Apple released watchOS 9.6.1 to Apple Watch users this week without a corresponding iOS 16.6.1. According to sources, Apple intends to skip iOS 16.6.1 entirely and move directly to iOS 16.7 for its next iPhone update.
The company also ramped up testing of iOS 17.1, suggesting new features could come before iOS 17’s fall launch.
watchOS 9.6.1 Addresses API Bug
The watchOS 9.6.1 update fixed an Apple’s Movement Disorder API issue that prevented access to motion data. iOS updates typically launch alongside watchOS, but not this time.
Apple seems set on pushing iOS 16.7 next, skipping the 16.6.1 number. The update will likely arrive within weeks.
iOS 17.1 Testing Picks Up Speed
Even as it preps iOS 16.7, Apple has increased testing of iOS 17.1. This suggests the first iOS 17 update may add features not in the initial iOS 17 launch.
Last year’s iOS 16.1 brought key additions like iCloud Photo Library sharing. iOS 17.1 could deliver new apps and capabilities before the fall iOS 17 release.