iOS 16.3 and macOS Ventura 13.2 add support for hardware security keys

iOS 16.3 and macOS Ventura 13.2 add support for hardware security keys

iOS 16.3 and macOS Ventura 13.2 add support for hardware security keys

Three iPhones on a wooden picnic bench, with the cameras in full view
Enlarge / The backs of the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.

Samuel Axon

Apple today released iOS and iPadOS 16.3, macOS Ventura 13.2 and watchOS 9.3. The updates are mostly focused on bug fixes and under-the-hood improvements, but there’s one notable addition: Apple ID has gained support for hardware security keys.

Once they’ve updated to the new software, a user can choose to make a device like a YubiKey a required part of the two-factor authentication process for their account. It’s unlikely that most users will benefit from this, of course, but for a select few the added security is welcome.

Other additions in iOS 16.3 include support for the upcoming new HomePod model, a tweak to how SOS calls are made, and a new wallpaper for Black History Month.

On the Mac side, hardware security key support is complemented by the introduction of Rapid Security Response, a means by which urgent security updates can be delivered to Macs without issuing a major software update. The watchOS update is based on bug fixes.

Here are Apple’s release notes for iOS 16.3:

This update introduces a new Unity wallpaper to honor black history and culture in celebration of Black History Month, security keys for the Apple ID, and includes other improvements, bug fixes, and security updates for your iPhone.

This update includes the following improvements and bug fixes:

  • The new Unity wallpaper honors black history and culture in celebration of Black History Month
  • Apple ID security keys allow users to increase the security of their account by requiring a physical security key as part of the two-factor authentication sign-in process on new devices
  • HomePod (2nd generation) support
  • SOS emergency calls now require you to hold and then release the side button with the volume up or down button to prevent accidental emergency calls
  • Fixes an issue in Freeform where some drawing strokes created with Apple Pencil or your finger might not appear on shared boards
  • Fixes an issue where the wallpaper on the lock screen might appear black
  • Fixes an issue where horizontal lines may momentarily appear when waking the iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • Fixes an issue where the home lock screen widget doesn’t accurately show the status of the home app
  • Fixes an issue where Siri might not respond properly to music requests
  • Resolves issues where Siri requests in CarPlay may not be properly understood

Some features may not be available in all regions or on all Apple devices. For information about the security content of Apple software updates, visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222.

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