Apple’s Latest iPhone Update Could Give Users More Storage
Apple’s latest iOS update may not include any flashy new features like a magnifying glass function or the previousl rumored theater mode, but it could make your iPhone faster and give you more storage space. And really, what more could you ask for? (Okay, extended battery life is always welcome. But speed and storage are up there.)
After Apple rolled out the iOS 10.3 update yesterday, Apple engineer Renaud Lienhart tweetedthat the new operating system “feels ‘snappier’ because many animations were slightly tweaked & shortened, for the better.” Thrillist reports that the change, though not officially documented by Apple, streamlines the animation that appears when you open and close apps on your phone. That improvement is accompanied by a new file system (Apple File System, or APFS) that converts the files on your iPhone to a new format. And, while that sounds rather dull, the change could also speed up your phone’s functions and give you more storage space. Mashablereports that multiple iPhone users have been pleasantly surprised with extra gigabytes of storage after installing the software update. Before you get super excited and race to install the update, though, be sure to back up your phone. Mashable also reports that there’s a chance you could lose some files in the switch to the new system.
The iOS 10.3 update isn’t all behind-the-scenes, invisible changes, though. There’s good news for AirPods users, particularly those concerned about losing the little wireless earbuds: Forbesreports that the “Find My iPhone” app can now help you find your AirPods, either by making one or both buds play a sound or by showing you on the map the last location where they were connected to your device.
The new update also includes the ability to add a Podcast widget to your Control Center, so you can have quick and easy access to your favorite podcasts, just by swiping right from your home screen, lock screen, or notification center.
There’s also good news for those of us who feel the need to check the weather as often as possible: It can now be done via the Maps app by 3D-Touching the weather icon.
And for Verizon Wireless customers, iOS 10.3 will now allow you to make (and receive) WiFi calls from your other iCloud connected devices. According to Forbes, the feature is compatible with the iPad and iPod touch on iOS 9 or later, and Apple Watch on watchOS 2 or later, and Mac (2012 and later) on OS X El Capitan or later. You do have to enable the feature, which you can do by going to Settings app > Phone > Wi-Fi Calling. To enable specific devices, go to Settings app > Phone > Calls on Other Devices > Toggle on. This update is new for Verizon customers, but it’s also available for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, MetroPCS, and Simple Mobile users.
Apple also made some updates to Siri (she can now help you pay bills and schedule rides with Uber), settings (a new iCloud section in your Apple ID Settings menu gives you a breakdown of your storage), CarPlay (you can easily access your three most recently used apps and locate electric vehicle charging stations), among other minor changes.
As for that rumored theater mode? It has made its debut on the Apple Watch, but we’re still left in the dark (get it?) about whether or not it’ll eventually come to the iPhone as well.