iOS 10.3 Beta 3 Changes And New Features: App Compatibility And More

Here’s iOS 10.3 beta 3 changes and new features that we have discovered so far in this latest beta seed that Apple has made available to those on Apple Developer Program.

As you may already know by now, Apple today unleashed a slew of new beta releases for its iPhone, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV’s operating systems, and they can all be downloaded from the usual channels as of right now. If you do just that, you will be using the very latest that Apple has to offer, and with iOS 10.3 beta 3, that means, well, bug fixes. But who doesn’t like to see the back of some pesky bugs?

With iOS 10.3 beta 3 now in the hands of beta testers via the Apple Developer Program, those testers are now working their way through the system to see what has changed, what is broken and what is now fixed when compared to the beta that came before it. Apple’s own changelogs are often less than forthcoming about such things, and as of this moment, it is looking likely that this beta release is all about fixing problems.

Alongside the usual array of bug fixes and under-the-hood improvements though, there is at least one change that is easily discoverable. Within the Settings app (Settings > General > About > Applications > App Compatibility), anyone running iOS 10.3 beta 3 will notice a new “App Compatibility” section.

In here, users will find a list of any installed apps that are not yet made up of a 64-bit binary. Those with old apps, whether they are simply not being worked on by the developer or have not been updated by the user for whatever reason, will see a list naming and shaming them.

If any update is available, users will be prompted to download that update right from within the Settings app. If not, Apple urges users to contact the app’s developer and request one be built. We can’t wait to see how that goes down!

Of course, this being a beta, it’s possible this will never see the light of day, and that makes plenty of sense. We don’t see Apple exposing users to this kind of thing, no matter how much it wants developers to get their act together.

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