iOS 16.1.1 tipped to launch soon to fix this major Wi-Fi bug

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iOS 16 has been out since September — in fact, we're already up to iOS 16.1 with iOS 16.2 likely arriving next month. But before then, it seems as if Apple has another update in the works for its iPhone software.

According to MacRumors, devices with iOS 16.1.1 are already popping up based on an analysis of its own website traffic and what devices are accessing the site. That would indicate devices running a beta of iOS 16.1.1, with the actual update coming in the near future.

So what could iOS 16.1.1 contain? With bigger features like the launch of the Freeform collaboration app and Live Activities enhancements slated for iOS 16.2, the likely purposes of iOS 16.1.1 is bug fixes, with one bug in particular in the update's sights.

iOS 16 bugs: What iOS 16.1.1 could fix 

While iOS 16 has generally been well-received, the software update has had its share of bugs. The initial iOS 16.1 update took care of a frustrating copy-paste bug, while some users are still waiting on Apple to come up with a solution to a battery drain bug seemingly tied to iOS 16's haptic keyboard.

There’s also a Wi-Fi bug that MacRumors reported back in late October, which may have been a part of the iOS 16.1 update. Users reported that their iPhones would randomly disconnect from their wireless network throughout the day. 

So hopefully iOS 16.1.1 brings a fix for those and other annoyances that some iPhone users are reporting. It's possible that iPhone 14-specific features could also be turned on in the update — namely iPhone 14 Emergency SOS via Satellite.

That feature, which is coming to all four iPhone 14 models, lets iPhone users send emergency text messages over satellite when they're otherwise out of reach of cellular networks. Emergency SOS via Satellite has been tipped for a November 2022 launch, which is why it could be a part of iOS 16.1.1. The iOS 16.2 update is likely coming in mid-December, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.

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Malcolm McMillan
A/V, AI and VR Writer

Malcolm McMillan is a staff writer for Tom's Guide, writing about the latest in tech, gaming and entertainment with a particular focus on artificial intelligence (AI) and AI-based tools like ChatGPT. He has written up much of our coverage on the latest AI tools including ChatGPT, the new GPT-powered Bing and Google Bard. He also covers A/V tech such as televisions, soundbars and more, in addition to covering VR headsets from the Meta Quest 3 to the PS VR2.

Before writing for Tom's Guide, Malcolm worked as a fantasy football analyst writing for several sites and also had a brief stint working for Microsoft selling laptops, Xbox products and even the ill-fated Windows phone. He is passionate about video games and sports, though both cause him to yell at the TV frequently. He proudly sports many tattoos, including an Arsenal tattoo, in honor of the team that causes him to yell at the TV the most.