iOS 10.3 Released – Apple File System, New Settings Panel, Ton of Security Updates, Car Play Improvements and more!

Apple just pushed out the iOS 10.3 update, and this one includes major changes including the brand new File System.

Apple File System

With iOS 10.3, your iOS device will automatically update it’s file system from HFS+ to APFS. This new file system is supposed to make iOS faster, more secure and free more space for the end user. This is VERY IMPORTANT that before doing this update, you should back up your phone with iTunes to make sure data is not lose in case there is problem during the updating process. If you’re not sure how to backup your device, see this. We recommend doing the backup with a computer if you have one nearby however if not a iCloud backup will be fine but, remember it will backup less things and usually take more time.


New Dashboard Profile

If you look in the settings after the update you’ll see that there are is a now a section at the very top, which will include all the information form your Apple ID. This includes the previous settings, along with all your other devices using that Apple ID and a quick way to pull up information about these devices.

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The “Super-Secret” Stuff

The WikiLeaks leaked documents a few weeks ago containing some of the tools/exploits the CIA uses to spy on it’s citizens. This document included a lot of exploits for iOS, to which Apple responded by saying they were all already patched. However it, even though it may come as a surprise to some people, iOS 10.3 has a long list of exploits it patched itself, 65 to be exact. You can find the full list of exploits patched here.

The Little Stuff

Find My iPhone

  • View the current or last-known location of your AirPods
  • Play a sound on one or both AirPods to help you find them


  • Support for paying and checking status of bills with payment apps
  • Support for scheduling with ride-booking apps
  • Support for checking car fuel level, lock status, turning on lights, and activating horn with automaker apps
  • Cricket sports scores and statistics for Indian Premier League and International Cricket Council


  • Shortcuts in the status bar for easy access to last-used apps
  • Apple Music Now Playing screen gives access to Up Next and the currently playing song’s album
  • Daily curated playlists and new music categories in Apple Music

Other improvements and fixes

  • Rent once and watch your iTunes movies across your devices
  • New Settings unified view for your Apple ID account information, settings, and devices
  • Hourly weather in Maps using 3D Touch on the displayed current temperature
  • Support for searching “parked car” in Maps
  • Calendar adds the ability to delete an unwanted invite and report it as junk
  • Home app support to trigger scenes using accessories with switches and buttons
  • Home app support for accessory battery level status
  • Podcast support for 3D Touch and Today widget to access recently updated shows
  • Podcast shows or episodes are shareable to Messages with full playback support
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent Maps from displaying your current location after resetting
  • Location & Privacy
  • VoiceOver stability improvements for Phone, Safari, and Mail

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Dhrumil Shah

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