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Apr 12, 2001

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming iOS 10.3 update to public beta testers for testing purposes, more than a month after releasing iOS 10.2 and two days after providing the iOS 10.3 beta to developers.

Beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program will receive the iOS 10.3 beta update over-the-air after installing the proper certificate on their iOS device.

Those who want to be a part of Apple's beta testing program can sign up to participate through the beta testing website, which gives users access to both iOS and macOS Sierra betas. Betas are not stable and include many bugs, so they should be installed on a secondary device.


A major 10.x update, iOS 10.3 introduces a new "Find My AirPods" option to help users locate a lost AirPod. Located in the "Find My Friends" app, the Find My AirPods feature marks the last known location where AirPods were connected to an iOS device via Bluetooth and it allows the AirPods to play a sound to make finding them nearby easier.

Along with a Find My AirPods feature, the update also includes a shift to Apple File System (APFS). First introduced in 2016, APFS is optimized for Flash/SSD storage and includes strong encryption and other important features.

Apple recommends all users make an iCloud backup before installing iOS 10.3, as the update will cause the iPhone's file system to switch over to Apple File System.

iOS 10.3 also introduces a tweaked app animation, a new Apple ID profile in the Settings app, a better breakdown on how iCloud storage is being used, SiriKit improvements, new iCloud analytics options, and more. For a full list of what's new in iOS 10.3 beta 1, make sure to check out our dedicated post.

Article Link: Apple Releases First iOS 10.3 Public Beta With Find My AirPods Feature


macrumors 601
Dec 5, 2011
Wow so apparently stable enough for public consumption. It does seem like there were no real "issues" being reported from Tuesdays beta. Awesome! Can't innovate my A** haha.


macrumors 6502
Nov 5, 2007
Can someone please report if there is a fix for the 30% battery bug?

I don't care about Theatre Mode, I don't care about Find My AirPods, I care about not having my battery jump from 65% to 30% and then shut off.
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macrumors 603
Mar 30, 2004
As compelling as iOS 10.3 beta is, many of the past betas broke iOS in a way that required setting up iPhone as new (not from previous backup).

This time around, I will just install the beta on now aging iPod touch for development purpose.
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Dec 14, 2013
The black screen for a second seems to be only on native apps like settings, app store, iMessages, etc.

Ignore the app switcher at the end. My finger slipped.



macrumors 68040
Apr 12, 2012
The black screen for a second seems to be only on native apps like settings, app store, iMessages, etc.

Ignore the app switcher at the end. My finger slipped.

Is the black screen only there with reduce motion on or is it always like that?
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