Apple rolled out iOS 14.6 Beta 3 to registered developers and is expected to release it to public beta testers in the coming days. It was released for developers on all iOS 14-supported devices. Apart from this beta, Apple also released Beta 3 for iPadOS, macOS 11.5, watchOS 7.6, and HomePodOS 14.6. This is a small update similar to iOS 14.5. Some of these features were also pushed to iOS 15; however, within iOS 14.6.

What’s new in iOS 16.6 Beta 3? The update includes new features and improvements.

The installation size of this beta is around 500 MB, and the build number for this build is iOS 16.6 (20G5047d). The modem firmware has also been updated to version 3.80.00. It also brings code changes that support the new MacBook Air, Mac Studio, and Mac Pro when seen on the network.

iOS 16 Supported Devices, Here’s a review of what’s new.

  • iPhone 14
  • iPhone 14 Plus
  • iPhone 14 Pro
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation or later)

Note: Before proceeding, we would like to note that as this is a developer beta, it is not recommended for general users to install it on their devices.

  • Fix Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter Issue: This was completely broken in iOS 16.5 but fixed with iOS 16.6 Beta.
  • Address Announcement Notification: It fixes notifications that appear when you have AirPods in. This issue has been resolved since Beta 1.

Apart from this, there are minor changes to the Wallet application verbiage related to dispute status.

Removed iMessage Contact Key Verifications

One of the major upgrades in this build is removing the issue where contact verification for iMessages appeared in search results but was not functional. In the previous build, tapping on it did not open it. However, Beta 2 still needs this feature. We can expect Apple to release this feature in iOS 16.6.

Camera improvements

iOS 17 has some changes but no major camera improvements. However, sometimes the camera algorithm is too sharp or has too much HDR, which could be fixed with iOS 17.

Safari Technology Preview 17

If you have been utilizing the Safari Technology Preview, you will see the latest resources with version 172, which was available on June 14. However, if you use macOS Sonoma, it drops support for legacy mail plugins. Be cautious before proceeding if you are using Mail in the Mail app.

Screen recording via Siri

Apple included this in iOS 16.5 Beta 1, but it needed to be included afterward. It was in the code, and we don’t know if Apple will release it in the final version of iOS 16.6. This is a fascinating feature, or maybe the company will release it in an alternate version of iOS 17.

class="wp-block-heading">Tap to Pay: Expanding to More Stores

Apple is expanding its Tap to Pay feature on the iPhone, which uses NFC, to more US stores later this year. Stores such as Sephora, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany, Celine, and Dirar will all have this feature later this year. The company now focuses on high-end stores but will gradually expand to all stores.

The new store at London’s Battersea Power Station

This refurbished store has been converted from a coal-fired power station into Apple’s updated flagship store.

Laggy notification center bug

The Notification Centre bug is still present, with major issues and an unpleasant appearance. This has been fixed in the iOS 17 Developer Beta. It doesn’t seem like Apple is committed to fixing it, especially if you have an iPhone 10 or 8. You won’t receive iOS 17.

As for the known issue, it remains the same as in iOS 16.6 Beta 2.

  • Pair your first Matter accessory with your newly renovated home
  • Known issue with Xcode. To learn more about this issue, check out Apple’s release notes.

Read Also: Here’s how to download and install iOS 17 Developer Beta on your iPhone right now: Check the compatible iPhones.

iOS 16.6 has nothing else to report. Performance has been fine, but some users have reported battery life problems. The company might be preparing for iOS 16.6 Beta 4, but there isn’t much new in the build. We will still see another beta build before the RC release. We could see iOS 16.5.1 before the 16.6 final release.