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Apple Seeds Sixth Beta of iOS 10.3 to Developers [Update: Public Beta Now Available]

Apple today seeded the sixth beta of an upcoming iOS 10.3 update to developers, just under one week after seeding the fifth beta of iOS 10.3 and three months after the release of iOS 10.2, the last major update to the iOS 10 operating system.

Registered developers can download the sixth iOS 10.3 beta from the Apple Developer Center or over-the-air with the proper configuration profile installed.

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iOS 10.3 is a major update, introducing significant new features and changes to the iOS 10 operating system. The biggest consumer-facing feature in iOS 10.3 is "Find My AirPods," which is designed to help AirPods owners locate a lost earphone. Find My AirPods records the last known location of when an AirPod was connected to an iOS device via Bluetooth and can play a sound on a lost AirPod.

Apple's latest update also introduces a new Apple File System (APFS), installed when an iOS device is updated to iOS 10.3. APFS is optimized for flash/SSD storage and includes features like strong encryption.

Apple plans to introduce some App Store changes in iOS 10.3, allowing developers to respond to customer reviews for the first time. iOS users are also able to label reviews in the App Store as "Helpful" or "Not Helpful," which should help surface the most relevant review content.

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Apple also plans to limit the number of times developers can ask for a review, allow customers to leave app reviews without exiting an app, and provide a "master switch" that will let users turn off all app review request prompts.

Also new in iOS 10.3 is a redesigned app open/close animation, an Apple ID profile in Settings, a better breakdown of iCloud storage usage, warnings about outdated apps that won't work with future versions of iOS, HomeKit support for programmable light switches, improvements to SiriKit (bill paying, bill status, and scheduling future rides), CarPlay interface improvements, iCloud analytics options, and more.

Update: iOS 10.3 beta 6 is also available for public beta testers.

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2 weeks ago
It seems that Apple just releases a new beta every week to fix as many found bugs as possible until release day.
Not a bad thing IMO.
Rating: 12 Votes
2 weeks ago
Excited for the Apple-File-System.
Rating: 8 Votes
2 weeks ago

Ah common already :)

Actually, iOS 10.3 is rare right now. It will indeed become common once it leaves the beta stage and is released to the general public.
Rating: 6 Votes
2 weeks ago
This may be the final one since it came out so close to the 5th one
Rating: 3 Votes
2 weeks ago
There's that good old beta 1 video again...
Rating: 3 Votes
2 weeks ago
Damn it's fast now. Animations fluid. Awesome. 10.3 is like a completely different iOS.
Rating: 2 Votes
2 weeks ago

Sure if you look the totality of beta updates. But then again my comment was on the article and the comment the author pointed out that the biggest consumer update was to be able to find Airpods. So if anyone doesn't have Airpods....The current update is pretty invisible.

HA ok. According to just that statement, I guess. Not sure I would deem the importance of an iOS update on what a MacRumors blogger posted but I suppose the find airpods is the most obvious change. Perhaps that's why the author focused on that. So if you don't care about bug fixes, security updates, performance optimizations, additional usable space on your device, CarPlay enhancements, Maps/Weather data enhancements and the the rest of the list of changes included in this update then yeah pretty uneventful I guess you could say. But then again it IS a point update not a new iOS major version.
Rating: 2 Votes
2 weeks ago

Somebody woke up early today.

Or they forgot it was daylight savings time, lol.
Rating: 2 Votes
2 weeks ago
Somebody woke up early today.
Rating: 2 Votes
2 weeks ago

This may be the final one since it came out so close to the 5th one


Maybe, maybe not.
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Why? You literally feel no difference. Tho my Plus gained a GB

Yep, seems to make everything faster. I gained a much needed 4Gb on my iPad Air. And I suspect this could also mean the introduction of shared accounts on iPad Pros.
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Actually, iOS 10.3 is rare right now. It will indeed become common once it leaves the beta stage and is released to the general public.

Pretty rare, yeah - all those millions of public beta testers. Very rare.
Rating: 2 Votes

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