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What’s new in iOS 10.3?

Apple has rolled out the final version of iOS 10.3 to iPhone and iPad owners after a lengthy beta period.

The new version, which can be downloaded today, is headlined by a Find My AirPods feature within the Find My iPhone app.

AirPods owners will be able to locate them by using the iCloud-based feature to call upon the wireless buds to play a sound. However, there’s a catch. Given AirPods are not Wi-Fi and GPS enabled, they’ll only be discoverable if they’re within Bluetooth range (around 5 meters).

That sound should be enough to hear one of both AirPods within a room, if one has slid between the sofa cushions, for example.

If they’re lost outside the confines of the home then it’ll be a case of retracing steps, in the hope the Bluetooth connection can be resumed.

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In January, Apple pulled an iOS app which helped early adopters find their lost AirPods by guiding users towards them in virtual game of colder, warmer.

Elsewhere, Apple is giving developers the ability to reply to reviews from users and the new iTunes feature that enables users to watch rented movies across a number of devices is also in the final version of iOS 10.3.

Meanwhile, the new iOS 10.3 debuts a new file system called AFS, which replaces the existing HFS+ system. Consumers are unlikely to notice anything, but it might boost your available storage space, which is always welcome.

Finally, there’s new dynamic app icons and a new thread option for the Mail app.

Among features previewed in the beta versions are Siri support for cricket scores from the ICC and the Indian Premier League.

Apple also added a 3D Touch shortcut for the weather app that will facilitate users with hourly forecast, while there are also minor Maps and CarPlay refinements.

iPhone and iPad users will also benefit from a Podcasts widget a la the Music app, while Safari brings a Reduce Motion setting in Safari web apps. There’s also a new security section within the Apple ID settings section.

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