Apple has started rolling out iPadOS 16.3 to the public with support for Security Keys for Apple ID, support for the newly announced HomePod (2nd generation), and bug fixes.
This update comes a month and ten days after the release of iPadOS 16.2 that featured Apple Music Sing, Advanced Data Protection for iCloud, a new Freeform App, and more. Apple keeps refining the software experience with every iPadOS 16.x update whilst also adding new security features.
According to Apple, iPadOS 16.3 includes the following features and changes:
- Security Keys for Apple ID allow users to strengthen the security of their account by requiring a physical security key as part of the two factor authentication sign in process on new devices
- Support for HomePod (2nd generation)
- Fixes an issue in Freeform where some drawing strokes created with Apple Pencil or your finger may not appear on shared boards
- Addresses an issue where Siri may not respond properly to music requests
In addition to iPadOS 16.3, Apple has also released iPadOS 15.7.3 and iOS 12.5.7 for older devices with bug fixes and security improvements. The oldest supported device is the iPhone 5s from 2013. Apple ended support for the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPod touch (6th generation), iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, and iPad Air (1st generation) on iOS 12. However, it is simply amazing to see them provide security updates till date for devices that are above 9 years old, making Apple a clear winner in terms of Security & Software updates.
It is highly recommended to update your iPad to the latest software for the best experience and the best security. What are your thoughts on the included support for Physical Security Keys in iPadOS 16.3? Let us know down in the comments or tweet to us on @appleosophy! Be sure to download the Appleosophy App from the App Store or visit our website to stay updated with the latest Apple news! We are also on Telegram! You can follow our Telegram News Channel here and join the Appleosophy Community here.