Apple Confirms iOS 16.5 Will Launch Next Week

Apple has confirmed that it will release iOS 16.5 next week, with watchOS 9.5 also confirmed to be arriving at the same time.

While Apple is yet to confirm the release explicitly, it did out the vague release window when it announced its new Pride iPhone wallpaper alongside an Apple Watch face and new Pride Apple Watch band.

Hidden at the bottom of the Newsroom post announcing the new software was a brief footnote that confirmed that sure enough, the new software will be required in order to access the new wallpapers. And yes, both updates are just around the corner.

“The new Pride Celebration watch face and iPhone wallpaper will be available next week, and requires watchOS 9.5 and iOS 16.5,” said Apple’s Newsroom post.

Not that anyone should be too excited about what is to come, unfortunately. The update will allow users to start a new screen recording using Siri for the first time, while there will also be a new addition to the Apple News app — a Sport tab will be added to make it easier for people to get access to the sports news that they want to see.

The iOS 16.5 update is likely to be one of the last of its kind, with Apple moving on to the iOS 17 updates after this. That software will be announced during WWDC in June, while the release won’t be made available to the public until September if previous years are anything to go by.

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