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Apple has just released iOS 16.3, a new update for the iPhone that brings a host of new features and improvements.
One of the most notable new features in iOS 16.3 is the addition of support for Security Keys for Apple ID. This new feature allows users to enhance their Apple ID protection by using third-party hardware security keys. For users who opt-in, Security Keys strengthens Apple’s two-factor authentication by requiring a hardware security key as one of the two factors.
Another important new feature in iOS 16.3 is the expanded availability of the iCloud Advanced Data Protection feature. This feature, which was launched in the US last year, allows users to protect the majority of their most sensitive iCloud data with end-to-end encryption.
This means that the data can only be decrypted on the user’s trusted devices. With the new Advanced Data Protection feature, Apple is now offering end-to-end encryption for Device Backups and Messages Backups, iCloud Drive, Notes, Photos, Reminders, Voice Memos, Safari Bookmarks, Siri Shortcuts, and Wallet Passes.
Additionally, iOS 16.3 also brings a new HomePod Handoff prompt when handing music off from an iPhone to a HomePod and changes the Emergency SOS feature, which now requires iPhone users to release the buttons when activating the Emergency SOS mode before the device automatically calls the emergency services.
This latest update is now available over the air and can be downloaded by opening the Settings app, tapping General, and selecting Software Update. The new release is rolling out now to all iOS 16 compatible devices, from the iPhone SE (2nd generation) up to the latest iPhone 14 series.