Apple releases updates for iOS 16.5, iPadOS 16.5, macOS Ventura 13.4, and watchOS 9.5. Many new features and bug fixes are included and they are available for download to the public.
Apple released iOS, iPadOS, tvOS, and macOS Ventura, which bring stability and performance improvements. To install the new software, you need to have at least 50% battery and be placed on a charger. This month, the Pride Celebration wallpaper features a colorful design that celebrates the LGBTQ+ community and culture and bug fixes that include an issue with Spotlight, Podcasts in CarPlay, and Screen Time.
macOS Ventura 13.4
There is a new update for eligible Macs. This update comes six weeks after the launch of macOS Ventura 13.3. The update can be downloaded for free using the Software Update section of System Settings on your Mac. This update includes several bug fixes, such as an issue with Auto Unlock with Apple Watch, Bluetooth Keyboard, Screen Time, and VoiceOver. It also adds a sports feed in the sidebar of the Apple News app that gives easy access to stories, scores, standings, and more for the teams and leagues you follow. You can also create a My Sports list to track your favorite teams and leagues. Additionally, it introduces a simplified beta installation method for developers and public beta testers. Apple is expected to release macOS 14 in June 2023.
The company is making the process of installing beta software easier for developers and public beta testers. Until now, with previous macOS versions, you had to install the Profile to get beta updates. Now, you can simply toggle on Beta updates in System Settings. However, users do require a valid Apple ID associated with a developer or registered user within the Public Beta program to install macOS Ventura 13.4.
This update is one of the last expected before WWDC and is light on tangible content. Users can also manually update their Mac if they want to install the update sooner. The update follows just two beta cycles and has build number 22F66.
iOS 16.5/ iPadOS 16.5
Apple has released an update over a month after the launch of iOS 16.4. The company released iOS 16.5 and iPadOS 16.5 for eligible iPhones and iPads. The update brings the new Pride Wallpaper, a Sports tab in the Apple News app that gives easier access to stories, scores, standings, and more. You can also create a My Sports list to track your favorite teams and leagues. Additionally, it fixes an issue with Spotlight and Screen Time. Users can update their iPhones or iPad if they want to install the update sooner.
The update is available via OTA. Follow the instructions below:
- Open Device Settings and then head over to General.
- Next, go to Software Update to install by clicking on Download and Install.
Note: Some features might not be available for all regions or on all Apple devices. The update follows a brief beta testing period and includes relatively few visible changes.
Apple released the fifth major software update to watchOS 9.5 for the Apple Watch. The update comes over a month after the release of watchOS 9.4. With the update, there is a Pride Celebration watch face and unspecified bug fixes. The update can be downloaded for free through the Apple Watch App.
- Open the app, and then head over to General.
- From there, tap on Software Update, and then download for free through the Apple Watch app on the iPhone.
The company is expected to release watchOS 10 in June 2023, and the update follows a short beta-testing process and has a build number of 20T562.
The company released another update that came over a month after the launch of tvOS 16.4. The new feature with the update for Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD brings a new Multi-view sports feature that users can use to stream up to four sports games simultaneously with a four-quadrant screen layout. This feature works with MLB Friday night Baseball games and MLS Season Pass matches, and to enable this feature, users can select the grid icon above the timeline and then choose the more matches button.
The update can be downloaded using the Setting app on the Apple TV or automatically if you have an automatic software update turned on.
- Open Setting on your Apple TV. From there, head over to System.
- Then go to Software Update.
Users can listen to the audio for a single game at a time and to switch between games using the Apple TV Remote’s swapping feature. You can also listen to the audio for a single game at a time. The update follows a brief beta-testing period and has a build number of 20L563. The device will update automatically within a day or two, depending on the user’s settings.
Multi-view Feature for Apple TV 4K
This is a new feature that allows Apple TV 4K users to watch up to four live sports streams at the same time. It only supports Apple through the Apple TV app on Apple TV 4K that includes Apple’s exclusive MLB Friday Night Baseball matches, or all games streamed as part of the MLS Season pass.
To use this feature, update your Apple TV 4K to the latest version when at least two games are being streamed inside the TV app. The 4×4 grid icon appears in the video player, which you can click on to start a Multi-view session. In the Multi-view Mode, users can arrange a grid of up to four matches that play at the same time, allowing them to easily keep track of multiple concurrent games at once. Hover over a tile to hear that stream’s corresponding audio feed.
Depending on how many streams you have running, the layout of the video tiles changes in two, four, or four-up mode. You can customize the layout to your preference at any time. You can also tap on a tile to expand that game to full screen temporarily. The Multi-view experience is customizable and includes audio control preferences. It is currently only available on Apple TV 4K. It is unclear if Apple plans to make the feature available on other devices in the future.
Update 16.5 is available for HomePod and HomePod Mini. It includes improvements to the reliability of AirPlay Streaming, stability, and a fix for an issue that could cause HomePod to lose its connection to the internet. There is also improved performance of HomePod’s voice assistant and performance improvements. The update will be automatically installed unless the feature is disabled, but users can also install the update manually by following the instructions mentioned below.
- Open the Home app on your mobile device, and then tap on the Home icon that appears in the top-left corner of the app.
- Tap on the name of your HomePod and then tap on Software Update.
- If your device has any updates, you can tap on “Install.”
Once the update is complete, your HomePod will restart.
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