Apple has just rolled out iOS 10.3 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. This final version comes after seven beta versions. Let’s find out more about it.
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What’s New in iOS 10.3?
The most notable introduction in iOS 10.3 is the new file system APFS (Apple File System). It replaces the ageing HFS+ file system. This filesystem will also be ported over to other devices in the future.
It also comes loaded with “Find my AirPods” feature that lets you find your lost AirPods easily. Siri can also work with other third-party applications, for example, to make payments and book a taxi.
According to its release notes, CarPlay and the weather app also have minor improvements.
In addition to iOS update, Apple has also released watchOS 3.2 for Apple Watch.
Which Devices are Compatible with iOS 10.3?
- iPhone 5
- iPhone 5c
- iPhone 5s
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 6/6Plus
- iPhone 6s/6s Plus
- iPhone 7/7Plus
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch
- iPad Pro 9.7-inch
- iPad Air 2
- iPad Air
- iPad 4th generation
- iPad mini 4
- iPad mini 3
- iPad mini 2
- iPod touch 6
Should I Update to iOS 10.3?
If you are on 10.2.1, DO NOT update to 10.3. Stay on iOS 10.2.1 at all costs as a jailbreak might be released in the future.
iOS 10.3 also plugs a lot of security vulnerabilities that hackers could use to develop a jailbreak. Here’s a tweet from eminent hacker Luca Todesco that confirms this.
that’s one hell of a security update
— qwertyoruiop (@qwertyoruiopz) March 27, 2017
If you want to update and don’t care about jailbreak, simply use the OTA update. Remember, make a full backup before you upgrade to iOS 10.3.
When is iOS 11 Coming Out?
The next iOS operating system will be presented at WWDC. The iOS 11 firmware will have high system requirements and will not be compatible with older devices.
It is also likely that the new iPhone 8 will come preloaded with this new firmware. So, 10.3 might as well be the last update to iOS 10 by Apple.