Apple Ships iOS 10.3 with Find My AirPods, More Siri, Apple File System, more — Apple has shipped iOS 10.3, a significant update to the company’s mobile operating system. Major features include the ability to find your AirPods under Find My iPhone; new Siri integration with third party apps; new CarPlay features, including daily curated playlists from Apple Music; and perhaps most importantly, the official rollout of Apple File System (APFS).
iOS 10.3 is a 613.7MB download as an over-the-air update on iPhone 7 [which means you need to stay in a secure wifi zone while you do so and can’t leave till it’s finished, for best results], or a 2.39GB download through iTunes for an iPhone 7 [in other words, you run the update via a Mac or PC plugged in directly via an iPhone USB Charge Cable – a faster and preferable way to update iDevices, in my opinion].
iOS 10.3 introduces new features including the ability to locate AirPods using Find My iPhone and more ways to use Siri with payment, ride booking and carmaker apps.
Find My iPhone
• View the current or last known location of your AirPods
• Play a sound on one or both AirPods to help you find them
• Support for paying and checking status of bills with payment apps
• Support for scheduling with ride booking apps
• Support for checking car fuel level, lock status, turning on lights and activating horn with carmaker apps
• Cricket scores and statistics for Indian Premier League and International Cricket Council
• Shortcuts in the status bar for easy access to last used apps
• Apple Music Now Playing screen gives access to Up Next and the currently playing song’s album
• Daily curated playlists and new music categories in Apple Music
Other improvements and fixes
• Rent once and watch your iTunes films across your devices
• New Settings unified view for your Apple ID account information, settings and devices
• Hourly weather in Maps using 3D Touch on the displayed current temperature
• Support for searching “parked car” in Maps
• Calendar adds the ability to delete an unwanted invite and report it as junk
• Home app support to trigger scenes using accessories with switches and buttons
• Home app support for accessory battery level status
• Podcasts support for 3D Touch and Today widget to access recently updated shows
• Podcast shows or episodes are shareable to Messages with full playback support
• Fixes an issue that could prevent Maps from displaying your current location after resetting Location & Privacy
• VoiceOver stability improvements for Phone, Safari and Mail
For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website.
watchOS 3.2 adds Theater Mode and SiriKit — The former lets Apple Watch owners disable the “rise to wake” function on the watch, but still notify them with haptic feedback of notifications without illuminating the watch display.
SiriKit enables apps to work with Siri, Apple’s “personal digital assistant,” so users can get things done with content and services using just their voice. In addition to extending Siri’s support for messaging, photo search and phone calls to more apps, SiriKit also adds support for new services, including ride booking and personal payments.
You can upgrade to watchOS 3.2 via the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
tvOS 10.2 — This update provides an accelerated scrolling feature to the Siri remote so you can scroll through lists of content faster. The OS update also adds the TV app, which is designed to offer a unified experience for discovering and accessing TV shows and movies from multiple apps on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. It provides one place to access TV shows and movies, as well as a place to discover new content to watch.
To upgrade your Apple TV (and you’ll need the fourth-generation of the set-top box), go to the Settings menu, selecting System, Software Updates, then Update Software.
British Home Secretary Amber Rudd sayssmartphone apps can’t offer unbreakable encryption — Following last week’s terrorist attack in London, British Home Secretary Amber Rudd has told the BBC that Apple can’t allow apps on its online stores that offer unbreakable encryption.
It was revealed that Khalid Masood accessed WhatsApp two minutes before running into a crowd pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in a rented car, killing three of them, then fatally stabbing a police officer guarding the Houses of Parliament.
Lifetime all-access pass to iOS Online Courses for US$69 — One of the more popular providers of iOS game and app development online training is iOS Online Courses, and we’ve teamed with them to bring you one heck of a deal. For just $69 (about NZ$98), you’ll get lifetime access to the iOS Online Courses library of tutorials, which is continually growing and upgrading.