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Apple Seeds Second Betas of iOS 16.6 and iPadOS 16.6 to Developers and Public Beta Testers

Apple Seeds Second Betas of iOS 16.6 and iPadOS 16.6 to Developers and Public Beta Testers

Apple has seeded the second betas of iOS 16.6 and iPadOS 16.6 updates to developers and public beta testers for testing. The new betas come two weeks following the releases of the first betas.

The developer beta builds are available to developers that opt in to the betas by going to “Settings” -> “Software Update,” then tapping on the “Beta Updates” option and turning on the iOS 16 Developer Beta. An Apple ID associated with a developer account is required to download and install the beta.

Public builds of iOS 16.6 and iPadOS 16.6 can be downloaded via the Apple Beta Software Program website by users signed up to take part in the testing program. If you’re interested in trying out the betas of the upcoming operating systems you can sign up for the program by clicking the same link.

Those who have signed up for Apple’s beta testing program can enable the beta by going into the Settings app, tapping General -> Software Update, then tapping on Beta Updates, and tapping on the iOS 16 Public Beta option.

iOS 16.6 and iPadOS 16.6 lay the groundwork for iMessage Contact Key Verification, which is meant to allow Apple device owners verify that they are messaging with the people they intend to message rather than a malicious entity that has intercepted a message or is eavesdropping on a conversation.


Known Issues

  • Pairing a first Matter accessory in a new Apple Home will fail when paired by selecting an accessory from the nearby accessories list. (109905770)

    Workaround: Pair a first Matter accessory by scanning the QR code on the Add Accessory card in a new Apple Home. Subsequent matter accessories can be paired using the nearby accessories list.


Known Issues

  • Configuring a NSBaselineOffsetAttributeName attribute on a UILabel may no longer have the same side effect from 16.3 and onwards and now behaves the same as UITextView, halving the positive baseline offset and potentially no longer producing the same side effect for a negative baseline offset. (106109259)

    Workaround: For a positive baseline offset, increase the configured baseline offset by a factor of two to achieve the same result as before. For a negative baseline offset, the containing view’s height may need to be constrained.

This is likely one of the last updates we’ll see to both iOS 16 and iPadOS 16, as Apple is expected to unveil iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June.

As usual, MacTrast and Apple both warn users to not install any betas on their daily driver iPhone or iPad. Instead, only install betas on a device set aside for testing purposes.