Apple launched its iOS 16.1 Beta 1 earlier today, introducing new features like Live Activities, faster Home screen wallpaper changes, and more. Unfortunately, it looks like a pretty big glitch has also been introduced. There have been reports on social media that the latest beta update breaks the software update mechanism found in iOS and iPadOS, meaning that for those users it may not be possible to update. to a newer iOS version without jumping through a few hoops.
Currently, we don’t know what is causing the issue or its extent, but the issue was discovered after performing the Beta 1 update on our own devices. Looking online, it seems others are having this issue as well. Unfortunately, restarting the device does not fix the problem, and at this point it is unclear what is causing the problem. While this could be an issue with the update itself, it could be a server-side issue that Apple can fix without users experiencing any issues. Fortunately, the watchOS 9.1 beta update is unaffected.
If you’re someone who likes experimenting with beta versions of iOS and iPadOS, it might be worth the wait for now. It’s unclear how long this problem might last or what the potential remedies might involve. If it’s something that can be fixed on the server side, it shouldn’t cause much trouble, but if it requires an update through iTunes, it may be difficult for some people. For now, it is better to wait and be patient. We’ve reached out to Apple for comment, and we’ll be sure to update you if we hear more.