Apple releases updates for iOS 12.3 with TV app additions

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Apple has released iOS 12.3 to the public, providing iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users with updates to the operating system.

The beta for iOS largely featured major changes relating to the TV app, namely preparing the operating systems for the public launch of the updated Apple TV experience, which includes Apple TV Channels and the Apple TV+ services arriving later in 2019. Changes were made to both iOS and tvOS so as the TV app on both could have a parity of features throughout the beta testing process.

The release version of iOS 12.3 is build number 16F156, replacing iOS 12.2's build 16E227. The public release follows after the operating systems passed through six iterations of the beta testing cycle.

The Apple TV Channels allow customers to subscribe to different TV networks and video providers, effectively working as an a la carte pay TV service. Under Family Sharing, subscriptions can be shared with up to six family members using their Apple ID and password.

Another major change included in iOS 12.3 is the Wallet app, which has some features altered in preparation for the launch of Apple Card, the branded credit card launching in the United States this summer. The card offers enhanced functionality provided via the Wallet app, including spend tracking and being able to apply, be accepted, and start using the card in the same day via Apple Pay.

For iOS, the update can be installed by going to the Settings app, selecting General then Software Update, selecting the update, and entering the PIN for the device. If automatic updates is enabled, the device will download the update for the user and provide a notification before installing it.

An update to the HomePod was included in iOS 12.3 release. Fixes are limited to enterprise network login issues.