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These are the security issues and more fixed with iOS 16.3

With iOS 16.2, Apple released Freeform, a whiteboard app that lets you collaborate on journals, mood boards, games, notes, and more with others. Tap or click here to learn more about this inspiring app.

Apple released iOS 16.3 this week, adding security features and cosmetic options. This is what’s new.

Support for physical security keys

Apple is adding a Security Keys feature, which allows you to use third-party physical security keys to strengthen your two-factor authentication.

These security keys look like a USB flash drive or a tag and are used for verification when you sign in with your Apple ID. You need two pieces of information for 2FA. In this case, the first will be your Apple ID password and the second will be a physical security key. This provides additional protection against targeted cyber attacks.

Apple requires FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) certified security keys, which can connect to your device via NFC (Near Field Communication) and USB-A, USB-C, and Lightning ports. You must add and maintain at least two security keys.

This is how to set up security keys for your iPhone:

  • Opened settings and touch your name.
  • Faucet Password and security > Add security keys.
  • Follow the instructions on the screen to add your keys.
  • Review the devices associated with your Apple ID, then choose to stay signed in to all active devices or sign out of the ones you don’t want to access your account.

Other fixes

Apple listed a dozen security fixes involving apps like Mail, Maps, Safari, and Weather. Further fixes addressed exploits that can lead to arbitrary code execution and denial of service.

Emergency SOS has been updated to prevent accidental emergency calls. You still have to hold the side buttons to make calls, but now you have to release them as well.

Emergency SOS is on our list of settings you should check on your iPhone now.

Error correction

These are the bugs that Apple fixed with the latest version of iOS:

  • Fixed an issue in Freeform where some drawing strokes created with an Apple Pencil or your finger might not appear on shared boards.
  • Fixed an issue where the wallpaper could appear black on the lock screen.
  • Fixed an issue where horizontal lines may temporarily appear when activating your iPhone 14 Pro Max.
  • Fixed an issue where the home lock screen widget would not accurately display the status of the home app.
  • Fixed an issue where Siri could not properly respond to music requests.
  • Fixed issues where Siri could not understand requests made in CarPlay.

more support

iOS 16.3 also adds support for Apple’s second-generation HomePod, which will launch in early February. The updated smart speaker adds a backlit touch surface, room detection acoustics, and a new built-in temperature and humidity sensor.

Additionally, Apple added a new Unity wallpaper to celebrate Black History Month.

Update your iPhone now

Updating your iPhone is as easy as going to Settings > General Software Update and selecting download and install.

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