The Release Candidate build for iOS 16.6 is now available to both developers and public beta testers. This was expected, given that the last beta carried a build number ending with ‘a.’ Although this hint doesn’t always hold true, Apple often follows a similar pattern. If you are currently on an iOS 16.6 beta build, you may have already received the iOS 16.6 Release Candidate.
Release Candidate builds are the final builds in the beta testing phase. In fact, they are considered public builds for those who have installed the iOS beta. This is because the Release Candidate build and the upcoming public build share the same changelog as well as the same build number.
Today Apple also released the iOS 15.7.8 Release Candidate. Apart from iOS, Apple also released iPadOS 16.6 RC, iPadOS 15.7.8 RC, watchOS 9.6 RC, macOS Ventura 13.5 RC, tvOS 16.6 RC, macOS Monterey 12.6.8 RC6, and macOS Big Sur 11.7.9 RC6.
Both iOS 16.6 RC and iPadOS 16.6 RC come with build number 20G75. Since this is a release candidate similar to the public build which is coming next week, it weighs quite a lot like jumping from one iOS 16 build to another.
The update includes changes from all five beta updates plus other improvements and bug fixes. You can check about the last iOS 16.6 beta update by heading to this page.
- Fixed: Pairing the first Matter accessory in a new Home will fail when paired by selecting the accessory from the nearby accessories list.
The update is available to users who are on an iOS 16.6 beta build. It will be available over the air. And if you are on an iOS 16.6 beta as a developer or public beta tester you can go to Settings > General > Software Update. Since the public beta will be released next week or maybe even late this week, you don’t need to install the beta if you are on an iOS 16.5 build.