What's in iOS 15.3: Features and Bug Fixes Coming to iPhones

Cupertino, January 8, 2022

In September 2021, Apple rolled out iOS 15, but that doesn't mean the company was done with iOS 15 development, on the contrary, iOS 15 development continued and on December 13, Apple released iOS 15.2 to the general public. This was actually the fourth update to iOS 15 - there had been two minor and one major update before. Now Apple is hard at work on iOS 15.3, which has been in beta testers since Friday, December 7, 2021. iOS 15.3 Release Date To get an idea of ​​when iOS 15.3 could be released to the general public, let's look at the gaps between iOS 15, iOS 15.1 and iOS 15.2: September 21, 2021: Work begins on iOS 15.1 (the day after the launch of iOS 15). October 25, 2021: iOS 15.1 update available to the public (a little over a month later/five weeks). December 13, 2021: Full version of iOS 15.2 is released (seven weeks). So a seven-week interlude seems likely, taking us to late January or early February, although with the long break at the end of the year, we might be able to wait a little longer. Interestingly, Apple released the first beta of iOS 14.4 in 2020 on December 16, and the final version was released to the general public on January 27, 2021. So maybe we can expect a similar schedule for iOS 15.3 in 2022. How to Get iOS 15.3 If you want to participate in the tests, read our guide on how to participate in an Apple beta program. However, as usual, make sure to backup your devices before installing the new beta versions; that way you don't have to risk losing your files. In a separate article, we'll explain how to get the iOS beta and how to install iOS 15 and subsequent updates. What's in iOS 15.3? With iOS 15.2, Apple introduced some features that were previously announced but were not present in iOS 15 at launch. These include Digital Legacy, SharePlay, and more. Read what's in iOS 15.2. As for iOS 15.3, hopefully we can expect other features that were missing in iOS 15. To learn more about the missing features, read Eight iOS 15 Features That Will Be Missing at Launch. Apple will likely fix bugs and other issues with the software. Here's what to expect in the next iOS 15 update: Universal Control-Related Features (Hopefully) While Universal Control is more of an iPadOS and macOS feature, expect its presence to have some impact on iOS. Universal Control is an extension of Sidecar, which was introduced in macOS Catalina and iPadOS 13 and made it possible to place an iPad next to a Mac and move the mouse or touchpad pointer seamlessly from the edge of the Mac screen directly to the iPad. to be moved. The next release of macOS Monterey and iPadOS 14 will likely improve on this functionality, allowing you to share the mouse and keyboard on two Macs. Learn more about what's coming in macOS 12.2. Bug fixes in iOS 15.3 Rest assured that iOS 15.3 will contain bug fixes and security improvements. Apple is currently working on a fix for a security flaw in iOS 14 and iOS 15 that "could pose a serious risk to users," according to the security researcher who discovered the vulnerability. Trevor Spiniolas has identified the bug that can be exploited through the HomeKit API. The attacker can use the API to change HomeKit device names, the new name is then backed up to iCloud. If the user's Home devices are enabled in the Control Center, the iPhone will stop responding until the device names are changed using the API. The danger, explains Spiniolas, is that an attacker could "use email addresses similar to Apple services or HomeKit products to trick less tech-savvy users (or even those who are curious) into accepting the invitation and then demand payment via email in exchange for repairing the problem." Spiniolas notified Apple of the bug in August 2021, saying the company planned to fix the issue in iOS 15.2, but failed to do so. Apple informed him that it is now planning a fix in "early 2022". For now, Spiniolas recommends that the user remove the Home shortcuts from the Control Center. If they are affected, the best solution is to restore iPhone via another iCloud account, then re-enter after setting it up and immediately turn off the 'Home' switch. We run this in more detail here: HomeKit bug can make iPhone useless.

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