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Apple releases iOS 10.3 public beta 1

Zach Epstein
January 26th, 2017 at 1:36 PM
iOS 10.3 Public Beta Download

Apple released a fresh new iOS beta on Tuesday, but iOS 10.3 beta 1 was initially made available only to developers. Why? While it is true that Apple typically releases developer betas and public betas at the same time, the company always waits a while between a developer release and a public beta release with the first beta for each new iOS version. Since public betas are installed on iPhones and iPads owned by end users while developer betas are theoretically only installed on test devices, Apple just likes to ensure that there aren’t any major bugs before new software is pushed out to the public.

Well, it’s been a day and iOS 10.3 public beta 1 is now available to download on any compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

We went over all of the new features added to iOS 10.3 in a post earlier today, but we’ll give you a quick rundown again right here. “Find My AirPods” is the big addition, allowing AirPods owners to locate lost AirPods by viewing their last known location on a map. There are also new app transition animations, a new Apple ID profile page in Settings, a new 3D Touch feature in the Maps app, and more.

But now it’s time to stop reading about iOS 10.3 public beta 1 and start installing iOS 10.3 public beta 1. Apple’s new public beta is available as an over the air (OTA) download to anyone registered with Apple’s public beta program. Simply open the Settings app, go to General and tap Software Update, and follow the on-screen instructions to download and install iOS 10.3 public beta 1.

Here’s the fill list of compatible devices:

  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad 4th generation
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2
  • iPod touch 6th generation
Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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