iOS 16 is coming: Here’s what we know ahead of WWDC

iOS 16 is coming: Here's what we know ahead of WWDC

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  • 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 exciting features, including a 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 any of the new operating system’s features. We’ll update this article with new rumors and leaks as we find them. Read more: iOS 16 Wish List: New iPhone Features We Hope Apple Debuts at WWDC Apple usually announces the next iOS at its annual WWDC conference and releases a public beta soon after. It’s safe to say we’ll learn more details at WWDC, where Apple showed off iOS 15’s upgrades last year.

  • At Apple’s WWDC, iOS 16 might make its premiere. From the release date to new features, here’s everything we know so far. According to Apple’s typical release schedule, the software that runs the iPhone and iPad is due for an upgrade. Apple’s next mobile operating system, iOS 16 for the iPhone and iPadOS 16 for the iPad, is expected to launch at WWDC 2022, which begins June 6. Updates to MacOS and WatchOS, the operating systems that power the Mac and Apple Watch, are also expected at WWDC. There might possibly be some new hardware (perhaps new M1 chips?). We don’t know much about iOS 16’s anticipated new features or release date yet, except from speculations. However, it’s quite probable that we will.

We could very well see iOS 16 roll out in September, as the next iOS typically arrives at the same time as the next iPhone. Last year, for example, Apple released iOS 15 on Sept. 20, about a week after the iPhone 13 event. Should Apple’s iPhone 14 event take place this September, as iPhone events usually do, iOS 16 would likely be quick to follow. Even as Apple churns out a new version of iOS every year, the operating systems are compatible for many old models, with iOS 15 working smoothly on the 2015 iPhone 6S. But the French website iPhoneSoft claims a developer at Apple leaked that iOS 16 will work on iPhones that have an A10 processor or higher. That’s the iPhone 7 and up — and not the iPhone 6S, 6S Plus or the SE 2016.

To try out the public beta once it comes, you’ll need to enroll in the Apple Beta Software Program. (Note that last year, CNET cautioned against installing the iOS 15 beta too quickly.) Looking for more information about the latest from Apple? Check out CNET’s rumor roundup for the iPhone 14. If you’re on the hunt for new ways to use your iPhone now, take a look at these iOS 15 settings to change and hidden features. Plus, everything to know about iOS 15.5.

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