It’s understandable to be excited about the iOS 16 release date, with fun new features coming to the iPhone like a customizable lock screen with widgets, the ability to edit sent iMessages, new Safari tab grouping, new iCloud Photo Library features, and more. And likewise, you might be delighted to get iPadOS 16 on an iPad with the new Stage Manager multitasking feature.
So when will iOS 16 for iPhone be released for everyone? When is the beta over? And what is the release date of iPadOS 16 for iPad?
Currently, iOS 16 for iPhone and iPadOS 16 for iPad are both in beta, which means they are under active development. These beta versions are available for developers and for public beta testers for the curious and adventurous. Due to the nature of beta system software, only advanced users should play with beta software.
iOS 16 release date is officially “autumn”
Apple has publicly stated that the iOS 16 release date will be in fall 2022. It’s kind of a loose timeline, but fall starts on September 22 this year.
Typically, Apple releases new versions of iOS soon after announcing a new iPhone, which was recently released in mid to late September.
This gives us an idea of when iOS 16 will be released, and it would be reasonable to expect iOS 16 to be released in late September in early fall, or perhaps as late as early October.
If you’re curious whether or not you’ll be able to run the version when it becomes available, check out the list of iOS 16 compatible iPhone models.
iPadOS 16 release date is later in the fall
Usually, Apple releases iPadOS at the same time as iOS, but this year could be different, according to a new report from Bloomberg.
According to Bloomberg, Apple will delay the release of iPadOS 16 by about a month compared to iOS 16, which will likely coincide with the release of macOS Ventura 13 for Mac.
This puts the iPadOS 16 release date in October, most likely.
If you’re not sure if your iPad will be able to run the latest system software when it becomes available, be sure to check out the list of iPadOS 16 supported iPad models here.
I don’t want to wait for fall release dates, I want iOS 16 / iPadOS 16 now!
If you’re totally impatient and want iOS 16 right now on your iPhone or iPadOS 16 right now on your iPad, you can run the betas, just be prepared for things that don’t work as well as expected, bugs, performance issues and worse battery performance.
Still, if you are adventurous, back up your device then learn how to install iOS 16 public beta on iPhone and how to install iPadOS 16 public beta on iPad.
It’s entirely up to you, but most users just have to wait for the final version to hit their device this fall.