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iOS 16.6 RC is now available to developers with bug fixes and security updates

Published Jul 18th, 2023 1:12PM EDT
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A week after releasing beta 5, Apple is now seeding iOS 16.6 RC to registered developers. Even though the Cupertino firm nears the release of this upcoming iOS 16 update for iPhone users, it’s unclear the new features expected for this operating system, besides “important bug fixes and security updates.”

After a small iOS 16.5 update, Apple is still sharpening its software as the company prepares iOS 17, iPadOS 17, tvOS 17, watchOS 10, and macOS Sonoma for a fall release.

An early iOS 16.6 beta build added references for Contact Key Verification, according to iOS developer Steve Moser.

Message Contact Key Verification is a feature announced by the company at the end of 2022. While Apple has already rolled out Security Keys for Apple ID and Advanced Data Protection for iCloud during the iOS 16 cycle, the firm still had to release that other function.

For those unaware, iMessage Contact Key Verification lets users verify if they are communicating only with whom they intend. This is especially helpful for journalists, human rights activists, and government members.

Apple says that “conversations between users who have enabled iMessage Contact Key Verification receive automatic alerts if an exceptionally advanced adversary, such as a state-sponsored attacker, were ever to succeed breaching cloud servers and inserting their own device to eavesdrop on these encrypted communications. And for even higher security, iMessage Contact Key Verification users can compare a Contact Verification Code in person, on FaceTime, or through another secure call.”

As of now, it’s unclear if iOS 16.6 will bring this feature, but Apple has already started testing it. In addition, Steve Moser says Apple continues to work on Sports related features in the TV app, although he couldn’t disclose what’s new.

Besides iOS 16.6, Apple is also seeding the RC versions of iPadOS 16.6, watchOS 9.6, macOS 13.5, and tvOS 16.6. BGR will let you know what’s new when we learn more about these operating system updates.

José Adorno Tech News Reporter

José is a Tech News Reporter at BGR. He has previously covered Apple and iPhone news for 9to5Mac, and was a producer and web editor for Latin America broadcaster TV Globo. He is based out of Brazil.