The next major iPhone upgrade is iOS 16, and we’re getting close to seeing Apple disclose the new software’s features and enhancements. When it comes to the iOS 16 release date, there are three options: developer beta, public beta, and the official public debut. Here’s what you can expect…

Apple usually announces the next version of iOS during its WWDC keynote and releases the first developer beta within hours.

The first free iOS public beta has been released three to four weeks after the first developer beta, with the formal public release following after the fall iPhone event in recent years.

iPhone updates and changes could include notifications, Messages, health features, an always-on lock screen, and more with iOS 16. Meanwhile, iPadOS 16 may include a completely new multitasking UI.

iOS 16 release date 2022 revealed

  1. iOS 16 developer beta – expected June 6 release at WWDC
  2. iOS 16 public beta – expected end of June or early July
  3. iOS 16 public release – expected in September

iOS 16 developer beta release date

The iOS 16 developer beta should be available on June 6 following Apple’s WWDC 2022 keynote, assuming Apple doesn’t break its annual custom.

This build isn’t for everyone, and it’s not suggested to install on a primary iPhone (especially early versions). A paid Apple Developer account is required to access the iOS 16 developer beta.

Public beta

Last year, the public beta of iOS 15 arrived just over three weeks after the developer beta. This gives the early bugs and difficulties time to be worked out before a larger group of users tries out the new program.

With WWDC and the first iOS 16 dev release set for June 6, the first iOS 16 public beta could arrive in late June or early July, if it’s pushed back further.

The public beta of iOS 16 should remain free. Here’s a breakdown of how it works:

iOS 16 official release date

In recent years, Apple has released the new iOS release around a week after its September event. In 2020, though, it threw a wrench in the works by releasing iOS 14 just one day after its Time Flies event. Apple, on the other hand, reverted to the week later strategy with iOS 15.

Dates of previous iOS releases:

  • iOS 15: September 20, 2021 (after September 14 event)
  • iOS 14: September 16, 2020 (after September 15 event)
  • iOS 13: September 19, 2019 (after September 10 event)
  • iOS 12: September 17, 2018 (after September 12 event)
  • iOS 11: September 19, 2017 (after September 12 event)

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