Apple has made available to download iOS 10.3 beta 6 for developers with compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices registered on the Apple Developer Program portal.
Beta 6 release comes approximately a week after the firm seeded beta 5 version of iOS 10.3 to both developers and public beta testers, and has been over seven weeks after first iOS 10.3 beta was released.
Although iOS 10.3 is mid-cycle refresh for iOS 1 which brings with t a number of notable additions for iPhone and iPad users. Apple has today released the sixth beta of iOS 10.3 to developers. As it turns out, at least on the face of it, not a lot has changed. In fact, when it comes to visual changes, nothing been altered this time around. Because it’s in beta testing phase, Apple may suggest that we are nearing a public release of the software. Apple is less likely to tweak user interface elements when the update itself is all but ready to ship.
Talking of new features for a firmware like iOS 10.3: Brings with it an updated version of Find My iPhone which eventually adds support for finding AirPods – the company’s first truly wireless earbuds, along with updated version of Siri with support for cricket scores, SiriKit enhancements and a new Apple File System (APFS).
Moreover, it’s currently unknown as to what changes does iOS 10.3 beta 6 brings to the table. We can only expect under-the-hood performance improvements and a minimal bug fixes only this late in the beta cycle in order to make the firmware ready to public consumption.
What’s suspicious in this sixth beta is backed up by the fact is that Apple has issued a changelog that mimics that previous beta releases. Along with the fact that this OTA update weighs in at just ~400MB+ when installed over-the-air suggests that very little has changed in this release. Which could be further proof that final version of iOS 10.3 is just around the corner.
When iOS 10.3 ships directly to the wider audience, they can look forward to such things as a feature that makes it easier to find AWOL AirPods as well as Siri support for Cricket scores and more. There’s still no avid confirmation that this will reach the final version of iOS 10.3, we can only suspect it will. After all, if it didn’t, there would be a lot of development iPhones and iPads that would need converting back!
As always, currently, beta 6 of iOS 10.3 is available to those on Apple Developer Program only but it’s only a matter of time before it can be made available to public testers enrolled in the company’s Apple Beta Software Program.
Those enrolled in Developer Program and have any previous version of iOS 10.3 beta installed, simply head to Settings > General > Software Update on the device to grab the latest beta 6 OTA update. To those among are new to iOS betas will have to first enroll at developer.apple.com to get started.
We expect iOS 10.3 final to ship to all compatible iPhones and iPads sooner rather than later this week or by the end of March.
Update X1: Just after releasing iOS 10.3 beta , Apple has also released macOS 10.12.4 beta 6 to developers.
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