Apple iOS 16 is less than a month old, but it’s already on its fourth release. Like iOS 16.0.1 and iOS 16.0.2, this is an update aimed at fixing issues that doesn’t release new features—those will be released in iOS 16.1, which is also coming soon.
Where at least one of the updates targeted only iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro devices, this applies to all iPhones running iOS 16 (list below). Here’s how to install it and what’s included in the update.
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Which iPhones can run iOS 16.0.3?
The new software will run on all iPhones from the iPhone 8 onwards. Specifically, these are iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, iPhone Xr, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone SE second generation, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone SE, iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. And breath.
For iPad, you need iPadOS which, for the first time, is on a different release schedule than iOS. Stay tuned for a guide on this in due course.
How to get it
Updating is very simple: open the Settings app on the device, then select General, then Software Update. Once you click Download and Install, it will do everything for you. It’s a quick update to download.
What’s in circulation
Bug fixes and important security updates is how Apple describes this update.
First of all are the updates that affect the latest iPhones. Some iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max users could not receive call notifications or app notifications. These have been delayed or not delivered at all. Fixing that is key to this update.
Also for iPhone 14 series phones, a low microphone during CarPlay calls was a problem and iOS 16.0.3 is here to solve it.
The third update for the latest phones only is for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models and is related to camera. In some cases, it was slow to start up or slow to switch between modes. This update should provide the solution.
After all, Post office has crashed on launch after receiving what is charmingly called a malformed email. This update is going to fix that.
Battery life has been a hot topic for some iPhone 14 users, so while it’s not mentioned in the changelog notes, it might be something that’s addressed in this update.
Here’s Apple’s changelog.
This update provides bug fixes and important security updates for your iPhone, including:
• Incoming calls and app notifications may be delayed or not delivered on iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max
• Low microphone volume may occur during CarPlay phone calls on iPhone 14 models
• Camera may be slow to launch or switch between functions on iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max
• Mail crashes on startup after receiving a malformed email
For information about the security content of Apple software updates, visit this website: support.apple.com/kb/HT201222