Apple releases iOS 10.3 with Find My AirPods and other new features

Apple today released for public consumption the third major software update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. iOS 10.3 is now available via the Software Update mechanism in Settings and desktop iTunes more than six months since iOS 10 made its debut in September 2016 and more than two months following the current iOS 10.2.1 update.

iOS 10.3 (build 14E277) brings about a number of new features and improvements.

Some of them include Find My AirPods for locating misplaced earbuds, a brand new file system, a new App Compatibility page in Settings to identify 32 bit apps, a redesigned iCloud section in Settings and much more.

Grab the iOS 10.3 firmware files from the iDownloadBlog Downloads page.

What’s new in iOS 10.3?

According to Apple’s release notes, iOS 10.3 introduces new features including the ability to locate AirPods using Find my iPhone and more ways to use Siri with payment, ride booking and automaker apps.

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Here’s the full changelog

Find My iPhone

  • View the current or last known location of your AirPods
  • Play a sound on one or both AirPods to help you find them


  • Support for paying and checking status of bills with payment apps
  • Support for scheduling with ride booking apps
  • Support for checking car fuel level, lock status, turning on lights and activating horn with automaker apps
  • Cricket sports scores and statistics for Indian Premier League and International Cricket Council


  • Shortcuts in the status bar for easy access to last used apps
  • Apple Music Now Playing screen gives access to Up Next and the currently playing song’s album
  • Daily curated playlists and new music categories in Apple Music

Other improvements and fixes

  • Rent once and watch your iTunes movies across your devices
  • New Settings unified view for your Apple ID account information, settings and devices
  • Hourly weather in Maps using 3D Touch on the displayed current temperature
  • Support for searching “parked car” in Maps
  • Calendar adds the ability to delete an unwanted invite and report it as junk
  • Home app support to trigger scenes using accessories with switches and buttons
  • Home app support for accessory battery level status
  • Podcasts support for 3D Touch and Today widget to access recently updated shows
  • Podcast shows or episodes are shareable to Messages with full playback support
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent Maps from displaying your current location after resetting Location & Privacy
  • VoiceOver stability improvements for Phone, Safari and Mail

For information on iOS 10.3’s security content, read Apple’s support doc.

iOS 10.3 video hands-on

Here’s a quick video overview of some of the more useful new features in iOS 10.3.

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We’ll be soon posting our full overview of everything new in iOS 10.3.

In the meantime, do you plan on installing iOS 10.3?