After the great reception of iOS 16, 16.1 and 16.2, Apple is currently beta testing a new version of their operating system, iOS 16.3. The final release of the latest mini-update of iOS 16.2 took place on December 14, 2022.
In the meantime, Apple was all set to upgrade their software with iOS 16.3, building on their beta testing grounds. The developer beta of iOS 16.3 is already available, which means the public beta is not far away.
If you are waiting for the release of this new iOS version, you would be delighted to know that Apple has already released the iOS 16.3 RC version (release candidate) and this article will discuss its features and download process.
When will iOS 16.3 RC be released?
According to the latest reports, the official version of the iOS 16.3 update will be released on January 23, 2023.
In addition, Apple has also confirmed that the Unity wallpaper, which has caused a rave online, will be released next week with the new iOS 16.3.
Following the release of the first beta, iOS 16.3 is currently available to developers for testing and analysis purposes. If you’re a registered developer with Apple’s beta program, you can download and try iOS 16.3.
The iOS 16.3 RC version is already available as part of the public beta before Apple finally releases the official version of the software update next week, on January 23, 2023.
What are the features of iOS 16.3 RC?
Apple had previously announced that they plan to introduce a series of new updates with the iOS 16.X versions. With iOS 16.1 and 16.2 releasing a barrage of new and interesting features, it’s not surprising that iOS 16.3 will include some new features as well.
So let’s familiarize you with all the features you get with iOS 16.3:
Physical security keys – If you are constantly worried about your data or if your Apple ID based security seems not enough for you, the physical security keys are a boon. They are FIDO certified physical keys, which work as two-factor authentication for iOS devices.
Handoff functions – Although not much has been revealed about this feature yet, it is believed that it will introduce transfer functions between iPhone and Homepod.
These are a handful of the limited features that were leaked and rumored before release. However, since Apple is pretty consistent with their feature updates, we can very well hope for a range of new features with iOS 16.3.
How can someone download iOS 16.3 RC Public Beta?
iOS 16.3 RC is currently available in beta and the official version is rumored to be released on January 23, 2023. To download the public beta version, follow the steps as mentioned:
- Open your browser and go to developer.apple.com and sign in to the portal with the Apple ID
- Navigate to the Downloads section and tap iOS 16.3 beta
- Tap the profile and click Accept
- Open Settings and you should find the profile download prompt on the screen. If you can’t find it, go to General and navigate to VPN and Device Manager.
- Tap Install for the downloaded iOS 16.3 RC profile.
- You must read and accept the developer consent form.
- Restart the device and open Settings again.
- Check for new software updates and you will see iOS 16.3 beta available. Install it and update your iOS device to the latest version.
One thing we highly recommend is to always have an extra iOS device to test out these features and the beta version of the software update. You don’t want to use your primary iPhone because you never know what kind of bugs or software problems they have. We hope this article gives you all the insights you need to know about the iOS 16.3 RC beta.