Seventh Beta for iOS 10.3 and macOS 10.12.4 Released – What’s New?

iOS 10.3 beta 8 released to developers and beta testers

Yet another beta version for iOS 10.3 has been released alongside macOS 10.12.4 beta. Both betas are the seventh version of the respective operating systems. The new betas are currently available to registered Apple developers and public beta testers, so if you’re neither of those, don’t expect to see the update waiting for you.

With beta versions coming fast and furious for iOS 10.3, we could see the public release come out sometime in the next month. Most of the features have already been spotted, so it’s likely that Apple is working on bug fixes and general UI and functionality improvements. Here’s a list of known features on iOS 10.3, as compiled by 9to5Mac:

  • Find My AirPods added to Find My iPhone app
  • Siri support for cricket scores from Indian Premier League and International Cricket Council
  • Safari support for Reduced Motion preference
  • Prominent user security section in Settings app
  • iOS 10.3 uses new Apple File System (APFS) which may free up some space
  • Podcasts app has a widget like Music app, same app design
  • New system level way for developers to request app rating, opt out option in Settings
  • CarPlay status bar has persistent quick access to media, communication, and travel apps for quick switching without accessing the Home screen
  • CarPlay gains quick access to albums from songs in Music, new Up Next screen
  • Weather data in Maps app now has 3D Touch forecast

Apple has also released macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 7 (16E191a), again for devs and beta testers. The release comes just three days after the sixth beta dropped to testers and devs. Here’s what we know about feature additions up until this beta:

  • Night Shift mode ported over from iOS, where it was first introduced in iOS 9.3. Brings blue light reduction, which helps normalize your sleeping patterns if you’re a night user.
  • Cricket scores on Siri
  • iCloud Analytics option
  • Dictation support for additional languages

So, how soon is iOS 10.3 likely to drop as a public release? Looking at the timelines for past iOS 10 versions, iOS 10.3 has had the longest one except for the first iOS 10.0.

The first iOS 10 version went into beta 8 before going into the golden master (GM) build, which is the final build for developers in the beta phase. Apart from a few exceptions, all iOS builds in the past have gone through the GM phase before being released to the public.

Beta 8 is quite rare for iOS and we haven’t seen it too many times. That implies one of two things: either it will go into a GM build very soon, or into a beta 8 before a GM. If they haven’t planned for a GM, then it could release right after beta 7 or after a possible beta 8.

In any case, we’re very close to a public release for iOS 10.3. In an earlier article, we outlined exactly what you need to do to prepare your device for the upgrade to iOS 10.3. Please review the article linked below:

iOS 10.3 Likely to Drop in March, Get Your iPhone and iPad Ready for the Update

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