Everything New in iOS 16 Beta 3: AFib History, Clownfish Wallpaper, Lockdown Mode, Lock Screen Updates and More

Apple today seeded the third betas of iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 to developers for testing purposes, and as expected, the betas refine some of the features that Apple has added in ‌iOS 16‌, and there are also some new additions. Everything new in the third beta of ‌iOS 16‌ is outlined below.

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AFib History

Apple in ‌iOS 16‌ and watchOS 9 is adding an AFib History feature for those who have atrial fibrillation, with the aim of tracking how long a person is in atrial fibrillation and how often. In ‌iOS 16‌ beta 3, the AFib History section has been added to the Health app, and the AFib feature is activated in ‌watchOS 9‌ beta 3. For now, AFib History is limited to those in the United States.

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iCloud Shared Photo Library

The third beta of ‌iOS 16‌ introduces support for iCloud Shared Photo Library, which is designed to make it easier for you to share photos with friends and family members. You can invite up to five people to share a photo library with you, and all participants can add, delete, and edit images.

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Lockdown Mode

Added as an extreme security measure, Lockdown Mode is available in ‌iOS 16‌, ‌iPadOS 16‌, and macOS Ventura. It is an optional security feature that is aimed at protecting a small number of high-profile users who are at risk of targeted cyberattacks from state-sponsored spyware.

Lockdown Mode Feature
Lockdown Mode is aimed at journalists, activists, government employees, and others who might be targeted by sophisticated cyberattacks. It is not for the everyday user, and it restricts many iPhone features. In Messages, for example, attachments other than images are blocked, and in FaceTime, calls from people you have not previously contacted are blocked.

Complex web technologies and browsing features are blocked in web browsers, shared albums are removed from the Photos app, wired connections are blocked, and configuration profiles cannot be installed. More on Lockdown Mode can be found in our article outlining the feature.

Lock Screen Time Font

There are now 12 fonts to choose from for the time on the customizable ‌iOS 16‌ Lock Screen, including one option that is thinner than prior fonts, and another that is a thicker version of the previously available serif font.

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Calendar Lock Screen Widget

For privacy purposes, the Calendar Lock Screen widget no longer provides details on the next upcoming event while the ‌iPhone‌ is locked. It blurs out the information until the ‌iPhone‌ is unlocked by its owner.

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Reminders

Theres a new "Include Due Today" option in the Settings section of the Reminders app. It is designed to include both overdue and due today items in the badge count, rather than just due today items.

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Earth Lock Screen Wallpaper

With the Earth Lock Screen wallpaper, widgets will no longer block the view of the earth. The earth image moves down when widgets are used, and up if there are no widgets placed. In prior versions of the beta, widgets overlapped.

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iOS Version Interface Update

In the Settings app under About > iOS Version, if you tap on the version number, the interface has been updated. It's simpler and is no longer a pop-up card, plus it no longer links to Apple's security website.

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Clownfish Wallpaper

Some ‌iOS 16‌ users who installed the third beta are seeing a Clownfish wallpaper option. This wallpaper was on the original ‌iPhone‌ when it was introduced by Steve Jobs in 2007, but it has never officially launched. It is not showing up for everyone, but it could be added as a wallpaper option in a future beta.


Stage Manager

On the iPad, there is a new splash screen for the Stage Manager feature. There are also new tutorials for walking you through how to use it, along with an updated multitasking menu with improved labeling.

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iCloud Splash Screen

When choosing an iCloud+ subscription option, there's a new splash screen that explains the features.

Virtual Card Support

‌iOS 16‌ adds support for virtual cards for shopping using Safari. Some banks and card providers allow customers to generate virtual card numbers (similar to how Apple Card works) to use online to avoid having their credit card details stolen. Safari in ‌iOS 16‌ will support this feature based on code in the beta.

Other New Features

Know of a new feature in ‌iOS 16‌ beta 3 that we left out? Let us know in the comments below.

Related Roundups: iOS 16, iPadOS 16
Related Forum: iOS 16

Top Rated Comments

FreakyT Avatar
21 weeks ago
Hoping the hide calendar details can be disabled -- the calendar widget seems like it would be pretty useless if you need to unlock the phone to see it.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Fraserh02 Avatar
21 weeks ago
Imagine if there’s a bug where the stagemanager splash screen shows up on all iPads ?
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SW3029 Avatar
21 weeks ago

Hoping the hide calendar details can be disabled -- the calendar widget seems like it would be pretty useless if you need to unlock the phone to see it.
The widget will show the details when the owner of the phone looks at the screen due to Face ID recognizing them. This is how sensitive notifications already work in iOS 15 (their details are hidden until owner looks at iPhone).
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
now i see it Avatar
21 weeks ago

Same and I'm also not seeing the clown fish wallpaper...


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Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
hxlover904 Avatar
21 weeks ago
This is shaping up to be a really nice iOS update. The first two betas have been relatively stable with no show stoppers so far. Some of the little features are nice quality of life improvements.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GregJohn Avatar
21 weeks ago
Nice to see them expand the lock screen (still wish it was on iPad) but I do hope they remove the green dot on the earth (it’s the one I’ve been using)

not a feature but I’ve been using Apple Music for the last half an hour or so and hasn’t crashed for once fingers are crossed it’s actually fixed.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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