iOS 16.3 for iPhone now available to everyone: Here’s what’s new

After a month of beta testing, Apple is releasing iOS 16.3 to iPhone users everywhere 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 in honor of Black History Month.

Head below to see the full release notes with everything new in iOS 16.3…

How to install iOS 16.3

iOS 16.3 and iPadOS 16.3 are available for 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, make sure to keep checking back as it can sometimes take a few minutes to hit every iPhone and iPad. The updates are expected to be available to everyone within an hour.

When you start the installation process, your iPhone or iPad will download the update and then ask you to restart your device to finish the process. Note that your device will be unusable while it reboots to install the update.

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Apple is also rolling out iOS 15.7.3 for older iPhones that don’t support iOS 16, as well as iOS 12.5.7 for devices that don’t support iOS 13 or later.

What’s new in iOS 16.3?

Here are the new features 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 sign-in process for two-factor authentication on new devices
  • Support for HomePod (2nd generation)
  • Emergency SOS calls now require the side button to be held down with the volume up or down button and then released to prevent accidental emergency calls

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

  • Fixes an issue in Freeform where some strokes created with Apple Pencil or your finger might not appear on shared boards
  • Fixes an issue where the wallpaper may appear black on the lock screen
  • Fixes an issue where horizontal lines temporarily appear while waking the iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • Fixes an issue where the Home Lock Screen widget does not accurately display the status of the Home app
  • Addresses an issue where Siri may not respond correctly to music requests
  • Addresses issues where Siri requests in CarPlay may not be understood correctly

What are you most looking forward to trying with iOS 16.3? Let us know in the comments.

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