Apple’s iOS 16.3 final release date looks set during the week of January 23, with iPadOS 16.3, watchOS 9.3, tvOS 16.3, macOS Catalina 13.2, HomePod 16.3 also launching at the same time.
The aforementioned software updates have been working their way through a beta program that involved both app developers and people who are on the public beta program, but it is yet to be made available to people worldwide as a general release.
The update’s release date was confirmed via a press release announcing the new Black Unity 2023 Apple Watch face which will require both software updates in order to use.
While iOS 16.3 isn’t going to add any huge new features, there are some new changes that are worth noting. Those include the addition of support for hardware security keys that will give users a new way to secure their Apple ID as a form of two-factor authentication. Hardware keys need to be physically plugged into devices in order to work, meaning the key will always need to be present when entering Apple ID credentials.
Other improvements include a new guide that shows people how to use Handoff with a HomePod and changes to how the “Call with Hold” for Emergency SOS feature works.
The aforementioned updates could arrive at any point during the week beginning January 23, so keep your eyes peeled.