iOS 16.5 Features: Everything New in iOS 16.5

Apple today released iOS 16.5, the fifth major update to the iOS 16 operating system. iOS 16.5 is not as notable as some of the prior updates that we have seen, but there are some important bug fixes and feature additions.

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This guide highlights all of the new features in the iOS 16.5 update.

Sports Tab in Apple News

Apple added a dedicated Sports tab in Apple News, providing sports fans with quick access to stories, scores, standings, and other information. ‌Apple News‌ users can select their favorite teams and leagues to get personalized news.

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Tapping on sports score and schedule cards in ‌Apple News‌ now goes directly to game pages populated with additional information about specific games.

Pride Collection Wallpaper

To go along with the new 2023 Pride Apple Watch Band and watch face, Apple has designed a Pride Celebration Lock Screen that is available in the iOS 16.5 update.

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Bug Fixes

There are a number of bug fixes in the iOS 16.5 update, including fixes for Spotlight, Screen Time, and Podcasts.

  • Fixes an issue where Spotlight may become unresponsive
  • Addresses an issue where Podcasts in CarPlay may not load content
  • Fixes an issue where Screen Time settings may reset or not sync across all devices

Security Fixes

According to Apple's security support documents for iOS, the iOS 16.5 and iPadOS 16.5 updates fix a long list of vulnerabilities, including three security flaws that were known to be actively exploited. Two of these issues were addressed in the prior iOS 16.4.1 and iPadOS 16.4.1 Rapid Security Response updates and are not an issue if you were running iOS 16.4.1 (a), but a third vulnerability is still active until you install the new software.

The WebKit security flaw could allow an attacker to break out of the Web Content sandbox, an issue that Apple fixed with improved bounds checks. Apple says that it is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited. The other two WebKit vulnerabilities were related to processing maliciously crafted web content that could allow for the disclosure of sensitive information or arbitrary code execution.

Other Features

Know of an iOS 16.5 feature that we left out of this guide? Let us know in the comments below.

Related Roundups: iOS 16, iPadOS 16
Related Forum: iOS 16

Top Rated Comments

Rocko99991 Avatar
4 weeks ago
Those wallpapers are hideous.
Score: 38 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JonBOY26 Avatar
4 weeks ago
Users: "Apple, please stop adding new features and focus on fixing bugs!"

Apple: "here's some pride wallpapers"
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Baritone_Guy Avatar
4 weeks ago
Obligatory, why do we need an OS update for a Sports Tab and some wallpapers. I get it for the security stuff, but relying on an OS update to update apps is so old school.

Come on Apple.
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
4 weeks ago
The Weather Widget is still not fixed.

* The widget is reporting: Thunderstorm ⛈️
* When you open the weather app, it’s reporting: Mostly Sunny. ?️

Which one is correct? Frustrating and unreliable! At least iOS 16.5 got the temperature right. ??‍♀️

See below: ?

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Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mnsportsgeek Avatar
4 weeks ago
So ridiculous that in the year 2023 a software update is needed to push new wallpapers.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sjsharksfan12 Avatar
4 weeks ago
I still don't think I understand how to use the Wallpapers on IOS. I want to change the wallpaper and it gives me an entirely new home screen where I have to place the widgets again. I'm kinda getting frustrated by it.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)