can track your AirPods but it’s not as accurate or as useful as it is for iPhones and iPads since AirPods don’t have a GPS radio or the ability to connect to any networks. Instead, this is basically a log that will show you the last location where your iPhone was connected to your AirPods.
Weather in Maps: In the Maps app, users can now 3D Touch the weather icon to see a local forecast for the area.
App Transition Animations: Apple made a subtle change to the transition animations that are shown as apps open and close in iOS 10.3. They now have slightly more rounded edges. They also seem to move a bit faster and it speeds up the interface a bit.
Apple ID Profile: There is now a new Apple ID profile section in the Settings app that you’ll see at the top of the first screen. It gives you access to a single page where you’ll find your full contact profile, security settings, payment information, iCloud account details, App Store settings, Family Sharing settings and a bit more.
New File System: Installing iOS 10.3 will now automatically update your iPhone or iPad to use Apple File System (APFS) instead of HFS+. APFS is optimized in a better way for NAND flash storage so files can be accessed more quickly and it also supports stronger encryption.
iCloud Storage: You’ll now find a new section at the top of your iCloud settings page with a breakdown of how your iCloud storage is being used.
Podcasts Widget: There’s a new Podcasts widget available now, a great addition for Podcast users.