The Apple iOS 10.3 beta 1 for iOS devices brings a 'Find My AirPods' feature and a brand new file system

Apple has released the iOS 10.3 beta to the public. It brings many new features to the table and there are some interesting new features that were introduced.


Apple has released the iOS 10.3 beta to the public. It brings many new features to the table and there are some interesting ones among them.

The iOS 10.3 beta is available on all devices that currently support iOS 10. This includes everything since the iPhone 5, the fourth generation iPad, the iPad Mini 2 and the sixth generation iPod Touch. You can sign up for the beta program here, but be warned that beta software will have bugs.

So what’s new?

For a start, it’ll be a tiny bit harder to lose your overpriced AirPods. A ‘Find My AirPods’ feature has been added to the OS, which will let you check up on the last known location of the AirPods. Of course, the AirPods themselves don’t have in-built GPS and the app only records the location when it was last connected to them. This does limit the functionality of the service, but it’s better than nothing.

The iPad gets a usability update in the form a floating keyboard. Obviously, scaling up a keyboard on an iPad doesn’t make it good for one-handed use. The new addition brings in a ‘floating’ keyboard that you can drag around your screen. It should make typing on the iPad a whole lot easier.

The geekier part of the update is the introduction of the APFS (Apple File System) for all iOS 10.3 devices. It addresses a number of issues in Apple’s aging HFS+ file system, notably the lack of checksums, snapshots, link restrictions, etc.

APFS is designed with flash storage in mind and includes a lot of features that enhance performance, reduce power consumption and reduce the number of write cycles. APFS will also let you take Snapshots of your file system, it supports encryption, checks for data integrity and has better crash protection.

A word of warning here. The upgrade to APFS will adapt the existing data to APFS. While Apple must have tested to ensure that the process is seamless and hassle-free, this is a beta update on a brand new file system. Back up your data first. We can’t stress that enough.

Other updates include slightly improved animations, a new Apple ID profile section, weather information in maps and a graphical breakdown of iCloud usage.

Source: MacRumours


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