Apple Releases Second Public Betas of iOS 16.3 and iPadOS 16.3

Apple today seeded the second betas of upcoming iOS 16.3 and iPadOS 16.3 updates to public beta testers, providing the new software to the general public. The public betas come one day after Apple provided the beta to developers, and nearly a month after the first public betas.

iOS 16
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 proper certificate from the Public Beta website.

So far, iOS 16.3 and iPadOS 16.3 appear to be more minor updates than the iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 releases. The software includes support for physical Security Keys for adding an additional layer of protection to an Apple ID.

With this feature, a physical FIDO certified security key can be used in lieu of device authentication when signing into an ‌Apple ID‌ on iCloud or a new device.

The update also includes a more streamlined process for transferring a song to a HomePod from an iPhone and vice versa, with Apple providing additional detail on how it works. No other major changes have been found in the beta as of yet.

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

Top Rated Comments

MrRom92 Avatar
2 weeks ago
Betas, but still no stable release to at least fix SOME of the bugs that were introduced with the mess that is 16.2… an entire month ago. Shameful. Priorities, Apple!!!
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sorgo Avatar
2 weeks ago

Actually debating jumping on this beta since 16.2 just has sooo many bugs in it.
Not to pressure you but if you’re comfortable and want to I say doooo ittt :p been great thus far on my 13 mini.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
joshmcx Avatar
2 weeks ago
I’ve been using 16.3 Beta 1 since it was released because I was so unhappy with the 16.2 bugs and performance. Apart from a few resprings here and there, 16.3 has been the best iOS 16 release yet, even in Beta 1 form. Snappy and battery life has been fine.

I still hate these square notifications though.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jakeowens Avatar
2 weeks ago
Actually debating jumping on this beta since 16.2 just has sooo many bugs in it.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Vespi Avatar
2 weeks ago
Makes me wonder why there is no 16.2.1 yet
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
_Spinn_ Avatar
2 weeks ago

Makes me wonder why there is no 16.2.1 yet
Yeah I thought for sure we would see a bug fix update by now.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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