iOS 16.3 Beta 1 brings Physical Security Keys support

After releasing the iOS 16.2 update to the public on Tuesday, Apple on Wednesday brought the first beta of iOS 16.3. It’s similar to last year when soon after releasing the public build, Apple started beta testing its next build just before the holidays. The new update is available for iPhone 8 and newer models. Here’s everything you need to know about iOS 16.3 beta 1.

Apple keeps its update track record clean which is what a user wants. iPhone users get updates within a month or two and beta testers get to test new updates almost every week. At the time of the iOS 16 update, Apple received negative feedback due to several major bugs, but with iOS 16.1 it is quite stable. iOS 16.3 beta will add more features to iOS 16.

Apart from iOS 16.3 Beta 1, Apple also released iPadOS 16.3 Beta 1, macOS Ventura 13.2 Beta 1, macOS Monterey 12.6.3 RC, macOS Big Sur 11.7.3 RC, tvOS 16.2 Beta 1, and watchOS 9.3 Beta 1. The latest iOS 16.3 Beta 1 comes with build number 20D5024e. It weighs around 5GB if you switch from the public build.

Most of the features Apple announced during the iOS 16 launch have come to iPhones already. And that’s why we might not see features like iOS 16.1 and iOS 16.2 in the rest of the builds. But still, Apple will add new features which are not been announced yet. Talking about iOS 16.3 beta 1, the update comes with a few changes and new features.

  • New Modem Firmware update 1.40.00
  • Support for Physical Security Keys to log in to Apple IDs. Users can set up security keys and use them to log in to their Apple IDs. Users can add security keys in Settings > Tap username > Password and Security > Add Security Keys
iOS 16.3 Beta 1 Update

The update also shows some splash screens and information pages when opening the app to spread awareness about features like Handoff, Apple Music Sing, and more. There are bug fixes as well as minor changes here and there. We do not know about the battery performance since its new update. Let us know your experience if you are using the first beta.

Currently, the iOS 16.3 Beta 1 is available to developers and public beta testers can expect the update within a day most probably. To get the update you need to install the iOS 16 beta profile if it’s not installed already. Users can check for the update by going to Settings > General > Software Update.

Before updating your iPhone, make sure to backup your data to your PC or iCloud and charge it to at least 50%.

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Computer Science graduate and tech enthusiast. Love testing new tech gadgets ever since my first windows phone from Samsung. Working as a technical writer for more than five years, and I believe I have also developed good SEO skills. In my spare time, I like watching movies, and playing games.

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