Following the release of iOS 16.4 in March, Apple has been diligently testing its upcoming operating system, iOS 16.5, for nearly two months. As the launch of this exciting new software approaches, BGR has compiled a comprehensive overview of what we can expect. iOS 16.5 is slated to become available during the week of May 15th.
My Sports tab: One of the most eagerly anticipated features in Apple News, the My Sports tab, will make its debut in iOS 16.5. Users will now have the ability to follow their favorite sports, teams, leagues, and athletes, all conveniently located within this dedicated tab. Moreover, accessing scores, schedules, and standings for both professional and college leagues will be a breeze.
Siri improvements: iOS 16.5 addresses a long-standing user request by enabling Siri to initiate screen recordings on the iPhone. Previously limited to taking screenshots, Siri can now be instructed to begin a screen recording with a simple voice command. By saying, “Hey Siri, start screen recording,” users can effortlessly initiate this feature.
Pride wallpaper: In an effort to support and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, iOS 16.5 will introduce the recently announced Pride celebration wallpaper for iPhone. This vibrant and inspiring wallpaper will be included with the operating system, providing users with an opportunity to showcase their pride and solidarity.
Stay tuned for the much-anticipated launch of iOS 16.5, offering an array of exciting features and enhancements. Mark your calendars for the week of May 15th and prepare to elevate your Apple experience to new heights.
In addition to the aforementioned features, Apple is actively working on introducing quad-box Picture-in-Picture functionality to Apple TV. This exciting development will grant users the ability to stream up to four sports simultaneously. While there are currently only code references available, it’s important to note that this feature may not be included in the iOS 16.5 release cycle.
With the release of beta 2, Apple has made changes to the process of downloading macOS and watchOS beta updates for developers. Similar to the procedure introduced with iOS 16.4, developers are now required to register their developer ID to access the latest beta versions. While this change will not affect the ongoing iOS 16 cycle, it will alter the way users download the initial betas of future releases like iOS 17 and macOS 14, as they will need to provide a registered Apple Developer Program ID.
Aside from these upcoming features, all users currently have the option to download iOS 16.4.1, iPadOS 16.4.1, watchOS 9.4, macOS 13.3.1, and tvOS 16.4.1. These versions bring forth more than 20 new emojis, an enhanced 5G Standalone feature for iPhone users, and expanded availability of Apple Watch’s Afib history and Cycle measurement to additional regions.
As Apple has already fulfilled its commitments for these software versions, we eagerly anticipate whether the company has any surprises in store before unveiling the next set of systems, including iOS 17, iPadOS 17, watchOS 10, macOS 14, and tvOS 17.