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iPhone users can expect the release of the final iOS 16.6 version later this month. Proof of this is the recent rollout of the release candidate for iOS 16.6 to beta testers, indicating that Apple is now polishing the update.
iOS 16 has been in the beta stage since May, but this test should finally end this month with the official release of its final version. Last week, Apple released its fifth beta alongside the public beta of iOS 16.6. And with the rollout of RC, it means Apple is now making final adjustments to the release.
According to Apple, it indeed comes with several fixes and improvements. This RC is likely to be the one we will get soon in case Apple manages to get everything right this time. Nonetheless, there’s also a chance Apple will still make other small revisions, albeit barely noticeable to end users.
And while the news of the final iOS 16.6 release might excite you, note that you won’t get huge features in this update. There’s the promising iMessage Contact Key Verification feature and some small additions, but aside from them, there’s nothing big to expect. All of Apple’s new feature creations are reserved for iOS 17, which unfortunately dropped the support for iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus. For more compatibility details of IOS 17, click here.
Meanwhile, aside from iOS 16.6 RC, Apple also introduced RCs for iPadOS 16.6, tvOS 16.6, macOS 13.5, and watchOS 9.6.