With what could be the final release of Apple’s iOS 15 iPhone software, iOS 15.5 now available, Apple’s and ours’ attention will turn to the next big thing: iOS 16.
We know the schedule: launch at WWDC, first developer release date or even hours later, public beta a few weeks later, and general release in September.
Well, we know the launch date is Monday, June 6, so that’s where we start.
But Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has tweeted that this year, the first public beta will be late. That’s not good news for Apple fans who aren’t developers but still want to try out new software as soon as possible.
The usual process is for the public beta to come along with a second developer beta, Gurman said. But this year, it’s scheduled to appear alongside a third developer beta, possibly in July.
So, on the face of it, maybe just two or three weeks slower than usual.
But it’s important because it shows there are too many bugs in the software to be able to do the public beta sooner. And if there is a bug now, that will affect the later parts of the beta journey.
Does this mean that the final software might be too late to arrive on the iPhone 14, expected in September? Not at all, but it could mean that some of the features Apple is rolling out on June 6 won’t be ready for iOS 16 and will instead be kept for iOS 16.1, 16.2, or whatever. other.
However, there is some room for hope. “Things are fluid and subject to change,” says Gurman. You can bet that Apple will do everything now to get things back on track as quickly as possible.
On the other hand, I believe it’s better to be a week or two late in the early stages than risk releasing bugs later.
Gurman has also said that there will be new Apple apps and new ways to interact with the system. In that case, getting rid of wrinkles sooner rather than later is even more important.