Apple is all set to roll out the latest iOS 16.3 update for iPhone users next week. The new update comes with an important security feature for global users. Includes end-to-end encryption for many additional iCloud data categories, including Photos, Notes, Voice Memos, Message Backups, Device Backups, and more.
The latest iOS 16.3 update also includes a few other changes and features: security keys for Apple ID, advanced data protection, support for the new 2nd generation HomePod, a new Unity wallpaper, and more. With the Apple ID Security Keys feature, you can now use a physical hardware security key to serve as the second layer of authentication for your Apple ID, 9to5mac reported. Also, the iPhone will now wait until you release the buttons to call emergency services, even after the countdown.
Apple iOS 16.3 Update: Advanced Data Protection in iCloud
iCloud’s advanced data protection feature was rolled out late last year with iOS 16.2 in the United States. Now, Apple is expanding this feature beyond the United States. Starting with iOS 16.3, the security feature will be available worldwide.
According to the report, all users will be able to turn on iCloud Advanced Data Protection, an end-to-end encryption feature for almost all data stored in iCloud, including messages, photos, and device backups. iCloud already provides end-to-end encryption for 14 categories of data without Advanced Data Protection turned on. Now, Advanced Data Protection extends this protection to the vast majority of iCloud categories, with major exceptions including the Mail, Contacts, and Calendar apps.
How to enable iCloud Advanced Data Protection
If you want to enable iCloud Advanced Data Protection, open Settings -> [your name] -> iCloud -> Advanced Data Protection and follow the steps to turn it on.
Apple is also fixing the big screen issue on the iPhone 14 Pro Max with iOS 16.3. The company recently acknowledged the issue in an internal memo last week and said a fix was on the way. According to MacRumors, the bug fix indicates that it is a software problem, rather than a hardware defect.
Only the iPhone 15 Pro Max may come with a periscope camera lens
The US-based tech giant Apple is likely planning to bring the periscope camera lens system to the iPhone 15 Pro Max models only. According to a new report, the Pro Max variant will be the only Apple smartphone from 2023 to have a periscope camera. A periscope lens offers optical zoom capabilities. Apple intends to make a ‘Folded Zoom’ periscope telephoto lens an exclusive feature on the iPhone 15 Pro Max this year, The Elec, a South Korean publication has reported. The report corroborates earlier predictions by analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, who previously suggested that the periscope camera would remain exclusive to the larger of the two iPhone Pro models this year. The US-based tech giant is looking for new suppliers for the OIS actuators to be used in the periscope lens for this year’s iPhone 15 Pro Max. The brand will trust the Korean companies LG Innotek and Jahwa Electronics to supply the actuators. The report also claims that Apple will make the periscope lens system a feature of both iPhone 16 Pro models in 2024.
In a periscope system, light entering the telephoto lens is reflected off a mirror tilted toward the camera’s image sensor. The change in the direction light travels allows for a longer “bent” telephoto setting inside phones, allowing users to zoom in further without blurring. Reports have suggested that there will be further differentiation between the iPhone 15 Pro and the iPhone 15 Pro. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has said that the iPhone 15 Pro Max could be rebranded as the iPhone 15 Ultra, like the Apple Watch Ultra. Source: News18