Seven Sensational iOS Features: A new year has begun, and 2023 will be a very active year for iPhone programmers. While Apple has been tight-lipped about iOS 17, it has revealed several new features for this year’s updates, including iOS 16.3 and iOS 16.4.
We have summarised seven iOS features, such as Apple Pay Later, which will allow users to pay over time, and an Apple Card savings account, which will enable users to earn interest on Daily Cash, scheduled to debut or expand to additional countries in 2023.
Web Push Notifications
As previously announced by Apple, web-based push notifications will be available as an opt-in feature in iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 in 2023. Safari on iOS devices will now support push notifications, allowing users to receive alerts from websites like they would from apps.
Apple Pay Later
Apple Pay Later, first announced at WWDC 2022, is a financing feature that allows eligible customers in the United States to divide the purchase cost into four equal payments spread out over six weeks with no interest or fees. Integrating the Wallet app will allow for convenient online and in-app purchasing on iOS devices.
Apple has stated that the update will be available in the near future for eligible customers in the United States, though it is possible that this will not be the case in all states. You can’t use Apple Pay Later on iOS 16.2 or the first beta of iOS 16.3. According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the update could come with iOS 16.4 later this year.
Security Keys for Apple ID
Apple’s new Security Keys for Apple ID feature, which will be available worldwide in early 2023, is now available in the first beta version of iOS 16.3. Users have the option of using physical security keys to increase the safety of their accounts.
By requiring a hardware security key as one of the two factors instead of a verification code from another Apple device, Apple’s Security Keys feature improves the security of two-factor authentication for users who turn it on.
Regarding hardware security keys, Apple has no plans to release its own. The functionality will utilize external security keys from companies like Yubico.
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Apple Card Savings Account
Apple announced in October that its Apple Card holders would “soon” be able to open new high-yield savings account from Goldman Sachs. They have their Daily Cash cashback rewards deposited into it, free of charge and with no minimum deposit or balance requirements.
Using the iPhone’s Wallet application, the user can monitor their account. Unless the user chooses to keep having their Daily Cash added to their Apple Cash balance, all Daily Cash received from that point on would be automatically deposited into the account and start earning interest.
Using Apple Pay, cardholders can earn 2% to 3% Daily Cash on purchases, while cardholders can earn 1% Daily Cash on purchases made using a physical card.
Although Goldman Sachs updated the Apple Card customer agreement, and the savings account was mentioned in the release notes for iOS 16.1 Release Candidate, neither has occurred yet. While the first iOS 16.3 beta was released last month, the savings account feature was still absent.
Support for multiple displays, widgets, and integration with vehicle functions like the instrument cluster, climate controls, and FM radio was among the new features previewed by Apple at WWDC 2022 for its iPhone-based software platform CarPlay.
Apple has stated that the first vehicles to be announced with support for the next-generation CarPlay experience will be available in late 2023, with several automakers, including Acura, Audi, Ford, Honda, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Porsche, Volvo, and others already have committed to the project. Later this year, Apple will reveal more information about CarPlay 2.0.
Advanced Data Protection in More Countries
When enabled, Apple’s new Advanced Data Protection feature encrypts your iCloud Backups, Photos, Notes, Reminders, Voice Memos, and more, in addition to the common areas of iCloud storage.
Apple says the feature, which is currently only available to users in the United States, will begin rolling out to the rest of the world in early 2023 in iOS 16.2, macOS 13.1, and other recent software updates.
Considering Apple’s projection that Advanced-Data Protection will roll out to more countries in the first half of 2023, it’s possible that the feature will be made available to a broader audience of iPhone users with iOS 16.3 or iOS 16.4.
Emergency SOS via Satellite in More Countries
Last month, Apple announced that the iPhone 14’s potentially lifesaving Emergency SOS via Satellite feature would be available in more regions in 2019. Apple, however, did not specify which additional countries would be included in the rollout.
You’ll need an iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, or iPhone 14 Pro Max with iOS 16.1 or later to use Emergency SOS via Satellite, which debuted in November in the United States and Canada.
Last month, users in France, Germany, Ireland, and the United Kingdom could access the service; however, iOS 16.2 or later is required to access some local emergency service numbers.
IPhone 14 users can now send satellite-delivered text messages to emergency personnel in an area without cellular or Wi-Fi service. The service is free for the first two years after activating an iPhone 14.