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What’s New in iOS 16 Beta 3?: AFib History, Lockdown Mode, Lock Screen Updates, More

What’s New in iOS 16 Beta 3?: AFib History, Lockdown Mode, Lock Screen Updates, More

Apple on Wednesday seeded the third developer betas of iOS 16 and iPadOS 16. The new betas bring updates and fixes for features unveiled in June, as well as some new features.

AFib History

iOS 16‌ and watchOS 9 add an AFib History feature is designed to track how long a person is in atrial fibrillation and how often. In ‌iOS 16‌ beta 3, the AFib History section has been added to the Health app, and the AFib feature is activated in ‌watchOS 9‌ beta 3. AFib History is currently limited to users in the United States.

iCloud Shared Photo Library

iCloud Shared Photo Library makes it easier for users to share photos with friends and family members. Up to five people can share a photo library with you, and everyone accessing the library can add, delete, and edit images.

Lockdown Mode

Lockdown Mode is available in ‌iOS 16‌, ‌iPadOS 16‌, and macOS Ventura. Lockdown Mode is an extreme, optional protection for the very small number of users who face grave, targeted threats to their digital security. such as journalists, activists, government employees, and others who might be targeted by sophisticated cyberattacks.

Lockdown Mode offers an extreme, optional level of security for the very few users who, because of who they are or what they do, may be personally targeted by some of the most sophisticated digital threats, such as those from NSO Group and other private companies developing state-sponsored mercenary spyware. Turning on Lockdown Mode in iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura further hardens device defenses and strictly limits certain functionalities, sharply reducing the attack surface that potentially could be exploited by highly targeted mercenary spyware.

New Lock Screen Time Fonts

There are now 12 fonts to choose from for the time on the customizable ‌iOS 16‌ Lock Screen.

Calendar Lock Screen Widget

For privacy purposes, the Calendar Lock Screen widget no longer provides details on the next upcoming event while the ‌iPhone‌ is locked. It blurs out the information until the ‌iPhone‌ is unlocked by its owner.


A new “Include Due Today” option in the Settings section of the Reminders app is designed to include both overdue and due today items in the badge count, rather than just the items that are due today.

Clownfish Wallpaper

Some ‌iOS 16‌ users report seeing a Clownfish wallpaper option after updating to the third beta. This wallpaper was used on the original ‌iPhone‌ when it was introduced by Steve Jobs in 2007 — but it never actually ever shipped with any iPhone.

iCloud Splash Screen

When choosing an iCloud+ subscription option, there’s a new splash screen that explains the features.

Virtual Card Support

‌iOS 16‌ adds support for virtual cards for safer online shopping using Safari. Some banks and card providers allow customers to generate virtual card numbers to use online to avoid having their credit card details stolen.

(Via MacRumors)