Apple is preparing an update to iOS 16.1.1 for the iPhone to address bugs and issues experienced by users after the first major update to the iOS 16 operating system two weeks ago, including a persistent Wi-Fi bug that has been bothering ‌iPhone‌ customers.

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MacRumors in the past week you’ve seen signs of devices running iOS 16.1.1 in our website analytics, indicating that Apple is testing the update and could see a release in the near future. While it’s not clear what the update will include, it may be able to fix a widespread and persistent Wi-Fi error that has impacted users. The bug causes a user’s ‌iPhone‌ to randomly disconnect from Wi-Fi when left in standby mode, such as overnight or in other situations.

Along with the Wi-Fi bug fix, Apple could address long-standing user complaints since the release of ‌iOS 16‌ in September, including reports of battery drain, slow Spotlight search, and slow animations in iPhone 14 Pro models by swiping out of apps. For new features, iOS 16.1.1 could include Emergency SOS via satellite for iPhone 14 and ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ models.

Bloomberg‘s gurman brand recently said in its Power On newsletter that Apple is likely to release Emergency SOS via satellite via a point update for ‌iOS 16‌ in November, which could turn out to be iOS 16.1.1. MacRumors has seen no sign of any other iOS 16.1.X updates in our review at the time of writing. Apple hasn’t yet provided specific information on when Emergency SOS via satellite will be available to users other than to say November.

Apple is currently publicly testing iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 with developers and members of the public beta program. iOS 16.2 is scheduled to be released in mid december.

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