The next major update for the iPhone is iOS 16, and we’re about to see Apple reveal the features and changes the new software will bring. The iOS 16 release date has multiple releases, including developer betas, public betas, and official public debuts. This is what to expect…
Apple traditionally showcases its next iOS release during its WWDC keynote, and rolls out the first developer beta within hours.
Over the past few years, we’ve seen the first free iOS public betas launch three to four weeks after the first developer beta, and the official public release after the fall iPhone event.
iOS 16 may include iPhone upgrades and changes to notifications, messages, health features, an always-on lock screen, and more. At the same time, iPadOS 16 may bring a new multitasking UI.
iOS 16 release date: When will iOS 16 be released?
- iOS 16 Developer Beta – Expected to be released at WWDC on June 6
- iOS 16 Public Beta – Expected late June or early July
- iOS 16 public release – Expected in September
iOS 16 developer beta release date
As long as Apple doesn’t change its annual tradition, the iOS 16 developer beta should launch on June 6, after the WWDC 2022 keynote.
This version is not intended for anyone to run, nor is it recommended (especially earlier versions) to be installed on the main iPhone. Access to the iOS 16 developer beta requires a paid developer account with Apple.
Last year, the iOS 15 public beta came just over three weeks after the first developer beta. This provides some time to resolve initial bugs and issues before more people try the new software.
With WWDC and the first iOS 16 development release expected on June 6, that means we could see the first iOS 16 public beta in late June, or early July if it’s delayed further .
The iOS 16 public beta should remain free. Here’s how the process works:
iOS 16 official release date
Historically, Apple has launched a new iOS version about a week after its September event in previous years. In 2020, however, it turned things upside down when it officially launched iOS 14 just a day after the Time Flies event. But with iOS 15, Apple is back to doing it a week later.
Past iOS release dates:
- iOS 15: September 20, 2021 (after the September 14 event)
- iOS 14: September 16, 2020 (after the September 15 event)
- iOS 13: September 19, 2019 (after the September 10 event)
- iOS 12: September 17, 2018 (after the September 12 event)
- iOS 11: September 19, 2017 (after the September 12 event)
If Apple finally holds an iPhone event on September 13, we could see the official iOS 16 release date is September 19 This year.
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