Apple engineers completed development of the first version of iOS 16 last week, according to Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman. This likely means that Apple has little to no major new features or changes planned for the remaining iOS 16 betas and will instead focus on bug fixes in the final weeks before the software update is released publicly.


In the latest issue of his “Power On” newsletter, Gurman reiterated that iOS 16 and watchOS 9 are scheduled for release in September, alongside the new iPhone 14 and Apple Watch Series 8 models, while he expects iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura be released in October. .

Here’s the exact quote from Gurman’s newsletter:

The iOS 16.0 update, which Apple engineers worked on last week, will launch in September alongside watchOS 9. Those updates will match the new hardware. The macOS Ventura and iPadOS upgrades, on the other hand, are now scheduled for October (following Stage Manager-related delays for the iPad software) to match the new hardware lineup.

Major new features of iOS 16 include a customizable lock screen with widgets, the ability to temporarily edit or delete an iMessage, iCloud Shared Photo Library for sharing photos with family and friends, a redesigned Home app, and more. Apple has also reintroduced a battery percentage icon in the status bar with a notch on most iPhones.

Gurman recently reported that Apple plans to hold an event on Wednesday, September 7 to unveil new iPhone 14 and Apple Watch Series 8 models. Apple would also likely announce release dates for iOS 16 and watchOS 9 at the event, which Apple has yet to officially confirm. Gurman thinks Apple will likely hold another event in October focusing on new Macs and iPads, including updated iPad Pro models with the M2 chip.

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