Apple releases first public betas of iOS 16.3 and iPadOS 16.3

Apple today released the first beta version of the upcoming iOS 16.3 and iPadOS 16.3 updates to public beta testers, making the new software available to the general public for the first time. The public betas come a day after Apple made the beta available to developers.

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Public beta testers who have signed up for Apple’s free beta testing program can download the iOS 16.3 and iPadOS 16.3 betas over the air after installing the appropriate certificate from the public beta website.

So far, iOS 16.3 and iPadOS 16.3 appear to be minor updates than the iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 versions. The software includes support for physical security keys to add an additional layer of protection to an Apple ID.

This feature allows a physical FIDO-certified security key to be used instead of device authentication when signing in to an “Apple ID” on iCloud or a new device.

The update also includes a streamlined process for transferring a song from an iPhone to a HomePod and vice versa, with Apple providing additional details on how it works. Other major changes have not been found in the beta so far.

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