iOS 16.5 Now Rolling Out for iPhone 8 and Above; Brings Pride Celebration Wallpaper, Sports Tab in Apple News, and More

Apple is rolling out iOS 16.5, iPadOS 16.5, macOS Ventura 16.4, WatchOS 9.5, and tvOS 16.5.

  • Apple is rolling out iOS 16.5 update for iPhone 8 and above worldwide.
  • The Cupertino-based tech giant is also rolling out the iPadOS 16.5, macOS Ventura 16.4, WatchOS 9.5, and tvOS 16.5.
  • These updates bring Pride Celebration wallpaper, new sports features, and performance fixes for Apple’s range of devices.


iOS 16.5 is finally rolling out to iPhone 8 and above before Apple moves on to iOS 17 to be announced at its WWDC 2023 starting on June 5. The company is expected to announce iOS 17, iPadOS 17, macOS 14, and more at the event. As a prelude to its next generation of operating systems, Apple is now rolling out iOS 16.5, iPadOS 16.5, macOS Venture 16.4, and watchOS 9.5 for its range of devices worldwide. The iOS 16.5 update brings a new Pride section in wallpaper settings, a sports tab in Apple News, and performance improvements, among others. Let’s take a look at the new updates from the tech giant.

iOS 16.5 Brings a New Pride Section in Wallpaper Settings and Sports Features

iOS 16.5 is rolling out to all users with iPhone 8 and above.
iOS 16.5 is rolling out to all users with iPhone 8 and above.

The iOS 16.5 is rolling out to all iPhone users with iPhone 8 and above after around a month of beta testing. This new update brings performance improvements, bug fixes, and several new features. The most talked about addition is the new Pride section in Wallpaper settings. It includes a set of three wallpapers for the home and a lock screen to honour the LGBTQ+ community and culture.

The next big update is the addition of the Sports tab in the Apple news app. This section will give users instant access to stories, scores, standings, and more of their favourite sports. Users can set their preferred teams and leagues, like NBA Playoffs. Apple has also added My Sports score and schedule card, which takes the users directly to the game pages for more up-to-date information about specific games.

Apple has also included bug fixes for unresponsive Spotlight and content not being loaded in the CarPlay Podcasts section. The latest update also fixes the Screen Time issue where settings are not reset or synced correctly across all devices.

How to Install iOS 16.5 update?

The new iOS 16.5 should install automatically on your iPhone if automatic updates are enabled. If not, you can manually update by following the below steps.

  1. Go to Settings on your iPhone.
  2. Scroll down to General and tap on it.
  3. Tap on Software Update.
  4. If available, you should see the prompt for iOS 16.5 right away.
  5. Click on Download and Install to install the latest update.

List of iPhones Compatible With iOS 16.5

The iOS 16.5 update is rolling out to all iPhones above iPhone 8. Below is the complete list of the iPhones supporting the latest update.

  1. iPhone 8
  2. iPhone 8 Plus
  3. iPhone X
  4. iPhone XR
  5. iPhone XS
  6. iPhone XS Max
  7. iPhone 11
  8. iPhone 11 Pro
  9. iPhone 11 Pro Max
  10. iPhone SE 2
  11. iPhone 12 mini
  12. iPhone 12
  13. iPhone 12 Pro
  14. iPhone 12 Pro Max
  15. iPhone 13 mini
  16. iPhone 13
  17. iPhone 13 Pro
  18. iPhone 13 Pro Max
  19. iPhone SE 3
  20. iPhone 14
  21. iPhone 14 Plus
  22. iPhone 14 Pro
  23. iPhone 14 Pro Max

iPadOS 16.5, macOS Ventura 16.4, WatchOS 9.5, and tvOS 16.5 Also Rolling Out

Apple is also rolling out the latest updates for its iPads, Macs, and Apple Watch. The iPadOS 16.5 brings the same Pride Celebration wallpapers, sports tab, and bug fixes for iPad Mini 5th generation and above.

The macOS Ventura 16.4 is rolling out to users of MacBook Pro 2017 and above. It brings sports feed in the sidebar of Apple News along with My Sports score and schedule cards. The update fixes issues like auto-unlock with Apple Watch not working, slow Bluetooth keyboard connectivity after restarting, Screen Time settings issue, and more.

The WatchOS 9.5 also brings a new Pride Celebration to watch face to honour the LGBTQ+ community and culture. The new Pride Celebration wallpaper will match the 2023 Pride Band launching later this month. The update also brings unspecified bug fixes.

Lastly, the tvOS 16.5 is available now for all compatible Apple TV models. It brings a multi-view sports feature, letting users stream four games simultaneously through a four-quadrant screen layout. This feature supports MLB Friday Night Baseball games and MLS Season Pass matches. Apple has also stated performance and stability improvements in the changelog without further details.