iPhone and iPad Get iOS 10.3.1 Release, Apple Says
The small update includes bug fixes and improved security.
Just weeks after the iOS 10.3 release Apple rolls out the small 50MB updates to fix bugs and security issues. Specifically, the update fixes two major drawbacks of the system: the vulnerability in Safary Browser that made possible DDoS attacks by hackers and a Wi-Fi flaw that allowed a culprit to execute arbitrary code on the Wi-Fi chip.
The iOS 10.3.1 update is now available free to download over the air or through iTunes for all iOS 10 users. The next update 10.3.2 has been sent to developers earlier for beta-testing. It’s expected to bring further fixes in the security system.
We remind our readers all the nice sweet features the iOS 10.3 arrived with:
Find My AirPods: It’s not a search engine like with Find My iPhone or iPad, because the AirPods sport neither GPS module nor network access. This feature is rather a log that shows the last time AirPods were connected to your handset. So it helps to find the forgotten earphones but not the stolen one.
App Transition Animations: Apple added a subtle change to the transition animations that are shown as apps open and close in iOS 10.3. They move faster and have more rounded edges. While insignificant and perhaps obscure for the inattentive user, the animation goes a long way to improve the interface speed.
Weather in Maps: The Maps app now features the 3D Touch weather icon to see a local forecast for the area.
Apple ID Profile: The Settings app got a new Apple ID profile section at the top of the first screen. The security settings, full contact profile, iCloud account details, payment information, App Store settings, Family Sharing settings and more are placed in a single page as well as the list of every Apple device you’re signed in at the moment.
iCloud Storage: The iCloud settings page shows the part of the iCloud storage used.
New File System: Installing iOS 10.3 will automatically convert the the iPhone or iPad file system from HFS+ to APFS. APFS is better optimized for NAND flash storage and provides quicker access to files and more complicated encryption.
Voice Call Continuity for Verizon: Verizon Wireless subscribers must appreciate this one, as the iCloud calling features are now finally supported by Verizon. The calls are available on Mac, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple Watch.
Podcasts Widget: This Widget is meant for Podcasts fans.
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