iOS 16.7.1 Released for iPhones & iPads Not Running iOS 17
Apple has released iOS 16.7.1 and iPadOS 16.7.1 for iPhone and iPad users who are not running iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 on their respective devices.
For most users, the 16.7.1 update will be available on an older device that doesn’t support the 17 versions of iOS/iPadOS, which includes iPhone 8 series, iPhone X, iPad Pro 1st generations, and iPad 5th gen. However, the update is technically available for anyone who hasn’t yet updated to iOS 17 or iPadOS 17 as well.
The small software update includes security fixes and does not come with any new features. If you’re seeking new features, then updating to iOS 17 or iPadOS 17 is the way to go, unless of course your device does not support those system software releases.
How to Download & Install iOS 16.7.1 / iPadOS 16.7.1
First, backup your iPhone or iPad to iCloud, Finder, or a PC. Installing the update is simple otherwise:
- Open the “Settings” app on iPhone or iPad
- Go to “General”
- Go to “Software Update”
- Choose to download and install the update for iOS 16.7.1 / iPadOS 16.7.1 (note you may need to scroll down below the iOS 17/iPadOS 17 update to see this, especially if you’re avoiding those versions for whatever reason)
Note: If you are currently running iOS 17.x or ipadOS 17.x, you will not find the iOS 16.7.1 updates available.
As always, the iPhone or iPad must restart to complete installation of the software update.
You can also update your device using a computer, or by using IPSW files.
iOS 16.7.1 / iPadOS 16.7.1 IPSW Files
iOS 16.7.1 / iPadOS 16.7.1 Release Notes
Release notes with iOS 16.7.1 and iPadOS 16.7.1 are typically short:
This update provides important security updates and is recommended for all users.
For newer iPhone and iPad devices, the iOS 17.0.3 and iPadOS 17.0.3 update is available, which includes a fix for overheating devices.