2023 is upon us and it will be another busy year for iPhone software. While details about iOS 17 remain scarce, Apple previously announced several features that will be available this year as part of upcoming updates such as iOS 16.3 and iOS 16.4.
Below, we’ve rounded up seven iOS features expected to launch or expand to other countries in 2023, such as an Apple Pay Later financing option and an Apple Card savings account that will earn interest on Daily Cash.
Web push notifications
Apple said iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 will add turn-on support for web-based push notifications in 2023. This feature will allow iPhone and iPad users to receive notifications from websites through Safari, just like notifications sent from apps .
Apple Pay Later
Announced at WWDC 2022 last June, Apple Pay Later is a financing feature that will allow qualifying customers in the United States to split a purchase into four equal payments over six weeks, with no interest or fees to pay. The feature will be integrated into the Wallet app and will be available for online and in-app purchases on iPhone and iPad.
Apple says the feature will arrive in a future software update for eligible applicants in the United States and may not be available in all states. Apple Pay Later is not available with iOS 16.2 and is not present in the first beta of iOS 16.3. BloombergMark Gurman suggested that the feature could be released with iOS 16.4 this year.
Security keys for Apple ID
The first beta version of iOS 16.3 enables a new security keys feature for Apple ID that Apple said will be available worldwide in early 2023. The feature gives users the option to use hardware security keys to further protect your account. For users who enable this feature, security keys strengthen Apple’s two-factor authentication by requiring a hardware security key as one of the two factors 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 available from brands such as Yubico.
Apple Card savings account
In October, Apple announced that Apple Card users will “soon” be able to open a new Goldman Sachs High-Yield Savings Account and have their daily cash-back rewards automatically deposited into it, with no fees, no minimum deposits, and no minimums balance requirements. The account would be managed through the Wallet app on the iPhone.
Once the account is set up, all Daily Cash received thereafter will automatically be deposited into the account and begin earning interest, unless a user chooses to continue adding Daily Cash to their Apple Cash balance. Apple Card offers 2-3% daily cash back on purchases made with Apple Pay and 1% on purchases made with the physical card.
The savings account was listed in the release notes for iOS 16.1 Release Candidate, and Goldman Sachs has updated its Apple Card customer agreement for the feature, but it hasn’t been released yet. The savings account isn’t yet available in the first iOS 16.3 beta released last month, and it’s unclear when it will be released.
Next generation CarPlay
At WWDC 2022, Apple unveiled the next generation of its iPhone-based software platform CarPlay, which will feature support for multiple screens, widgets and integration with vehicle functions such as the instrument cluster, climate controls and FM radio.
Apple says the first vehicles compatible with the next-generation CarPlay experience will be announced in late 2023, with committed automakers including Acura, Audi, Ford, Honda, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Porsche, Volvo and others. . Apple plans to share additional details about the next generation of CarPlay later this year.
Advanced data protection in more countries
Apple recently introduced an optional Advanced Data Protection feature that 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 to iOS 16.2, macOS 13.1 and other recent software updates for US users only, and will begin rolling out to the rest of the world in early 2023, according to Apple.
It’s unclear exactly when Advanced Data Protection will be available in additional countries, but given Apple’s 2023 launch date, it’s possible the feature will expand to more iPhone users running iOS 16.3 or iOS 16.4.
Emergency SOS via satellite in more countries
Apple announced last month that the iPhone 14’s life-saving satellite emergency SOS feature will be supported in other countries next year. However, Apple did not provide a list of countries where the feature will be expanded to next.
Emergency SOS via Satellite first launched in November in the United States and Canada and requires an iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, or iPhone 14 Pro Max running iOS 16.1 or later. The service became available in France, Germany, Ireland and the UK last month, with iOS 16.2 or later required for some local emergency numbers.
The feature allows iPhone 14 users to send text messages to emergency services via satellite when out of range of cellular and Wi-Fi coverage. The service is free for two years from the moment of activation of an iPhone 14 model.