iOS 16.3 for iPhone is now available to everyone: here's what's new

After a month of beta testing, Apple is releasing iOS 16.3 to iPhone users around the world today. This update includes a new way to secure your Apple ID, changes to Emergency SOS, and more. There's also a brand new wallpaper that Apple designed to celebrate Black History Month.

Learn more about the release with everything new in iOS 16.3…

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How to install iOS 16.3

IOS 16.3 and iPadOS 16.3 are available on all iPhone and iPad models starting today. You can update by going to the Settings app, selecting General, and then selecting Software Update. If you don't see the update right away, be sure to keep checking back as it can sometimes take a few minutes to get all iPhones and iPads installed. Updates are expected to be available to everyone within the hour. 

Once you begin the installation process, your iPhone or iPad will download the update and then prompt you to restart your device to complete the process. Keep in mind that your device will be unusable while it reboots to install the update.


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Apple is also releasing iOS 15.7.3 for older iPhones that don't support iOS 16, and iOS 12.5.7 for devices that don't support iOS 13 or later.

What's new in iOS 16.3?

New Features in iOS 16.3:

  • New Unity wallpapers honor black history and culture within celebrating Black History Month.
  • Apple ID security keys allow users to increase the security of their account by requiring a physical security key as part of the two-factor authentication login process. new devices
  • HomePod (2nd generation) support
  • SOS emergency calls now require you to hold the side button with the volume up or down button and then release to prevent unintentional emergency calls< /li>

The update also includes some bug fixes and improvements for iPhone users:

  • Fixes an issue in Freeform that caused some drawing strokes created with the Apple Pencil or your finger may not appear on shared boards.
  • Fixes an issue that could cause wallpapers to appear black on the lock screen.
  • Fixes an issue that could cause horizontal lines to temporarily appear when waking up iPhone 14 Pro Max.
  • Fixed an issue where the Home Lock Screen widget was not accurately displaying the status of the Home app.
  • Fixed an issue where Siri could become unresponsive properly. to Music Queries
  • Fixes issues that could cause Siri requests in CarPlay to be misunderstood

What are you most excited to try in iOS 16.3? Let us know in the comments.

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