After a long wait due to the holiday season, Apple is starting iOS 16.3 beta testing this week. The second iOS 16.3 beta is now available. This means that from now on we can expect iOS beta updates almost every week. The last major update iOS 16.2 brought some useful features and now it’s time for iOS 16.3 to shine.
The last beta update, iOS 16.3 Beta 1 with support for physical security keys and more, was released in mid-December. And the second beta adds more value to the iOS 16.3 update.
Along with iOS 16.3 Beta 2, Apple also released iPadOS 16.3 Beta 2, watchOS 9.3 Beta 2, macOS Ventura 13.2 Beta 2, macOS Monterey 12.6.3 RC 2, macOS Big Sur 11.7.3 RC 2, and tvOS 16.3 Beta 2. The iOS 16.3 Beta 2 update weighs around 696MB but can vary by model.
The second iOS 16.3 beta update is available for users with build number 20D5035i. This means that we are far away from the Release Candidate build after which the Public build will be released.
Now coming to the interesting part is the new features of iOS 16.3 Beta 2. The update comes with some new features and changes as follows:
- New options in Emergency SOS settings
- The outline for dynamic island activity on dark wallpaper is tweaked further and now the outline is barely visible
- Apple Maps now comes with Parking option in some cities
Apart from these changes, there may be some minor changes in the new update. If you spot any interesting changes, do let us know in the comments section. Expect some bug fixes and performance improvements as well. iOS 16.3 is going to be the third major update since the release of iOS 16 and this is the reason why we might not see more than a few changes.
As of now the iOS 16.3 Beta 2 is rolling out to developers. But soon it will be available to public beta testers maybe within a day. If you have installed iOS 16 beta profile or already using the iOS 16.3 Beta 1, then you can easily check for the update. 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%.