iOS 16.3 and other platforms get Release Candidate

Apple releases RC for iOS/iPadOS 16.3, macOS 13.2 Ventura, watchOS 9.3 and tvOS 16.3. Apple announced that release will be available next week.

This update includes the following enhancements and bug fixes:
- New Unity wallpaper honors Black history and culture in celebration of Black History Month 
- Security Keys for Apple ID allow users to strengthen the security of their account by requiring a physical security key as part of the two factor authentication sign in process on new devices 
- Support for HomePod (2nd generation) 
- Emergency SOS calls now require holding the side button with the up or down volume button and then releasing in order to prevent inadvertent emergency calls 
- Fixes an issue in Freeform where some drawing strokes created with Apple Pencil or your finger may not appear on shared boards 
- Addresses an issue where the wallpaper may appear black on the Lock Screen 
- Fixes an issue where horizontal lines may temporarily appear while waking up iPhone 14 Pro Max 
- Fixes an issue where the Home Lock Screen widget does not accurately display Home app status 
- Addresses an issue where Siri may not respond properly to music requests 
- Resolves issues where Siri requests in CarPlay may not be understood correctly

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iOS/iPadOS 15.7.3 RC is also released with security bugfixes.

Beta download: Operating Systems

Release notes are not updated for Release Candidate.

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Apple publishes RC for iOS 16.2 and other platforms

Following the announcement of new security features, Apple publishes RC for its platforms supporting the Advanced Data Protection for iCloud.

Notably, new Xcode RC is also published.

Other notable feature in this RC is recently announced Apple Music Sing – karaoke-like mode where users could sign along with Apple Music songs.

AirDrop will now limit access setting "Everyone" to 10 minutes for all users, and not just China as it was in previous beta.

Beta download: Operating Systems

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Apple Newsroom: Apple introduces Apple Music Sing

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iOS 15.7.1 Release Candidate might break Face ID on some devices

During recent RC publication Apple also published iOS 15.7.1 RC keeping updating older iOS major release with bug fixes.

It turns out that this RC might break Face ID for some users. Affected devices include iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro. User might see "Face ID Is Not Available" error message.

Reference: iOS 15.7.1 Release Candidate Breaking Face ID for Some iPhone Users

Apple publishes Release Candidate for iOS 15.6 and other platforms

After several beta versions Apple is now getting ready to finally release iOS/iPadOS 15.6, watchOS 8.7, macOS 12.5 and tvOS 15.6.

No significant changes are reported for this release, this update assumed to be bug fix release.

Beta download: Operating Systems

Reference: iOS 15.6 RC version now available with bug fixes and TV app feature for live sports