We gathered the iOS 16 release date, compatible devices, new features, and more for you. We’ll tell you all you need to know about iOS 16 and how it will affect your iPhone experience in this post. We discuss new features, design changes, and the release timetable for iOS 16, as well as how to get early access to the new software.
iOS 16 release date
Yesterday, the iOS 16 was unveiled and demonstrated. We anticipate it to be made available to the public in September 2022. However, this is just speculation; Apple has yet to announce a release date.
On Monday, September 20, 2021, iOS 15 was released. So iOS 16 could come at any point during the week of September 19, 2022.
Apple’s annual September event, dubbed “the big release,” is when the company releases new features and/or bug fixes to the public. Additional point updates ( iOS 16.1, iOS 16.2, and so on) come in weeks and months after with bug fixes and new features.
iOS 16 beta release date
The first developer beta of iOS 16 was made available immediately; here’s how to get an iOS developer beta on your iPhone. The initial public beta should be released in a few weeks. After that, we’ll have a series of evolving dev and public betas leading up to the final public release of iOS 16.0.
- July 2022: iOS 16 released to public beta testers.
- September 2022: Final version of iOS 16.0 released to general public.
- Between June 6 and September, there will be several beta versions offered. Apple has released eight developer betas before the GM (gold master) in iOS 15 development.
iOS 16 supported devices
The most recent version of iOS, 16, is compatible with the iPhone 8 or later. Or as Apple describes it, “This fall, new software features will be available as a free software update for iPhone 8 and later.”
Older versions of iOS may not have all of the new features. The new Live Captions accessibility feature is only accessible on iPhone 11 and later, according to Apple, while Door Detection and People Detection require the LiDAR scanner on the iPhone 12 Pro and beyond.
Apple has announced a new MacBook Air with an updated M2 chip and MagSafe
iOS 16: New features
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman revealed that “There should be major changes across the system,” including “new ways of interacting.” iOS 16 lived up to this billing with the following new features:
- The lock screen has been completely redesigned, and it now features a number of customizable widgets.
- The notification panel has been redesigned and now rolls in from the bottom.
- Live Activities: From the Lock Screen, you may check out your Uber journey progress, sports matches, workouts, and other things.
- Upgrades to Focus: You can now link your Lock Screen, widgets, and Notifications preferences to Focus modes.
- Focus Filters: If you’re in a work Focus mode, you may choose to only see Safari tabs that are relevant to work, or you may filter out non-work-related Messages, Mail, and so on.
- Big changes to Messages: You may change and unsend messages while they’re in transit, as well as mark any thread as Unread.
- Live Text in video.
- In-app ID verification in Wallet.
- Apple Pay Later and Apple Pay Order Tracking.
- Shared iCloud photo library: Everyone gets to see the same changes, captions, and keywords.
- There’s also a new feature called Safety Check, which allows you to keep track of who has access to your permissions and quickly revoke it.