Apple is preparing an iOS 16.1.1 update for the iPhone to address bugs and issues experienced by users following the first major update to the iOS 16 operating system two weeks ago, including a persistent Wi-Fi bug that’s been annoying ‌iPhone‌ customers.


MacRumors in the past week has seen signs of running iOS 16.1.1 devices in our website analytics, indicating the update is under testing Apple and could see a launch in the near future. While it’s unclear what the update will include, it’s possible it could fix a widespread and persistent Wi-Fi bug that has impacted users. The bug causes a user’s ‌iPhone‌ to randomly disconnect from Wi-Fi when left on standby, such as overnight or in other situations.

Alongside the fix for the Wi-Fi bug, Apple could address long-standing complaints from users since ‌iOS 16‌’s launch in September, including reports of battery drain, slow Spotlight search, and laggy animations on iPhone 14 Pro models when swiping out of apps. For new features, iOS 16.1.1 could include Emergency SOS via Satellite for iPhone 14 and ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ models.

Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman recently said in his Power On newsletter that Apple is likely to release Emergency SOS via Satellite via a dot-update to ‌iOS 16‌ in November, which could turn out to be iOS 16.1.1. MacRumors has seen no sign of any other iOS 16.1.X update in our analytics at the time of writing. Apple has not yet provided specific information on when Emergency SOS via Satellite will be available to users beyond saying in November.

Apple is currently publicly testing iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 with developers and members of the public beta program. iOS 16.2 is slated to be released in mid-December.

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