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When did iOS 16 come out?

iOS 16 has been great, but when was it originally released?

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Quick Answer: During its Sept 7, 2022 Event, Apple revealed that the release date for iOS 16 was September 12, 2022.

In early June 2022, Apple held its annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). As part of the conference’s opening ceremony, the company revealed its next iPhone operating system, iOS 16.

iOS 16 includes a bunch of upgrades for the iPhone. For one, users are finally able to customize their lock screens.

The updated operating system also brought a new buy now, pay later system, and more ways to share and edit Photos. So when did iOS 16 make its way to iPhones?

iOS 16 release date – here’s what to know

Short answer: September 12, 2022

The official release date for iOS 16 was September 12, 2022. The release of the new OS coincided with the release of the new iPhone at the time, the iPhone 14.

Since its release, iOS 16 has seen several updates. The current build is 16.3, launched on January 23, 2023, and it added security keys for Apple IDs and other features.

READ MORE: iOS 16 is on the way, but not for all iPhones – here’s how to check

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Mockup of the iPhone 14 (Image: Unbox Therapy)

The release window for iOS 16 was on par with what Apple typically does with new OS versions. New operating systems typically come out alongside the release of the latest iPhone.

READ MORE: How to use emojis as your lock screen background in iOS 16

Now that it is 2023, we expect an announcement for iOS 17 to come alongside the iPhone 15 in the fall.

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Staff writer at KnowTechie. Alex has two years of experience covering all things technology, from video games to electric cars. He's a gamer at heart, with a passion for first-person shooters and expansive RPGs. Shoot him an email at

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