Apple has today released iOS 15.3 and iPadOS 15.3 to the public.
These releases are relatively minor in regard to user facing changes and enhancements, instead focusing on under-the-hood improvements and bug fixes.
Apple's release notes simply state that iOS 15.3 includes ”bug fixes and security updates for your iPhone.”
Apple lists 10 security fixes in iOS 15.3 and iPadOS 15.3, including patches for vulnerabilities affecting Safari, root privileges, and more. Among these is a fix for a recently discovered Safari bug that could cause the leaking of users’ browsing history and Google ID.
Our experience is that none of the active bugs we currently have listed in the AppleVis Bug Tracker are resolved or significantly addressed in iOS 15.3 and iPadOS 15.3.
At the time of writing we are unaware of any new bugs or regressions for blind and low vision users in these releases.
As we always stress, we can make no claims on the completeness or accuracy of our testing. We are only a small team, and it is simply impossible for us to test all devices, configurations, applications, and use cases. Accordingly, to help us ensure that the information on this page is as complete and accurate as possible, please let us know in the comments of any additional fixes; enhancements; or regressions that you find in your own use of iOS 15.3 and iPadOS 15.3.
How to Update
iOS 15.3 and iPadOS 15.3 are available via Over-the-Air Update (Settings > General > Software Update) via Finder on a Mac with macOS Catalina or later, or via iTunes on a PC or Mac with macOS Mojave or earlier.
Before updating, we strongly recommend making a full and complete backup of your device (either locally or in iCloud, depending on personal preference). This will ensure that, in the unlikely event that something goes wrong during the update process, you will have a current backup on hand in case a device restore becomes necessary. Also, if using OTA update, we recommend plugging your device into a power source for the duration of the download/installation process, so as to prevent the unlikely event of your battery going dead during the update.
More information on how to update the software on your device is available on this Apple Support page.
As always, we look forward to hearing your thoughts and experiences of these releases, so please let us know by posting a comment below.