Apple workers completed work on the initial iteration of iOS 16 last week, according to Mark Gurman of Bloomberg. This most likely indicates that Apple will concentrate on fixing bugs in the final few weeks before the release of iOS 16 to the general public rather than adding any significant new features or improvements to the operating system.
In the most recent issue of his “Power On” newsletter, Gurman reaffirmed that iOS 16 and watchOS 9 will be released in September along with the new iPhone 14 and Apple Watch Series 8 models, and that iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura would follow in October.
A configurable Lock Screen with widgets, the option to temporarily modify or unsend an iMessage, iCloud Shared Photo Library for sharing photos with family and friends, a redesigned Home app, and other features are among the major new features in iOS 16. On the majority of iPhones with a notch, Apple also reintroduced a battery percentage indication in the status bar.
Gurman recently revealed that Apple will have an event to introduce the new iPhone 14 and Apple Watch Series 8 devices on September 7. At the presentation, Apple will probably also reveal the release dates for watchOS 9 and iOS 16. Apple has not yet formally confirmed this. According to Gurman, Apple will likely host another event in October that will be centred on unveiling new Macs and iPads, including refreshed iPad Pro models with the M2 chip.