Apple iOS 10.3 Release Has A Great Secret Feature – Forbes

iOS 10.3 is a big release packed full of new features, but dig deep and you will find it also has a very popular one that has not been included in the official release notes… 

‘Great Secret Features’ and ‘Nasty Surprises’ are my regular columns investigating operating system updates for the best features / biggest problems hidden behind the headlines.

Apple iOS 10 has had an eventual time since it was first released in September. Image credit: Apple

Apple iOS 10 has had an eventual time since it was first released in September. Image credit: Apple

Buried in the settings of iOS 10.3 is the ability for Verizon customers to make WiFi calls. Discovered by MacRumors, simply navigate to Settings > Phone > Calls on Other Devices and toggle it on. This brings Verizon customers parity with iPhone owners on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile who have had access to WiFi calling for some time.

What Is WiFi Calling?

In short: WiFi calling allows iPhone users to make and receive WiFi calls on all their other iCloud-connected devices whether that is an iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch or Mac. Perhaps the smartest part of WiFi Calling is that it still works even if your iPhone is on a different WiFi network or switched off. This can come in very useful if your iPhone is out of battery.

WiFi Calling in iOS 10 now comes to Verizon. Image credit: MacRumors

WiFi Calling in iOS 10 now comes to Verizon. Image credit: MacRumors

While Verizon customers will be delighted by this addition, it is actually long overdue. After all not only do the network’s biggest rivals all have WiFi Calling already, but so do many smaller US carriers like MetroPCS and Simple Mobile. It has also been rolled out by several international carriers.

Verizon customers eager for WiFi Calling should jump on the iOS 10.3 beta release which is available now. If you haven’t signed up for iOS beta releases this can be done at Apple’s Beta Software Program site. Note bugs are often found in betas so if you prefer to wait for the final release of iOS 10.3 it remains about a month away.

The bright side? It hopefully gives Apple time to address the serious bugs in iOS 10.2.1

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