iOS 16.0.3 has just launched and is here to save the day for iPhone 14 owners after an exceptionally buggy launch! The release also contains important security fixes on all iPhones which you need to know about immediately if your phone has been experiencing any problems lately. Here is everything you need to know about this.

Who Is It For?

Apple has released iOS 16.0.3 for all compatible devices including the iPhone 8 and newer. However, iOS 16 has dropped support for older models like the 6S Plus or 7 as well as touch iPod.

Apple recently admitted to having problems with their auto-updates, so if you haven’t seen any notifications about an update it’s best practice for now just trigger them manually by navigating into Settings > General > Software Update. If running newer beta software then make sure to unenroll your Apple device before the availability of the new update.

Apple iOS 16.0.3
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The Deal Breakers

iOS 16.0.3 is a small update that mostly fixes bugs for the iPhone 14 range and provides just one security fix on older models
The biggest issue with this release is that a large number of problems in iOS 16 are still there.

The update doesn’t seem to be causing any further problems, but there are isolated issues including breaking voice dictation and graphical glitches. However, don’t have much momentum yet. iPhone owners are continuing to struggle with the lack of progress on longer-running bugs that have been affecting them.

So What Do You Get?

iOS 16.0.3 is now available with a range of bug fixes and important security updates for iPhone 14 models:

  • iPhone 14 models have been reported to sometimes produce low-volume microphones during car play phone calls
  • Incoming calls and app notifications on the iPhone 14 Pro Max and iPhone 14 Pro may be delayed or not delivered
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max and iPhone 14 Pro, the camera may be slow when launching or switching between modes

iOS 16.0.3 is a huge update with many changes, but some people are reporting bugs that have not been fixed yet such as battery drain, Dynamic Island and the new lock screen. This update is very limited to a few bug fixes but there are still plenty of issues that need addressing.

iOS 16.0.3 Security Update

Mail immediately crashes on launch after receiving a malformed email

The input talks about how Apple has confirmed that this is tracked as CVE-2022-22658, and they fix a vulnerability in their Mail client where there was a huge risk of being hacked by maliciously crafted emails.

Verdict: Apple iOS 16.0.3 Does Little Harm with Some Good

iOS 16.0.3 is a big update with bug fixes and new security updates, if you are already using iOS 16 then it is better to upgrade. If you're still running an earlier version, it's best to stick to the warm, bug-free and fuzzy environment of iOS 15.7

The Road Ahead

iOS 16.1 is now available for testing and will be released by the end of October and is the first feature-focused update to iOS 16 and includes a number of new features that missed the iOS 16 deadline. Here are some of the new features that you’ll be able to enjoy. Support for Matter accessories, lock screen customizations, battery percentage indicator on the status bar and screenshot UI make this update more exciting than ever!

iOS 16.1 should be able to remove most of the bug fixes, so this is one update you don’t want to miss out on if have been sitting on iOS 15! To get early access join Apple’s Beta Software Program and find what other exciting features are coming your way.