iOS 14.3 release date is most likely set for Monday, December 14. Apple has just announced the AirPods Max, which will become available in stores on December 15 and they do require iPhones and iPads to run iOS 14.3 in order to be able to be paired.
More, iOS 14.3 RC version has been released today too, hinting that we entered the straight line for the public release. Apple will also launch its Fitness+ service on Monday, December 14 and this premium workout routine also requires iOS 14.3 to run.
iOS 14.3 Release Date
All these factors allow us to anticipate that iOS 14.3 will be released to the general public on Monday, December 14!
Can it happen earlier? Of course, but it’s unlikely. Apple doesn’t seed new iOS software updates during weekends and it usually waits a couple of days for the Release Candidate version to settle down and check if any major bugs are flaring up. Apple could also surprise us on Thursday, December 11 with the iOS 14.3 public release but the odds are small.
No iOS 14.2.2 Update
A couple of weeks ago we anticipated a potential iOS 14.2.2 minor software update, for fixing some of the important bugs present in iOS 14. However, it seems that Apple wasn’t able to find the required solutions and we will jump directly from iOS 14.2 (iOS 14.2.1 for iPhone 12 owners) to iOS 14.3.
Fact: Considering that the release of iOS 14.3 is imminent it’s extremely unlikely for iOS 14.2.2 software update to happen. Although, most of these serious bugs haven’t been patches in iOS 14.3 GM and we will most likely wait for iOS 14.3.1.
iOS 14.3 Features
We’ve already been informed about the changes coming in iOS 14.3. Release Candidate versions come with the full update log, listed below:
- Apple Fitness+
– A new fitness experience powered by Apple Watch with studio-style workouts available on your iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV (Apple Watch Series 3 and later)
– New Fitness app on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV to browse Fitness+ workouts, trainers, and personalized recommendations
– Video workouts added each week in ten popular workout types: High Intensity Interval Training, Indoor Cycling, Yoga, Core, Strength, Dance, Rowing, Treadmill Walking, Treadmill Running, and Mindful Cooldown
– Playlists curated by Fitness+ trainers to complement your workout
– Fitness+ subscription available in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and United States
- AirPods Max
Support for AirPods Max, new over-ear headphones
– High fidelity audio for rich sound
– Adaptive EQ adapts sound in real time to the personal fit of ear cushions
– Active Noise Cancellation to block out environmental noise
– Transparency mode to hear the environment around you
– Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking for a theater-like listening experience
– Apple ProRAW photos can be captured on iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max
– Apple ProRAW photos can be edited in the Photos app
– Option to record video at 25 fps
– Mirror the front facing camera for still photos on iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X
– New privacy information section on App Store pages that includes a developer-reported summary of the app’s privacy practices
- TV app
– An all-new Apple TV+ tab makes it easy to discover and watch Apple Original shows and movies
– Enhanced search so you can browse by category such as genre, and see recent searches and suggestions as you type
– Top search results shown with the most relevant matches across movies, TV shows, cast, channels, and sports
- App Clips
– Support for launching App Clips by scanning Apple-designed App Clip Codes via Camera or from Control Center
– Ability to indicate pregnancy, lactation, or contraceptive use in Cycle Tracking in the Health app in order to better manage period and fertile window predictions
– Air quality data is now available in Weather, Maps, and Siri for locations in China mainland
– Air quality health recommendations are provided in Weather and Siri for the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, India, and Mexico at certain air quality levels
– Air quality data in Weather, Maps, and Siri reflects updated national scales for Germany and Mexico
Ecosia search engine option in Safari
- This release also addresses the following issues:
– Some MMS messages may not be received
– Contact groups failed to display members when composing a message
– Some videos would not appear correctly when shared from the Photos app
– App folders may fail to open
– Spotlight search results, and opening apps from Spotlight may not work
– Bluetooth could be unavailable in Settings
– MagSafe Duo Charger could wirelessly charge your iPhone at less than the maximum power
– Wireless accessories and peripherals using the WAC protocol could fail to complete setup
– The keyboard would dismiss when adding a list in Reminders while using VoiceOver
Some features may not be available for all regions or on all Apple devices. For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:
Conclusion: As you might have noticed in the changelog listed above, most major iOS 14 bugs haven’t been addressed in this release. Considering that iOS 14.2 has introduced the annoying missing Messages notifications bug, we recommend you to perform a full iPhone backup before updating to iOS 14.3. This way you will be able to easily revert to iOS 14.2 in case something similar happens.
Related: The most common iOS 14 bugs that are yet to be fixed can be found here.