Apple Releases The First iOS 16.5 Public Beta

Apple has today released the first public versions of the iOS 16.5 and iPadOS 16.5 betas, days after the same betas were also released to the developer beta channel.

Those who have already signed up for the public beta are probably seeing the new update available for download.

If not, you can open the Settings app, choose General followed by Software Update, and select which update they’d like to download via the Beta Updates options. Unlike previous betas, no profiles are required and any Apple ID that is registered for the public beta will automatically be offered the beta.

Not that anyone should rush out to download it given early developer reports. There don’t appear to be any big changes this time around, although there are some tweaks. Apple News now has a new Sports tab, while Siri can also start screen recordings for the first time.

Apple is unlikely to add any big new features to iOS 16 updates from here on out. The iOS 17 update will debut during the WWDC event in June, with that being the one that will add new features when it is released to the public in September.

That September release will coincide with the arrive of the iPhone 15 lineup and will come pre-installed on those new devices. Apple is also expected to announce the Apple Watch Series 9 during the same event, with an updated Apple Watch Ultra also a possibility.

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