Apple engineers have finished working on the official iOS 16 release version. As reported by Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman in his Switch newsletter, the upcoming operating system for the iPhone is being prepared for public release as the engineers completed development last week.
It’s not uncommon for Apple to seed versions of an operating system they worked on a few weeks ago to developers and public beta testers. Since we’re already on iOS 16 beta 6 and public beta 4, Apple will complete its test cycle just a few weeks before the September 7 rumored event – as also reported by Bloomberg.
Mark Gurman wrote in today’s newsletter:
The iOS 16.0 update, which Apple engineers worked on last week, will launch in September alongside watchOS 9. Those updates will match the new hardware. The macOS Ventura and iPadOS upgrades, on the other hand, are now scheduled for October (following Stage Manager-related delays for the iPad software) to match the new hardware lineup.
With that in mind, after introducing the iPhone 14 series and new Apple Watch models, Apple will also announce when it will release iOS 16, watchOS 9, and tvOS 16 – the latter saw no major upgrades in this beta cycle.
Also interesting is that macOS Ventura and iPadOS 16 are coming a month later, when Apple is expected to announce new Macs and iPads. This is another perfect time for Apple to discuss the benefits of Stage Manager and other continuity features that will be available with these releases.
iOS 16 brings a new lock screen, deeper focus mode integration, new features for Messages and FaceTime, etc. But with Apple finishing development of iOS 16, it means the company can already move to iOS 16.1. For this other operating system, it’s likely that Apple plans to launch Live Activities, a feature that will make the lock screen even more useful.
This is how it works:
Live activities show and update the most current data of an app on the iPhone lock screen. This allows people to see live information they care about most at a glance. To offer Live Activities, add code to your existing widget extension or create a new widget extension if your app doesn’t already have one. Live Activities use WidgetKit functionality and SwiftUI for their lock screen UI. ActivityKit’s role is to handle the lifecycle of any Live Activity: you use the API to request, update, and end a Live Activity.
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