What’s New in iOS 10.3 Beta 1 [Updatedx3]

iOS 10 Release Notes

Earlier today, Apple seeded the first developer beta for iOS 10.3, which saw a few new additions to the software.

An early rumor cropped up before the developer seed of iOS 10.3 that suggested Apple would include a new “Theater Mode,” which could be accessed through a dedicated button in Control Center. Now that the first look at iOS 10.3 has been revealed, it doesn’t look like Theater Mode made the cut for the first beta, but there were a few key additions.

We’ll update this post as new features are discovered, but here’s what’s new so far:

    • The Find My iPhone app now includes Find My AirPods
    • Reduced Motion is now supported in Safari for web apps
    • SiriKit now includes the ability to support paying bills, schedule future ride-hailing rides, and check the status of payments.
    • CarPlay now has a dedicated shortcut to launch recently used apps
    • CarPlay will now show EV charging locations
    • Navigation improvements have arrived for conversations in the Mail app
    • HomeKit now supports expanded switch accessories
    • New 3D Touch Weather actions
    • Spotlight Search now has a border
    • The Podcasts app now officially has a widget similar to the Music app
    • There’s a new user security section in Settings

Update 1:

Well known hacker and developer, Steven Troughton-Smith has discovered that iOS 10.3 includes a new hidden feature: a floating one-handed keyboard for iPads. It remains to be seen if Apple will enable it when iOS 10.3 is released to the public.

Update 2:

watchOS 3.2 includes Theatre mode, so we now have the details of how it will work:

Theater Mode lets users quickly mute the sound on their Apple Watch and avoid waking the screen on wrist raise. Users still receive notifications (including haptics) while in Theater Mode, which they can view by tapping the screen or pressing the Digital Crown.

In case of the iPhone and iPad, you will be able to access Theatre mode via a dedicated button in Control Centre.

Update 3: 

iOS 10.3 also introduces the Apple File System which the Cupertino company first debuted with macOS Sierra last year. Apple notes that when iOS 10.3 lands, it will automatically convert the file system of all iPhones, iPads, Apple Watch, and Apple TV 4 to APFS.

There is also a new App Reviews API that Apple is debuting with iOS 10.3 that will make the process of rating an app simpler.