Apple’s iOS 14.3 update has launched, bringing with it new long-awaited features for your iPhone. It’s the biggest change since since iOS 14 launched in October – finally giving us access to Apple Fitness Plus, the ProRAW photo format, and other things Apple first revealed at WWDC 2020 in June. Just to be clear, most of these features are available for all iPhone owners – but not all. The ProRAW format, in particular, is only coming to the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max handset. But folks with older iPhones will still get a few camera upgrades, which are detailed below.
Apple has made great promises with the ProRAW file format, which allows you to take photos in a basic RAW-style format that is more resizable than the currently offered HEIF / HEIC / JPEG formats available for iPhones to shoot in. But ProRaw also processes the photo a bit, using computational photography perks like Deep Fusion and Smart HDR to produce rich photos even before you edit them.
Only the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max can shoot in ProRAW, at least for now.
Other camera functions
Yes, older iPhones still get a few perks, but don’t expect anything monumental: Apple’s phones from the iPhone 6s to the iPhone X can take mirrored selfies, which was originally available for the iPhone XS and newer handsets. You have to turn it on and off separately in Settings> Camera and tap Mirror front camera.
All iPhones can also record at 25fps, but again, you have to manually switch between video frame rates: go to Settings> Camera, enable ‘Show PAL formats’ and you can choose from 1080p HD at 25fps or 4K at 25fps.
AirPods Max support
iOS 14.3 makes your iPhone compatible with the pricey AirPods Max, which are coming out on December 15, and start at $549 / £549 / AU$899. If you want to use Apple’s over-ear headphones from your iPhone, you’ll need this app update.
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Check what data apps are collecting
One of the lesser-known iOS 14.3 features is new visibility into what data apps are collecting. Developers will be required to disclose the kinds of personal, financial, and non-identifiable info their apps collect, which will be visible on their App Store listing for users to see before they download.
iOS 14.3 also brings bug fixes, too, including allegedly solving the issue of missing Messages notifications. Other fixes include properly-functioning custom iOS app icons (which should no longer route you through the Shortcuts app first) as well as a host of security updates.