Apple releases iOS 10.3 and macOS Sierra 4 for public beta testing

Following yesterday’s release of developer-only previews of the upcoming iOS 10.3 and macOS Sierra 10.12.4 software updates, Apple today made the new betas available to public beta testers who are enrolled in Apple Beta Software Program.

iOS 10.3 public beta can be installed via the Software Update mechanism on iOS devices with an appropriate configuration profile installed. macOS Sierra 10.12.4 public beta can be downloaded on your Mac through Mac App Store’s Updates tab.

iOS 10.3

iOS 10.3 includes more than thirty new features, enhancements and refinements.

There’s the new self-explanatory Find My AirPods feature in the Find My iPhone app, a few things have been moved around inside the Settings app, the Reduce Motion feature is now available for websites, Siri can now be used to pay bills, check on the status of payments and schedule future rides and more.

Aside from these features, iOS 10.3 includes a new iCloud Analytics opt-in feature, hourly forecast in the Maps app, several improvements for Mail and the system keyboard and other under-the-hood refinements.

macOS Sierra 10.12.4

iOS’s Night Shift mode makes an appearance on your Mac in macOS Sierra 10.12.4.

Siri can now retrieve cricket scores, schedules and player rosters from Indian Premier League and International Cricket Council. Dictation support for Shanghainese has been added for converting text to speech as well. PDFKit APIs have been optimized for better displaying of PDFs in apps that use the framework and more.

Apple File System and in-app review prompts

iOS 10.3 and macOS Sierra 10.12.4 also mark the arrival of the new Apple File System for iOS, tvOS, macOS and watchOS that increase data integrity and security.

Aside from many other features like optimized flash storage performance, Apple File System doesn’t require additional space for duplicate files.

Developers can now publicly respond to negative reviews on App Store and Mac App Store in a way that is available for all customers to see. In iOS 10.3, there’s a system-wide toggle in Settings that lets you disable in-app prompts seeking a review or rating.

Will you be taking a public beta of iOS 10.3 or macOS Sierra for a spin?