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Apr 12, 2001

Apple today seeded the sixth beta of an upcoming iOS 10.3 update to developers, just under one week after seeding the fifth beta of iOS 10.3 and three months after the release of iOS 10.2, the last major update to the iOS 10 operating system.

Registered developers can download the sixth iOS 10.3 beta from the Apple Developer Center or over-the-air with the proper configuration profile installed.


iOS 10.3 is a major update, introducing significant new features and changes to the iOS 10 operating system. The biggest consumer-facing feature in iOS 10.3 is "Find My AirPods," which is designed to help AirPods owners locate a lost earphone. Find My AirPods records the last known location of when an AirPod was connected to an iOS device via Bluetooth and can play a sound on a lost AirPod.

Apple's latest update also introduces a new Apple File System (APFS), installed when an iOS device is updated to iOS 10.3. APFS is optimized for flash/SSD storage and includes features like strong encryption.

Apple plans to introduce some App Store changes in iOS 10.3, allowing developers to respond to customer reviews for the first time. iOS users are also able to label reviews in the App Store as "Helpful" or "Not Helpful," which should help surface the most relevant review content.

Apple also plans to limit the number of times developers can ask for a review, allow customers to leave app reviews without exiting an app, and provide a "master switch" that will let users turn off all app review request prompts.

Also new in iOS 10.3 is a redesigned app open/close animation, an Apple ID profile in Settings, a better breakdown of iCloud storage usage, warnings about outdated apps that won't work with future versions of iOS, HomeKit support for programmable light switches, improvements to SiriKit (bill paying, bill status, and scheduling future rides), CarPlay interface improvements, iCloud analytics options, and more.

Update: iOS 10.3 beta 6 is also available for public beta testers.

Article Link: Apple Seeds Sixth Beta of iOS 10.3 to Developers [Update: Public Beta Now Available]
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macrumors 601
May 28, 2008
If they remove the letter from the end of the build, it's usually a release candidate sent to the carriers for final testing, as well as internal testing. At least that's what I've noticed the last few public releases.


macrumors 68040
Jan 28, 2008
Vancouver, BC
i wish it were easier to leave reviews for apps
often i get the pop up on an app i actually appreciate and click review..only to be asked to log into my apple id account....fine..annoying...but i do it... then it tells me i have to own the app to review it...which, i obviously do...i give up at that point.
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macrumors 6502
Apr 18, 2008
Kurgan, RF
Is Lifx finally supported? As always, hoping it'll improve my battery life situation as it does every other time for a while.


Jul 18, 2011
This may be the final one since it came out so close to the 5th one

Maybe, maybe not.
Why? You literally feel no difference. Tho my Plus gained a GB
Yep, seems to make everything faster. I gained a much needed 4Gb on my iPad Air. And I suspect this could also mean the introduction of shared accounts on iPad Pros.
Actually, iOS 10.3 is rare right now. It will indeed become common once it leaves the beta stage and is released to the general public.
Pretty rare, yeah - all those millions of public beta testers. Very rare.
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