Apple Releases Second iOS 10.3 Public Beta to Public Beta Testers

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Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming iOS 10.3 update to public beta testers for testing purposes, two weeks after seeding the first beta and one day after providing the second iOS 10.3 beta to developers.

Beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program will receive the iOS 10.3 beta update over-the-air after installing the proper certificate on their iOS device.

Those who want to be a part of Apple's beta testing program can sign up to participate through the beta testing website, which gives users access to both iOS and macOS Sierra betas. Betas are not stable and include many bugs, so they should be installed on a secondary device.

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As a major 10.x update, iOS 10.3 introduces a new "Find My AirPods" option to help users locate a lost AirPod. Located in the "Find My Friends" app, the Find My AirPods feature keeps track of the last known location where AirPods were connected to an iOS device via Bluetooth, and it allows the AirPods to play a sound to make finding them nearby easier.

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Along with a Find My AirPods feature, the update also includes a shift to Apple File System (APFS). First introduced in 2016, APFS is optimized for Flash/SSD storage and includes strong encryption and other important features.

Apple recommends all users make an iCloud backup before installing iOS 10.3, as the update will cause the iPhone's file system to switch over to Apple File System.

iOS 10.3 also introduces a tweaked app animation, a new Apple ID profile in the Settings app, a better breakdown on how iCloud storage is being used, SiriKit improvements, new iCloud analytics options, and more.

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46 months ago

Hoping this update fixes call identification/blocking and AirPod disconnection bugs.

Call blocking appears fixed.
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46 months ago
The first beta didn't do any favors for battery life on my 7 Plus. Hoping it gets a little better.
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46 months ago

Can anyone confirm if all the 32bit apps have been officially dead? Still using a few and have yet to replace them.

The error message is the same as beta 1, which is "This app will not work with future versions of iOS. The developer of this app needs to update it to improve compatibility."

iOS has two major updates, major fall update (.0 release) and spring update (typically .2 or .3 that coincides with new iPad model). 10.3 is the major spring update so there's no reason to expect 32-bit support to drop before 11.0.
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46 months ago
Since I joined the beta my Apple Watch battery drains really fast. I need to charge it midday now too, before the beta I'd end the day with it at 60% from a single charge.
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46 months ago

It seems to work on my 6s plus

working on 7 plus

Thank you both. On my 6 Plus it works... much of the time. However sometimes the box is there, but empty; and sometimes the box just isn't there.
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46 months ago
I think both 10.3 betas werd the best betas sofar. Stable and very smooth/fast on my 128gb 7+.
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