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Apple has just released iPadOS 16.3, bringing a host of new features and improvements to the popular tablet. One of the most notable new additions is support for third-party hardware security keys, which will allow users to enhance the security of their Apple ID by requiring a hardware security key as one of the two factors in the two-factor authentication process.
This update also addresses an issue in Freeform, where some drawing strokes created with Apple Pencil or a user’s finger may not appear on shared boards. Additionally, it fixes a problem where Siri may not respond properly to music requests.
Another major feature that comes with iPadOS 16.3 is the expansion of Apple’s iCloud Advanced Data Protection feature to all users worldwide. This feature gives users the option to protect the majority of their most sensitive iCloud data with end-to-end encryption, ensuring that it can only be decrypted on their trusted devices.
This feature was launched in the US last year and has now been expanded to include additional sensitive data categories such as Device Backups, Messages Backups, iCloud Drive, Notes, Photos, Reminders, Voice Memos, Safari Bookmarks, Siri Shortcuts, and Wallet Passes.