Wed. Mar 29th, 2023

Apple iOS 16 is full of bugs and iOS 16.0.1 was limited to iPhone 14 models, so iOS 16.0.2 is the first dedicated bug fix for all iPhone owners. The problem is it’s causing as many problems as it fixes. Here’s everything you need to know.
Tip: bookmark this page because I will keep it up-to-date if/when new problems are found. I will deliver my final verdict in a week.
10/03 Final Verdict Below
Apple iOS 16
Who Is It For?
Apple iOS 16.0.2 has been released for all iOS 16 compatible devices, that’s the iPhone 8 and newer. iOS 16 dropped support for the iPhone 6S and iPhone 7 ranges and iPod Touch.
Apple auto-update delays, so if you have not yet received a notification, it is best to trigger the update manually by navigating to Settings > General > Software Update. If you are running newer beta software (see ‘The Road Ahead’ section at the end), you must unenroll your device before the update appears.
Note: this guide is not focused on older iOS updates, iPadOS or macOS, but I will touch upon pertinent issues in these guides. You can read my iOS 15.7 Upgrade Guide here.
The Deal Breakers
Worryingly, one day after release, iOS 16.0.2 appears to be causing significant problems. These include oversensitive brightness levels, video lag using the Apple HDMI Lightning adapter, login problems and severe touch response issues — including for those who did not have them before. Ironic when the update is specifically meant to fix this issue.
Upgraders are also reporting that the update does not fix the camera shake bug which it was specifically released to address. There are isolated reports of issues with popular apps too, including Halide and Instagram, as well as complaining that most other iOS 16 bugs remain — though that should not be surprising as the update only lists a small number of fixes.
So What Do You Get?
Apple’s iOS 16.0.2 release notes describe the update as providing “bug fixes and important security updates”. The bugs it fixes are as follows:

The first of these has been headline news, causing the iPhone 14 primary camera to shake violently, so the fix was urgent but it does not appear to be successful for everyone. Setup, copy/paste issues and touch response issues were also widely reported — like the camera fix, the latter has not worked for everyone.
iOS 16.0.2 Security
Despite the iOS 16.0.2 release notes saying the update contains “important security updates”, Apple’s official security page states that there are no patches in the release. This is the first time I’ve known iOS release notes to be misleading, so I will continue to monitor the security page for updates.
iOS 16.0.2 release notes do not correspond to the information on Apple’s official security page
Apple iOS 16.0.2 Verdict: A Buggy Release
iOS 16.0.2 appears to introduce as many bugs as it fixes and, considering it contains no security patches, that means it is not essential. My advice would be to update only if you are suffering from any of the five bugs iOS 16.0.2 claims to fix. But for everyone else, there is no reason to risk the additional problems this update may introduce.
As for those still on iOS 15, stay away, iOS 15.7 is significantly more stable.
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10/03 Final Verdict: apologies for the delay in this final verdict, so many iOS 16 bugs are being reported that it is challenging to separate whether they are new or were part of the initial iOS 16 release.
My conclusion is that it is overwhelmingly the latter, and they continue in iOS 16. As such, those already on iOS 16 may a well update with little to lose, but anyone still comfortable on iOS 15, should stay there until iOS 16 stability has substantially improved and battery drain has been reduced.
The Road Ahead
iOS 16.1 is now onto its second beta, and will deliver a number of new features that were finished too late to make it into iOS 16. These include: lock screen customizations, support for Matter accessories, ‘Cleaning Energy Charging’, a battery percentage indicator for the status bar, a new screenshot UI and more. If you want early access to iOS 16 updates, join the Apple Beta Software Program.
That said, I expect iOS 16.0.3 to arrive before iOS 16.1 is released in mid-late October. Apple still has a lot of cleaning up to do.
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