February 8, 2023

After basically confirming that iOS 16.3 would be rolling out next week, Apple has now rolled out the release candidate. iOS 16.3 RC is currently rolling out to those that are in the beta.

Registered developers are able to download iOS 16.3 RC for their iPhones. As well as iPadOS 16.3 RC for their compatible iPads right now.

Here’s Apple’s full release notes for the release candidate:

This update includes the following enhancements and bug fixes:

– 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

Expect iOS 16.3 to rollout next week

This morning, in Apple’s press release about the Black Unity watch bands and watch faces, Apple basically confirmed that iOS 16.3 was coming next week. Stating that you’ll need iOS 16.3 for the new watch face, which would be available with the new band starting on January 24. That’s next Tuesday, so we can expect to see the final build coming on Monday or Tuesday.

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This update is likely going to be a pretty small one. As the list of new features for iOS 16.3 is still quite short. With the biggest change here being the Security Keys. But of course, it’s also going to bring support for the new HomePod announced this morning, and also the new watch faces for the Apple Watch.