Apple Releases Updates for watchOS 9, tvOS 26 and iOS 16

September 15, 2022

Apple released several updated versions of its operating systems for watchOS 9, tvOS 16 and iOS 16 on September 12, 2022. iOS 16 is the most significant in this group; it includes a new iPhone lock screen featuring information at a glance like upcoming calendar events, battery levels, alarms, time zones, activity ring progress, and more; new Messages editing features, undo send, recover recently deleted messages, collaboration invitations and more; passkeys which replace passwords with an easier and safer sign-in method; and, Mail now allowing scheduled send and a remind me feature by selecting a date and time for the email to resurface in your mailbox.

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Older operating systems will see iOS 15.7, iPadOS 15.7, and Monterey 12.6. The iPad and macOS versions bring security patches until the release of iPadOS 16.1 and macOS Ventura later this fall. The iOS 15.7 for iPhones serves two purposes; to provide security patches for older iPhones, which are unable to run iOS 16 (iPhone 6s, iPhone 7 and the original iPhone SE) and for users who do not wish to upgrade to iOS 16 yet but want security patches.

One of the new features in iOS 16 is the addition of "Security Responses and System Files" found in Settings>Software Update>Automatic Updates. Security Responses and System Files allows Apple to automatically install rapid security responses and system files for iPhone and supported accessories. Some updates require an iPhone restart to complete installation. In addition, some system files will be installed automatically even if the feature is turned off.

Apple also released macOS Big Sur 11.7 for the purpose of patching security vulnerabilities in the operating system and Safari 16 for both Monterey and Big Sur. There has been no update for Catalina, which may be an indication that Apple will no longer be supporting it.

Upcoming articles to follow discussing Messages, Health and many other new iOS 16 features.

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