After launching the 10th generation iPad and iPad Pro M2 via press release, Apple also released iOS 16.1 RC, iPadOS 16.1 RC, and iOS 15.7.1 RC. Release Candidate Build confirms the release of the public build in a week or two. Here’s everything you need to know about the iOS 16.1 Release Candidate Build.
iOS 16 was released for the eligible iPhone a few weeks ago. But as this is the first build of iOS 16, it has some bugs. Sure Apple released three incremental updates for iOS 16, but these only fix a fraction of the bugs. Whereas iOS 16.1 feels like a big upgrade with most bug fixes.
Along with the iOS 16.1 RC, Apple also releases iOS 15.7.1 RC, iPadOS 16.1 RC, macOS Ventura 13.0 RC, tvOS 16.1 RC, watchOS 9.1 RC, macOS Monterey 12.6.1 RC4, and macOS Big Sur 11.7.1 RC4.
The iOS 16.1 Release Candidate comes with build number 20B79. This will be the build number for the public build which is expected to release next week on October 24. The update size depends on the device and the previous build.
The update comes with many bug fixes, improvements, new modem update and some new features as well. But if you have already tested the previous beta builds you may not find many changes. The software update page says:
‘This update introduces iCloud Shared Photo Library making it easy to keep your family photos up to date. This release also adds support for third party apps in Live Activities, support for Apple Fitness+ on iPhone even if you don’t have an Apple Watch, and includes other features and bug fixes for your iPhone.’
The new iOS 16.1 release candidate is available to developers and public beta testers. If you have already installed iOS 16.1 beta or already installed the beta profile, you will see the update on your eligible iPhone. To check for the update manually go to Settings > General > Software Update. Once the update is available tap the Download and Install button to get the update.
If you update to the release candidate build, then you don’t need to update to the public build next week. It is because the release candidate is the same build that will release to the public. If you are on iOS 16.0.3 then you need to wait for a week for the update.
Before updating your iPhone make sure to take a backup of important data and charge it to at least 50%.