Apple’s pushed a new iOS 16.6.1 update to iPhone users ahead of iOS 17’s arrival later on this month.
iOS 16.6.1 is a point release and it’s focused on improving iOS 16. It doesn’t bring any outward facing features to iPhone users. That being said, it’s still an important update and one that most iPhone owners should download.
With that in mind, we want to walk you through everything you need to know right now about Apple’s iOS 16.6.1 update for iPhone.
Table of Contents
In the walkthrough below we’ll take you through iOS 16.6.1’s changes, the software’s performance, the current list of iOS 16.6.1 problems, the iOS 16 jailbreak status, and more.
We’ll start with some quick thoughts on iOS 16.6.1’s performance thus far.
iOS 16.6.1 Review
If your iPhone’s currently running iOS 16.6, you’ll see the smallest iOS 16.6.1 download size. Unless your device is really low on storage, you won’t have to make room for the download.
The iOS 16.6.1 download size depends on your iPhone model and the version of iOS it’s currently running. If your iPhone is running a really old version of iOS, you may see a big download. That’s because iOS 16.6.1 brings the changes from any updates you skipped.
If you’re moving up from iOS 16.6, the iOS 16.6.1 installation process should be pretty quick, probably 10 minutes or less. For more about the iOS 16.6.1 download and installation, check out our walkthrough.
We’ve been using iOS 16.6.1 on an iPhone 12 Pro for several days now and here’s what we’ve learned about the software’s performance.
Battery Life & Connectivity
- iOS 16.6.1 battery life is stable right now.
- Wi-Fi connectivity is fast and reliable.
- Bluetooth is working normally.
- GPS and cellular data are also working properly.
- Third-party apps including Netflix, Twitter, Slack, Gmail, Chrome, and Spotify are all working fine.
- First party apps like Safari, Podcasts, and Calendar are also running well.
- iOS 16.6.1 feels fast and we haven’t experienced any abnormal lag, lockups, or freezes on our device.
If you’re dealing with bugs and/or performance issues on iOS 16.6, or an older version of iOS, you might want to install the iOS 16.6.1 update on your iPhone today.
If you need help making a decision about an upgrade, check out our reasons to, and not to, install the latest version of iOS 16 right now.
iOS 16.6.1 Problems
iOS 16.6.1 went through testing behind the scenes, but it’s still causing problems for iPhone users.
The current list of iOS 16.6.1 problems includes abnormal battery drain, Bluetooth issues, Wi-Fi issues, installation issues, Exchange issues, problems with first and third-party apps, and more.
If you run into a problem with iOS 16.6.1, take a look at our list of fixes for the most common iOS 16 problems. We’ve also released tips that could help you improve your phone’s performance and some tips that could help you fix abnormal battery drain.
Apple recently stopped signing on iOS 16.6 which means you can’t drop your iPhone’s software back to older software if iOS 16.6.1 starts causing problems on your iPhone. You can’t downgrade to any iOS software older than iOS 16.6 either.
For more about the downgrade process, check out our guide.
iOS 16.6.1 Features
Apple’s point updates (x.x.x) are typically focused on patching up problems and that’s exactly what iOS 16.6.1 does.
iOS 16.6.1 includes important security patches. There are two vital patches on board and Apple’s detailed them over on its security site.
iOS 16.6.1 Jailbreak
If you still jailbreak, avoid the iOS 16.6.1 update.
Developers have released a new jailbreak that works with older versions of iOS. Unfortunately, the jailbreak doesn’t work with iOS 16.6.1. Not yet at least. We’ll let you know if that changes.
A new iOS 16.7 update is reportedly in testing behind the scenes. If that’s the case, it should arrive alongside iOS 17 later on this month.
The company will push iOS 17 to the iPhone on September 18th. Unfortunately, Apple will drop support for three older iPhone models: iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus. Those devices will stay on iOS 16.
For more about iOS 17 and its release, have a look at our guide.
Install iOS 16.7 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing Apple's iOS 16.7 update on your iPhone X, iPhone 8, or iPhone 8 Plus right away.
iOS 16.7 isn't a huge upgrade, but the software has three security patches on board and you can learn more about them right here.
As for older updates, iOS 16.6.1 brought two important security patches to iPhone. If you're interested in what they patch up, here's Apple's guide.
The iOS 16.6 update delivered 16 security patches. For more information about the changes, check out Apple's rundown.
iOS 16.5.1 brought two security patches to iPhone users If you want to learn more, head on over to Apple's website.
The company's iOS Security Response 16.5.1 (c) update also included a security update and you can learn more about it right here.
iOS 16.5 brought a ton of security patches to the iPhone. You can find out more about them over on Apple's security site.
iOS 16.4.1 included two security upgrades . You can learn more about the pair right here.
Apple's iOS 16.4 update had a substantial number of patches on board. You can read about them in detail over on Apple's security site.
The iOS 16.3.1 update had three security patches on board including one for an actively exploited vulnerability. For more on the security contents of iOS 16.3.1, check out Apple's security page.
iOS 16.3 brought 10+ new security patches with it and you can learn more about all of those right here.
In addition, the software came with support for physical security keys for Apple ID. These will beef up your account security by requiring a physical security key as part of the two factor authentication sign in process. Learn more about the change right here.
If you skipped iOS 16.2, you'll get its changes with iOS 16.7. iOS 16.2 brought a ton of important security patches with it and you can dig into the details on Apple's security site.
The update also brought end-to-end encryption to iCloud, iMessage, iPhone backups, Notes, Photos, and more. If you want to learn more about it, head over to Apple's guide.
If you decided to missed iOS 16.1.2, you'll get its solitary security patch with your upgrade. Learn more about it right here.
If you skipped iOS 16.1.1, you'll get its security patches when you upgrade. You can learn more about them right here.
If you missed the iOS 16.1 update, it brought 19 security patches to the iPhone and you can learn about the particulars of those over on Apple's website.
If you failed to download iOS 16.0.3, it had one security patch on board, a fix for a potential exploit within the Mail app. For more about the fix, check out Apple's security site.
If you're still running iOS 15 your iPhone, you'll get a bunch of other patches when you upgrade.
iOS 16.0 brought a ton of security patches to the iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's security website.
In addition to those patches, iOS 16 brings some additional enhancements to privacy and security including Safety Check which, according to Apple, will help "people in domestic or intimate partner violence situations review and reset the access they’ve granted others."
The feature also resets system privacy permissions for apps and restricts Messages and FaceTime to the device on hand.
Apple's also made some improvements to Passkeys in Safari. iOS 16 brings a brand new sign-in method that's end-to-end encrypted and safe from phishing and data leaks.
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