When iOS 16.3 arrives this week, it will have some interesting new features, including support for the 2nd generation HomePod and physical security keys. It will also include two major fixes that iPhone users have been waiting for.
According to Apple’s release notes and the release candidate that hit beta devices on Wednesday, iOS 16.3 “fixes an issue where horizontal lines could temporarily appear when waking iPhone 14 Pro Max.” Over the past few weeks, some iPhone 14 users have complained Horizontal lines flashed across their screens. According to reports on social media and Discussion boards, lines appear when the iPhone wakes up or restarts. Additionally, the release fixes some nagging bugs with the lock screen, Siri, and CarPlay:
- Addresses an issue where the wallpaper may appear black on the lock screen
- Fixes an issue where the Home Lock Screen widget was not displaying the Home app status accurately
- Addresses an issue where Siri would not respond correctly to music requests
- Resolves issues where Siri requests cannot be understood correctly in CarPlay
Another issue is related to the new Home framework that came earlier in iOS 16.2. Just before the holidays, Apple Pulled the feature, which improves reliability and performance due to a forwarding issue—but without providing an update on when it will be restored. Home Architecture Improvement reappeared in second place iOS 16.3 beta, suggesting that Apple has fixed the problem. However, there’s no mention of it in the release notes, so it’s unclear whether it will be part of iOS 16.3 or come as a separate update.
iOS 16.3 is expected to arrive on Tuesday or Wednesday alongside macOS Ventura 13.2.