iOS 16.0.3 & watchOS 9.0.2 updates arrive with bug & security fixes

iOS 16.0.3 is available to download

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Apple has released iOS 16.0.3 and watchOS 9.0.2 to address known bugs that affect CarPlay, Mail, and Spotify streaming.

The release cycle for Apple's latest operating system has been more buggy than previous releases. Owners of the iPhone 14 had to update right after purchase to address activation bugs, then another update was released days later to fix iPhone 14 Pro camera problems.

This third iOS 16 update addresses a few specific bugs. One bug prevented call and app notifications from appearing in a timely fashion, if at all. Another bug caused low microphone volume during CarPlay calls.

Apple also fixed a bug that could cause the camera app to be slow at launch or when switching camera modes. Finally, a bug that crashed the Mail app on launch due to a malformed email has been fixed.

watchOS 9.0.2 addresses a Spotify streaming bug
watchOS 9.0.2 addresses a Spotify streaming bug

The watchOS 9.0.2 update was also released with a handful of bug fixes. Spotify users haven't been able to stream audio with the Apple Watch app in watchOS 9, and that has been fixed.

The update also addresses issues with snoozing alarm notifications for AssistiveTouch users. A bug that causes incomplete syncing of Wallet and Fitness data for new Apple Watches has been addressed. Also, a fix for microphone audio, which could be interrupted for some Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch Ultra users.

Users should see a notification for the update, and it will install automatically overnight for most. However, if you'd like the update to install right away, it will need to be initiated manually.

How to update iPhone

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Scroll down and tap "General"
  3. Tap "Software update"
  4. Select the software update option when it appears

The iOS 16.0.3 update once the iPhone is charged above 50%. This update should be installed as soon as is reasonable.