Apple releases iOS 16.5 beta 2 with these new features [U]

iOS 16.5 beta 2 is available to registered developers. This release comes two weeks after the release of the first iOS 16.5 beta, which had a few minor changes. See below for details.

April 12, 2023 Update: Now available to public beta testers.

What& #8217;new in iOS 16.5?

Beta 2 of iOS 16.5 will be available today to registered developer beta testers. Since the update will be released over the air within the next hour, you will be able to install it by going to the Settings app, selecting General, and then selecting Software Update. The build number for today's update is 20F5039e.

As attention begins to shift to iOS 17, which will be unveiled just two months later at WWDC, there aren't many notable changes in iOS 16.5.

iOS 16.5 adds new screen recording commands to Siri that allow you to start or stop screen recording using the virtual assistant. The update also adds a dedicated Sports tab to the Apple News app, which has been very popular among sports fans in the past.

Finally, code found in iOS 16.5 also suggests that Apple is working on a new picture-in-picture feature for the TV app specifically designed to stream multiple sporting events simultaneously. Apple currently offers things like the MLS Season Pass and Friday Night Baseball for live sports. A quad-box picture-in-picture for sports will match the experience offered by other TV streaming services.

Apple will likely release iOS 16.5 to the public sometime in May. A new public beta will be released later this week as the company continues beta testing ahead of this general release.

Other New Apple Betas

In addition to iOS 16.5 beta 2 today, Apple also releasing the following new developer betas:

  • iPadOS 16.5 beta 2
  • watchOS 9.5 beta 2
  • tvOS 16.5 beta 2
  • macOS Ventura 13.4 beta 2

Notice any changes in today's software updates? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter. Stay tuned for our full hands-on coverage of the new releases right here on 9to5Mac today and throughout the rest of the week.

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