Alert to millions of iPhone owners: Ignoring a big change could cost you

APPLE is bringing in a new iOS system for iPhone owners, with a change that could be costly if users don’t know about it.

The tech company is altering the way the feature called ‘Call Waiting for Emergency SOS’ works.


Many iPhone users found that they would accidentally activate the Emergency SOS feature; the new update seeks to avoid thisCredit: Apple

The new system iOS 16.3 will be released next week, according to Apple.

And with it, iPhones updated with the newest software will now wait until users release the buttons to call emergency services, even after the countdown.

According to Apple news outlet 9to5mac, which tested a beta version of the system, the tech giant had been asking for feedback on the feature.

Many iPhone users found that they would accidentally activate the Emergency SOS feature and then cancel it before the countdown finished.

The new update seeks to avoid this.

With the iPhone 14s, the latest smartphone released by Apple, Emergency SOS has been integrated into a game-changing shock detection feature.

The device can use its sensors to detect if a car has crashed and automatically call emergency services.

Apple is also introducing the long-awaited security keys for Apple ID.

Security keys are physical tokens that people use as a second layer of authentication.

In iOS 16.3, security keys will replace the passcodes sent to your iPhone when you sign in on another device.

Unfortunately, not all iPhone models can get the latest update.

Here is a list of all supported devices:

  • iPhone 14
  • iphone 14 plus
  • iPhone 14 Pro
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhoneX
  • iPhone 8
  • iphone 8 plus
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation or later)

Once iOS 16.3 is released, experts expect iOS 16.4 beta testing to start almost immediately after.

How to update your iPhone

Your iPhone will inform you if your device needs to be updated.

It will even offer to schedule it for when you are probably asleep and not using the device.

But if you want to do it manually, here is a guide on how to update your iPhone.

Go to settings > General > Software update.

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If you want to go a step further and automate your updates, turn on the Automatic Updates when in the Software update window.

Then turn on Download iOS updates.

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