Apple last week released iOS 16.3.1 with Crash Detection improvements. This update is available over-the-air on eligible devices (including the iPhone XS and XS Max) and can be downloaded by going to Settings > General.
This update is largely composed of bug fixes and stability enhancements, but it also includes two important security patches.
Security Keys for Apple ID are a new security measure designed to add an extra layer of protection between malicious actors and their Apple ID data. Once enabled, users must scan or plug in physical FIDO-certified security keys in order to confirm they are who they say they are before being granted access to their accounts.
iOS 16.3.1 also makes an improvement by clearing the crowd-sourced location database cache when turned off, which can save battery life and boost performance. Furthermore, this update brings enhanced search for Find My and Siri requests.
Apps that crash should instead fade to the home screen rather than closing out completely, helping prevent accidental shutdowns.
iOS 16.3.1 introduces several other improvements, such as a new Yahoo logo, “spring” animation for Control Center sliders and the “define” feature which displays a dictionary definition of selected text when you tap it.
If you’re a fan of Apple’s latest operating system, we strongly urge that you install the update immediately. The update is available now for all iPhone and iPad devices with an active iOS subscription and will automatically download to your device once available.
iOS 16.3.1 Changelogs
- iCloud settings may be unresponsive or incorrectly display if apps are using iCloud
- Siri requests for Find My may not work
- Crash Detection optimizations on iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models