Apple rolled out the final version of iOS 10.3 to the public on Monday. In tow with the upgrade is Find My AirPods, a new filesystem, CarPlay improvements, and more.
iOS 10.3 brings with it a variety of bug fixes, feature enhancements, and improvements, as well as the introduction of the new APFS new file system. Separately, tvOS 10.2 and watchOS 3.2 are also available as updates.
New file system
The new version of iOS comes with a brand-new file system developed by Apple and dubbed APFS (Apple File System), which is also used on the new versions of the macOS, watchOS, and tvOS operating systems. It packs better encryption, efficient compression, and a native screenshot feature that can restore files on a Mac or iOS device.
Find My AirPods
Find My AirPods feature that lets users locate their lost AirPods directly from a supported iOS device running version 10.3 or later.
Unlike Find My iPhone, which uses a missing handset’s GPS, Find my AirPods by querying the device to which your AirPods were last paired (if they were connected to a Mac, for instance, it will request the computer’s location). It will use that to log the earbuds’ location and serve up the info in the Find My iPhone app.
CarPlay users get an improved interface. Now, they will see three of the most recent apps in a dock aligned with the left-hand side of the screen — previously, CarPlay users had to return to the home screen to switch applications.
Supported devices and how to update
iOS 10.3 is officially supported on iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPad (9.7-inch), iPad Pro (9.7‑inch), iPad Pro (12.9‑inch), iPad mini 4, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad (4th generation Model), and iPod touch (6th generation).
To update your supported devices, simply open the Settings app, go to the General section and access Software Updates. Wait a few seconds for the iOS 10.3 update to appear and then press on the “Download and Install” button. Your device will be restarted a couple of times for the new iOS version to be installed.
However, because of the implementation of the new APFS file system, you should be aware of the fact that the update time could be doubled in some cases, depending on how old your device is. But after a successful iOS 10.3 installation, you should notice a performance improvement when opening apps or multitasking.