Apple has taken quick action to address multiple actively exploited security issues by releasing iOS 16.5.1, along with iPadOS 16.5.1, macOS Ventura 13.4.1, and watchOS 9.5.2. Although these updates seem to be minor point releases, they include critical security patches that should be installed immediately.
Apple has released iOS 16.5, marking the fifth and final major update for iOS 16 before WWDC and the upcoming reveal of iOS 17 in June. Just as the company did with the previous iPhone software, Apple will continue to provide security updates and bug fixes for iOS 16 this summer and even after the release of iOS 17.
Unlike the iOS 16.4 release, which included many new features, iOS 16.5 provides incremental changes and some important security fixes. Here are the details from Apple's official release notes:
This week Apple released two iOS updates delivering new features, bug fixes, and security enhancements. While iOS 16.4 was widely anticipated, the company also rolled out iOS 15.7.4 to ensure iOS 15 users are protected from the most recently discovered security threats. iPhone owners are strongly encouraged to update to the latest versions of iOS as soon as possible. Navigate to Settings -> General -> Software Update to start the process.
Apple has added Voice Isolation mode to cellular phone calls with iOS 16.4. This means iPhone owners can use this custom Mic Mode in apps such as FaceTime, WhatsApp, Zoom, and now phone calls. Voice Isolation can help eliminate ambient background noise, bringing more emphasis and clarity to words spoken in the foreground. The sound effect can be toggled on or off when in an active call.
This week Apple released the latest iOS update, version 16.3 for all compatible devices. As usual, Apple recommends that all users update their devices to ensure the best performance and security. Each update contains bug fixes and patches for known security flaws, in addition to feature updates and enhancements. When it comes to iOS 16.3 there are several notable changes.