The wait for iOS 16.5 is almost over. On Tuesday, Apple committed to releasing it “next week.” The same is true for watchOS 9.5.
Apple almost always introduces new versions of its operating systems simultaneously. So, those eager for macOS Ventura 13.4 and tvOS 16.5 should expect these updates soon, too.
iOS 16.5 and watchOS 9.5 are right around the corner
Beta testing for Apple’s new operating systems began in late March, and continued through multiple rounds. But testing is nearly over. We know that because Apple said so.
Apple unveiled its new Apple Watch Pride Edition watch face, band and iOS wallpaper today. The official announcement says, “The new Pride Celebration watch face and iPhone wallpaper will be available next week, and requires watchOS 9.5 and iOS 16.5.”
That means the replacements for watchOS 9.4 and iOS 16.4.1 are days away.
And, as noted, only in exceptional circumstances does Apple update some of its operating systems without updating all of them. So macOS Ventura 13.4 and tvOS 16.5 will almost certainly be out on the same day next week.
What’s coming in iOS 16.5
Check the Cult of Mac roundup of changes in iOS 16.5 for a full list of what’s coming to iPhone. For a TL;DR, it includes screen recording using Siri and a new Sports tab in Apple News.
There aren’t more significant changes because iOS 16.x, macOS Ventura 13.x, etc. are drawing close to the end. Apple will unveil their replacements at WWDC23 in less than a month.
Release candidates expected soon
With iOS 16.5, watchOS 9.5 and the others debuting next week, Apple needs to hurry up and introduce release candidates.
RCs are what Apple used to call golden masters, and give beta testers the opportunity to test the final version of operating systems before they’re introduced to average users.
There are no release candidates for the new iOS, macOS, etc. versions out yet. But there’s a good chance they’ll be seeded to developers on Tuesday. Devs need days to test their software with them.
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