Apple releases iOS 10.3

Alex Kidman 28 March 2017

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Be sure to back up before you upgrade.

Apple has made the latest point release of its mobile operating system available for download for compatible devices.

The headline feature of iOS 10.3 is the conversion from the HFS file system over to Apple’s own file system, APFS. Because of the switch in file systems, it’s essential that you perform a full backup of your own files and content prior to the upgrade. This is a generally advised step for any operating system upgrade, but when the file system changes it’s quite vital, because if any bugs emerge during upgrade you could lose your files entirely.

While there are bug fixes under the hood, other major visible changes in iOS 10.3 is the ability to use Apple’s "find my" feature to find lost Airpods headphones, use Siri across payment apps and 3D Touch improvements to features such as Maps and Podcasts.

If you want to push the upgrade directly to your iOS device, head to Settings>General>Software Update where your device should check for the availability of the update. You should receive notification alerts when it’s available on your iOS device if you’re happy to wait prior to updating.

Which devices can upgrade to iOS 10.3?

iOS 10.3’s compatibility list is identical to that of iOS 10 itself, which means that the update is available now for the following devices:

  • iPad 4th gen
  • iPad Air
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Pro (12.9- and 9.7-inch)
  • iPad mini 2
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPod touch 6th
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 6/6 Plus
  • iPhone 6s/6s Plus
  • iPhone 7/7 Plus
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