Apple’s Corporation has announced the closure of the iOS/iPadOS 16.5 verification channel, effectively preventing users who have upgraded to the latest version from downgrading. The move comes after the company released the iOS 16.5.1 update last week, which mainly fixed important bugs and introduced only a few new features.
One of the key updates in iOS 16.5 is the introduction of the “Sports” tab in Apple News. This new feature provides easy access to coverage, scores, standings, and more for the teams and leagues users follow. Apple News users can select their favorite teams and companies to get personalized news. Clicking the Sports Scores and Schedules tab in Apple News takes users directly to the Sports page, which provides additional information about a sporting event.
Another notable addition to iOS 16.5 is a Pride Month Celebration Wallpaper, which will be available to users after updating to the latest version.
Regarding bug fixes, iOS 16.5 addresses issues such as Spotlight becoming unresponsive, podcasts in CarPlay not loading content, and screen time settings not syncing across all devices. The update also improves security, fixing several vulnerabilities identified in Apple’s official iOS security support documentation.
While two of the vulnerabilities had previously been fixed by releasing the iOS 16.4.1 and iPadOS 16.4.1 Rapid Security Response updates, three others had been proven to be exploited by hackers. Apple addressed the remaining vulnerability in WebKit by modifying boundary checks.