Apple’s iOS 16 is ready for launch ahead of rumored September 7 event

Apple’s iOS 16 update has been prepped for launch by its engineers, according to a new report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. The engineers finished the development of the software update last week, so the remaining betas will likely not feature anything significant aside from the usual bug fixes.

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Apple engineers have finished working on its next-generation software update for iPhone, iOS 16

In the latest edition of his “Power On” newsletter for Bloomberg, Gurman once again states that the Cupertino tech giant plans to release iOS 16 and watchOS 9 alongside the launch of its new hardware including the iPhone 14 lineup, Apple Watch Series 8, and any other surprises. On the other hand, the release of iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura has been pushed back to October.

The iOS 16.0 update, which Apple engineers finished work on this past week, is due to launch in September alongside watchOS 9. Those updates will correspond with the new hardware. The macOS Ventura and iPadOS upgrades, on the other hand, are now scheduled for October (after Stage Manager-related delays to the iPad software) to match the new hardware lineup.

iOS 16 - lock screen

Apple’s next-generation software update for iPhone includes a redesigned Lock Screen experience with widgets, wallpaper effects, and live activities, improved notifications, Focus updates, iCloud Shared Photo Library, as well as updates to Messages, WalletMessages, Maps, enhanced intelligence with updates to Live Text and Dictation, and more. The update also includes a dedicated section in Settings for AirPods and adds the battery percentage to iPhone models with a notch.

Last week, Gurman reported that the tech giant would hold an event on September 7, 2022, to announce its next generation of hardware including the iPhone 14 and Apple Watch Series 8 lineups. The availability of the new software updates is also expected to be announced at the rumored event.

As for new Macs and iPads, the journalist believes Apple will hold another event in October, coinciding with the release of iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura to release those products. As of right now, expect that the 10th-generation redesigned iPad will be a part of the October event as well as new iPad Pro models with the M2 chip.

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