Apple iOS 16 Stable Update Release Date

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  • Sep 10,2022
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At its ‘Far Out’ hardware launch event, Apple unveiled its latest generation of iPhones today. The company announced the iPhone 14, the iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and the iPhone 14 Pro Max. While the former two bring minor upgrades over the previous-gen iPhone 13 series, the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro Max feature a new pill-shaped notch, a 48MP triple camera setup, and other cool upgrades.

Now, Apple only announced the US pricing of the four new iPhone models, which starts at $799, at the launch event.  Now, in true Apple fashion, the company did not share the screen size on the stage, so you will have to wait for the product page.

Since its announcement at WWDC 2022 back in June, the company has released eight developer beta and six public beta builds for iOS 16 in the time leading up to the official release. Apple did not announce the iOS 16 release date on stage, but the official iPhone 14 blog posts include the same. So yeah, get your iPhones ready for the update to drop next week, on Monday! It will be a free software update, as usual.


This update does not heavily focus on changing the UI, as Google did with Material You, but introduces much-requested features. iOS 16 brings new features such as lock screen widgets, improvements to notification access, SharePlay, and Live Text, and new privacy features like lockdown mode, Safety Check, and more.

iOS 16 Features

Depending on the iPhone mode, the feature set on the iOS 16 will differ. While things like always-on display and dynamic island are only available on the iPhone 14 Pro series, features like a customizable lock screen will be limited to the newer iPhone models such as the iPhone 12, iPhone 13, and the iPhone 14 series.

iOS 16 Compatible Devices

  • iPhone 14
  • iPhone 14 Plus
  • iPhone 14 Pro
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation or later)

Finally, the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus will be one of the first devices to run iOS 16 out of the box. Also, they now include new features such as Crash Detection and Emergency SOS via Satellite. The latter, as per Apple’s blog post, “combines custom components deeply integrated with software to allow antennas to connect directly to a satellite, enabling messaging with emergency services when outside of cellular or Wi-Fi coverage.” The Emergency SOS feature will become available to users in US and Canada in November.


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