As promised, today Apple released new and important updates for many of its devices. Let’s start with iOS 16. The update to the latest version of iOS, first announced in June, is now out for iPhone 8 and newer models, and will be preloaded on the new iPhone 14 models when they start shipping this Friday () in addition to the iPhone 14 Plus, which will be released later on October 7 — but it’s on iOS 16 will be loaded).
For those unable to update to iOS 16, Apple released iOS 15.7, which addresses several kernel vulnerabilities and fixes security issues in Contacts, Maps, Safari, Shortcuts, and WebKit. iPadOS 15.7 is rolling out with similar fixes, and it’s likely the last 15.x branch update we’ll see before iPadOS 16 finally rolls out — which has been delayed by the new Sage Manager multiasking feature. Apple has confirmed the delay, and rumor has it we’ll be treated to iPadOS 16.1 right away, possibly early next month.
watchOS 9 is also out, with new watch faces, redesigned notifications, support for showing sleep stages in sleep trackers, and a new Medicines app to help track medication, vitamin and supplement intake. There are also new custom workout options in the Exercise app. This release will roll out to Apple Watch Series 4 and newer models.
Finally, Apple TV isn’t forgotten either, with the release of TVOS 16 coming with a game controller for Nintendo Joy-Cons and Nintendo Pro Controller.
If you have auto-updates turned on, all of these updates should already be available to you. Otherwise, a manual check on any supported devices will result in an immediate download.