Apple today seeded release candidates for the upcoming iOS 16.3 and iPadOS 16.3 updates to developers for testing purposes, with the new software arriving a week after the second beta builds.
Registered developers can download the iOS 16.3 and iPadOS 16.3 profiles from the Apple Developer Center, and once installed, the beta versions will be available over-the-air.
iOS 16.3 and iPadOS 16.3 add support for physical security keys that can be used as additional protection for an Apple ID. Any FIDO-certified physical security key can be linked to an Apple ID to be used for authentication when signing in to a new device or accessing an Apple ID.
Security keys replace digital verification codes sent to an Apple device when an Apple ID is used, and Apple says the physical key provides strong protection against phishing and unauthorized account access. Please note that two physical security keys are required when using this feature, as there must be a backup in case one is lost. Losing a security key would revoke access to an Apple ID, since Apple cannot override the protection.
In addition to security keys, the beta version also adds more instructions for transferring music from iPhone to HomePod via transfer. Apple’s full notes for the update are below:
This update includes the following improvements and bug fixes:
– New Unity wallpaper pays tribute to black history and culture in celebration of Black History Month.
– Apple ID Security Keys allow users to strengthen their account security by requiring a physical security key as part of the two-factor authentication sign-in process on new devices.
– Support for HomePod (2nd generation)
– SOS emergency calls now require holding the side button with the volume up or down button and then releasing it to avoid inadvertent emergency calls
– Fixes an issue in Freeform where some drawing strokes created with Apple Pencil or your finger might not appear on shared boards
– Fixes an issue where the wallpaper may appear black on the lock screen
– Fixes an issue where horizontal lines may appear temporarily when activating the iPhone 14 Pro Max
– Fixes an issue where the home lock screen widget does not accurately display the status of the home app
– Fixes an issue where Siri may not respond correctly to music requests
– Resolves issues where Siri requests in CarPlay may not be understood correctly
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