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.
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. .
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