iOS 16 Can Now Backup iPhones And iPads To iCloud Over LTE

When Apple releases iOS 16 to the public later this year we can expect it to allow users to back their devices up to iCloud via LTE for the first time.

That’s the expectation following the release of iOS 16 beta 2 to developers, an update that enables the feature. Apple also references the feature in its release notes.

Backing devices up to iCloud via 5G is something that Apple began to allow when iOS 15 shipped in September 2021, and the new addition means that those backups will continue even when 5G falls back to LTE in areas of poor coverage.

The new LTE backup feature will be supported via iOS 16 on iPhones and iPadOS 16 on iPads when they are both made available to the world this fall.

While the second beta has now been made available to developers, a public beta program isn’t expected to kick off until next month. Beyond that, a final release for the public is expected to happen in or around September.

The big iOS 16 update was announced during the WWDC22 event on June 6 and includes a raft of new features. At the top of the list is a redesigned Lock Screen that includes widgets for the first time. Apple’s iOS 16 is also the software that will be shipped on the brand new iPhone 14 lineup, too.

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