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Find your AirPods, Apple Pay, developer feedback, iPhone spectroscopy chip, Watch in movies

An iPhone case has a chip that analyses food and drinks for things like caffeine and gluten levels
An iPhone case has a chip that analyses food and drinks for things like caffeine and gluten levels

iOS 10.3 for iPhone and iPad adds Find My AirPods feature — If you’re worried about losing your fancy new AirPods, Apple has your back — or your ear. iOS 10.3, which was released as a beta to developers on Tuesday so will be with general users soon, includes a newFind My AirPods feature to help you track down your wayward wireless earpods.

Apple Pay use is on the rise — Consumer spending analytics company TXN says that Apple Pay is on the rise, based on data from its panel of over three million consumers. Analysis of credit card bills from banks that distinguish Apple Pay transactions suggest that usage of the payment method grew by slightly over 50% in the 12 months ending December 2016.

Apple allowing developers to respond to user reviews in App Stores with iOS 10.3, more improvements coming — As part of feedback collected by Apple, when iOS 10.3 ships to customers the company is adding the ability for an app’s developer to respond to complaints or praise, with the response available for all to see in the App Store —and more improvements for developers are coming.

New microchip could bring portable spectroscopy to iPhone, Apple Watch — Si-Ware on Tuesday revealed an iPhone-compatible spectroscopy chip, the NeoSpectra Micro, which could potentially expand the uses of both mobile devices and wearables in areas like health, science, and nutrition.

Apple Watch to get Theater Mode, more in watchOS 3.2 — Your Apple Watch is about to become far less annoying in movie theaters because the Theater Mode feature rumoured to be coming to the iPhone is actually destined for your wrist. Apple tipped off developers to that feature and more in an overview of what’s coming in watchOS 3.2.

Snapchat better, Google Maps Uber, Steamworld Heist, we can sue Apple, vulnerabilities

Steamworld Heist may steal all your time
Steamworld Heist may steal all your time

Snapchat just got way easier to use thanks to a new search bar — Snapchat is confusing to use, which is part of what makes it fun, because it’s sort of like knowing a secret language not everyone can understand. But it can also be annoying, like when you’re looking for something specific and don’t want to tap or swipe a million times to find it. So Snapchat’s latest update, rolling out soon to both iOS and Android users, adds a universal search bar you can access from anywhere in the app.

Google updates Maps on iOS with better ridesharing UI, end-to-end Uber integration — Google has updated its Maps apps for iOS  with a new, more in-depth ridesharing interface, including deeper integration with Uber that lets people hail a car without switching apps.

SteamWorld Heist’s tactical action might steal all your free time — Starting life on the Nintendo 3DS before hitting Mac, PC, consoles, and most recently iOS, SteamWorld Heist is a meaty game squeezed into an approachable package. It’s a turn-based strategy and combat affair that’s similar in a lot of ways to XCOM, however the 2D, side-scrolling design simplifies the action and interface, and makes it seem like a perfect fit for an iPhone or iPad. It’s NZ$9.99/US$6.99).

Judge rules that iPhone users can sue Apple for anticompetitive practices — The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that iPhone app purchasers may sue Apple over allegations that the company monopolised the market for iPhone apps by not allowing users to purchase them outside the Apple App Store, leading to higher prices, reports Reuters.

Cellebrite hacked, reaffirming Apple’s iOS no-backdoor stance — A year ago the FBI was pushing to force Apple into making a hackable version of iOS for a terrorist investigation while claiming the code would stay secure. Now Cellebrite — the company the FBI reportedly hired to break through the iPhone’s encryption — has been hacked, validating Apple’s concerns the tools would eventually leak.

WhatsApp vulnerability could expose messages to prying eyes, report claims — A vulnerability in the popular messaging service could allow Facebook to intercept supposedly encrypted messages.