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Apple's latest iOS 16.3 update is now available for your iPhone


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iOS 16.3 released

The latest iOS update, iOS 16.3, began rolling out to iPhone users on Monday. With this update, Apple brings some small but noteworthy changes and new features to the app. The company is also providing users with a new wallpaper option in honor of Black History Month.

Let's take a quick look at some of the features iOS 16.3 is bringing to your mobile device.

The biggest new feature is the Security Keys option, which allows users to require a physical security key when setting up a new device or resetting their passwords. The physical security key would replace the verification codes sent to your existing devices as part of the two-factor authentication process. According to Apple, the feature will only work with third-party hardware that is FIDO certified.

If you ever find yourself needing to use Apple's Emergency SOS with Satellite option, the latest update provides a new way to do so. Users will need to hold down the side button plus one of the volume control buttons and then release the buttons after a short countdown. This new feature seems to address the issue of accidental use of the Emergency SOS feature.

In addition to these changes and new features, Apple is including a new iPhone wallpaper as part of its Black Unity collection to celebrate Black History Month.

The new iOS 16.3 also brings support for the new Homepod 2, which hit stores next month.

A full list of other assorted updates and bug fixes from Apple in iOS 16.3:

  • 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

If you have an iPhone 8 or newer, you can check for the update by going to Settings on your iPhone, tapping General, then hitting Software Update.

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