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The new feature enables securing your Apple ID using a physical key.
Apple has launched iOS 16.3, which includes the capability of utilizing a security key to secure your Apple ID. The update also appears to bring the company's Advanced Data Protection for iCloud feature to countries outside of the US. Additionally, it improves the Emergency SOS call system, introduces a new "Unity" wallpaper, and adds support for the second-generation HomePod. This follows last year's announcement from Apple of the hardware key feature, which allows users to use a device such as a Yubikey as a second factor to log in to their Apple account, as part of an effort to strengthen security for iCloud accounts.
Advanced Data Protection, which increases the types of data that are end-to-end-encrypted in cloud storage, was also announced at the same time. The feature was initially only available in the US with iOS 16.2, but the update seems to now make it available globally. Apple has removed a note from a support document stating that it is only available in the US, and reports have emerged of it being available in other countries.
We expect that the release of iOS 16.3 will bring some exciting new capabilities for HomePod Mini users, following a software update for the device. One of the most noteworthy additions will be the ability for the smart speakers to function as temperature and humidity sensors, which can be integrated into automation systems.
Additionally, the update may include the ability to create automations using voice commands and to inquire about the location of family members, friends, and devices using the "Find My" feature via Siri.
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