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Apple iOS 10.3 now publicly available

iOS 10.3 is now available for download. (Source: Apple)
iOS 10.3 is now available for download. (Source: Apple)
The update brings a shift to Apple's new APFS file system, which should increase overall system performance and better allocate storage space. There are a few other changes as well.

After several public betas, iOS 10.3 is now available to the public. The update is supported by devices that can currently run iOS 10, including the iPhone 5 and later, the iPad 4 and later, the iPad Mini 2 and later, and the 6th gen iPod Touch.

Perhaps the biggest change is the shift to Apple’s new APFS file system. APFS, or Apple File System, will replace the older HFS+ system and bring some moderate performance and speed improvements. APFS is optimized for flash storage (like the kind found in smartphones) and comes with a litany of new features. Encryption will be improved, as will data integrity and system stability. Users will also notice a few more megabytes added to their storage, as APFS is smarter about how it allocates and stores data.

Other changes in iOS 10.3 include a new “Find My Airpods” feature that allows users to easily locate the wireless earbuds. Similar to “Find My iPhone,” the software will pinpoint the “last known location of your Airpods” and can make the Airpods play a sound for easier hunting. Siri has also had some tweaks, as has Apple CarPlay. Apple’s own native apps have also had a few additions, including some new 3D Touch features and integration with other Apple Apps. The update also has the usual litany of bug fixes and system improvements.

iOS 10.3 is available for download on compatible iOS devices now. A full change log can be found here.


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Sam Medley, 2017-03-27 (Update: 2017-03-27)