iOS 16 rumours: Release date, compatibility and everything we’ve heard


Apple released iOS 15.5 for developers this week and while it has some cool features, like the addition of “Send” and “Request” buttons for the Cash section of Pay Applebigger updates could be on the way later with iOS 16. Apple’s next major software update is rumored to have no official release date yet, but we’re expecting a reveal at Apple’s WWDC, now scheduled for June 6-10.

In the meantime, we have questions. Will older devices, like the 2016 iPhone 7, get iOS 16? How will the update compare to iOS 15 (which brought a slew of cool featuresincluding an tool that lets you scan text from a piece of paper)?

Here’s everything we’ve heard so far. Keep in mind that Apple has yet to confirm the features of the new operating system. We’ll update this article with new rumors and leaks as we find them.

Read more: iOS 16 wishlist: New iPhone features we hope Apple will debut at WWDC

Release date: When is iOS 16 coming out?

Apple usually announces the next iOS at its annual WWDC conference and releases a public beta soon after. It’s safe to say that we’ll learn more details at WWDCwhere Apple showed iOS 15 updates Last year.

We could very well see iOS 16 rolling out in September, as the next iOS usually arrives at the same time as the next iPhone. Last year, for example, Apple released iOS 15 on September 20, about a week after the iPhone 13 Event. Should Apple iPhone 14 event will take place in September, when iPhone events usually doiOS 16 would probably be quick to follow.

Compatibility: Will iOS 16 be available for your iPhone?

Even though Apple releases a new iOS every year, the operating systems are compatible with most older models, with iOS 15 running smoothly on the 2015 iPhone 6S. iPhoneSoft Claims an Apple developer has leaked that iOS 16 will work on iPhones with an A10 or higher processor. It’s iPhone 7 and up — not iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, or the 2016 SE.

iPhoneSoft also says iPadOS 16 “probably won’t” be compatible with iPad Mini 4, iPad 5, iPad Air 2 or iPad Pro 9.7 and 12.9 inches.

Rumors of new iOS 16 features: big widgets?

A hallmark of the iPhone user experience is the grid of small application squares that dot the home screen. But LeaksApplePro suggests that iOS 16 brings “big widgets” to the table. The image LeaksApplePro tweeted appears to show apps displayed in larger-than-usual squares and rectangles, leaving room for more information such as today’s weather, specific reminders, and what song is playing. reading. The image was met with some skepticism, with some say the Apple TV remote logo does not match the appearance of the remote.

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As for other features, iOS 15 brought upgrades such as grid view and call scheduling to FaceTime – and it’s possible that with iOS 16 Apple could choose to make FaceTime look like even more like Zoom in the era of telecommuting and videoconferencing. And as tech giants push the metaverse hype and rumors of a Apple VR or AR headset fly, it is possible that iOS 16 integrates some meta-elementsalthough Apple CEO Tim Cook carefully avoided using the word.

How to Download iOS 16 Beta (When Available)

It’s a bit far, but it never hurts to be prepared. Downloading a new operating system takes up quite a bit of space on a phone, so you’ll want to get rid of storage suckers like old photos, videos, and apps. Next, you need to back up your phone so you don’t lose anything important if the update goes wrong. If you are wondering how to do this, our checklist of the iOS 14 version provides a step-by-step guide.

To try out the public beta once it’s available, you’ll need to sign up for the Apple Beta Software Program. (Note that last year, CNET contributor Jason Cipriani warned against installing the iOS 15 beta too quickly.)

Looking for more information on the latest from Apple? Check out CNET’s rumor roundup for the iPhone 14. If you’re looking for new ways to use your iPhone now, check out these iOS 15 settings to change and hidden functions.


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