After releasing Release Candidate builds of iOS 16.6 and iPadOS 16.6 last week, Apple has now made iOS 16.6 and iPadOS 16.6 available to the public this week. The last public update for iPhones and iPads was released nearly a month ago. As iOS 16 has already received its share of features, it will be interesting to see what the newer iOS 16 build includes.
iOS 17 is currently in the testing phase, and its new beta is expected to be released this week, possibly tomorrow. This upcoming beta will be the fourth one for developers and the second one for public beta testers. iOS 17 is planned for a public release this fall, but you can already check out its features here.
Along with iOS 16.6 and iPadOS 16.6, Apple released watchOS 9.6, macOS Ventura 13.5, tvOS 16.6, macOS Monterey 12.6.8, macOS Big Sur 11.7.9, iOS 15.7.8, and iPadOS 15.7.8.
Both iOS 16.6 and iPadOS 16.6 share the same build number, 20G75. Similar to most iOS/iPadOS updates, this public update retains the same build as the release candidate. Consequently, the changes in the public build are also identical to those in the release candidate build.
As mentioned earlier, iOS 16 is no longer receiving big changes and new features. So don’t expect major changes. But you will find a new Modem update and support for new Macs like in Find My, etc. There are also some minor changes here and there along with some bug fixes and improvements. You can check the official changelog below.
- This update provides important bug fixes and security updates and is recommended for all users.
The iOS 16.6 and iPadOS 16.6 is available to everyone who are still on the iOS 16 build and has not updated to iOS 17 beta. And if you already installed the iOS 16.6 Release Candidate, you will not receive this update as it’s the same as RC. To check for the update go to Settings > General > Software Update.