Apple will hold its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event on June 5, where it will announce iOS 17 among other products. Before this event, the company was expected to release the iOS 16.6 beta update. According to a report by MacRumours, Apple has increased internal testing of iOS 16.6 over the past week. Citing a reliable source of information, the report said that the first beta version of the update will be made available to developers and public beta testers in the coming days.
The company has been testing iOS 16.6 internally since April this year. The update is expected to be one of the last in the iOS 16 software cycle, ahead of the announcement of iOS 17 at WWDC next month. iOS 16.6 will likely be a minor update with general fixes and changes.
Meanwhile, Apple has announced that iOS 16.5 will be released to iPhone users this week. Beta testing of iOS 16.5 has been underway since late March. So far there have been two notable updates and features revealed for the iPhone. The initial addition is a Sports tab integrated into the Apple News app, allowing users to conveniently access news, scores, and schedules related to their favorite teams and leagues.
The report says the second update allows users to initiate screen recording through Siri. By simply saying “Hey Siri, start screen recording”, users can record a video of their iPhone screen and instruct Siri to stop recording when they want.
At the same time, Apple introduced its first set of publicly accessible “rapid security” patches. These patches are specifically designed to address security vulnerabilities that are actively exploited or that pose a significant threat to customer privacy and safety.
Apple describes these patches, called “Rapid Security Response,” as important security improvements delivered between regular software updates.
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