After many weeks of testing, today Apple made iOS 16.3 and iPadOS 16.3 available to the general public. While this is a fairly minor update, there are still several changes worth knowing about.
1. Security keys
Users have the ability to add a third-party security key to their Apple ID account using Security Keys for Apple ID. This key will be required for authentication each time they access their Apple ID or sign in on a new device.
The standard type of authentication used by Apple, the security key, is intended to replace the verification codes that are issued to Apple devices when signing in on another device. According to Apple, physical security keys offer an effective defense against phishing and unauthorized account access.
2. Unity Wallpaper
Black History Month, which falls in February, is commemorated with a new Unity wallpaper that Apple recently released.
3. Advanced data protection for iCloud
The highest degree of data protection in the cloud that Apple offers is provided through Advanced Data Protection for iCloud, which employs end-to-end encryption. With the release of iOS 16.2, the feature became accessible to users in the United States late last year. However, iOS 16.3 makes it available to all users globally for the first time.
To ensure that customers can recover their data if they lose their Apple ID account, Apple maintains encryption keys for specific iCloud data types on its servers by default. When Advanced Data Protection is enabled, encryption keys are removed from Apple’s servers and kept only on the user’s devices, making it impossible for Apple, law enforcement, or anyone else to access the data , even if the iCloud servers are compromised. .
4. HomePod Compatibility
Support for the second-generation HomePod, which debuted last week, is added in iOS 16.3 and iPadOS 16.3. In addition to having a redesigned touch interface, support for humidity and temperature monitoring, Thread connection, an Ul chip, and other features, the HomePod 2 is comparable in size to the original HomePod.
5. Emergency SOS Changes
To prevent unintentional emergency calls, Emergency SOS has been updated. The side button and the volume up or down button should still be pressed to make a call, but both buttons should now be released.
6. Bug fixes
Numerous issues, including Freeform, Lock Screen, and Siri issues, have been fixed in iOS 16.3 and iPadOS 16.3.
- Fixes an issue in Freeform where some sketch strokes made with your finger or Apple Pencil might not appear on shared boards.
- Fixed an issue where the wallpaper on the lock screen might appear black.
- Fixed inaccurate home lock screen widget display of home app state.
7. iPhone 14 Pro Max Screen Repair
When iPhone 14 Pro Max is first activated, we fixed an issue that could cause temporary horizontal lines to appear on the screen, and the lines should no longer appear.
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