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iOS 16.3 RC Download, Features & Release Date

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Following the amazing reception of iOS 16, 16.1, and 16.2, Apple is currently in the process of beta testing a new version of their operating system, iOS 16.3. The final release of the last mini update of iOS 16.2 happened on December 14, 2022.

In the meantime, Apple was all set to upgrade their software with iOS 16.3, furthering on their beta testing grounds. The developer beta of iOS 16.3 is already available, meaning that the public beta isn’t far away.

If you are awaiting the release of this new iOS version, you’d be elated to know that Apple has already released the iOS 16.3 RC (release candidate) version and this article will discuss its features and download process.

When is iOS 16.3 RC Releasing?

According to the latest reports, the official version of the iOS 16.3 update is going to be released on January 23, 2023.

Besides that, Apple also confirmed that the Unity wallpaper, which has created a rave online, will be released with the new iOS 16.3 next week.

Following the release of the first beta, iOS 16.3 is currently available to developers for testing and analysis purposes. If you are a registered developer with Apple’s beta program, you can download iOS 16.3 and test it out.

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 on introducing 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 isn’t surprising that iOS 16.3 will pack in a few new features too.

So, let us familiarize you with all the features you will be getting with iOS 16.3:

Physical security keys – If you are constantly worried about your data or your Apple ID-based security doesn’t seem enough for you, the physical security keys will be a boon. They are FIDO-certified physical keys, which will work as two-factor authentication for iOS devices.

Handoff features – Although much hasn’t been divulged around this feature, it is believed that it will introduce handoff features between iPhone and Homepod.

These are a handful of the limited features that have been leaked and rumored before the release. However, with Apple being quite consistent with their feature updates, we can very well hope for a set of new features with iOS 16.3.

How can one Download iOS 16.3 RC Public Beta?

iOS 16.3 RC is currently available in the beta version and the official version is rumored to be released on January 23, 2023. If you want to download the public beta version, follow the steps as mentioned:

  1. Open your browser and go to developer.apple.com and log into the portal using the Apple ID
  2. Navigate to the Downloads section and tap on iOS 16.3 beta
  3. Tap on the Profile and click on Accept
  4. Open Settings and you should find the profile downloaded prompt on the screen. If you can’t find it, go to General and navigate to VPN and Device Management.
  5. Tap on Install for the iOS 16.3 RC downloaded profile.
  6. You have to read and then accept the Developer Consent form.
  7. Reboot the device and then open Settings again.
  8. Check for new Software updates and you will find the iOS 16.3 beta version available. Install it and update your iOS device to the latest version.

One thing that we’d highly recommend is to always use a spare iOS device for testing out these features and software update beta. You don’t want to use your primary iPhone because you never know what kind of bugs or software glitches they have. We hope this article gives you all the insights you need to know about the iOS 16.3 RC beta release.

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Being in love with the tech world, Govind joined the technology world in 2015 and started writing about tech stuff (mobile, PC, games, other gadgets). He loves playing games, travelling, photography and sharing the latest news & updates about every Apple products (iPhone, iPad, Mac, etc.).

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