Apple released updates to iOS 16.3, macOS Ventura 13.2 and other OSes, adding global support for Advanced Data Protection and FIDO keys

With the release of new Apple operating systems, the company did not have time to add all the desired features with the release versions. But it is gradually supplementing the systems with such capabilities. iOS 16.3, iPadOS 16.3, macOS Ventura 13.2 and others were released last night, adding global support for Advanced Data Protection and support for physical FIDO security keys, among other things.

Advanced Data Protection lets you encrypt more data in iCloud, such as backups, message backups, notes, photos, and more. With iOS 16.2, users in the US got this protection, and now anyone can use it.

It is worth noting that this possibility is provided only for devices with the latest versions of operating systems. So if there are devices in iCloud that haven’t received or haven’t yet been updated to the latest versions, this feature won’t work.

Also, in the security settings, there is now an option for an additional “layer” with support for FIDO keys — physical tokens for user authentication. These can be both USB keys and options with additional NFC support.

Among other updates, users can find new wallpapers of the Unity series, support for the second-generation HomePod, and fixes for various small bugs on the company’s smartphones, tablets, and “smart” watches.

The iPhone has also changed the Emergency SOS call pattern, which will now require you to hold down one of the volume buttons and the power button, then release them, which should prevent accidental calls for help.