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Apple iOS 16.3 Update: New Features on your iPhone

Apple’s iOS 16.3 update is available now, and it brings new features, bug fixes, and more security update to your iPhone. The update was released alongside updates to other Apple software, such as iPadOS, Safari, and previous versions of iOS. The latest iOS update comes almost a month after the release of iOS 16.2.

Here are the new features coming to your iPhone with iOS 16.3.

Support for 2nd-gen HomePod

Apple’s iOS 16.3 software will support second generation homepod, which is set to release on February 3 for $299 (£299, AU$479). Apple announced the release of the new HomePod four days before the latest iOS software was made available.

New Unity Wallpaper for Black History Month

Apple includes a new iPhone wallpaper as part of the latest iOS update Black Unity Collection, The collection celebrates Black History Month with a special-edition Apple Watch Black Unity Sport loop, Mosaic watch face, and new iPhone wallpapers. Apple also plans to release a selection of Black History Month content Apple TV, fitness plus, Music, Maps, Books, Podcasts and as part of the App Store collection.

New ways to use Emergency SOS via satellite

Emergency SOS via satellite was introduced on Apple event in September, In iOS 16.3,call with hold replaced with optioncall with hold and release, if you enablecall with hold and release, You can press and hold the Side button and the Volume button to start the countdown and alarm. After the countdown, you release the button and your iPhone will automatically call emergency services. before thiscall with hold, Pressing the Side button and the Volume button will first bring up the Emergency SOS Call slider. If you continue to hold the buttons, the countdown starts and the alarm goes off. After the countdown ends, your phone will make an emergency call.

is also an optioncall quietly In Emergency SOS. With this option enabled, your phone will not start flashing or sounding an alarm when you try to make an emergency SOS call.

Security keys come with Apple ID

Users can now use third-party security keys instead of two-factor authentication for their Apple IDs.

Security keys are like keys to your house. You still use a password, but this extra layer of security can help protect you from phishing scams and hackers.

“Hardware security keys are very, very secure,” said Dia Jolly, chief product officer at authentication service company Okta.CNET’s Stephen Shankland.

Apple’s Security Keys only work with FIDO Alliance-certified security keys.

Here is the list of new features and changes included in iOS 16.3.

  • New Unity Wallpapers honors Black history and culture in celebration of Black History Month.
  • Security Keys for Apple IDs allow users to strengthen the security of their accounts 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 releasing to prevent accidental emergency calls.
  • Fixes an issue in Freeform where some drawing strokes made with the Apple Pencil or your finger might not appear on shared boards.
  • Addresses an issue where the wallpaper on the lock screen may appear black.
  • Fixes an issue where horizontal lines could temporarily appear when waking the iPhone 14 Pro Max.
  • Fixes an issue where the Home lock screen widget did not accurately display the state of the Home app.
  • Addresses an issue where Siri may not properly respond to music requests
  • Fixes an issue where Siri requests in CarPlay may not be interpreted correctly.


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