Apple Releases iOS 16.4 RC Build to Developers and Beta Testers

iOS 16.4 is almost here, folks! Apple has just dropped the RC build for developers and public beta testers, which means we’re one step closer to getting our hands on the final version of this juicy update. But what does RC mean, and what can we expect from iOS 16.4? Let’s dive in!

Allow me to clarify the concept for you. RC, or Release Candidate, refers to the final testing stage prior to an official launch. In this instance, Apple has resolved the majority of concerns and is prepared to release iOS 16.4. Assuming there are no unexpected setbacks (which we hope will not occur), this version will soon be accessible to all users.

And it’s not just iOS 16.4 that got the RC treatment. Apple also released RC builds for iPadOS 16.4, watchOS 9.4, tvOS 16.4, macOS Ventura 13.3, macOS Big Sur 11.7.5, iOS 15.7.4, iPadOS 15.7.4 and macOS Monterey 12.6.4! That’s a lot of updates to look forward to!

iOS 16.4 Release Candidate: The iOS 16.4 RC version boasts an impressive size of approximately 5GB, which is substantial even for Apple’s standards. This update appears to be brimming with enhancements and novel features that promise to elevate the iPhone user experience.

Apple Releases iOS 16.4 RC Build to Developers and Beta Testers

So what are these features and improvements? Well, we don’t know everything yet, but we do know that iOS 16.4 includes all the changes from beta 1 to beta 4, plus some extra goodies that Apple may have added in the last minute.

We got some fresh new emojis (woohoo!), a sleek new Face ID (about time!), some cool redesigned widgets (sick!), some tight privacy settings (sweet!), and loads more!


iOS Version 16.4
Release Type RC (Release Candidate)
Availability To Developers and Public Beta Testers
Release Date March 21, 2023
Other Releases iPadOS 16.4 RC, watchOS 9.4 RC, tvOS 16.4 RC, macOS Ventura 13.3 RC, macOS Big Sur 11.7.5 RC 5, iOS 15.7.4 RC, iPadOS 15.7.4 RC, and macOS Monterey 12.6.4 RC 5
Build Number 20E246
Size Approximately 5GB
Changes Includes changes from beta 1 to 4
Availability to Users Registered Developers and Public Beta Testers
Upgrade Steps Settings > General > Software Update
Pre-upgrade Steps Backup important data, charge phone to 50%

Moreover, for developers and public beta testers eager to stay at the forefront, the RC build can be accessed immediately by navigating to Settings > General > Software Update on your iPhone. Be sure to back up your data and charge your device prior to initiating the update process.

For those who are neither developers nor public beta testers and prefer to await the public release as a regular user (no judgment intended), anticipate the arrival of iOS 16.4 on your iPhone in the near future. We will provide updates on the timeline for this release. What aspects of iOS 16.4 stable release excite you the most? Feel free to share your thoughts on the features you are eager to experience in the comments section below.

Dibyashree Sharma
Dibyashree Sharma
Dibyashree Sharma graduated in Computer Science from NIT Rourkela. For the past eight years, she has been blogging about Android, which she is really passionate about. She has built a good reputation as a reliable source. Away from the digital sphere, Dibyashree enjoys playing tennis, a sport she is as passionate about as she is about technology.

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