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iOS and iPadOS

iOS 16.1 Launching Alongside iPadOS and macOS Ventura

iOS 16.1 will be launched Monday, October 24th with several new features for iPhone users, including iCloud Shared Photo Library, Matter Accessories in Home App and Live Activities support in third-party apps on the App Store, along with several bug fixes.

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iOS 16

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iOS 16 was released on September 12, 2022, five days after the  iPhone 14 event.

All iPhones from iPhone 8 and later will support iOS 16 to include the these models:

  • iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone SE (2020)
  • iPhone XS and XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone XRiPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13 miini, iPhone 13, 13 Pro and Pro Max
  • iPhone 14

watchOS 9.1

Release Date: Oct 24, 2022

This update includes improvements and bug fixes for your Apple Watch.

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iPadOS 16.1

Release Date: Oct 24, 2022

iPadOS 16 is available for iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 3rd generation and later, iPad 5th generation and later, and iPad mini 5th generation and later.

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iOS 15

Release Date: Sept 20, 2021
Latest release: 15.7.1 on Oct 27, 2022

iOS 15 was first announced on June 7, 2021, at the Apple Worldwide Developer’s Conference and was finally released for all devices on September 20, 2021. iOS 15 is compatible with iPhone 6s and later, iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, iPad mini 4 and later, and iPod touch (7th generation) and offers a plethora of improvements and exciting new features.

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iOS 14 for iPhone and iPad

Release Date: Sept 16, 2020
Latest release: 14.8.1 on Oct 26, 2021

iOS 14 updates the core experience of iPhone with redesigned widgets on the Home Screen, a new way to automatically organize apps with the App Library, and a compact design for phone calls and Siri. Messages introduces pinned conversations and brings improvements to groups and Memoji. Maps adds cycling directions and makes it easier to find places you'll love with Guides. App Clips introduce a way to quickly discover and use a small part of an app. New Privacy features improve user transparency and control over how apps access your location, photos, microphone, and camera. More about iOS 14 updates can be found here.

Apple releases bug fixes and improvements in iOS and iPadOS 13.1

If you have downloaded iOS or iPadOS 13 to your iPhone or iPad, I highly recommend you download the update, 13.1 which became available for the iPhone and iPad on September 24th. This update contains several bug fixes and improvements.

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iOS 13.1

Release Date: Sept 24, 2019
Build No: 17A844

iOS 13.1 includes bug fixes and improvements, including AirDrop with Ultra Wideband technology on iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, suggested automations in the Shortcuts app, and the ability to share ETA in Maps.

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iPadOS 13.1

Release Date: Sept 24, 2019 
Build No: 17A844

iPadOS, the powerful operating system with a new name to recognize the distinctive experience of iPad. iPadOS builds on the same foundation as iOS, adding powerful new capabilities and intuitive features specific to the large display and versatility of iPad. This update features new ways to work with multiple apps, presents more information at a glance on a redesigned Home screen, makes using Apple Pencil feel even more responsive along with a new way to instantly mark up anything, provides a dramatic new Dark Mode, allows a simple way to sign in to websites that protects your privacy, and gives new tools to edit and view your photos. iPadOS is faster and more responsive with optimizations across the system.

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Apple has released iOS 12.0.1 for the iPad & iPhone

This iOS release is an update to Apple's iOS 12 which was released September 17, 2018 and was perhaps the most notable update than previous generations; it offered more stability, was faster and packed with a lot of goodies. Apple's iOS 12.0.1 release will work on any iPhone which is iOS 11 compatible, meaning it will work on the iPhone 5S and later, iPad mini 2 and later and the 6th generation iPod touch and later. If your device is iOS 12.0.1 compatible, you should receive a notification there is an update available. If you do not have this feature turned on, you can trigger the update by going to "Settings", "General" and "Software Update".

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How to Enable Messages in iCloud

If you haven't enabled your Messages in iCloud, which will sync your messages to all of your devices, here is how you do it.  First, I am assuming you have at least iOS 11.4 and Mac OS 10.13.5 or later  Better yet, upgrade to the latest iOS 12.0 on your iPhone and iPad and upgrade your Mac to Mojave on September 24th.  Previously,  Messages were stored on your device and not synced to the Cloud meaning that every device might have different  messages or they might be out of order.  Having your messages in iCloud rather than on your individual devices will fix this issue and free up space on your devices.  Finally.

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People are accidentally setting off Apple's Emergency SOS alert

If you sleep on your Apple Watch the wrong way, you might get a wake-up call from the police. That’s what happened to Jason Rowley, who tweeted about the incident earlier this week. Using his watch as a sleep tracker, he ended up holding down the crown button to trigger an emergency call to the police, who showed up in his bedroom at 1AM. Rowley told us the police were friendly and helpful, and accustomed to WatchOS misdials like this one.

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