iOS 16.3 Release Candidate brings iCloud Advanced Data Protection for everyone and more

After releasing the new MacBook Pros and the new Mac Mini yesterday, the iOS 16.3 RC build is here for developers and beta testers today. Last week, the tech giant released the second beta of it but the build number was no hint for the release candidate. But through last year’s history, we all expected the Release Candidate this week. And as expected the iOS 16.3 RC is here.

Yes, the release candidate update is available after only two beta updates, unlike previous iOS 16 builds.

Along with iOS 16.3 RC, Apple also released iOS15.7.3 RC, iPadOS 15.7.3 RC, iPadOS 16.3 RC, watchOS 9.3 RC, tvOS 16.3 RC, macOS Monterey 12.6.3 RC3, macOS Big Sur 11.7.3 RC3, macOS Ventura 13.2 RC, and some AirPods firmware update.

The iOS 16.3 Release Candidate update is available to testers with build number 20D47. Since its a release candidate which is considered stable for testers, it weighs more at around 5GB.

Talking about changes, the release candidate includes all the changes from Beta 1 and Beta 2. Plus you get to see some other changes and performance improvements including new Unity wallpapers honor Black history and culture in celebration of Black History Month, support for second-generation HomePod, expands the iCloud Advanced Data Protection globally, security keys for Apple ID, a new way to make Emergency SOS calls, and more.

iOS 16.3 addresses a bunch of issues including the issue of incorrect data showing on Home Lock Screen widget, wallpaper appearing black on the Lock Screen, horizontal lines showing on iPhone 14 Pro Max, and more. Here’s the complete release notes coming with iOS 16.3.

iOS 16.3 Release Candidate – What’s New

  • 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 latest iOS 16.3 release candidate is available to users who opted for the beta by installing iOS 16 beta profile. But if you haven’t installed the beta profile you can wait for the public build which will release next week probably.

To manually check for the update go to Settings > General > Software update. Download and install the update and restart your device. Don’t forget to back up your data and charge your iPhone to at least 50% before the update.

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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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