With iOS 16.5.1 now available, Apple stopped signing iOS 16.5. With that, you can no longer downgrade to older iOS 16 build versions – but if you are experiencing any bug or unreliability, an iOS 15 version is still available — iOS 15.7.7 — for devices that are compatible with iOS 15.
With iOS 16.5, released at the end of May, Apple brought the My Sports tab to Apple News, Siri improvements, in which you can now ask the personal assistant to screen record for the first time, and added the Pride wallpaper with the recently-launched Pride Sport Band for the Apple Watch.
iOS 16.5.1, on its way, fixes an issue that prevented charging with the Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter. In addition, the company added a security patch that prevents users from possibly being hacked by malware Russia’s Federal Security Service said the US was using to spy on them.
One of the reasons why Apple stops signing older versions of iOS, such as iOS 16.5, is to prevent people from jailbreaking their iPhones and iPads. Although there’s no sign of any jailbreak tools for iOS 16 being developed for the new iPhones, it’s also a way to push users to stay up-to-date with Apple’s operating systems. That said, you can still downgrade to iOS 15 if you want.
Here’s how to downgrade from iOS 16.4.1 to iOS 15
Since Apple is not offering iOS 16 – nor iOS 16.5 – to several iPhone models, such as the iPhone 7, the company is still releasing minor software updates to these older smartphones. Currently, iPhones that can run iOS 15 can support up to version 15.7.6, which you can use to downgrade from a device running iOS 16.
To do that, you must use a Mac or PC. It’s important to note that this isn’t the first time Apple has offered an older version for users to downgrade. Last year when the company released iOS 15, users could stay a little longer in iOS 14 by getting bug fixes and security patches.