Apple seeds iOS 10.3 beta 2 with new features for developers

Apple seeds new betas for iOS, watchOS and tvOS


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There are a lot of new goodies in iOS 10.3.
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The second beta of iOS 10.3 is now available for download. Apple seeded the new software update to developers this morning, alongside watchOS 3.2 beta 2 and tvOS 10.2 beta 2.

All three updates contain under-the-hood improvements as well as new features, including Theater Mode for Apple Watch, Find My AirPods and some UI tweaks for Apple TV.

Registered developers can download iOS 10.3 beta 2 directly to iPhones and iPads via an over-the-air update. It can also be downloaded from Apple’s developer portal.

What’s inside iOS 10.3?

iOS 10.3 is one of the biggest updates Apple has come out with since iOS 10 was released in the fall. Apple has packed a bunch of new improvements in the update for iPhones and iPads, including a secret one-handed keyboard.

The release notes for iOS 10.3 beta 2 don’t mention any major changes coming this week, but we’ll find out more once it’s installed. Apple’s last build added a number of new features like Find My AirPods, iCloud calls for Verizon, a Podcasts widget, CarPlay tweaks and the more secure Apple File System.

watchOS 3.2 adds a new Theater Mode to Apple Watch. When activated, the mode disables screen alerts so you only get haptic feedback. To see notifications, wearers just tap the Digital Crown to turn on the display.

There are also a few tweaks in tvOS 10.2, most prominent of which is new improved scrolling performance that lets users swipe through content faster.


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