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dvoros

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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.

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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app open/close animation, an Apple ID profile in Settings, a better breakdown of iCloud storage usage, warnings about outdated apps that won't work with future versions of iOS, HomeKit support for programmable light switches, improvements to SiriKit (bill paying, bill status, and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.

Article Link: Apple Seeds Sixth Beta of iOS 10.3 to Developers
I don't understand this announcement. I have received one a week for two months. All saying the same thing about enhancements with each new BETA release. Why do they say the same thing with every release?
 

redman042

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So from what I've been reading on impressions from those who tried the beta, 10.3 does speed things up, likely due to the Apple File System upgrade. Is that still turning out to be the case?
 

C DM

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Somebody woke up early today.
Seems like the typical 10 AM US Pacific timeframe.

There's that good old beta 1 video again...
Well, is there anything noticeably new in subsequent betas that isn't reflected in that video?

I don't understand this announcement. I have received one a week for two months. All saying the same thing about enhancements with each new BETA release. Why do they say the same thing with every release?
Because typically there isn't much new in beta updates (short of some earlier ones sometimes) and it's just fixing some security issues, or some smaller bugs deeper under the hood, or making some other tweaks that aren't necessarily all that noticeable.
 

Chazzle

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Okay, first off, no Public Beta yet. That guy in the other thread was "trying" to be funny.
Second, everyone that keeps saying that APFS makes no user-facing differences is wrong. Check out the video on Apple's developer site (no developer acct needed) and educate yourselves. Pretty cool stuff they were able to do. Annnnd apps launch faster. That's a petty important aspect that is certainly noticable by the user.
 

sbailey4

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I don't understand this announcement. I have received one a week for two months. All saying the same thing about enhancements with each new BETA release. Why do they say the same thing with every release?
They are just saying whats new in iOS 10.3. Not necessarily going to see a lot of additions or changes as far as features etc but things that didn't work in earlier betas get fixed in later ones also the code gets better optimized. So as far as the article, the main features/changes that are in 10.3 now and most likely will be in the final is what they are reporting.
 

uandme72

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They are just saying whats new in iOS 10.3. Not necessarily going to see a lot of additions or changes as far as features etc but things that didn't work in earlier betas get fixed in later ones also the code gets better optimized. So as far as the article, the main features/changes that are in 10.3 now and most likely will be in the final is what they are reporting.
Does Apple act on the bugs reported on the bugportal during the period of betas, and address them in the same series of Betas? Or does it pend it for the next major release like 10.4?
In other words, can any bug get addressed in a week after submission?
 

Chazzle

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Does Apple act on the bugs reported on the bugportal during the period of betas, and address them in the same series of Betas? Or does it pend it for the next major release like 10.4?
In other words, can any bug get addressed in a week after submission?
In one week, no, but in two weeks, yes. The beta is tested internally by Apple for one week before going to us.
 

uandme72

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Does Apple act on the bugs reported on the bugportal during the period of betas, and address them in the same series of Betas? Or does it pend it for the next major release like 10.4?
In one week, no, but in two weeks, yes. The beta is tested internally by Apple for one week before going to us.
So does that mean that they do occassionally resolve a bug in one week after being reported, then they test it for one week and then release that beta.
But how do they work parallely on multiple betas that are not cumulative in bug fixes.
 

sbailey4

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Does Apple act on the bugs reported on the bugportal during the period of betas, and address them in the same series of Betas? Or does it pend it for the next major release like 10.4?
In other words, can any bug get addressed in a week after submission?
Yep I have reported several over the years and received feedback several times that the issue should be resolved in the latest build. Also we see issues go away from build to build after they are reported. Of course not all reported issues are resolved in the current series and have also seen replies from Apple stating xyz should be resolved in the next .x release blah blah.

Have a look at page one of the b1-5 threads to see reported issues/changes/fixes. You will see that things progress mostly and slide backwards at times.
 

uandme72

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Yep I have reported several over the years and received feedback several times that the issue should be resolved in the latest build. Also we see issues go away from build to build after they are reported. Of course not all reported issues are resolved in the current series and have also seen replies from Apple stating xyz should be resolved in the next .x release blah blah.

Have a look at page one of the b1-5 threads to see reported issues/changes/fixes. You will see that things progress mostly and slide backwards at times.
Who actually decides?
Is it engineering? or is it marketing.
Can someone make them prioritize any particular bug?
The main issue is the gestation time period- the shortest time they require to address any reported issue on bug portal.
 

speedy0339

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I just received the PB update. Still haven't fixed the lag where if you're doing something and get a notification. On 10.2 it was fluid for me, and now since 10.3 beta it has lagged every time. iPhone 7 plus jet black 128gb
 

C DM

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Does Apple act on the bugs reported on the bugportal during the period of betas, and address them in the same series of Betas? Or does it pend it for the next major release like 10.4?
In other words, can any bug get addressed in a week after submission?
Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't. Sometimes something might get addressed in the next bug fix release (like 10.3.1) or the next minor release (like 10.4) or the next major release (like 11), and sometimes it might not really get fixed at all.

Who actually decides?
Is it engineering? or is it marketing.
Can someone make them prioritize any particular bug?
Probably a combination of people and circumstances, as is usually the case with most software/products/services in most companies.
 

uandme72

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Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't. Sometimes something might get addressed in the next bug fix release (like 10.3.1) or the next minor release (like 10.4) or the next major release (like 11), and sometimes it might not really get fixed at all.

Probably a combination of people and circumstances, as is usually the case with most software/products/services in most companies.

Can someone make them prioritize any particular bug?
The main issue is the gestation time period- the shortest time they require to address any reported issue on bug portal.
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I just received the PB update. Still haven't fixed the lag where if you're doing something and get a notification. On 10.2 it was fluid for me, and now since 10.3 beta it has lagged every time. iPhone 7 plus jet black 128gb
Meaning notification came with a lag after a delay?
 

C DM

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Can someone make them prioritize any particular bug?
The main issue is the gestation time period- the shortest time they require to address any reported issue on bug portal.
Not really sure why the same discussion is happening in multiple threads, but here's what I said about this in the other thread...

There are situations and/or sometimes some managers or developers or QA that might push to get something fixed over something else. The circumstances can certainly be different depending on what it is, what impact it has or can have, what the fix might be, where things are in the release cycle, what resources are available, etc.
 

uandme72

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Not really sure why the same discussion is happening in multiple threads, but here's what I said about this in the other thread...

There are situations and/or sometimes some managers or developers or QA that might push to get something fixed over something else. The circumstances can certainly be different depending on what it is, what impact it has or can have, what the fix might be, where things are in the release cycle, what resources are available, etc.
Thanks.
 

lbdyck

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Since the 1st 10.3 beta the Video app on my iPad keeps reappearing after random timeframes on the 1st screen, even after being moved to a folder or another screen. I've used feedback but they seem to igore this big.
 

CoriG

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I just received the PB update. Still haven't fixed the lag where if you're doing something and get a notification. On 10.2 it was fluid for me, and now since 10.3 beta it has lagged every time. iPhone 7 plus jet black 128gb
Did the public beta get released yet?
 

AhRiHmAn

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So if I understand well , as long as there is a "a" at the end of the build it means this build won't be used as final ?
 

mkextremer

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I am currently updating my 128GB 7 Plus. I hope the snapchat, instagram frame rate drops are gone.

@It has been fixed and so is the task bar animation.
 
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Speaking from ignorance. Is there any chance there could be hidden iPad Pro features in the release or would it be possible that Apple would just drop a brand new .x release with iPad features within the next month or so without any betas?

I remember in the fall there were some rumors that big iPad enhancements could be coming with updated iPads in the spring (could be similar to how new iPhones usually drop with exclusive s/w features.)
 

Parsec

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I hope that finally my Sennheiser VMX 200-II will no longer disconnect or drop sound. It has difficulty establishing a connection sometimes. This happened since the iOS 10 update. It improves slightly with updates as it was really really bad. Now it's just really bad.

One workaround that works for me:

Connect the BT device and make sure you can play a song in iTunes through the BT device. If this is not possible, select the iPhone as the playback device from the swipe-up menu and then when the music plays through the speakers, select the BT device again as the playback device. This may take up to 5 times before it plays without frame-drops and after that the connection is fairly stable until you disconnect it again.

This may work with other BT devices that show the same problematic behaviour, but I don't know if it does.
 
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