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Apple began seeding the first beta version of its forthcoming iOS 10.3 software update to developers yesterday afternoon. And while the majority of iOS 10.3’s features and enhancements are still in the process of being discovered, we can now confirm with near certainty that Verizon Wireless customers, in particular, have an extra special treat to look forward to.
That’s because, according to several developers who’ve already downloaded the new beta, deep within their system preferences it was discovered that Big Red is finally ready to flip the switch on Wi-Fi calling via other iCloud devices. That’s right, folks! Verizon will finally be joining the likes of its fiercest competitors — AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint — who have all had this feature active for a while now.
In any case, to be more specific about Verizon’s forthcoming “Integrated Calling” feature: it will supposedly allow iPhone owners to conduct calls from their other iCloud-compatible devices — just so long as the customer’s iPhone and [their other device] are affiliated with the same Apple ID. In practice, users who own a Verizon-connected iPhone, and an Apple Watch, just for example, will be able to conduct a phone call on either device. Not only that, but the iPhone, itself, wouldn’t even have to be on in order for a call to come through and be accepted on your Apple Watch.
Other Apple devices that currently support Wi-Fi calling include the Apple Watch, iPad, iPod Touch, and some iMac computers dated 2012 or later.
What’s unclear at this point is whether or not the feature will be enabled at the time iOS 10.3 is seeded to the public; or, perhaps more likely, if it will come at a later time once Verizon determines it’s ready to get the ball rolling. Either way, though: the fact that Wi-Fi calling is showing up as a feature for some developers in the first place is a clear indication that it’s looming somewhere over the imminent horizon.
Learn More: How to Turn on Wi-Fi Calling
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