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IOS 16: Release Date, New Addition, Beta Features, Rumors! Everything We Know So Far

Every year, Apple releases a new version of the iOS operating system. iOS 14 was released in 2020, iOS 15 in 2021, and iOS 16 is expected to be released in September 2022. It’s also worth noting that the iPhone 14 series could be released alongside or shortly after the iOS 16 operating system.

The iOS 15 developer beta began in June 2021, with the stable public rollout following in September 2021. The iOS 16 release date is expected to be similar, with a developer beta on June 6, 2022, and a public rollout in September or October 2022.

What is iOS 16?

iOS is a mobile operating system created by Apple Inc. iOS 16 will be the sixteenth major release of iOS (formerly iPhone OS), succeeding iOS 15. Many of the company’s devices, including the iPhone, will run on it. The iOS 16 update could include changes to the user interface, a redesigned browsing experience, AR/VR capabilities, new privacy features, and more.

Which iPhones will get iOS 16?

Apple is well-known for providing long-term support for its products. iOS 15 was available for iPhones dating back to the iPhone 6s, which was 6 years old at the time of the most recent update.

According to the latest rumours (and based on Apple’s update history), iOS 16 will be available for the following iPhone models:

  • iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
  • iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone SE (2020)
  • iPhone XS and XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, 13 Pro, and 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 14 series

How to install the iOS 16 public beta?

When the iOS 16 public beta is available, you can download it by following the steps below.

  • Go to the Apple Beta page, click Signup, and then sign in with your Apple ID
  • Now you must enter the programme and enrol your iOS device.
  • Now, on your iOS device, navigate to beta.apple.com/profile.
  • Install the configuration profile after downloading it.
  • Your beta version will be accessible via the Settings app’s Software Update section.

Apple typically provides software updates for old iPhones for up to 5 to 6 years. We anticipate that next year will be no different. Do you want to know if your iPhone will be able to receive the upcoming iOS 16 update? then take a look at the expected compatible device list below.

iOS 16 Features 

  • Redesigned notifications: According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, iOS 16 will bring “significant” improvements to notifications, though no specifics are available at this time.
  • Interactive widgets: If the latest rumours are to be believed, interactive widgets will be available with iOS 16. The rumour comes from leaker @LeaksApplePro, who teased the introduction of interactive widgets on Twitter alongside a leaked image of Apple HQ’s “big widgets” codenamed InfoShack.
  • Upgraded AR/VR capabilities: While we don’t know what to expect from iOS 16, there are rumours that Apple is working on an AR/VR headset for release in 2022, and if that’s the case, new augmented reality integrations and features could be built into the new operating system updates.
  • “Pay attention” to reducing distractions.
  • FaceTime calls with spatial audio and SharePlay
  • ID cards with text recognition in the Wallet app
  • Privacy enhancements
  • App redesigns for Safari, Maps, Weather, and Notes

Apple Beta Software Program

You can participate in the iOS beta program to test out pre-release software. Anyone who accepts the Agreement during the registration process and has a valid Apple ID may participate in the Program. Apple will first release the first developer beta of iOS 16 for developers only. However, they will also announce a public beta of iOS 16 later.

Once you join the Apple Beta Software Program, you will be able to enroll your devices in order to access public betas and test out the latest features. You can also provide feedback directly to Apple by using the Feedback Assistant app.

When will iOS 16 be released?

On June 6, Apple will reveal iOS 16 at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). However, iOS 16 is expected to be released to the general public in September 2022.

Alex Hoffman-Ellis
Alex Hoffman-Ellis
Alex joined The Current in 2019 and now works as one of the site’s main writers. Alex covers all Netflix movies and TV shows, but he specialises on anime and K-dramas. Currently resides in Great Britain.
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