Updates to iOS 16.3 and iPadOS 16.3 have begun rolling out to eligible iPhone and iPad models. The stable updates for iOS 16.3, iPadOS 16.3 come 4 months after the initial iOS 16 update was released by the Cupertino, California-based technology giant. Apple’s recent smartphones will now support Advanced Data Protection, which adds support for end-to-end encryption on iCloud. The update also adds support for security keys, meaning Apple devices now support physical security keys for two-factor authentication. The update also brings other bug fixes, performance improvements, and introduces support for Apple HomePod (2nd generation) on supported iPhone models.
According to Apple changelog Announcing the stable iOS 16.3 update, users on iPhone 8 and newer models can now enable advanced data protection on their iCloud accounts, which protects data from apps like Messages, Photos, and Safari. Meanwhile, the latest iOS 16.3 and iPadOS 16.3 updates also introduce support for using physical security keys for two-factor authentication when logging in to an Apple ID for added security.
As part of the latest iOS 16.3, Apple has also introduced support for the new HomePod (2nd Generation) that allows for easy pairing and music transfer between iPhone devices and the Apple HomePod (2nd Generation).
Meanwhile, the Emergency SOS calling mechanism has also been updated on iOS 16.3, requiring the user to release the power and volume buttons to trigger an emergency SOS call. The update also fixes an issue with the FreeForm app where lines drawn with Apple Pencil or by hand were not appearing on shared boards.
The update also fixes bugs that caused lock screen blackouts, horizontal lines when waking up the iPhone 14 Pro Max, the Home lock screen widget not displaying the Home app status correctly, and Siri not responding to music requests , the company said.
Apple also introduced a new Unity wallpaper that the company previously announced as part of its Black History Month celebration in the US in February, as part of the iOS 16.3 update.