Apple has released iOS 10.3, macOS 10.12.4 Sierra, tvOS 10.2, and watchOS 3.2 updates to the general public, after running them in beta for a while. These updates bring bug fixes and improvements across entire Apple's product lineup, the big highlight being the ability for Siri to show live scores from Indian Premier League (IPL) and International Cricket Council (ICC) cricket matches, apart from answering other queries.
First up, iOS 10.3 brings along the 'Find My AirPods' feature - a much needed addition given the nature of the tiny accessory. This feature is found in the Find My iPhone app, and it means that you can search for the AirPods from the app, as long as they are within Bluetooth range of any of your iOS devices signed into iCloud. Because of the limited range, it isn't as efficient as Find My iPhone, but it's still handy if you lose your AirPods somewhere in your house. Within the app, you can look for the pair, or just one earbud, as you prefer. The AirPods will start emitting a loud sound revealing its hiding place, or the map onscreen can also take you to the lost earbud easily.
Furthermore, Siri gets the ability to show live cricket scores from matches of the IPL and the ICC. The digital assistant will give you real-time ball-by-ball update of the most popular game format in India, a handy feature for all cricket fans in the country (especially with IPL season 10 just around the corner). You can even ask Siri other IPL-related questions like 'What are the 2016 IPL rankings?', 'Who leads the IPL in runs scored?', 'Show me Virat Kohli stats', 'When is the next Cricket match?', and Siri will reply immediately. Match schedules and player rosters can also be checked.
Furthermore, Apple has also added a system-wide API that allows app developers to ask for a review, and even reply to it - building developer-customer dialogue, and iOS 10.3 also brings iCloud Analytics for the first time. The entire changelog is below:
iOS 10.3 introduces new features including the ability to locate AirPods using Find my iPhone and more ways to use Siri with payment, ride booking and automaker apps.
Find My iPhone
Other improvements and fixes
To download the update, ensure that you have good Wi-Fi strength, and your device is charged up to 50 percent at least. Don't forget to backup your iOS device before you download and install the update.
macOS 10.12.4 update is also rolling out and it brings along the iOS Night Shift feature that automatically shifts the colours in your display to the warmer end of the spectrum after dark. With this update, Mac users also get added Siri support for cricket sports scores and statistics for Indian Premier League and International Cricket Council. Apart from this, there are several new features that macOS 10.12.4 brings, and the update is available through the Mac App Store. The entire changelog is given below:
The macOS Sierra 10.12.4 Update improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, and is recommended for all users.This update:
Apple has also upgraded watchOS 3.1.3 to watchOS 3.2 for all Apple Watch users, and as the beta build suggested, it brings along Theatre Mode and SiriKit as the most notable features. The new Theater Mode lets users quickly mute the sound on their Apple Watch and avoid waking the screen on wrist raise. You will still continue to receive notifications (with haptic feedback) while in Theater Mode, and can even view them by pressing the digital crown or tapping on the screen.
But the biggest change with watchOS 3.2 is the introduction of SiriKit which allows developers to tap into Siri for integration. With this, users will be able to ask Siri on their Apple Watch to book a ride, send a message, make a payment, search photos, or make other requests that the app can handle. You can download the latest update through the Apple Watch app by heading to General -> Software Update.
Ensure that you have 50 percent battery, and are running on iOS 10 or later on your iPhone to be able to download the update. Refer Apple's website for detailed instructions on how to update your Apple Watch to the latest OS version.
Apple also rolled out tvOS 10.2 update, and while it doesn’t bring any big changes, the company has been steadily improving the platform with bug fixes and improvements of various kinds. The update is only compatible for the fourth-gen Apple TV, and to launch the update manually, head to Settings app > Navigate to System > Software Updates > Update Software. Specifically, tvOS 10.2 changelog includes:
OS X Yosemite, El Capitan security updates
Interestingly, Apple has also released a security update for Mac machines running OS X Yosemite and El Capitan. The Security Update 2017-001 is being pushed and ‘is recommended for all users and improves the security of OS X.’ Your Mac will mostly prompt you to install it automatically, but if you can’t wait, here are the links for El Capitan and Yosemite users. Because it’s a security update, we recommend all users to download it on their Mac devices.