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iOS 16.5 released – Sports, Pride, and bug fixes aplenty

It’s just a few weeks until Apple unveils iOS 17 at WWDC, but that doesn’t mean iOS 16 is being neglected in the meantime. Apple has released its latest update, iOS 16.5, which brings a few notable changes.

While there aren’t any huge new features to speak of, we do get some minor updates sure to please sports fans and anyone celebrating Pride this year. As usual, there are a suite of bug fixes and security improvements too, so it’s worth updating as soon as you can.

Pride theme

Apple has designed a new rainbow wallpaper to celebrate the upcoming Pride month. Head to Settings > Add New Wallpaper and you’ll find it in the Pride section.

My Sports

Apple has improved its sports reporting in the News app, adding a dedicated Sports tab for quick access. As before, you can tell the app which sports and teams you care about, and this section will populate with personalized news and live scores. You’ll also see more detailed information when you tap on a match.


There are also some pretty hefty security holes plugged that make this update worthwhile all on their own. Two of these vulnerabilities were addressed in a Rapid Security Response update to iOS 16.4.1, but another flaw has since been discovered. Apple doesn’t tend to go into too much detail here for fear of tipping off bad actors to vulnerabilities, but it sounds as though WebKit could be affected which is not a good thing.

What else?

As ever, there are various bug fixes that should improve the user experience for many people. This time Apple has squashed bugs in Spotlight, CarPlay, and Screen Time.

How to install iOS 16.5

You can update by following the prompts in Settings > General > Software Update. Trigging the process manually is usually the fastest way to get the latest updates – automatic updates are staggered and sometimes don’t kick in for over a week after a new update drops.