Seven iOS features launching or expanding in 2023

2023 is upon us and it will be another busy year for iPhone software. While details about iOS 17 are still scant, Apple has previously announced several features that will be available this year as part of upcoming updates such as iOS 16.3 and iOS 16.4.

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Below, we’ve summarized seven iOS features that are expected to launch or expand to additional countries in 2023, such as an Apple Pay Later financing option and an Apple Card savings account that will allow interest to be earned on Daily Cash.

Web push notifications

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Apple said iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 will add Subscribe to support for web-based push notifications in 2023. This feature will allow iPhone and iPad users to receive notifications from websites via Safari, just like notifications sent from apps.

Apple Pay later

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Announced at WWDC 2022 last June, Apple Pay Later is a financing feature that allows eligible US customers to split a purchase into four equal payments over six weeks, with no interest or fees to pay. This feature will be built into the Wallet app and will be available for purchase online and in apps on iPhone and iPad.

Apple says the feature is coming in a future software update for eligible US applicants and may not be available in all states. Apple Pay Later is not available with iOS 16.2 and is not in the first beta of iOS 16.3. bloombergMark Gorman suggested that this feature It may launch with iOS 16.4 this year.

Security keys for your Apple ID

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It enables the first beta of iOS 16.3 new Security keys for the Apple ID feature which Apple said will be available globally in early 2023. The feature gives users the option to use hardware security keys to further protect their accounts. For users who enable this feature, Security Keys strengthens Apple’s two-factor authentication by requiring a device security key as a factor instead of a verification code from another Apple device.

Apple does not plan to release its own hardware security keys. The feature will rely on third-party security keys that are available from brands like Yubico.

Apple Card savings account

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In October, Apple announce Apple Card users will “soon” be able to open a new, high-yield Goldman Sachs savings account and have their Daily Cash Back rewards automatically deposited into it, with no fees, no minimum deposits, and no minimum balance requirement. The account will be managed through the Wallet app on the iPhone.

Once the account is set up, all Daily Cash received from that point onwards will automatically be deposited into it and begin earning interest, unless the user chooses to continue adding Daily Cash to their Apple Cash balance. Apple Card offers 2-3% daily cash on purchases made with Apple Pay and 1% on purchases made with a physical card.

Savings account listed iOS 16.1 Release Candidate release notesand Goldman Sachs Update your Apple Card customer agreement for this feature, but it has not yet been launched. The savings account is still not available in the first beta of iOS 16.3 released last month, and it is not clear when it will be launched.

The next generation of CarPlay

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At WWDC 2022, Apple previewed the The next generation of its iPhone-based CarPlay software platformwhich will feature support for multiple displays, widgets, and integration with vehicle functions such as the instrument cluster, climate controls, and FM radio.

Apple says the first vehicles to support the next-generation CarPlay experience will be announced in late 2023, with automakers committed including Acura, Audi, Ford, Honda, Jaguar, Land Rover and Mercedes-Benz, among others. And Nissan, and Porsche, and Volvo, and others. . Apple plans to share additional details about the next generation of CarPlay later this year.

Advanced data protection in more countries

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Apple recently introduced the Optional advanced data protection feature It extends end-to-end encryption to many additional areas of iCloud when enabled, including iCloud Backups, Photos, Notes, Reminders, Voice Memos, and more. The feature was added in iOS 16.2, macOS 13.1, and other recent software updates for US users only and will start rolling out to the rest of the world in early 2023, according to Apple.

It’s not clear exactly when Advanced Data Protection will be available in additional countries, but given Apple’s early 2023 timeframe, it’s likely that the feature will be expanded to more iPhone users with iOS 16.3 or iOS 16.4.

Emergency SOS via satellite in more countries

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Apple announced last month that the iPhone 14’s life-saving satellite emergency SOS feature would be the same Supported in additional countries next year. However, Apple has not provided a list of countries where the feature will expand to the next.

Emergency SOS via satellite first launched in November in the US and Canada and requires an iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, or iPhone 14 Pro Max with iOS 16.1 or later. The service is now available in France, Germany, Ireland and the United Kingdom Last month, with iOS 16.2 or later required for some local emergency services numbers.

This feature allows iPhone 14 users to send text messages to emergency services via satellite when they are out of range of cellular and Wi-Fi coverage. The service is free for two years starting from the time you activate your iPhone 14 model.

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