On Tuesday, January 24, 2017, Apple released the iOS 10.3 Beta 1 for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. This is not a Public Beta, but is a Developer Beta. This means that the release is restricted to developers of iOS at this time.
But, the iOS 10.3 Beta 1, without doubt, holds clues as to the features to be included in the final version when it is released as the official update for all iPad, iPhone and iPod models.
Following are five features you can look forward to in iOS 10.3:
1Software Features for AirPods
Apple introduced AirPods in September of last year, but the wireless earphones were not made available to the public until recently. Attempts have been made by third-party developers to develop apps for the AirPods to help find them when they are lost. However, these apps are no longer available and customers who purchased them have been told to ask for a refund. It seems evident that Apple wants it’s customers to be dependent upon official updates for their AirPods.
The need for a way to securely track the AirPods has been evident since their launch. They are not connect with any wire to they phone, they are very tiny and hand precariously from the ears of the user. This makes the risk of losing them pretty high. And, if the AirPods are lost, users must pay $69 to replace them.
In response to this problem Apple introduced a feature they call Find My Airpods in its Find My iPhone. This allows users to track devices on a map which uses iCloud. The app plays a sound from the AirPods allowing you to locate them. The sound increases in volume as you get closer to the device. But since the connection is Bluetooth, this works only if they are within a range of 32 feet of the device.