iOS 14.3: Apple releases the third beta with ProRAW support and other changes

Apple’s big product release roadmap for the fall continues apace, with new iPhones, iPads, Macs with Apple silicon, and macOS Big Sur. But it hasn’t forgotten about iOS 14, which is gearing up for its third big point release.

Apple has now begun beta releases of iOS 14.3. It adds the promised ProRAW format to iPhone 12 Pro and a few other small changes.

Updated 12/02/20: Apple has released the third beta of iOS 14.3. The developer release is up now, and the public beta will probably follow within a day.

What’s new in iOS 14.3

In addition to bug fixes and security updates, iOS 14.3 brings several new features. These are the big ones discovered so far in the beta, though they may not all make it into the final iOS 14.3 release.

ProRAW image format

Apple teased its new ProRAW image format for iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max when the phones were unveiled, but said the new image format would come in a software update later this year. It appears that iOS 14.3 makes it available. Go to Settings > Camera and look for the option under “Formats.” Apple describes it like this:

ProRAW is a 12-bit file that uses the Linear DNG format to retain more information and dynamic range in the file, providing additional flexibility when editing exposure and white balance. Each file is approximately 25 MB.

Third-party app suggestions during setup

According to 9to5Mac, the iOS 14.3 will feature a change to the iPhone setup process in some regions. In locations where the law requires it, the setup process will now show some App Store apps during the setup process, before a user even begins using their iPhone.

It’s unclear where this new feature will take effect. Apple is under antitrust investigation in several countries.

AirTags and third-party trackers

9to5Mac reports that iOS 14.3 includes a hidden section in the Find My app code-named “Hawkeye.” The section is intended for the upcoming AirTags product, as well as for other third-party tracking devices that meet Apple’s requirements.