Apple releases watchOS 3.2 with new Theatre Mode and SiriKit

Cupertino based tech giant rolls out its fresh batch of updates for iOS, watchOS, tvOS and even the macOS this time. It'll work just as well on an Apple Watch as it will on a MacBook Pro. Your iOS device should then find the update.

When the AirPods aren't connected to the iPhone, the last online location is displayed.

The newest iteration of iOS adds much-needed AirPods support to the "Find My iPhone" feature, allowing those who've (understandably) misplaced one of their wireless earbuds to ping it on a map or play a sound to help pick it out of a messy room or cluttered bag. It works with AirPods that are connected to an iOS device via Bluetooth, meaning it can only locate AirPods that are nearby, but if your AirPods were lost out of range of an iPhone, it does offer up some location clues. Developers have been warned to update their apps of course, but now, iOS 10.3 will show you apps the soon-to-be-incompatible apps on your device. If you own a auto that can be controlled via an automaker app, you gain some cool Siri capabilities, such as checking your car's fuel level and lock status, turning lights on and off, and activating the horn. You can now publicly respond to customer reviews of your app on the App Store for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Hold onto your stinking wickets, cricket fans, because Siri can now give you the scores and statistics for the Indian Premier League and International Cricket Council. The updated Siri is one of those. So if you're looking forward to that, best update your iOS in preparation. There is also improvements including new shortcuts in the status bar, curated playlists in Apple Music and support for UpNext option in Apple Music's Now Playing tab.

When it powers back up, open Settings General Software Update. However, there are limited third party apps with support for the digital assistant. There is also a new Theater Mode that prevents the watch screen from waking up in a movie theater.

This feature is extremely handy given how easy it is to lose the AirPods.

Apple today released iOS 10.3, watchOS 3.2 and tvOS 10.2 (14W265), the first two of all of which bring some pleasing extra functionality to iThings, But the main attraction in the new release is Apple File System, because it adds comprehensive encryption to the iPhone and Apple Watch.

You can now watch videos rented through iTunes across all of your Apple devices (finally). These are of huge use to app developers who wish to test their apps before deploying them on the App Store.

Good news if you have an iOS device because iOS 10.3 officially has been released for iPhones and iPads. Theatre Mode can be activated by swiping up from the bottom of the Apple Watch's display and tapping the drama-masks button.

  • Carolyn Briggs