iOS 14.3 looks like it will arrive on iPhones very shortly, with a release expected in the next few days. It looks like Apple could release their next iOS 14 update on either Monday December 14 or Tuesday December 15. While Apple has not confirmed a release date for iOS 14.3, there’s reason to believe the update will become available to download around these dates.
And that’s because the latest release candidate sent to developers for iOS 14.3 shows the inbound iPhone patch will provide support for Apple’s latest accessory – the AirPods Max.
This week the Cupertino-based tech giant unveiled their long-rumoured over ear noise-cancelling wireless headphones.
Retailing at £549, the AirPods Max are launching on Tuesday December 15 – so it makes sense the iOS 14.3 patch which provides support for these cans will arrive by or before then.
The release candidate for iOS 14.3 revealed plenty of other inbound features, and you can read full details on all the upcoming additions below.
But let’s take a look at some of the standout features. First up one of the headline additions is the ability for iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max devices to shoot photos in the ProRAW format.
This new image format is designed to take advantage of the triple rear camera set-up and LiDAR sensor found on the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max.
Typically, when you take a photo with your smartphone there will be plenty of photo processing automatically applied to a snap.
The alternative is taking a RAW photo, but this will likely require a fair bit of tinkering to get it just the way you like it.
ProRAW aims to offer the best of both worlds, capturing high-quality RAW images with some processing on top of it, which users can then customise to their liking.
Elsewhere, as reported by ZDNet, iOS 14.3 will also add support for Apple Fitness+ – a new fitness service that will work in tandem with your Apple Watch.
Apple Fitness+ promises world-class workouts by top trainers and new workouts every week. And it is launching on Monday December 14, which could be a further indication iOS 14.3 is arriving around then too.
The inbound iPhone update will also add a new Apple TV+ tab that is meant to make it easy to discover and watch Apple Original shows and movies.
While, separately from the iOS 14.3 release candidate, beta testers have revealed that animated music albums covers will be heading to Apple Music – for select albums.
As revealed in a post by MacRumours, animated covers have been spotted for a number albums such as 12 Questions by Future Utopia, Detroit 2 by Big Sean and Pearl Jam’s Gigaton.
These animated covers play in a loop, and are brief colourful animations which are reminiscent of live wallpapers.
Besides all of these great new features packed into iOS 14.3, you can be sure the inbound download will also bring with it plenty of bug fixes.
If you like the sound of iOS 14.3, and are wondering what else is in the update, then here is the full release candidate for the patch…
APPLE iOS 14.3 RELEASE NOTES
• A new fitness experience powered by Apple Watch with studio-style workouts available on your iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV (Apple Watch Series 3 and later)
• New Fitness app on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV to browse Fitness+ workouts, trainers, and personalised recommendations
• Video workouts added each week in ten popular workout types: High Intensity Interval Training, Indoor Cycling, Yoga, Core, Strength, Dance, Rowing, Treadmill Walking, Treadmill Running, and Mindful Cooldown
• Playlists curated by Fitness+ trainers to complement your workout
• Fitness+ subscription available in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and United States
• Support for AirPods Max, new over-ear headphones
• High fidelity audio for rich sound
• Adaptive EQ adapts sound in real time to the personal fit of ear cushions
• Active Noise Cancellation to block out environmental noise
• Transparency mode to hear the environment around you
• Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking for a theatre-like listening experience
• Apple ProRAW photos can be captured on iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max
• Apple ProRAW photos can be edited in the Photos app
• Option to record video at 25 fps
• Mirror the front facing camera for still photos on iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X
• New privacy information section on App Store pages that includes a developer-reported summary of the app’s privacy practices
• An all-new Apple TV+ tab makes it easy to discover and watch Apple Original shows and movies
• Enhanced search so you can browse by category such as genre, and see recent searches and suggestions as you type
• Top search results shown with the most relevant matches across movies, TV shows, cast, channels, and sports
• Support for launching App Clips by scanning Apple-designed App Clip Codes via Camera or from Control Centre
• Ability to indicate pregnancy, lactation, or contraceptive use in Cycle Tracking in the Health app in order to better manage period and fertile window predictions
• Air quality data is now available in Weather, Maps, and Siri for locations in China mainland
• Air quality health recommendations are provided in Weather and Siri for the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, India, and Mexico at certain air quality levels
• Air quality data in Weather, Maps, and Siri reflects updated national scales for Germany and Mexico
• Ecosia search engine option in Safari
This release also addresses the following issues:
• Some MMS messages may not be received
• Contact groups failed to display members when composing a message
• Some videos would not appear correctly when shared from the Photos app
• App folders may fail to open
• Spotlight search results, and opening apps from Spotlight may not work
• Bluetooth could be unavailable in Settings
• MagSafe Duo Charger could wirelessly charge your iPhone at less than the maximum power
• Wireless accessories and peripherals using the WAC protocol could fail to complete setup
• The keyboard would dismiss when adding a list in Reminders while using VoiceOver