Apple releases iOS 16.3 with Security Keys for Apple ID and More

After testing the iOS 16.3 build in beta for about a month, Apple released it to everyone with eligible iPhones. The new major iOS update comes with some new features and several improvements. We are also expecting bug fixes in the latest build. Let’s find out more about the latest iOS 16.3 update.

The new iOS update is available for all devices eligible for iOS 16, which means the iPhone 8 and newer. This is the third major update after the iOS 16 release. Apple only released two beta builds for iOS 16.3, and last week released the Release Candidate update.

Along with the iOS 16.3 update, Apple also released, iPadOS 16.3, watchOS 9.3, iOS 15.7.3, iPadOS 15.7.3, macOS Ventura 13.2, macOS Monterey 12.6.3, macOS Big Sur 11.7.3, and iOS 12.5.7. This means all iPhones launched in the last nine years are getting an update.

The major update, iOS 16.3 is available to the public with build number 20D47. This is the same build number as the Release Candidate build released last week. Several users who have installed iOS 16.3 RC are reportedly getting major issues like touch stop working, all items missing from the screen, and more.

iOS 16.3 Update

As per initial impression, there is no such major issue in iOS 16.3 public build. But it is still too early to say, so I would say wait for a few days and analyze what is happening with the update and then decide.

Talking about changes and new features, iOS 16.3 brings new unity wallpapers, security keys for Apple ID, Advanced Data Protection expanding to more regions, and more. You can check the full official changelog below.

What’s New in iOS 16.3

  • New Unity wallpaper honors Black history and culture in celebration of Black History Month
  • Security Keys for Apple ID allow users to strengthen the security of their account by requiring a physical security key as part of the two factor authentication sign in process on new devices
  • Support for HomePod (2nd generation)
  • Emergency SOS calls now require holding the side button with the up or down volume button and then releasing in order to prevent inadvertent emergency calls
  • Fixes an issue in Freeform where some drawing strokes created with Apple Pencil or your finger may not appear on shared boards
  • Addresses an issue where the wallpaper may appear black on the Lock Screen
  • Fixes an issue where horizontal lines may temporarily appear while waking up iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • Fixes an issue where the Home Lock Screen widget does not accurately display Home app status
  • Addresses an issue where Siri may not respond properly to music requests
  • Resolves issues where Siri requests in CarPlay may not be understood correctly

The new iOS update is available to the Public over the air. So if you haven’t received the update yet, it will be available soon. So if you have an eligible iPhone, check for the update by going to Settings > General > Software Update. Once the update is available tap the Download and Install button. As iOS 16.3 public build is the same as the RC build, so you will not receive the update if you already updated to iOS 16.3 RC.

Before updating your iPhone to iOS 16.3, make sure to take a backup of important data and charge it to at least 50%.

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Ashutosh singh

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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