Download iOS 10.3 Beta 1 for iPhone & iPad – What is New
You can now download iOS 10.3 beta 1 firmware for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. Here's what is new in the update.
Developers Can Now Download iOS 10.3 Beta on Their Mobile Devices
It was rumored a while back that Apple would eventually release iOS 10.3 beta on a certain date. While the rumor missed the release date entirely, developers can download iOS 10.3 beta on their registered mobile devices today.
As you can tell already, the new firmware is geared towards developers only therefore an Apple Developer Program membership is a must. This is something that will set you back $99 on an annual basis. If you have the membership at hand, then you are good to jump into action.
How to Download iOS 10.3 Beta
There are two routes you can take in order to install iOS 10.3 beta onto your device. First one is plain and simple: download the IPSW restore image from Apple's developer portal and restore via iTunes. This will, as you'd expect, erase everything from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, but will give you a clean pre-release installation to play around with. If your files are extremely important to you, then you will be pleased to learn that you can download the update over the air as well. Simply head over to the Apple Developer Program website, then head over to Downloads, and then simply grab the Configuration Profile from there. Once the profile is installed, navigate to Settings > General > Software Update on your device and then tap on Download and Install. Whatever route you take, make sure you back up everything first.
What is New in iOS 10.3 Beta
On the features front, iOS 10.3 beta brings quite a few things to the table. If you are an AirPods owner, then you will be pleased to learn that Apple has added Find My AirPods in the Find My iPhone app. Even the Weather app gets a new 3D Touch action. Apple has even thrown in expanded HomeKit compatible switches accessory support for those deep into home automation. Heck, the Settings app gets a new security section as well. Last but not least, you can now ask Siri about cricket scores.
We will dig deeper into iOS 10.3 beta and report back on our findings. In the meantime, if you are a non-developer, we would suggest holding back from updating as it is unknown as yet how stable (or unstable) the firmware is for daily use. If you are still feeling the adrenaline rush, then go ahead and install the new beta onto your device. Just make sure you do so on an iPhone or iPad that's not your daily driver.