October 5, 2022
Apple will release iOS 16, watchOS 9 today: How to install, compatible iPhones, and more


iOS 16 and watchOS 9 will be released today by Apple worldwide, including in India. Like every year, the latest version of iOS will be released for the recently launched iPhone 14 series along with select older iPhone models. iOS 16 brings some new options for improvements and customization. With iOS 16, you get features like focus mode, a new lock screen, and more privacy layers in hidden and recently deleted albums. Other features of iOS 16 include updates to iMessages, SharePlay, Notifications, Maps, Safari, Wallet, and more.

Meanwhile, watchOS 9 brings a featured Workout app, a new Medication app that offers more insights about sleep and heart health, and support for more watch faces as well as personalization options. Apple announced iOS 16 and also unveiled watchOS 9 at its Worldwide Developers Conference 2022 in June.

Which iPhone Models Support iOS 16

iOS 16 will be available for the recently launched iPhone 14 series, which includes the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max.

The iPhone 13 series, which includes the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, will also get the latest software.

Apple’s iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max, as well as the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, will also receive the latest operating system.

Those still using iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone SE (2020) and iPhone SE (2022) will also be able to run the stable iOS 16 software.

when will ios 16 be released

The iOS 16 release should happen around 10am PST, which means that for users in India, the update should be released around 10.30am. iPhone users should start getting the option soon after the iOS 16 release. To check, you can go to Settings > General > Software Update To know if you’ve got the option to upgrade to iOS 16.

It’s worth mentioning that those who are on the public beta are clearly getting the stable update ahead of others. One of the team members at Gadgets 360 has already installed the iOS 16 update on his iPhone 12.

How to Install iOS 16

Installing iOS 16 shouldn’t be a daunting task. In fact, the decision to install it is a big question to be asked. While some are early adopters and they install updates immediately, others prefer to wait for 2-3 days to play safe and check for any bugs and problems. Apple is usually on its toes to reduce reported problems and get them resolved quickly with hotfixes.

  1. First of all you should back up your data. Whether iOS 16 has bugs remains to be seen, but the best way to keep your data safe and not risk losing it is by installing any updates.
  2. Make sure you have enough space for the update. Older models come with fewer storage options. Those whose storage is completely full will have to free up some space for the update.
  3. Charge your iPhone model up to 80 percent and be sure to connect to a fast Wi-Fi connection before starting the install process.
  4. you can hurry ‘Download and install’ iOS 16 update or you can also schedule it.
  5. Apple provides the option to install the update at a later time. Some restless souls prefer to install updates as soon as possible to experience new features, others may choose to install updates ‘Later’Or overnight, or they may even ask the phone to remind you about installing updates later.
  6. Reboot, and viola! You are now running iOS 16 on your phone.

iOS 16 Features

Among the many new features in iOS 16, there’s a new lock screen with more personalization features. Users will be able to jazz up their phones with a collection of wallpapers, photos and themed with fonts for the time and date, and add lock screen widgets for weather, alarms, activity rings and calendar.

Apple’s iOS 16 moves the notification stack and alerts to the bottom of the display, making them easy to tap and view with one hand. Content can now be checked in with the new lock screen and there is a live activity feature that lets users watch things happening in real time. Focus mode can be accessed from the lockscreen by swiping up from the lock screen.

iOS 16 allows users to edit a sent message or even unsend a recent message entirely (limited to 15 minutes after sending it). The iOS 16 update brings iCloud Shared Photo Library that allows users to share photos with up to five other users. However, this feature will be rolled out to the users later.

watchOS 9 Release, Features

Like iOS 16, the watchOS 9 update for Apple Watch Series will release on September 12 for Apple Watch Series 4 and later devices. One of the many features is the new Low Power Mode that allows users to extend battery life on the Apple Watch by turning off battery-hungry functions. This is different from the power reserve mode that the Apple Watch already has.

watchOS 9 comes with new watch faces, improved health and fitness tracking, and a Medications app that lets users carefully track their medicines, vitamins, and supplements from their wrist.


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