iOS 16.6.1 Issues, Security Fixes, Features, Problems & More

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Posted in News by Patricia on September 14, 2023

iOS 16.6.1 update

iOS 16.6.1 update has been released by Apple to fix security vulnerabilities which could lead to arbitrary code execution. Everyone is encourage to update even though we’re only a couple of days away from the official release of iOS 17!

iOS 16.6.1 Issues

No OS is perfect and neither is this version. Below you can find bugs and problems reported by users for this release:

  • 1. Passcode & Face ID not working after update for Rasa. (Looks like an isolated case. Are you experiencing the same?)
  • 2. Battery Health dropped for several users including Hitesh. Calibrations should be done after every update but some users speculate that this is the last update before iOS 17 and thus Apple trying to influence customers to upgrade. Are you experiencing the same?
  • 3. Data recovery mode during 16.6.1 update for Kombornia.
    Fix: Just be patient it will fix itself!
  • 4. Spotlight search issue causes the bar to fly around the screen when enabled from Home Screen. Reported by RoyalBaroque.
  • 5. To be updated!

iOS 16.6.1 Security Fixes

ios 16.6.1 security fixes

Apple has fixed in this update vulnerabilities regarding malicious crafted images and attachments that could lead to arbitrary code execution in ImageIO and Wallet.

Flaws have been patched by improving memory handling and logic. More details can be found in Apple’s security document.

iOS 16.6.1 Bugs Fixed

Issues reported for the previous version are listed below. Please help us determine if they’ve been addressed or not. Use the comments!

  • 1. iPhone lagging and overheating after update. [Status: Fixed / Not Fixed]
    Fix: Reboot device.
  • 2. AirDrop sound cannot be changed in Settings -> Sound & Haptics. AirDrop missing from sounds is an older iOS 16 bug. Reported by this Reddit user. [Status: Fixed / Not Fixed]
  • 3. CarPlay connect automation triggers an error message in Shortcuts. Reported by getridofwires. [Status: Fixed / Not Fixed]
  • 4. Next/Previous buttons not working in CarPlay most of the time. Reported by sambooka. (Toyota RAV 4) [Status: Fixed / Not Fixed]
  • 5. Wired headset not working anymore after iOS 16.6 update for this Reddit user. [Status: Fixed / Not Fixed]
    Workaround: Try restarting your device.
  • 6. Location services not working properly for some users. Apple Maps shows current location when connected to WiFi and Google Maps freezes randomly during navigation. Reported by mconk.[Status: Fixed / Not Fixed]
  • 7. Battery drain bug seems to be fixed for the majority of users. However, there are still isolated cases complaining about battery problems. [Status: Fixed / Not Fixed]
  • 8. Mail app blank while reading an email? Reported by BigMasterDingdong. [Status: Fixed / Not Fixed]

iOS 16.6.1 Features

According to the release notes, this update focuses on security fixes. It’s unlikely for Apple to include new features towards the end of the iOS 16 updates cycle.

If users do notice changes, we will track them here:

  • 1. To be updated. (Contribute in the comments!)

iOS 16.6.1 Update

iOS 16.6.1 update

  • 1. This update is available, over-the-air in Settings -> General -> Software Update on iPhone 8 and later models.
  • 2. Tap Download and Install and be patient until the update is requested, downloaded, prepared, verified and installed on your device.
  • 3. iPhone reboots when installation is finished.

iOS 16.6.1 Not Available?

If your iPhone already runs the iOS 17 beta, version 16.6.1 won’t show up even if you have beta updates turned off in Settings.

Have you installed iOS 16.6.1 on your iPhone or iPad? How does it feell? Are you still experiencing bugs and issues? Share your feedback in the comments!

Related: Apple has also released iPadOS 16.6.1, macOS Ventura 13.5.2 and watchOS 9.6.2.

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