Apple’s confirmed a new iOS 14.3 update and the software is currently in beta testing ahead of an official release for iPhone.
iOS 14.3 is another milestone release (x.x) for iOS 14 which means it will bring new features, security enhancements, and bug fixes for lingering issues.
We don’t have an official iOS 14.3 release date yet, but iPhone users who don’t want to wait for the official roll out can try the update out through one of Apple’s beta programs.
With iOS 14.3 on the way, we want to take you through everything there is to know about the next big update for iOS 14 and iPhone.
In this guide to iOS 14.3 we’ll take you through the update’s known changes, what you can expect from the iOS 14.3 release date and release time, key information about the iOS 14.3 beta, and more.
iOS 14.3 Beta
If you don’t want to wait for the official version of iOS 14.3 to arrive, you don’t have to.
Apple recently pushed the iOS 14.3 beta to developers and those enrolled in the Beta Software Program. While a developer account requires you to pay money, the Beta Software Program is free to anyone with a compatible device and working Apple ID. Most people should install the public iOS 14.3 beta.
Before you download the iOS 14.3 beta onto your phone remember that pre-release software is almost always plagued with bugs and performance issues. These issues could impact the performance of your core apps, your device’s battery life, and its overall speed which makes it a less than ideal daily driver.
You should be able to fix some of these problems on your own, but some bugs and performance issues will probably require a fix from Apple down the road.
If you can’t stand the beta’s performance on your iPhone you can downgrade back to iOS 14.2.1 (if you own an iPhone 12) or iOS 14.2. The downgrade path back to older upgrades is closed.
Apple is currently on iOS 14.3 beta 2.
iOS 14.3 Release Date
Apple hasn’t confirmed an official iOS 14.3 release date for iPhone.
We’ve heard the iOS 14.3 update could arrive before the end of the year so there’s a good chance it rolls out sometime in December.
Apple’s confirmed plans to enable 5G in dual SIM mode on the iPhone 12 series in a software update later on this year. It didn’t call the software update out by name, but a release on board iOS 14.3 seems likely.
The company also promised to launch its new Fitness+ service before the end of the year and it looks like it will arrive alongside iOS 14.3 and watchOS 7.2.
All signs are currently pointing to a release next month.
iOS 14.3 Release Time
We don’t have an official iOS 14.3 release date yet, but we know exactly when Apple will roll the software out on whatever day it chooses.
The official version of iOS 14.3 will probably arrive in and around 10AM Pacific. It sometimes takes a few minutes for iOS updates to show up so there’s no need to worry if you don’t see new software right when the clock strikes 10AM.
Apple will also release iOS 14.3 beta updates for developers and those in the Beta Software Program in and around 10AM Pacific. The company typically releases new beta updates every 1-2 weeks.
Keep this timeline in mind if you plan to install the official version of iOS 14.3, or new iOS 14.3 betas, right away.
iOS 14.3 Update: What’s New
Apple’s x.x updates always bring a mix of features, security patches, and under-the-hood improvements and that’s exactly what you can expect from iOS 14.3.
Developers digging through the iOS 14.3 beta have discovered several changes including support for Apple’s ProRAW photo format on iPhone 12 Pro.
iOS 14.3 will bring a change to the iPhone setup process. After the release of iOS 14.3, Apple will suggest third-party apps to users when they’re setting up new devices.
Beta testers have discovered a new section on Pregnancy in the Health app, new notifications for updates in the Home app, a new Cardio Fitness feature for Apple Watch, improved air quality health recommendations, improvements to Shortcuts, Apple’s new Fitness+ service, and the ability to set Ecosia as the default search engine on iPhone.
The software will reportedly add support for Sony’s new PlayStation DualSense Wireless Controller for the PlayStation 5. There should also be support for Amazon’s Luna controller.
Apple says that it’s working with Microsoft to deliver compatibility for the company’s new Xbox Series X controller and that it will arrive in a future software update. It’s unclear if support will be included with iOS 14.3, but there’s certainly a chance.
Apple could add, or subtract, from the iOS 14.3 change log as the beta progresses so keep an eye out for changes as the software makes progress behind the scenes.
iOS 14 Jailbreak
If you still jailbreak, make sure you avoid the iOS 14.3 beta. The only way you can jailbreak a device right now is if it’s running an older version of iOS 14.
We don’t expect developers to release a tool that’s compatible with the iOS 14.3 beta.
Install iOS 14.2 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing iOS 14.2.1 or iOS 14.2 right away.
iOS 14.2 includes 24 security patches that will help protect you and your device from harm. You can learn more about the patches on Apple's security website.
If you own an iPhone 12 and you skipped the iOS 14.2 update, you'll get these patches with your iOS 14.2.1 upgrade.
If you're still running iOS 13, iOS 14.2.1/iOS 14.2 will also include iOS 14.0's security updates.
iOS 14.0 brought 11 new security patches to the iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website.
If you skipped iOS 13.7 or any older versions of iOS 13, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 14.2.1/iOS 14.2 update.
In addition to those patches, iOS 14 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Home/HomeKit and Safari.
For instance in Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.
With iOS 14 on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them.
There is also a new recording indicator that will appear at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. You can see if an app has used them recently in Control Center.
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