The update includes security keys, bug fixes, and other improvements.
Apple has released 16.3 iOS is now ready for download, and it includes a number of new features, bug fixes, and Black History Month iPhone designs. The new update arrives around a month after iOS 16.2.
Here are the new features that will be available on your iPhone with iOS 16.3.
Support for the HomePod 2nd generation
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Apple’s iOS 16.3 software will support the second-generation HomePod, which will be available for $299 on February 3rd. Apple revealed the new HomePod four days before the newest iOS software was released.
New Black History Month Unity Wallpaper
As part of Apple’s Black Unity Collection, the newest iOS release includes a new iPhone wallpaper. The Black History Month collection includes a limited-edition Apple Watch Black Unity Sport Loop, a mosaic watch face, and a new iPhone wallpaper. As part of the collection, Apple intends to deliver a variety of Black History Month material for Apple TV, Fitness Plus, Music, Maps, Books, Podcasts, and the App Store.
New applications for Emergency SOS via satellite
Emergency SOS via satellite was unveiled in September during Apple’s 2022 event. The Call with Hold option has been replaced by Call with Hold and Release in iOS 16.3. If you activate Call with Hold and Release, you may start a countdown and an alarm by holding the side and volume buttons simultaneously.
After the countdown, you release the buttons, and your iPhone will automatically dial 911. Previously, while using Call with Hold, tapping the side button and a volume button would bring up the Emergency SOS call slider first. If you kept pressing the buttons, a countdown would begin and an alarm would sound. Your phone would make an emergency call after the countdown was over.
In Emergency SOS, there is also the option to Call Quietly. When you enable this option, your phone will not start flashing or generating an alarm sound when you attempt to make an emergency SOS call.
Apple ID now has access to security keys.
Users may now utilise third-party security keys for their Apple ID instead of two-factor authentication.
Security keys are similar to house keys. Passwords are still used, but this added layer of protection may help protect you from phishing frauds and hackers.
“Hardware security keys are very, very safe,” Diya Jolly, chief product officer at Okta, told CNET’s Stephen Shankland.
Only FIDO Alliance-certified security keys are supported by Apple’s security keys functionality.
The following is a list of new features and updates in iOS 16.3.
- In commemoration of Black History Month, the new Unity wallpaper commemorates Black history and culture.
- Users may increase the security of their Apple ID accounts by requiring a physical security key as part of the two-factor authentication sign-in process on new devices.
- Support for Apple’s HomePod (second generation).
- To avoid unintended emergency calls, emergency SOS calls now require holding the side button with the up or down volume button and then releasing it.
- This update resolves an issue in Freeform where certain sketching strokes made with the Apple Pencil or your finger did not display on shared boards.
- Fixes an issue when the wallpaper on the Lock Screen appears black.
- When waking up the iPhone 14 Pro Max, horizontal lines may show briefly.
- The Home Lock Screen widget no longer displays the Home app state correctly.
- Addresses a problem in which Siri may fail to react appropriately to music requests.
- Resolves situations where Siri queries in CarPlay may not be properly interpreted.