In the mere hours since iOS 16 and iOS 15.7 went live, Apple was quick to make a quick update — it had never done so early in the iOS cycle before. But don’t worry if you don’t see this unprecedented update in the Settings app: it’s not for everyone. But that doesn’t mean it’s unimportant.
Update September 18th below. This post was first published on September 15th.
This app is for the latest models only: iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. And since these phones are on sale now, you may need to start setting up a new phone with an update! As for whether the update is safe to install, check out Gordon Kelly’s post, over here on Forbes.
Read on for more details.
Update September 18. The whole modernization work has become more and more intriguing and curious. If you are the proud owner of the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, or iPhone 14 Pro Max, be aware that there is a software update waiting for you. It was released on Thursday, September 14, just in time for the iPhones that went on sale the next day.
If you have one of the new iPhones, Apple has urged all users to update their iPhones immediately. As mentioned below, if you don’t have a newly released iPhone, you won’t see this update when you upgrade to iOS 16 on your device.
The first thing to note is that Apple seems to have renamed the update for some iPhones, now calling it iOS 16.0 instead of iOS 16.0.1 on iPhone 14, while still calling it iOS 16.0.1 on iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, According to my review sample screens.
It’s not clear why this is done but it could be because updates differ depending on the model. After all, photography fixes only affect Pro and Pro Max phones.
The new iOS update, whatever its name, is only available for iPhone 14 models.
Second, Apple has updated its changelog details to now include the words “iMessage and FaceTime may not complete activation.”
During the initial setup, according to Apple, new iPhones will automatically recognize that an update is waiting for them and which one applies. And then it will give users the option to update. Since it seems to solve problems that you might find annoying, it seems logical to do so.
Apple has confirmed that users may find issues with certain features, different from those below, when activating the new iPhone 14. You can read full details of these features in Gordon Kelly’s post over here on Forbes. These issues are the ones mentioned above in the warning that Messages and FaceTime may not activate, so it might be green message bubbles where you expect to see blue bubbles or not being able to receive messages or FaceTime calls.
For the record, I had none of these issues when I activated my review samples which were normal sealed units.
Adding a software update to the many things required when activating a new iPhone is tedious and time consuming, but it can make navigating much smoother later.
Make Forbes your go-to for all things iOS. Read full details of what’s in the release from me the moment it arrives. Kate O’Flaherty Take a look at the security considerations for each new release. then read Gordon KellyAnalyze whether you should install or wait.
What iPhones Can Run iOS 16.0.1?
Although iOS 16 runs for all iPhones from iPhone 8 onwards, this update is only for the iPhone 14 series. If you previously had an iPhone, and you sure do now, you can skip that and look forward to the next update, most likely iOS 16.1 .
On the other hand, if you are getting the new iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro, you should definitely read on.
How to get it
The update is very simple: open the Settings app on the device and then choose General, then Software Update. Once you click download and install, it will do everything for you. It’s a small update and downloads quickly. On the iPhone 14 Pro Max, it was a 331.5MB file that downloaded in about five minutes and installed in another seven minutes.
What’s in the version
This update aims to sort out two issues with new iPhones. First, it looks like you may have trouble with activation and migration while setting up a new iPhone 14 or 14 Pro. By the way I didn’t have this with my review unit.
There is also a potential problem with photography on the iPhone 14 Pro Max, whereby photos will likely look soft. This update to fix that.
Business users may find that some applications may not authenticate.
That’s your lot, up to iOS 16.1, let’s hope.
Full Apple notes are listed below:
This update is recommended for all users and provides important bug fixes for your iPhone including the following:
- Fixes activation and migration issue during setup of iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro
- Photos may look smooth when zoomed in landscape orientation on iPhone 14 Pro Max
- Enterprise single sign-on apps may fail to authenticate