Apple has just released the iOS 10.3 beta 1 that brings in a range of performance improvements and bug fixes. However, the update particularly takes care of the wireless AirPods that can be easily misplaced. The set of miniscule, wireless earpods were launched alongside the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus late last year but have raised concerns across the user community for their loss-prone nature. With the latest iOS update, users who own the AirPods will be to locate them in case they misplace or lose them. Also Read - Apple CEO Tim Cook claims iOS is more secure than AndroidAlso Read - Apple Music Lossless, Spatial Audio features with Dolby Atmos coming soon to India
The iOS 10.3 beta 1 uses the Find My iPhone app to help locate the AirPods. In case you lose the AirPods or the AirPod Case a charging case for the earpods — then you can use the Find My iPhone app to locate them within Bluetooth range of any of you iOS devices that are signed in to iCloud. If the AirPods are within the range of any of these devices and are available, then that device s location will be used to show you where to start looking. Also Read - Apple sells more iPads in early 2021 than ever, grows along with Samsung
Given the small size of the AirPods, there is every possibility of them getting lost in a pile of clothes, behind the curtains, or under the sofa. To help ease the hunt, the Find My iPhone app can now also play a specially designed sound on either or both AirPods to help you pinpoint their location. In cases when you have kept the earpods in closed case, or they are out of battery, or when they are not in range of other iOS devices, even then the new app can help you locate them. The app will show you the time and location where they were last connected to the iOS device.
The feature is available through the Find My iPhone app on iOS 10.3 and from any computer at icloud.com/find. It will be enabled for your AirPods automatically when you set up the earpods with an iPhone, iPad, or iPad Touch that has Find My iPhone enabled. ALSO READ: Siri will finally be able to tell you cricket match scores with iOS 10.3
Other than the new tool that makes it easy to locate AirPods, the iOS 10.3 beta 1 further brings with it a special new feature that will please Indians. The digital assistant, Siri, is now more Cricket savvy. With the new update, Siri will be able to provide you with the latest cricket score updates from International Cricket Council (ICC) and Indian Premier League (IPL). You can now simply ask questions such as What are the 2016 IPL rankings? Who leads the IPL in runs scored? Show me Virat Kohli stats or something as simple as When is the next Cricket match? and Siri will provide you all the answers.
Registered developers can test out the first pre-release version of the iOS 10.3 by installing it from Apple Developer Center or over-the-air with proper configuration profile installed. Before you update, it is to be understood that it is still a beta version and still needs improvement. Hence, it is important to make a backup of all your data before you update.