Apple today released iOS 16.3, the third major update to the iOS 16 operating system that was first released in September. iOS 16.3 arrives more than a month after the launch of iOS 16.2an update that added the Freeform app, Apple Music Sing, advanced data protection, and more.

‌iOS 16‌‌.3 can be downloaded to eligible iPhones and iPads over-the-air by going to Settings > General > Software Update. Propagating updates to all users may take a few minutes due to high demand. Apple has also released iOS 15.7.3 for iPhone users who have older devices, the update offering security improvements.

Today’s update introduces security keys for Apple ID, enabling physical two-factor authentication that replaces the digital two-factor authentication used for ‌Apple ID‌ logins. There is a new Unity wallpaper, as well as support for the second generation HomePod.

Apple changed Emergency SOS to prevent accidental emergency calls. You can still activate Emergency SOS when you press and hold the side button with the volume up or down button, but no calls will be made until the buttons are released.

A number of bugfixes are also included, with Apple fixing an issue that could cause horizontal lines to temporarily appear on the iPhone 14 Pro Max, a bug that could prevent the Home Lock Screen widget from displaying Home app status correctly, and Siri bugs related to music requests and CarPlay. Apple’s full release notes for the update are below:

This update includes the following improvements and bug fixes:

  • New Unity Wallpaper Pays Homage to Black History and Culture to Celebrate Black History Month
  • Apple ID Security Keys allow users to increase account security by requiring a physical security key as part of the two-factor authentication sign-in process on new devices.
  • HomePod (2nd Gen) support
  • Emergency SOS calls now require holding down the side button with the volume up or down button and then releasing to avoid inadvertent emergency calls
  • Fixes an issue in Freeform where certain drawing strokes created with Apple Pencil or your finger may not appear on shared boards
  • Fixes an issue where the wallpaper may appear black on the lock screen
  • Fixes an issue where horizontal lines may temporarily appear when waking up the iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • Fixes an issue where the Home Lock Screen widget does not accurately display the status of the Home app
  • Fixes an issue where Siri may not respond correctly to music requests
  • Fixes issues where Siri requests in CarPlay may not be understood correctly

More information about all the features of ‌iOS 16‌ can be found in our roundup. Apple has also released an iOS 15.7.3 security update which is available for those still using iOS 15, as well as an iOS 12.5.7 update for those with an even older device.

popular stories

iOS 16.3 for iPhone launching next week with these 4 new features

In a recent press release, Apple confirmed that iOS 16.3 will be released next week. The software update will be available for iPhone 8 and newer and will include a handful of new features, changes, and bug fixes. Below, we’ve rounded up the more important features of iOS 16.3, including support for physical security keys as a two-factor authentication option for Apple ID accounts, worldwide. .

Apple breaks a 13-year tradition by announcing new products in January

Apple this week broke a tradition it has maintained for 13 years by announcing new products in the first month of the year. This week, Apple unexpectedly announced several new products, including updated 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros powered by M2 Pro and M2 Max, a new Mac mini with M2 and M2 Pro, and an updated HomePod. As it has done occasionally, Apple announced the latest…

iPhone 15 Pro rumored to feature ultra-thin curved bezels

The iPhone 15 Pro models will have thinner curved bezels than the iPhone 14 Pro models, which could result in an Apple Watch-like appearance, according to the leaker known as “ShrimpApplePro”. ShrimpApplePro clarified that the next-generation “Pro” iPhone models will still have flat screens, since only the bezels need to be curved. According to a source speaking to the leaker,…

Benchmark results reveal the graphics performance of the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips

The first graphics-focused benchmark results have surfaced for Apple’s M2 Pro and M2 Max chips, offering a closer look at GPU performance improvements. Metal scores on Geekbench reveal that the M2 Pro with a 19-core GPU and the M2 Max with a 38-core GPU in the new MacBook Pros deliver around 30% faster graphics performance than the M1 Pro and M1 Max, according to to the claims announced by Apple. . The…

Apple releases new firmware for AirPods, AirPods Pro and AirPods Max

Apple today introduced new firmware 5B59 for AirPods 2, AirPods 3, original AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max, starting with firmware 5B58 released in November. Apple doesn’t offer immediately available release notes on what’s included in current firmware updates for the AirPods‌, but the company maintains a support document with version information. There’s no…

Hands-on experience with new HomePod reveals ‘exquisite’ audio quality

One of the first hands-on experiences with the new second-generation HomePod offered new details on the quality and performance of the latest smart speaker compared to the original HomePod launched in 2018. TechRadar’s Lance Ulanoff had the chance to listen to the new HomePod during a listening session by Apple for members of the media and shared his experience with the speaker. According to …

iOS 16.3 is coming next week: here’s what’s new

Wednesday, January 18, 2023 6:32 AM PST by Sami Fati

Apple today announced that iOS 16.3 will be available to iPhone customers next week, bringing just a few new features and improvements to iPhone customers around the world. In a press release today announcing new Apple Watch bands, Apple said iOS 16.3 will be available next week as a requirement for a new iOS 16 wallpaper. Along with iOS 16.3, we are also expecting iPadOS 16.3, watchOS 9.3 and…