Apple Releases iOS 16.5 RC To Developers Ahead Of Next Week’s Release

Apple has today released iOS 16.5 RC to developers, giving them a final chance to test their apps against the update before it is rolled out to the public.

It’s expected that this is the version that will be available for everyone to download next week assuming that now more issues are identified between now and then.

This new update is available for developers to download so long as they have their iPhone signed into the correct developer Apple ID. Apple’s release notes say that there have been a number of fixes in this release, including multiple that are related to Matter smart home accessories.

As for what’s new in iOS 16.5, there isn’t an awful lot to get too excited about. It’s still early days for this release candidate, but previous betas included only a couple of big changes.

The first change is the addition of the ability to begin a screen recording using Siri, something that wasn’t previously possible. Ending a screen recording wasn’t already viable, but now one can also be started as well.

The second change brings a new Sports tab to the Apple News app which makes it easier for people to find the sports content that they are looking for. It also means that those who don’t want to see sports will presumably be more table to avoid it, too.

While Apple hasn’t confirmed exactly when iOS 16.5 will ship, its new Pride wallpaper has been confirmed and that will ship as part of iOS 16.5 next week, an Apple Newsroom post confirms.

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