Apple’s iOS 16.5 Update Introduces Pride Wallpaper and Sports Tab in Apple News

On Thursday, Apple released iOS 16.5 and iPadOS 16.5, bringing several bug fixes and new features. The iOS update introduces a new Pride section in the built-in wallpaper editor, while the iPadOS update includes significant visual changes. Apple recently unveiled a set of accessibility features, such as Assistive Access, Live Speech, and Personal Voice, aimed at assisting users with disabilities, which will be rolled out later this year.

Apple's iOS 16.5 Update Introduces Pride Wallpaper and Sports Tab in Apple News

The iOS 16.5 update, identified by the build number 20F66, introduces a new selection of Pride Celebration wallpapers to honor the LGBTQ+ community and culture. These wallpapers are available in light and dark mode variants and feature dynamic animations for a more vibrant appearance. Additionally, the update combines the Following and Search tabs in the Apple News app on iPhone into a single tab. It also adds a Sports tab, allowing users to quickly access relevant sports news, including stories, scores, standings, and more for the teams and leagues they follow. Furthermore, the Sports section in Apple News includes My Sports score and schedule cards, providing direct access to game pages with additional information about specific games.

The iOS 16.5 update addresses issues with Spotlight and Podcasts in CarPlay. It also resolves a bug in Screen Time settings, ensuring synchronization across all Apple devices without resets. The update is available for iPhone 8 and later models.

As for the iPadOS 16.5 update, it does not include the new Pride wallpapers but receives similar updates to the Sports section in the Apple News app. Fixes for Spotlight and Screen Time settings issues are also included for iPad users. The update is compatible with iPad Pro models, iPad Air 3rd generation and later, iPad 5th generation and later, and iPad mini 5th generation and later.

Apple also released the macOS Ventura 13.4 update, which includes the Apple News features and Screen Time settings fixes. Additionally, it addresses issues with Auto Unlock using Apple Watch, Bluetooth keyboard connection, and VoiceOver.

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