Apple remains consistent in delivering timely software updates to its users, including the latest beta updates for developers and the public. Just a few weeks after releasing iOS 16.5 beta 2 to all users, the company is now rolling out iOS 16.5 beta 3 exclusively to registered developers.
This follows the interesting iOS 16.4 release from late last month, and it appears that Apple is gearing up for a minor update ahead of the announcement of iOS 17 in June. While the update doesn’t seem to include any major changes, it brings overall improvements and introduces new sports-related features.
Apple has released this third beta version of iOS 16.5 to its registered developer beta testers. The update will be available over-the-air for users within the next hour. To install the update, users can go to the Settings app, select General, and then select Software Update. The new build number for the update is 20F5050f.
While iOS 16.5 doesn’t come with any significant new features or changes, it is still an important update for registered developer beta testers. The beta 3 update, which is being rolled out over the air today, primarily brings overall improvements and some new sports-related features. As we approach the expected announcement of iOS 17 in June, it’s clear that this update is more about refining the existing iOS 16 experience rather than introducing major new features.
iOS 16.5 beta 3 brings Siri new screen recording commands that enable users to start or stop screen recordings using the virtual assistant. In addition, the update adds a dedicated Sports tab to the Apple News app, a highly-requested feature among sports enthusiasts.
While iOS 16.5 does not include any significant changes, it is expected to be released to the general public in May. A new public beta is also set to be released later today as Apple continues to test the software before its official release.
Apple has released iOS 16.5 beta 3 for registered developers, alongside several other new betas including iPadOS 16.5 beta 3, watchOS 9.5 beta 3, tvOS 16.5 beta 3, and macOS Ventura 13.4 beta 3.
To get access to the iOS 16/iPadOS 16 beta updates, registered developers can follow these steps: open the Settings app, go to Software Update, tap on the “Beta Updates” option, and toggle on the iOS 16/iPadOS 16 Developer Beta. It’s worth noting that downloading and installing the beta requires an Apple ID associated with a developer account.