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Apple rolling out iOS 16.5 next week, report suggests. What to expect


Apple is reportedly set to release iOS 16.5 to the general public within the next week, with a handful of minor tweaks. MacRumors has reported that a Twitter account known for sharing pre-release build numbers of iOS updates has revealed that the upcoming iOS 16.5 Release Candidate for developers will carry the build number 20F65.

Beta testing of iOS 16.5 has been underway since late March and it appears to be a relatively modest software upgrade. This launch is expected to occur ahead of iOS 17’s unveiling at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June.

According to the report, two noteworthy updates and features for iPhone have been revealed so far. The first addition is a Sports tab integrated into the Apple News app, giving users easy access to news, scores, and schedules related to their favorite teams and leagues.

The report states that the second update will allow users to initiate screen recording via Siri. By simply saying “Hey Siri, start a screen recording,” users can take a video of their iPhone’s screen and instruct Siri to stop recording when they want.

At the same time, Apple introduced its first set of “rapid security patches” that are publicly available. These patches are specifically created to address vulnerabilities that are actively exploited or that pose a substantial threat to customer privacy and security.

Apple describes these patches, known as “Rapid Security Responses”, as critical security enhancements delivered in between regular software updates.

Meanwhile, Apple’s highly anticipated iPhone 16 series has been unveiled by a credible display industry analyst. The company is expected to make an announcement regarding its 2023 iPhones in September this year, with the iPhone 16 range likely to be released around the same time next year. Here are details about the tipped features of the iPhone 16 series.

Ross Young, co-founder of Display Supply Chain Consultants, has revealed that Apple plans to resize the screen sizes of its 2024 iPhones, with the iPhone 16 Pro models getting large screens, according to a report from MacRumors. The publication noted that the iPhone 16 Pro and Max versions are expected to have 6.3-inch and 6.9-inch OLED displays, respectively. This is consistent with Apple’s recent practice of using OLED displays in its devices.

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.