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Check your iPhone today! Apple releases a free upgrade that you must install

If you have an iPhone in your pocket, you should go to the settings menu and download the latest update from Apple. Released overnight, iOS 16.3 brings some new features to the iPhone, along with fixing an irritating display bug and getting rid of a bunch of glitches that could compromise device security.

To download this update to your device, just go to settings then tap the menu General and Software update. Here you should see the option to download and install iOS 16.3. It’s worth noting that the latest software patch is over 700MB. So it’s best to make sure you’re connected to a landline broadband connection unless you have unlimited mobile data.

As long as you’re running iOS 16, this latest version should be available to install today, and here are all the new features.

NEW SECURITY KEYS

There is a major new security update in iOS 16.3 where Apple introduces a feature called Security Keys for Apple ID. This essentially allows users to strengthen their accounts by requiring a physical security key as part of the two-factor authentication sign-in process on new devices. For those who want stronger security, it replaces the current method of sending a text to verify the user with an actual piece of hardware needed before things can be accessed.

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NEW WALLPAPERS

If you’re bored with the current selection of wallpapers in iOS 16, there’s good news as Apple is launching a new Unity theme that honors black history and culture. It was released in celebration of Black History Month

READY FOR THE NEW HOMEPOD

A new HomePod will arrive early next month and those looking to buy it will need iOS 16.3 as it ensures the iPhone will support this new speaker.

EMERGENCY SOS

Emgerncey SOS is a useful feature that can send a message when you need help. However, it seems that some users accidentally triggered it, so Apple introduced a new way to activate it. In iOS 16.3, emergency SOS calls now require holding and then releasing the side button with the volume up or down button to prevent accidental emergency calls

iPhone SCREEN TROUBLESHOOTING

Anyone who recently bought a new iPhone 14 Pro Max definitely wants to make sure they have iOS 16.3 installed on their new phone. Apple has confirmed that some of these flagship devices are affected by a bug that temporarily leaves a horizontal line on the display.

This has now been fixed.

MORE FIXES

• Resolves an issue in Freeform where some drawing strokes created with Apple Pencil or your finger may not appear on shared boards

• Resolves an issue where the wallpaper on the lock screen might appear black

• Resolves an issue where the home lock screen widget does not accurately display the status of the home app

• Resolves an issue where Siri may not properly respond to music requests

• Resolves issues where Siri requests in CarPlay may not be properly understood

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