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iOS 16.3 features: update will fix annoying iPhone 14 Pro Max bug

Apple has confirmed that the upcoming release of iOS 16.3 will address a persistent bug in the company’s flagship smartphone, the iPhone 14 Pro Max.

In the release notes for the latest beta version of iOS 16.3, which is the release candidate, Apple says the update “addresses an issue where horizontal lines may temporarily appear while activating” your more expensive phone.

iPhone users have been complaining about the glitch for a few weeks, with many saying it appears when they restart the phone, as well as when the phone wakes up from its temporary slumber.

There aren’t many new features packed into the third major update to iOS 16, which is scheduled to arrive early next week and bring support for the new HomePod (2nd generation) announced yesterday.

There will be support for physical security keys, while the company is also expanding iCloud Advanced Data Protection to the rest of the world, after launching it in the US in iOS 16.2.

This feature offers end-to-end encryption for almost everything you back up through iCloud, including iMessage backups, notes, and photos. Not even Apple will be able to decrypt the backups, only the user’s trusted devices.

Elsewhere, other bugs are being squashed within this release, including issues with lock screen wallpaper, Siri music requests, and the Home app. They are described in the release notes as follows:

  • Fixes an issue where the wallpaper may appear black on the lock screen
  • 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

We’ll let you know when Apple releases the update next week and if there are any additional features in the final version. Anyone for Apple Music Classic?

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