The next major upgrades to Apple’s operating systems (OS) are expected to be released in mid-December, while updates, including iOS 16, are expected to arrive in mid-February or March next year.

The upcoming OS upgrades

On Monday, October 24, Apple released a number of upgrades to its operating system, including iOS 16.1, iPadOS 16.1, and macOS Ventura. On the other hand, users may have to wait a significant amount of time before the next upgrade is released by the tech company.

AppleInsider reported that Apple is currently testing beta versions of iOS 16.2, iPadOS 16.2, watchOS 9.2, tvOS 16.2, and macOS Ventura 13.1.

As is their custom, Apple will certainly put their new product through numerous rounds of testing before making it available to the general public.

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Details released by Gurman

According to Mark Gurman’s “Power On” newsletter via Bloomberg, the upgrades for iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 should be available around mid-December.

Gurman didn’t specify whether this was information provided to him by Apple, so it’s possible it’s just an informed estimate based on the typical amount of betas and how often they’re released.

For example, macOS 12.2 was launched on January 26 for Apple users, while macOS 12.3 was distributed on March 14 of this year.

On the other hand, iOS 15 and iPadOS 15.2 were released to the public on December 13 last year, variants of iOS 15.3 were released on January 26 of this year, and 1.5.4 was released on March 14.

Gurman said he was informed that the release of the M2 variants of the 14-inch MacBook Pro and 16-inch MacBook Pro would be “linked” to the release of macOS Ventura 13.3 and iOS 16.3.

This is about the fact that Mac releases would be delayed until 2023. Rumor has it that these updates will be available sometime between early February and early March.

Due to Apple’s policy of simultaneously distributing software updates of similar version levels, it’s quite likely that their respective updates will all be released simultaneously for macOS, iPadOS, tvOS, and watchOS.

iOS 16.2 Features

Apple has already released several features that will be included in the upcoming operating system. One is the GPS issues on the iPhone 14 Pro.

iPhone 14 had several errors on its debut. According to reports, the iOS 16.1 beta bug prevented iPhone 14 users from using GPS effectively. Fortunately, iOS 16.2 beta fixed the GPS issues with both Pro and Pro Max models, restoring the GPS location accuracy of the devices.

And thanks to the new upcoming update, Health app sleep data can now be seen as a lock screen widget. There will also be a brand new Medication widget. Moreover, with an interesting new feature on iPhone, users can notify Apple when Emergency SOS is triggered accidentally.

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