iOS 16 release candidate seeded to developers

Apple has released iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 release candidate to developers. Apple announced iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 with a number of new features including lock screen customization, Focus enhancements, iCloud Shared Photo Library, updates to Mail, Health, Fitness, Safari, Messages, Family Sharing, Live Text, Visual Lookup, and much more.

iOS 16 beta

What’s new in iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 beta?

Release Candidate

September 8 – Apple has seeded iOS 16 release candidate to developers. iPadOS 16 did not get any update today.

Here are the full release notes from Apple:iOS 16 brings a redesigned Lock Screen with new ways to customize and widgets for information at a glance. Link your Lock Screen to a Focus and use Focus filters to filter out distracting content in apps. Big updates to Messages let you edit or unsend a message you just sent. Visual Look Up lets you lift the subject of an image from the background and copy and paste it in apps like Mail and Messages. iOS 16 also includes new updates to Mail, Maps, Wallet, Health, News, and more.

Lock Screen
    •    Redesigned Lock Screen gives you all new ways to personalize your Lock Screen by showcasing favorite photos, customizing font styles, displaying widgets, and more
    •    Multiple Lock Screens can be created and you can easily switch between them
    •    Lock Screen gallery offers personalized suggestions along with Apple curated collections for your Lock Screen
    •    Font and color options for customizing the look of the date and time on your Lock Screen
    •    Widgets on the Lock Screen display information at a glance like the weather, battery levels, upcoming calendar events, and more
    •    A new effect places the subject of the photo in front of the time (iPhone XS and later)
    •    Photo styles change the color filter, tinting, and font style of photos on the Lock Screen to complement each other
    •    Notifications appear at the bottom of your Lock Screen and can be displayed in an expanded list view, stacked view, or count view

Focus
    •    Lock Screen linking connects your Lock Screen to a Focus, so you can activate a Focus by switching to the corresponding Lock Screen
    •    Focus filters hide distracting content in apps like Calendar, Mail, Messages, Safari and third party apps
    •    Streamlined setup makes it easier and faster to get started with Focus, with personalized Lock Screen and Home Screen suggestions that include apps and widgets that are relevant to the Focus you’re setting up

Messages
    •    Edit a message for up to 15 minutes after sending it and recipients see a record of edits
    •    Undo send allows you to recall any message for up to 2 minutes after sending it
    •    Mark as unread makes it easy to come back to a conversation later
    •    SharePlay in Messages lets you enjoy activities like watching movies, listening to music, playing games, and more with friends while messaging
    •    Collaboration provides a simple way to invite others to collaborate on a file via Messages and get activity updates in the thread when someone makes an edit to a shared project

Mail
    •    Improved search delivers more accurate, complete results and provide suggestions as soon as you begin to type
    •    Undo send allows you to cancel delivery of a message within 10 seconds of hitting send
    •    Scheduled send for sending an email at a specific day and time
    •    Follow‑up surfaces sent emails that have not been replied to, to the top of your inbox so you can quickly follow‑up
    •    Remind me lets you schedule a date and time to be reminded about an email

Safari and Passkeys
    •    Shared Tab Groups let you share a set of tabs with others and see the Tab Group update instantly as you work together
    •    Tab Group start pages can be customized with different background images and favorites for each Tab Group
    •    Pinned tabs in Tab Groups enable you to pin frequently visited websites for each Tab Group
    •    Safari web page translation adds translation for web pages in Turkish, Thai, Vietnamese, Polish, Indonesian, and Dutch
    •    Passkeys offer support for an easier and safer sign‑in method to replace passwords
    •    Passkey syncing through iCloud Keychain makes your passkeys available across all your Apple devices while keeping them end-to-end encrypted

Live Text
    •    Live Text video support allows you to interact with text in a paused video frame so you can copy, translate, lookup, share, and more (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and later)
    •    Quick actions let you take action on data detected in photos and videos with a single tap, so you can track flights or shipments, translate foreign languages, convert currencies, and more (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and later)

Visual Look Up
    •    Lift subject from background isolates the subject of an image so you can copy and paste it into apps like Mail and Messages (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and later)
    •    Visual Look Up adds recognition of birds, insects, spiders, and statues in your photos (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and later)

Siri
    •    Easy Shortcuts setup makes it possible to run shortcuts with Siri as soon as you download an app with no upfront setup (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and later)
    •    A new setting allows you to send messages without Siri asking you to confirm before sending
    •    “Hey Siri, what can I do here?” helps you discover Siri capabilities in iOS and apps just by asking (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and later)
    •    Call hang up option for ending Phone and FaceTime calls with Siri by saying “Hey Siri, hang up.” (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and later)

Dictation
    •    All-new Dictation experience supports using your voice and keyboard together to enter and edit text (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and later)
    •    Automatic punctuation inserts commas, periods, and question marks as you dictate
    •    Emoji support lets you insert emoji using your voice (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and later)

Maps
    •    Multi-stop routing supports adding up to fifteen stops along your driving route in Maps
    •    Transit cards in Maps let you see low balances and replenish your card when you add transit cards to Wallet, all without leaving Maps
    •    Transit fares show you how much your journey will cost in the San Francisco Bay Area, London, New York, and San Diego

Apple Pay and Wallet
    •    Apple Pay Order Tracking allows you to receive detailed receipt and order tracking information in Wallet for Apple Pay purchases with participating merchants
    •    ID cards in Wallet lets you share verified information with apps that require identity verification (iPhone 8 and later)
    •    Apple Account supports topping-up your account balance from your Apple Account card in Wallet

Home
    •    Redesigned Home app makes it easier to navigate, organize, view, and control your smart home accessories
    •    Home tab now integrates all your accessories, rooms, and scenes into a single tab for a whole-house view, allowing you to see your entire home at a glance
    •    Categories for lights, climate, security, speakers and TVs, and water let you quickly access all the relevant accessories organized by room, and displays more detailed status information
    •    New camera view displays up to four cameras front and center in the Home tab, scroll to see any additional camera views in your home
    •    Redesigned accessory tiles feature more visually recognizable icons that are color-matched to their category, and new behaviors for more precise accessory controls

Health
    •    Medications feature helps you track and manage your medications, vitamins and supplements by creating a list, custom schedules and reminders, and then viewing logging over time
    •    Add medications using your iPhone camera (iPhone XS, iPhone XR and later)
    •    Interaction alerts inform you if there is a critical interaction when you add a new medication
    •    Cycle deviation notifications alert you if your logged menstrual cycles show a pattern of infrequent periods, irregular periods, prolonged periods, or persistent spotting
    •    Invitations for Health Sharing allow loved ones to easily and securely share their health data with you
    •    Health Sharing reminders give you transparency and control over the health data you are sharing with loved ones

News
    •    My Sports enables you to easily follow your favorite teams and leagues and watch highlights right in the News app
    •    Favorites give you easy access to the channels and topics you read the most, in a consistent place near the top of your Today feed
    •    New homepages deliver visually updated and easier to navigate topic feeds for local news locales, sports teams and leagues, and more

Family Sharing
    •    Improved child account setup makes it easier to create an account for a child with the right parental controls, including age‑appropriate media restrictions
    •    Device setup for a child lets you use Quick Start to easily set up a new iOS or iPadOS device for your child with your selected parental controls in place
    •    Screen Time requests in Messages make it even easier to approve or decline requests from your child
    •    Family Checklist gives you tips and suggestions like updating a child’s parental control settings, turning on location sharing, or just reminding you to share your iCloud+ subscription with everyone

Safety Check
    •    Safety Check is a new section in Settings to help people in domestic or intimate partner violence situations quickly reset the access they’ve granted to others
    •    Emergency reset lets you quickly take action to reset access across all people and apps, including disabling location sharing via Find My, resetting privacy permissions for apps, and more
    •    Manage sharing and access helps you review and customize which apps and people can access your information

Accessibility
    •    Door detection in Magnifier locates a door, reads signs and symbols around it, and gives you instructions for how to open the door (iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro)
    •    Apple Watch mirroring provides full control of Apple Watch from iPhone and supports use of Switch Control, Voice Control, or any other assistive features on iPhone to get the most out of your Apple Watch
    •    Live Captions (beta) automatically converts audio into text for users who are Deaf or hard of hearing to follow along more easily with calls and media content (iPhone 11 and later)
    •    Buddy controller helps users with cognitive disabilities get support from a caregiver or friend while playing a game, by combining inputs from multiple game controllers into one
    •    VoiceOver is now available in over 20 new languages and locales, including Bangla (India), Bulgarian, Catalan, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese
    •    Voice Control spelling mode gives you the option to dictate names, addresses, or other custom spellings letter by letter

This release also includes other features and improvements:
    •    Fitness app lets you track and meet your fitness goals even if you don’t yet have an Apple Watch, using iPhone motion sensors to give you an estimate of your calories to contribute to your daily Move goal
    •    AirPods Pro (2nd generation) support
    •    Personalized Spatial Audio uses the TrueDepth camera on iPhone to create a personal profile for Spatial Audio that delivers a more precise and immersive listening experience on AirPods (3rd generation), AirPods Pro (1st and 2nd generation), AirPods Max
    •    Handoff in FaceTime allows you to move FaceTime calls seamlessly from your iPhone to your iPad or Mac, and vice versa
    •    Memoji updates include more sticker poses, hairstyles, headwear, noses, and lip colors
    •    Quick Note adds support for taking a note in any app on your iPhone and adding links to create context and easily find content
    •    Translate camera lets you translate text around you using the camera in the Translate app
    •    Duplicate detection in Photos identifies duplicate photos so you can quickly clean up your library
    •    Foreground blur for portrait photos in Camera blurs objects in the foreground for a more realistic-looking depth-of-field effect (iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max)
    •    Pinned lists in Reminders helps you quickly navigate to your favorite lists
    •    Search on the Home Screen enables Spotlight to be accessed directly from the bottom of the Home Screen, making it easy to open apps, find contacts, or get information from the web
    •    Automatically send messages in CarPlay to skip the confirmation step when sending messages
    •    Rapid Security Response gets important security improvements to your devices even faster, as they can be applied automatically between standard software updates

This release includes even more features and improvements. For more information, please visit this website: https://www.apple.com/ios/ios-16

Some features may not be available for all regions or on all iPhone models. For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

Release candidate tidbits

Users have also discovered the following changes in iOS 16 RC code:

  • A new boot chime for iPhone 14 Pro models. Strangely, this is limited only to the iPhone 14 Pro models:

  • You can enable or disable the Always-on display from settings, just like on Apple Watch.
  • There’s a new Find My animation for Dynamic Island on iPhone 14 Pro, which will appear when the feature is being used.
  • Apple has added new video guides for AirPods users to disable Find My as anti-stalking support. The new AirPods Pro 2 also feature an accessibility setting in iOS 16, that let users change the delay in between swipes for volume changes.
  • iOS 16 RC code also reveals that there will be a Crash Detection API for third-party apps. This will allow apps to detect when there is a crash. Users will have to allow apps access to this information as part of privacy measures.

Public Beta 6

August 30 – Apple released the sixth public beta to testers today.

iOS 16 beta 8 and iPadOS 16 beta 8

August 29 – Apple has released the eighth beta to developers today.

Public Beta 5

August 24 – Apple has released iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 public beta 5. The fifth public beta is the same as iPadOS 16.1 beta 1 which was released to developers yesterday. 

iOS 16 beta 7 and iPadOS 16.1 beta 1

August 23 – Apple has released iPadOS 16.1 beta 1 to developers. The company also confirmed to TechCrunch in a statement regarding the delay of the software update for the iPad:

This is an especially big year for iPadOS. As its own platform with features specifically designed for iPad, we have the flexibility to deliver iPadOS on its own schedule. This Fall, iPadOS will ship after iOS, as version 16.1 in a free software update.

The company also released iOS 16 beta 7 to developers with a number of bug fixes, as well as the ability to delete the Wallet app.

Public Beta 4

August 15 – Apple has released the fourth public beta for iOS 16 and iPadOS 16.

Developer beta 6

August 15 – Apple has released beta 6 to developers. The update is now available over the air as well as via Apple Developer Center.

Public Beta 3

August 9 – Apple has released the third public beta for iOS 16 and iPadOS 16.

Developer beta 5

August 8 – Apple has released iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 beta 5 to developers. So far, the update features a new battery percentage UI element for iPhones with notches, which is the first time since iPhone X that Apple has added this capability.

[iOS 16 DB5] New Splash Screen for Maps from iOSBeta

  • Playback controls on the lock screen and in Control Center have been updated with new animations and sliders.

(iOS 16 Dev Beta 5) The Control Center media controls has been updated with the same buttons, animations and sliders as the Lock Screen Now Playing. from iOSBeta

  • Even if the new battery percentage is disabled, it turns on automatically when Low Power Mode is turned on.

(iOS 16 B5) battery percentage is turned on automatically when you go into low power mode. from iOSBeta

  • Perspective zoom for lock screen wallpapers has been removed from beta 5.
  • Location of Dolby Atmos and Lossless indicators has been slightly updated in the Apple Music app.

Public Beta 2

July 29 – Apple has released the second public beta for iOS 16 and iPadOS 16.

Developer beta 4

July 27 – Apple has released the fourth developer beta. Released after a long gap, this update includes a large number of bug fixes, and also adds support for Live Activities, so that developers can work on the feature and test their apps.

Public Beta 1

July 11 – Apple has released iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 public beta 1 to testers. The company has also released raised versions of iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 developer beta builds.

So far, the update features the new full-screen music player with album art on the lock screen:

[iOS 16 B3 v2] Lockscreen cover art now working from iOSBeta

Developer Beta 3

July 6 – Apple has released iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 beta 3 to developers.

Here are the changes found in this update so far:

  • New font choices are now available for the date/time on the Lock Screen.

  • References in iOS 16 code have been found for a new “Clownfish” wallpaper. The assets look similar to the original clownfish wallpaper that shipped on the first iPhone.

  • The wallpaper settings section has been redesigned.

iOS 16b3 – Wallpaper settings have been redesigned again from iOSBeta

  • The multitasking menu in iPadOS 16 beta 3 now shows a menu instead of just icons. This menu appears for both Stage Manager, fullscreen apps, and apps in split view.

iPadOS 16.0b3 – The Multitasking Menu (3 dots in the app status bar) have been updated from icons to full menu options in both Stage Manager and fullscreen multitasking from iOSBeta

Developer Beta 2

June 22 – Apple has released the second beta for iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 to developers.

The following new features are available in this beta, as per the release notes and other forums:

  • Customers using iOS 16 can now back up their device over an LTE cellular connection, as well as a 5G or Wifi connection
  • HealthKit workout APIs now support multisport workouts with activities of swimming, cycling, and running.
  • New data types for running workout metrics like running power, ground contact time, vertical oscillation, running speed, and stride length.
  • A new data type is available to track AFib History
  • Allows developers to classify incoming SMS from unknown numbers into 12 new sub-categories within Transaction and Promotion categories for improved organization.
  • For Indian users, Messages now supports event extraction from SMS. These event and appointment messages are presented as Siri suggestions and also are presented to users in Messages thread and in Calendar Inbox.
  • For selected US Carriers, Messages extends the “Report Junk” feature to enable users to report SMS/MMS junk to Carriers. The option is visible inside Messages from Unknown Senders.
  • Messages now supports the ability for customers with a dual SIM iPhone to filter their messages based on their SIMs.
  • Lockscreen has two new color filters: Duo tone and Colour wash.
  • iOS 16 beta 2 brings new menu to manage “HomePod Beta Updates” in the Home app

Developer Beta 1

June 6 – Apple has released the first betas to developers. The first public betas are expected to release next month.

The detailed release notes are available here, while you can read our coverage of the new iOS 16 features below:

We will continue to update this post as we discover new features and changes.

Compatible devices

The following devices are compatible with iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 beta:

  • iPhone 8 and later
  • iPad Pro (all models)
  • iPad Air 3 and later
  • iPad 5th generation and later
  • iPad mini 5 and later

Apple has dropped support for iPhone SE (1st generation), iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus.

Installation

If you are an Apple Developer Center member, you can download the beta profiles, or restore images, and install them on your iPhone or iPad. If you do not have a membership, you will have to spend $99 per year to sign up. However, note that you can always find the beta profile, which is required to enroll an iPhone or iPad in the beta program, from Reddit or other sources.

You can also wait for the public beta, which will be available next month. The public betas are available for free, and generally more stable than the developer beta releases.

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