This week Apple released the latest iOS update, version 16.3 for all compatible devices. As usual, Apple recommends that all users update their devices to ensure the best performance and security. Each update contains bug fixes and patches for known security flaws, in addition to feature updates and enhancements. When it comes to iOS 16.3 there are several notable changes.
iTunes is going the way of the dinosaurs. Apple has launched previews of three separate Windows apps to replace the aging software. Apple Music, Apple Devices, and Apple TV have already launched beta versions on the Microsoft app store. Each of the apps can be installed independently on Windows 11 machines.
Apple Maps now delivers live parking information directly in the app. iPhone owners can search for available parking spots and reserve parking at over 8,000 locations in the US and Canada from Apple Maps. This improvement comes thanks to SpotHero integration. Even better, there's no update to Apple Maps required for the new features to take effect.
Battery replacements on older iPhone models are set to increase in cost. Starting on March 1, 2023, Apple will raise repair fees for iPhones that are out of warranty by $20. AppleCare+ subscribers will not be affected by this change. Since the iPhone 14 launch in September, battery replacement service on the latest models have been priced at $99.
Apple is currently running a promotion until January 3rd for non-subscribers to stream the first season of selected shows on Apple TV+ for free. All you need to watch is an Apple ID and the Apple TV app to start. Viewers can also see the shows using the Apple TV+ website at tv.apple.com.
Apple TV+ often makes the first episode of shows free to stream, however through January 3, 2023 the entire first season can be watched. Shows included in the current promotion are: