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Apple Tests iOS 16.5 in Preparation for iOS 17 Update

February 23, 2023
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We’re getting exciting news about Apple’s upcoming iOS updates, with the intense testing of iOS 16.5 this month and possibly the announcement of iOS 17 at WWDC in June. It’s too early to know exactly what features will be included in the upcoming versions, but reports suggest some noteworthy announcements.

iOS 16.5 is likely to involve enhancements of some already existing features, like the Apple Card savings account, Apple Music Classical app and iMessage Contact Key Verification security option. Additionally, Apple Pay Later is anticipated to be activated with a server-side update.

iOS 17 will be packed with some pretty amazing elements, including next-generation CarPlay that offers deeper integration with the vehicle’s functions, like the A/C and FM radio. It supports multiple displays, allowing for greater personalization, and several car brands have already committed to putting the system in place by 2023.

In addition, iOS 17 will make it possible for iPhone users in Europe to access alternative app stores, a requirement that was implemented by the Digital Markets Act. This change is anticipated to be available by mid-2024.

Apple has just released the first beta of iOS 16.4, which includes new emoji, support for web push notifications, Podcasts app improvements, and a measure to stop users from getting access to the iOS 17 beta for free.

So, we need to keep an eye out for WWDC happening in June as it’ll be packed with incredible announcements, including the release of macOS 14, watchOS 10, tvOS 17 and possibly the realityOS/xrOS operating system for Apple’s advanced AR/VR headset.

Are you excited for the upcoming iOS releases? What features are you hoping to see? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!

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