Apple’s iOS 16.3 update is now available and brings new features, bug fixes and security updates for Phone owners. The update was released alongside updates for other Apple software, such as iPadOS, Safari, and previous versions of iOS. The latest iOS update comes about a month after the release of iOS 16.2.
Here are the new features
Support for the second-gen HomePod
Apple’s iOS 16.3 software will support the second-generation HomePod, which is set to be released on Feb. 3. 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
The latest iOS update includes a new iPhone wallpaper as part of Apple’s Black Unity Collection. The collection celebrates Black History Month with a special-edition Apple Watch Black Unity Sport Loop, a mosaic watch face and the new iPhone wallpaper. Apple also plans to release a selection of Black History Month content for Apple TV, Fitness Plus, Music, Maps, Books, Podcasts and the App Store as part of the collection.
New ways to use Emergency SOS via satellite
In iOS 16.3, the Call with Hold option has been replaced with Call with Hold and Release. If you enable Call with Hold and Release, you can hold the side button and a volume button to initiate a countdown and an alarm. After the countdown, you release the buttons and your iPhone will call emergency services on its own.
Security keys come to Apple ID
Users can now use third-party security keys instead of two-factor authentication for their Apple ID.
“Hardware security keys are very, very secure,” Diya Jolly, chief product officer of authentication service company Okta, told CNET’s Stephen Shankland.
This extra layer of security can help protect you against phishing scams and hackers.