iOS 10.3 May Free Up iPhone Storage, plus Other Cool Features of the Latest iOS Update

Apple has just released what should be its final big iOS update before the release of iOS 11, although there will probably be minor bug fixes and security updates. Here are the iOS 10.3 updates we’re most excited about, from the new space-saving file system to the new Apple ID Profile in Settings:

Related: An Apple iOS Update Is Coming Soon; These Are the iOS 10.3 Features We're Most Excited About

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Hourly Weather Forecasts within the Maps App

Maps users are now able to take a quick look at the weather forcast via 3D Touch while using the Maps app

weather in maps iOS 10.3

CarPlay

The new CarPlay updates in iOS 10.3 will make it easier to keep your eyes on the rode thanks to the ability to switch between apps without returning to the Home screen and the introduction of a dock featuring three recently used apps. 

The New iPhone-Storage-Saving File System

Expect iOS 10.3 to take a little longer than past updates to install. This is because Apple has introduced a completely new file system for the iPhone, the Apple File System (AFPS), which will automatically replace the current file system on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch when it updates to iOS 10.3. So far, early adopters are reporting that the new system is using less storage space than on their iPhones than the old system. However, while more storage space may be the most exciting and noticeable feature of AFPS, even more important is the better encryption the new file system offers to iOS users. 

Find my AirPods

iOS users can now use Find my iPhone to find their lost AirPods. Find my iPhone will show users the last place their AirPods were connected by Bluetooth to an iPhone or other iOS device. Users will also be able to have the AirPods play a sound and search for a single AirPod to make locating them easier.

Apple ID Profile at top of Settings

All your iCloud and Apple account information is easily accessible at the top of the first Settings screen. Now you can manage your payment methods, Family Sharing, and other account related details all from one central location in Settings.

apple account info iOS 10.3

iCloud calling for Verizon Customers

T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint have been enjoying this feature for a while now. With iOS 10.3, Verizon users can now also use the new Integrated Calling feature to make calls via their iPhone's cellular account from a Mac or other iOS device, so long as it's signed into with the same iCloud account as the iPhone. This should be really handy for those times when your iPhone isn't nearby or it's battery is dead.

wifi calling iOS 10.3

Write a Review in App

Developers can now only ask app users to review their app a limited number of times. However, they probably won't be too upset about this change, since app users can now write reviews within the app and will presumably be more inclined to do so if they don’t have to switch over to the App Store to do it.

Other iOS 10.3 Features We're Excited About

The iOS 10.3 also introduced a new Podcast widget, the ability to turn on preprogrammed scenes in the Home app, faster opening and closing of apps, reduced motion in Safari and iCloud storage analytics in Settings

iCloud Analytics iOS 10.3  Podcast widget iOS 10.3

What iOS 10.3 features are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments.

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