Gurman: iOS 16 is ready for development, and macOS Ventura and iPadOS 16 will be available in October.

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Apple engineers have completed the official iOS 16 release version. According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman in his Power On newsletter, the upcoming iPhone operating system is ready for public release after engineers completed development last week.

It’s not uncommon for Apple to distribute versions of an operating system that they worked on a few weeks ago to developers and public beta testers. As we’re already on iOS 16 beta 6 and public beta 4, Apple is wrapping up its testing cycle just a few weeks before the rumoured September 7 event, as Bloomberg also reported.

In today’s newsletter, Mark Gurman wrote:

The iOS 16.0 update, which Apple engineers completed this week, is set to be released in September alongside watchOS 9. These updates will be compatible with the new hardware. To match the new hardware lineup, the macOS Ventura and iPadOS upgrades are now scheduled for October (after Stage Manager-related delays to the iPad software).

With that in mind, after unveiling the iPhone 14 series and new Apple Watch models, Apple will also reveal the release dates for iOS 16, watchOS 9, and tvOS 16 – the latter of which did not receive significant upgrades during this beta cycle.

What’s more, macOS Ventura and iPadOS 16 will be available a month later, when Apple is expected to unveil new Macs and iPads. This will be an excellent opportunity for Apple to highlight the benefits of Stage Manager and other continuity features that will be available with these releases.

iOS 16 introduces a new Lock Screen, deeper Focus Mode integration, new Messages and FaceTime features, and so on. However, with Apple having completed the development of iOS 16, the company can now move on to iOS 16.1. Apple is likely to launch Live Activities, a feature that will make the Lock Screen even more useful, for this other operating system.

This is how it works:

On the iPhone Lock Screen, Live Activities display and update the most recent data from an app. This allows people to see the most important live information at a glance. Add code to your existing widget extension or create a new widget extension if your app does not already have one to offer Live Activities. On the Lock Screen, Live Activities use WidgetKit functionality and SwiftUI for their user interface. The role of ActivityKit is to manage the life cycle of each Live Activity: you use its API to request, update, and terminate a Live Activity.

Are you looking forward to iOS 16? More information about the Apple September Event can be found below:

September Apple event: iPhone 14, Apple Watch Series 8, iOS 16 release date, and the latest rumours