Apple might release iOS 16.3 and macOS 13.2 before February 3

The upcoming iOS 16.3 and macOS 13.2 updates are currently in the beta testing phase. Now, there are clues that suggest the release time frame of the new macOS update.

iOS 16.3

Apple’s new products give away the release time of iSO 16.3 and macOS 13.2 updates

The announcement press releases of the latest MacBook Pro and Mac mini with next-generation M2 series chips state that new MacBook Pro and Mac mini models require macOS 13.2 or later in Japan.

Although the new Mac models are available for order with delivery starting from January 24, they will be available in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, and New Zealand beginning Friday, February 3.

macOS 13.2

Similarly, the new HomePod 2 is compatible with iPhone models running on iOS 16.3 and will be available in select regions starting from February 3.

iOS 16.3

Therefore, it can be said with certainty that the tech giant is going to release iOS 16.3 and macOS 13.2 before the launch of the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips and Mac mini with M2 and M2 Pro chips in Japan and HomePod in select regions on February 3, 2023.

Expected features on upcoming iOS 16.3 and macOS 13.2 updates

On January 11, Apple seeded beta 2 of iOS 16.3 and macOS 13.2 to developers and beta testers. 

Although the release notes of the latest beta update did not mention new changes, Apple released a new ‘Rapid Security Respond’ update for macOS Ventura 13.2 beta without any changes to test its functionality before the deployment of new features.

The previous macOS 13.2 beta 1 update included bug fixes related to Service Management. It also included the new “Security Keys” for Apple ID for users to use third-party physical security keys for even more secure authentication as an additional layer of protection.

Features discovered on iOS 16.3 update are changed the behavior of “Call with Hold” for Emergency SOS, the ability to add physical ‘Security Keys for Apple ID’ for additional protection and a tutorial to demonstrate ‘how to take advantage of the handoff feature between iPhone and HomePod’.

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