Apple’s iOS 16.3 update is out with iPhone 14 bug fixes, HomePod 2 support, and security keys
All the changes in one list
- New Unity wallpaper honors Black history and culture in celebration of Black History Month;
- Security Keys for Apple ID allow users to strengthen the security of their account by requiring a physical security key as part of the two factor authentication sign in process on new devices;
- Support for HomePod (2nd generation);
- Emergency SOS calls now require holding the side button with the up or down volume button and then releasing in order to prevent inadvertent emergency calls;
- Fixes an issue in Freeform where some drawing strokes created with Apple Pencil or your finger may not appear on shared boards;
- Addresses an issue where the wallpaper may appear black on the Lock Screen;
- Fixes an issue where horizontal lines may temporarily appear while waking up iPhone 14 Pro Max;
- Fixes an issue where the Home Lock Screen widget does not accurately display Home app status;
- Addresses an issue where Siri may not respond properly to music requests;
- Resolves issues where Siri requests in CarPlay may not be understood correctly.
What are the most exciting new features and enhancements?
In terms of all-new features and capabilities, perhaps the most important thing included here are security keys for Apple ID, which are… pretty well-explained above. Of course, you will need to purchase an actual physical key to improve your Apple ID security and prevent the hacking of your account, but if you’re someone who constantly fears something like that could happen to them, it’s definitely nice to get the extra two-factor authentication option.
It’s pretty rare for something like that to happen, of course, but it’s better to be safe than sorry, especially when there seem to be no game-changing or life-altering upgrades baked into this new OS iteration. iPadOS 16.3 is also rolling out for supported iPads with a significantly shorter changelog and its marquee new feature “borrowed” from iOS 16.3: support for security keys for Apple ID fortification.
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