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Give your iPhone a big upgrade by downloading iOS 16, available today for most iPhone devices. You’ll get a bundle of new lock screen options and plenty of other upgrades. Apple revealed the iOS 16 release date last week during its fall. This is an annual tradition for Apple: Announce the next version of iOS in the spring at its , spend the summer testing the new operating system with developers and other beta testers, then launch the OS alongside the newest iPhone in the fall.
The new operating system will be available on the iPhone 8, the second-gen iPhone SE and all later models — X, 11, 12, 13 and 14, including Pro, Plus and Max models.
iOS 16 release date
Apple released iOS 16 on Monday, Sept. 12, following its usual cycle of new versions every fall.
iOS 16 new features
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These annual upgrades to iOS are important chances for Apple to make larger overhauls to its operating system, which it’s been doing since 2007. Users can still expect smaller updates throughout the year —was the previous version, and it includes an important security patch — but the September updates that upgrade iOS by an entire version usually involve the biggest changes.
How to download iOS 16
If you’re ready to download the new operating system, you can follow our. As always, remember to back up your data and make sure you’re on Wi-Fi before installing an update this big.
You should alsobefore downloading to spare yourself the risk of inconvenient bugs that didn’t get squashed during the beta testing.
The iOS 16 release date wasn’t the only thing announced Wednesday. Apple also showed off the, , and the new . For more on iOS 16, check out our favorite , and our .