Just a matter of hours since iOS 16 and iOS 15.7 went live, Apple has rushed out a quick update—it’s never done this so early in an iOS cycle before. But don’t worry if you don’t see this unprecedented update in your Settings app: it’s not for everyone. But that doesn’t mean it’s unimportant.
September 18 update below. This post was first published on September 15.
This app is for the latest models only: iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. And since these are phones are now on sale, you may need to start the set-up of a new handset with an update! As for whether the update is safe to install, check out Gordon Kelly’s post, here on Forbes.
Read on for full details.
September 18 update. The whole update business is getting curiouser and curiouser. If you’re the proud owner of a new iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro or iPhone 14 Pro Max, be warned that there’s a software update awaiting you. It was released on Thursday, September 14, just in the nick of time for the iPhones which went on sale the following 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 one of the newly released iPhones, 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 retitled the update for some iPhones, now calling it iOS 16.0 instead of iOS 16.0.1 on the iPhone 14, while it continues to be called iOS 16.0.1 on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, according the screens of my review samples.
It’s not clear why this has been done but it may be that it’s because the updates are different dependent on the model. After all, the photographic fixes only affect the Pro and Pro Max handsets.
The new iOS update, whichever name it’s called, is only available for iPhone 14 models.
Secondly, Apple has updated its changelog details so that they now include the words “iMessage and FaceTime may not complete activation”.
During initial set-up, according to Apple, the new iPhones will automatically recognize that an update is waiting for them, and which one applies. It will then give users the option to update. Since it seems it fixes problems you might find annoying, it sounds like it makes sense to do so.
Apple has confirmed users may find issues with certain features, different from the ones below, when they activate a new iPhone 14. You can read full details of these in Gordon Kelly’s post here on Forbes. These issues are the ones heralded above in the warning that Messages and FaceTime may not activate, so you might green message bubbles where you’d expect to see blue ones or being unable to receive Messages or FaceTime calls.
For the record, I didn’t have any of these problems when I activated my review samples which were regular sealed units.
Adding a software update to the many things required when activating a new iPhone is a little dull and time-consuming, but may make for smoother sailing later on.
Make Forbes your destination for all-things iOS. Read full details of what’s in the release from me the moment it lands. Kate O’Flaherty looks at the security considerations of each new release. And then read Gordon Kelly’s analysis of whether you ought to install or wait.
Which iPhones can run iOS 16.0.1?
Although iOS 16 runs all iPhones from iPhone 8 onwards, this update is only for the iPhone 14 Series. If you have an earlier iPhone, and you almost certainly do right now, you can skip this and look forward to the next update, likely iOS 16.1.
On the other hand, if you’re getting the new iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro, then you should definitely read on.
How to get it
Updating is very straightforward: open the Settings app on the device and then choose General, then Software Update. Once you’ve clicked on Download and Install, it’ll do everything for you. It’s a small update and quickly downloaded. On an iPhone 14 Pro Max, it was a 331.5MB file which downloaded in around five minutes and installed in another seven minutes.
What’s in the release
This update is to sort a couple of problems with the new iPhones. First, it seems you could encounter an issue with activation and migration during the set-up of a new iPhone 14 or 14 Pro. I did not have this with my review unit, by the way.
There’s also a problem, potentially, for the photography on the iPhone 14 Pro Max, with images potentially appearing soft. This update is to fix that.
And business users may find that some apps may not authenticate.
That’s your lot, until iOS 16.1, let’s hope.
Apple’s full notes are below:
This update is recommended for all users and provides important bug fixes for your iPhone including the following:
- Fixes an issue with activation and migration during set up of iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro
- Photos may appear soft when zooming in landscape orientation on iPhone 14 Pro Max
- Enterprise single sign-on apps may fail to authenticate