Apple releases iOS 16.3, iPadOS 16.3, macOS 13.2, watchOS 9.3 and more! – MacMagazine

After only two trial versions and one Release candidate – The iOS 16.3 (compilation 20D47), The iPad OS 16.3 (ditto), the MacOS Ventura 13.2 (22D49) and the watchOS 9.3 (20S648) have just been released to all users with supported devices.

The new versions bring some new features, such as the previously mentioned emergency SOS improvements, as well as the new wallpaper Black Unit.

Let’s take a look at what’s new?

iOS 16.3

With the new version of iOS, in order for the iPhone to place a call to emergency services, the side and/or volume key must be released. The change was certainly designed to prevent the resource, instead of helping, from causing call problems without the user noticing.

On the left, Emergency SOS in iOS 16.2; on the right, Emergency SOS in iOS 16.3 second beta.

In addition, Apple has now released worldwide the Advanced iCloud data protection, which offers end-to-end encryption in iCloud backups, now covers 23 categories of data stored by the service, up from 14 that used to be covered. With that, not even Apple will be able to access the data stored in the cloud by the users.

The update also includes the following new features and bug fixes:

Woman using an iPhone in the kitchen

This update includes the following improvements and bug fixes:

  • New União background image honoring Black history and culture to celebrate Black History Month
  • iCloud Advanced Data Protection brings the total number of categories of iCloud data protected with end-to-end encryption, including iCloud Backup, Notes, and Photos, to 23, which protects your information even in the event of a cloud data breach
  • Apple ID security keys allow users to strengthen account security by requiring a physical security key as part of the two-factor authentication process to sign in to new devices
  • Compatibility with HomePod (2nd generation)
  • Emergency SOS calls now require you to press and hold the side button along with the volume up or down button and then release them to avoid unwanted emergency calls
  • Fixes an issue in Freeform where some strokes created with Apple Pencil or your finger may not appear in shared frames
  • Fixes an issue where the background image could appear black on the lock screen
  • Fixes an issue where horizontal lines could temporarily appear when waking iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • Fixes an issue where the Home app widget on the lock screen didn’t accurately show the Home app state
  • Fixes an issue where Siri may not respond correctly to music requests
  • Fixes issues where requests to Siri in CarPlay may not be understood correctly

It is worth noting that the iOS 15.7.3 (19H307) for devices that don’t support iOS 16, including some security fixes, as well as the iOS 12.5.7 – with a fix for WebKit.

To check out all the iOS 16.3 security fixes, head over to this page.

iPad OS 16.3

iPad software, as well as iOS 16.3, gained support for physical keys for Apple ID two-factor authentication, as well as second-generation HomePod and iCloud Advanced Data Protection. We also made fixes for issues with using Apple Pencil in the Freeform app.

We also have fixes for Siri not being able to satisfactorily respond to music requests, which was also fixed with iOS 16.3.

This update includes the following improvements and bug fixes:

  • iCloud Advanced Data Protection brings the total number of categories of iCloud data protected with end-to-end encryption, including iCloud Backup, Notes, and Photos, to 23, which protects your information even in the event of a cloud data breach
  • Apple ID security keys allow users to strengthen account security by requiring a physical security key as part of the two-factor authentication process to sign in to new devices
  • Compatibility with HomePod (2nd generation)
  • Fixes an issue in Freeform where some strokes created with Apple Pencil or your finger may not appear in shared frames
  • Fixes an issue where Siri couldn’t respond to song requests correctly
  • iPad Pro 11″ (4th generation) and 12.9″ (6th generation)
  • iPad 10.2″ (10th generation)
  • iPad Air (5th generation)
  • iPad mini (6th generation)
  • iPad 10.2″ (9th generation)
  • 11-inch (3rd generation) and 12.9-inch (5th generation) iPad Pro.
  • iPad Air (4th generation)
  • iPad 10.2″ (8th generation)
  • iPad Pro 11″ (1st and 2nd generation) and 12.9″ (3rd and 4th generation)
  • iPad Pro 10.5″ (1st generation) and 12.9″ (2nd generation)
  • iPad (5th and 6th generation)
  • iPad mini (5th generation) and Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad 10.2″ (7th generation)
  • iPad Pro 9.7″ (1st generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9″ (1st generation)

Also available iPadOS 15.7.3 (19H307) for devices that don’t support iPadOS 16, including some security fixes.

All the security fixes for iPadOS 16.3 can be found on this page.

MacOS Ventura 13.2

In addition to the same new features in iOS 16.3 and iPadOS 16.3 related to physical keys for Apple ID two-factor authentication and Freeform troubleshooting, the latest system for Mac contains a fix for VoiceOver, whose audio feedback it may stop at the entrance.

MacBook Pro, Mac mini and iMac

This update introduces enhanced data protection and iCloud Security Keys for Apple ID, and includes other improvements and bug fixes for Mac.

  • iCloud Advanced Data Protection brings the total number of categories of iCloud data protected with end-to-end encryption, including iCloud Backup, Notes, and Photos, to 23, which protects your information even in the event of a cloud data breach
  • Apple ID Security Keys allow users to strengthen account security by requiring a physical security key to sign in
  • Fixes an issue in Freeform where some strokes created with Apple Pencil or your finger may not appear in shared frames
  • Fixes an issue where VoiceOver may not provide audio feedback as you type

Also released today macOS Monterey 12.6.3 (compilation 21G419) and the macOS Big Sur 11.7.3 (20G1116).

To check out all the macOS Ventura 13.2 security fixes, head over to this page.

watchOS 9.3

The Apple Watch system, on the other hand, has only made general fixes and improvements.

Man on a bicycle with Apple Watch on his wrist

watchOS 9.3 includes new features, improvements, and bug fixes, including the new Mosaic of Union watch face, which honors Black history and culture in Black History Month.

The watchOS 9.3 security fixes are available on that page.


Updates for Apple TV (tvOS 16.3) and HomePod Software 16.3 are apparently overdue and should roll out in the next few days.

Hurry to upgrade your gadgets! ?‍?

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