Forget iOS 16.2, iOS 16.3 public beta is already here | Tech News

Forget iOS 16.2, iOS 16.3 public beta is already here

After releasing the iOS 16.2 update for the iPhone users just a few days ago, Apple has rolled out the first public beta of iOS 16.3. Here is all you need to know.

| Updated on: Dec 16 2022, 18:14 IST
From Airdrop, 5G in India to Freeform, check out what’s new in iOS 16.2
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1/6 5G for India – Despite the rollout for 5G services in India, iPhones were among a very few devices left without support for 5G. That has changed with the iOS 16.2 update and users can now take advantage of blazing-fast network speeds, thanks to 5G options now being available. Users can select between always on and auto-switching settings for 5G.  (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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2/6 The Freeform App - The new Freeform app is a productivity tool which can be used by the iPhone users to add post-it notes, shapes, files, links, scans, photos and videos, audio, typed text, and more. Users can plan projects, brainstorm ideas, create inspiration boards, and more using the intuitive app.  (Apple)
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3/6 Apple Music Sing – If you enjoy singing along to music, then this latest feature could be a boon for you. Apple Music Sing introduces a karaoke-like option in the Apple Music app. It gives you the option to turn down vocals with the track playing in the background.  (Apple)
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Always on Display- Currently only the iPhone 14 Pro models are available with the Always on display. With the iOS 16.2 update, two new toggles have arrived for disabling wallpaper and notifications when the always on display feature is activated, giving your iPhone a more subtle look.

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5/6 Change to Lock Screen - The iOS 16.2 update has brought Sleep Widget and Medication widget. The Sleep Widget utilizes data collected by the Health app and your Apple Watch to track your sleep cycle. It has also introduced shortcut actions to the Lock Screen including wallpapers for Lock Screen and set Wallpaper Photo.  (Apple)
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6/6 Airdrop - With the latest iOS 16.2 update, Apple has timed the AirDrop's ‘Everyone' option and restricted it to only 10 minutes once it is turned on.Once the iPhone user selects the ‘Everyone for 10 minutes', the AirDrop will turn off after 10 minutes and switch back to ‘Contacts only' to receive only media from the contacts.  (Apple)
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Apple releases first beta of iOS 16.3 to public beta testers. (HT Tech)

Apple has recently released the iOS 16.2 update for the users of iPhone 8 and above, and now the first beta of iOS 16.3 is out too. The first beta of the iOS 16.3 has been seeded to public beta testers, according to a report by MacRumors. The update is said to be providing the new software to the general public for the first time. Also, as per the information the public betas has been released a day after Apple provided the beta to developers.

Wondering who can download the first public beta of iOS 16.3? The iOS 16.3 beta can be downloaded by the public beta testers who have signed up for Apple's free beta testing program. "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," MacRumors said in a report.

As every new update brings several changes, updates and bug fixes to the iPhone operating system, iOS 16.3 too is expected to bring some much-needed features. As per the information, the iOS 16.3 update brings support for physical Security Keys, a more streamlined process for transferring a song to a HomePod from an iPhone and vice versa, etc.

Meanwhile, people who have not yet downloaded the iOS 16.2 on their Apple iPhone can do it now. iPhone users can go to Settings, then General and tap on Software Update. After this they will have to click on the download and install option to get their iPhone updated to iOS 16.2.

The iOS 16.2 update brings several new features and updates to your iPhone like a new FreeForm App, which will act as a whiteboard and let users edit the files, and more. Apple Music is getting a new Sing feature which will let users sing along the song of their choice. The other updates include advanced data protection for iCloud, improved lock screen functionality, among others.

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First Published Date: 16 Dec, 18:13 IST