iOS 16.7.3 and iPadOS 16.7.3 Released for Older iPhone & iPad Models

Dec 13, 2023 - 5 Comments

iOS 16.7.3 update

iOS 16.7.3 and iPadOS 16.7.3 for iPhone and iPad have been released for users who are not updating to iOS 17.2 or iPadOS 17.2, either because they have not yet updated, are not able to run iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 on their devices, or because they are not interested in doing so.

Specifically, the iOS 16.7.3 and iPadOS 16.7.3 are available for iPhone 8 series and later, iPhone X and later, iPad Pro 1st generation and later, iPad mini 5th gen and later, and iPad 5th gen or later.

The software update includes security fixes and is therefore recommended for all eligible users.

How to Download & Install iOS 16.7.3 / iPadOS 16.7.3

Always backup iPhone or iPad to iCloud, Finder, or a PC before installing updates.

  1. Open the “Settings” app on the iPhone or iPad
  2. Go to “General”
  3. Select “Software Update”
  4. Select to to download and install iOS 16.7.3 or iPadOS 16.7.3 (Note: if you’re avoiding iOS 17 updates, you will need to scroll below that to find the iOS 16.7.3 update)

If you are already running any version of iOS/iPadOS 17, then updates for iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 like this will not be available to you.

You can also update your device using a computer, or by using IPSW files.

iOS 16.7.3 & iPadOS 16.7.3 IPSW Files

  • Updating…

iOS 16.7.3 & iPadOS 16.7.3 Release Notes

Release notes for iOS 16.7.1 and iPadOS 16.7.1 are brief:

This update provides important security updates and is recommended for all users.

Separately, iOS 17.2 for iPhone, iPadOS 17.2 for iPad, macOS Sonoma 14.2 for Mac, MacOS Ventura 13.6.3 and macOS Monterey 12.7.2 for older Macs, and Mac users avoiding Sonoma, tvOS 17.2 for Apple TV, watchOS 10.2 for Apple Watch, and updates for HomePod are also available.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, News


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  1. John PhD says:

    At update section you have to find “more information” or similar like that on the bottom of the update, and at this stage you will find other available updates.

    • Brian Matthews says:

      The only thing I have close to “more information” is “Learn more…”. That just shows a long, dense page with what I assume are all the changes in 17.2. It doesn’t offer 16.7.3. In the description of 17.2 there is a link to the security updates page on Apple’s site, but that doesn’t offer any way to download updates.

  2. Brian Matthews says:

    I have a 2nd gen iPhone SE running 16.7.2, and 16.7.3 isn’t offered, only 17.2. The only thing below the iOS 17.2 announcement and description is Download and Install, which I assume will download and install 17.2.

    • David Nolan says:

      Same here with iPhone 11 and M2 iPad Pro. I haven’t found any mention of this anywhere else so I thought it was just me. Don’t know if it’s a region thing – I’m in the UK.

      • Brian Matthews says:

        Should have mentioned, I’m in the US. Maybe countries starting with “United” don’t get 16.7.3? 😆

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