iOS 16 Overview

The iOS 16 operating system for the iPhone was previewed by Apple in June 2022. Widget-enabled Lock Screens that can be customized, the option to edit and delete messages, enhanced Focus modes, an iCloud Shared Photos Library for families, significant updates to applications like Mail, Home, and Wallet, and much more are all included in iOS 16.

IOS 16 completely redesigns the Lock Screen. With numerous settings for widgets, fonts, a multilayered effect for photos, and moving backgrounds, the new Lock Screen design is incredibly configurable. Users may design a variety of Lock Screens that are connected to focus modes.

To be less intrusive, notifications now roll up from the bottom of the screen. Live Activities enable users to follow ongoing activities, such a workout or a sporting event, in real-time from the Lock Screen. Focus modes have been upgraded with Focus filters, a simpler setup, connection to unique Apple Watch faces and Lock Screens, and additional configuration choices.

With the ability to edit or delete messages, designate messages as unread, and begin a Share Play session, the Messages app has undergone substantial upgrades. FaceTime calls may now be smoothly transferred from one device to another, and a brand-new freeform software offers a platform for teamwork on a virtual whiteboard.

There are new tools to schedule emails, stop delivery, and get follow-up reminders in the Mail app, and Search has been totally redesigned.

The Fitness app is now accessible to users without an Apple Watch, while the Health app also has additional tools for medications. Additionally completely revamped and reengineered is the Home app, and passkeys and shared tab groups are now available in Safari.

New sorting options are available in Notes and Reminders, multi-stop routing and improved transit card integration are added to the Maps app, and sports-specific features are included in the News app. Along with enhancements to photo editing, albums, and Memories, iCloud Shared Photo Library offers a practical method to share a collection of pictures with family members.

While the Wallet app now offers additional features to track deliveries and transactions, authenticate using digital ID, and distribute digital key cards, Apple Pay Later is a new option to pay for Apple Pay goods in fee-free installments. Live Text, Visual Look Up, Dictation, Siri shortcuts, Spatial Audio, and other features have also seen significant enhancements.

The iPhone 8 and later are compatible with iOS 16. Developers and public beta testers can presently access a beta version of the upgrade. The formal release of iOS 16 is scheduled for the autumn, most likely in September.

How to Download and Install iOS 16?

In order to give Apple enough time to polish the upgrade, fix any flaws, and allow developers to prepare their apps, iOS 16 is presently in beta testing. Developers and public beta testers with eligible devices may now download iOS 16

It won’t be until later this year that the upgrade will be publicly accessible. Any eligible iPhone will be able to easily update to iOS 16 in the Software Update section of the Settings app once it is officially launched in the autumn, perhaps in September.

Latest Version

Apple has seeded two beta versions of iOS 16 to the general public and four beta versions to developers.

The Live Activities API was supported, new wallpapers were introduced to the Home app, time options for undoing send were added to the Mail app, the Lock Screen notification settings and customization interface were improved, new Car Play backgrounds were added, and more in beta four.

Lockdown Mode, additional Lock Screen time font options, Lock Screen Calendar widget privacy, a new “Include Due Today” option for the Reminders app, improvements to the Earth Lock Screen wallpaper, an improved iOS version interface, a Clownfish wallpaper option, a new splash screen for iCloud+, support for virtual cards in Safari, and more were all added in beta three.

The second developer beta enhanced wallpaper personalization, added a location dot to the Astronomy wallpaper, offered a “Save to Quick Note” option when saving screenshots, made it simpler to delete customized Lock Screens, and included new Health Kit APIs, and more.

Screen Lock Redesign

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With widgets, personalization choices, a new position and animation for alerts, and a new system for in-the-moment “Live Activities,” iOS 16 totally redesigns the iPhone’s Lock Screen.

Customizing the Lock Screen

Users of iOS 16 may effortlessly switch between their several personalized Lock Screens by holding down and swiping while swiping.

The topic may be placed in front of the clock by selecting a new multilayered effect for wallpapers, and users can alter the appearance of the date and typography with a variety of typefaces and color schemes. A new collection offers ideas for making personal Lock Screens, including live weather wallpapers, animated Earth, moon, and solar system views, emoji’s, eye-catching backgrounds, and picture recommendations.

The Lock Screen now includes widgets modeled after the complexities on the Apple Watch, giving quick access to data on the calendar, weather, battery life, alarms, time zones, and Activity ring progress. The Widget Kit API allows developers to produce widgets for their own applications.

Notifications

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In iOS 16, notifications are redesigned to roll up from the bottom of the screen, ensuring that users can simply peek at them while maintaining a clear view of their customized Lock Screen. Users may choose to display alerts on the Lock Screen in a count view, stacked view, or extended list view, and they can modify the layout in-context by pinching.

Live Activities

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Using the Lock Screen, users can now access the new Live Activities feature, which makes it easier to keep track of activities that are happening in real-time, such as a sports event, workout, ride-share, or food delivery order. Live Activities are represented by a persistent card at the bottom of the Lock Screen that appears while the activity is in progress.

A Better Focus Mode

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With iOS 15, focus modes were first introduced, and they have since been improved and expanded upon in iOS 16, pads 16, watches 9, and macros Ventura. Each Focus mode now has a connected Lock Screen to go along with the updated customizable Lock Screen in iOS 16. iPhone users may now slide between Lock Screens to activate a corresponding Focus in addition to all of the previously available ways to do so, such as via Control Center or through automations.

When establishing a Focus mode, iOS 16 recommends Home Button and Lock Screen layouts with pertinent applications, wallpapers, and widgets, and users may directly link an Apple Watch face to a particular Focus. A unique setup experience has been added to each choice, which has eased the process of configuring Focus modes.

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Focus filters are one of iOS 16’s most significant Focuses improvements. With the use of focus filters, users may create boundaries within applications like Calendar, Mail, Messages, and Safari to limit the display of material to only that which is pertinent, such as a certain Tab Group in Safari, a collection of calendars in the Calendar app, or email accounts in Mail. Developers may integrate this capability and adjust content based on a user’s current Focus using a new Focus filter API.

Additionally, there are more customizable settings inside Focus modes, including a new capability to quiet notifications from both individuals and applications. This essentially adds the ability to omit notifications as opposed to only allowing them, as was the case in iOS 15, which only allows them.

Communications for Collaboration

Messages

In iOS 16, users may retrieve recently deleted messages for up to 30 days, modify or recall recently sent messages up to 15 minutes after sending them and mark conversations as unread to return to them at a later time.

The Quick Tap bar now displays a contact picture when contact is mentioned in the Messages app. With a dedicated Messages app, Apple has also revamped the voice messaging experience.

Collaboration invites simplify working on a collaborative project in Messages by immediately adding all thread participants to a document, spreadsheet, or project and displaying any revisions with activity updates just at top of a Messages thread. Thanks to the Messages Collaboration API, the functionality works with third-party applications as well as Files, Keynote, Numbers, Pages, Notes, and Safari.

With the addition of Share Play in iOS 16, users of the Messages app may now share playback controls and watch or listen to synchronized media, like as music or movies, while conversing. Additionally, a new Shared with You API enables programmers to incorporate a Shared with You section into applications created by other people.

FaceTime

FaceTime may now easily transfer calls from an iPhone to a Mac or iPad, and the other way around. Bluetooth headsets that are paired with the new device switch over to it simultaneously when calls are transferred.

Users of FaceTime with Live Captions may simply follow along with group chats by viewing automatically transcribed dialogue in FaceTime calls with speaker attribution.

Users are able to access Share Play-compatible apps from the FaceTime interface and can check which of their apps utilize the service. During a FaceTime conversation that is already in progress, users can also hit the Share button to begin working with other call participants in compatible third-party applications including Files, Keynote, Numbers, Pages, Notes, and Reminders.

Freeform

A brand-new tool called Freeform provides a versatile canvas for brainstorming, gathering resources, and outlining new projects. Anywhere on the canvas is available for writing or drawing, and users may pick and reposition text and images as necessary. Users may include PDFs, documents, web links, video, music, photos, and more with inline previews thanks to comprehensive multimedia support.

Users may see the contributions of others as they post information and edit it in real-time collaboration. Freeform makes use of the Messages Collaboration API to display updates from collaborators in Messages discussions, and users may start a FaceTime session right from the app.

Mail

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Now, users may schedule emails in advance and can stop a message from being delivered up to ten seconds before it enters the inbox of the receiver. With the help of Remind Later, users have the option to have a message reappear at any time and date after forgetting to add an essential component, such as an attachment. Mail can identify when this happens. In addition to adding depth and information with rich links, follow-up ideas automatically remind users to follow up on emails if they have not heard back.

With the introduction of iOS 16, the search functionality of the Mail app also receives a big update that uses cutting-edge methods to produce more pertinent, precise, and comprehensive results. The instant users start looking for emails, they see recent emails, contacts, documents, and links. Automatically catching errors and substituting search phrases with others boost search results as well.

Camera and Images

The iPhone 13 models’ Portrait mode enables you to blur foreground subjects for a photograph’s background to seem deeper in focus. On the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, the depth-of-field effect is more precise when shooting films in Cinematic mode from profile angles and around the edges of objects like hair and spectacles.

Pictures App

With the new duplicate detection tool in the Photos app, duplicate images in albums may be swiftly found and removed from libraries. Users may undo and redo several edit stages, and they can duplicate the modifications made to one photo and paste them onto another photo or a group of photographs.

People in the People album may be sorted alphabetically, and the Hidden and Recently Deleted albums can be locked by default and opened using Face ID, Touch ID, or a passcode.

Users may touch to restart a video that is now playing in a Memory and play it from the beginning while the music is still playing. The ability to prevent Memories and Featured Photos from displaying in Photos and in the Photos widget, as well as new memory kinds like This Day in History and kids playing, are also included.

Library of Shared Photos on iCloud

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Up to six family members can share images in a single iCloud library with the help of iCloud Shared Photo Library. The shared photographs or videos can be added, removed, edited, or favorited by any user in the shared photo library. These shared photos or videos will then show up in each user’s memories and featured photos.

Users may choose to share pre-existing photographs from their personal collections, share depending on a start date, or just share the persons in the photos using smart setup criteria. A new button in the Camera app allows users to select whether or not to automatically submit photographs to the Shared Library, and the Photos app’s intelligent suggestions encourage users to upload photos of themselves with other people to the Shared Photo Library.

Apple Pay and Wallet

Tracking Apple Pay Orders

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Users may get comprehensive receipts and order tracking information for Apple Pay purchases made at eligible merchants directly in the Wallet app thanks to Apple Pay Order Tracking.

Digital IDs and keys

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In iOS 16, the Wallet app now supports more keys and IDs. For applications that need identification and age verification, users can utilize their ID in Wallet. For optimal security and privacy, the user only gives the app the information required for the transaction, and they may check it and provide their authorization to share it using Face ID or Touch ID.

Users may also safely share their house, hotel, business, and automobile keys stored in Wallet via messaging applications like Messages, Mail, WhatsApp, and others. The Wallet app makes it simple to handle important permissions.

Late Apple Pay

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Users in the US have the option to split an Apple Pay purchase into four equal payments over the course of six weeks using Apple Pay Later, which carries no fees or interest. Users may simply track and recoup Apple Pay Later payments through the Wallet app, which is integrated with Apple Pay Later. Users may download the Wallet app or apply for Apple Pay Later while paying with Apple Pay. Everywhere that MasterCard is accepted online or with an app, Apple Pay Later is accessible.

Home

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Improvements to the underlying architecture provide customers with more efficient and reliable control of their smart home, especially for houses with a lot of smart accessories. The Home app in iOS 16 makes it simpler for users to explore, organize, see, and control their accessories.

In the revamped Home tab, users can see their complete house at a glance. Favorite accessories are more easily accessible thanks to the integration of rooms and favorite accessories into the app’s main page. Quick access to all the necessary accessories arranged by room is provided by the categories for Lights, Climate, Security, Speakers and TVs, and Water, along with additional in-depth status information.

In the Home tab, up to four camera views are prominently displayed, and you may access more camera views by swiping. Redesigned accessory tiles make the various accessories easier to distinguish visually through form and color. By touching the tile’s symbol, accessories may be managed straight from their tiles, or you can tap the accessory name for more specific options. You can now check the status of your house and easily access your preferred accessories from the iPhone Lock Screen thanks to new widgets.

When the Matter smart home connectivity standard is released later this autumn, a later software update for iOS 16 will include compatibility for it, allowing a wide range of accessories to function together smoothly across platforms. The Home app and Siri on Apple devices will be able to operate even more compatible smart home products thanks to Matter.

Physical Fitness and Health

Fitness

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Even those without an Apple Watch may use the Fitness app on their iPhones thanks to iOS 16. Users of iPhones may create a daily Move goal in the Fitness app and track how their active calories contribute to the closure of their Move ring. The motion sensors in the iPhone may measure a user’s movement toward their daily Move goal by tracking their steps, distance travelled, flights climbed, and exercises using third-party applications. Users may also encourage their friends by sharing their Move ring with them.

Apple Fitness+ routines now have their own awards in iOS 16, giving consumers a new opportunity to recognize their accomplishments. The new rewards are distinguishable by their distinctive form and are related to particular Fitness+ exercises and categories.

There are awards for completing milestone numbers of Fitness+ workouts, both in terms of total workouts across categories and individual categories, Fitness+ workout streaks, and best workouts for individual categories, as well as awards for the first time a new Fitness+ workout category is completed. It is not yet known how many Fitness+ awards are up for grabs.

The awards are accessible retroactively for completed Fitness+ exercises that have satisfied an award’s requirements; however, users could not view the new awards until they have finished their subsequent Fitness+ session before they appear on their devices.

Apple has added new benchmark awards for running distances starting at five kilometers in addition to the new Fitness+ awards.

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Health

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With the addition of Prescriptions to the Health app, users can now easily create and manage a list of their medications, set up schedules and reminders, and log and monitor their prescription drugs, vitamins, and supplements using unique visualizations. Interactive charts provide users with insight into medication adherence and assist them to realize when they’ve taken their pills.

Users may add medications and learn about them in the United States by merely pointing their iPhone camera at a label. Additional context is provided by educational materials regarding pharmaceuticals, such as how to pronounce a drug’s name, its intended usage, its mechanism of action, and any potential adverse effects. If a user adds any additional medications, the Health app can send warnings if there is a crucial interaction between those medications. In the Health app, users may review negative, grave, and mild encounters.

Users may also simply produce a PDF of the accessible health records from affiliated medical facilities and share their Health data with friends and family straight from the Health app.

Reminders and Notes

iOS 16 brings a few minor enhancements to Notes and Reminders, including the option to filter for some or all of the criteria in a Smart Folder, Custom Smart List, or the Tag Browser.

Notes

With iOS16, Quick Note is available on the iPhone. From the share menu or Control Center, you may write a Quick Note in any app. Now, locked notes may be protected using the iPhone’s password, and sharing notes through a link is easier.

For ease of reference in the list and gallery views, notes are organized chronologically into categories like Today and Yesterday. With the use of powerful new filters, including as those for Date Created, Date Modified, Shared, Mentions, Checklists, Attachments, Folder, Quick Notes, Pinned Notes, and Locked notes, users may automatically arrange notes using enhanced smart folders.

Reminders

To make it easier for users to access their favorite lists, Reminders now has pinned lists. It is simpler to see and create reminders when grouping is done using time and date. The Morning, Afternoon, and Tonight categories have been added to the Today list to better organize the day. New week and month categories have been added to the Scheduled list to aid with long-term organizing. Users may now tap a group to get a combined view of the lists and reminders it includes thanks to improved list groups, and a new completed section gives information on when activities were finished.

Reminders may be enhanced with the addition of bullets, underlined, bold, or struck-through text, and deeper annotations. Users can store lists as templates to utilize them later. Through a URL, templates may be shared and downloaded. Receiving alerts when tasks are added to or finished in shared lists is another new feature added to Reminders.

News

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The new “My Sports” area in Apple News makes it simple to follow your favorite teams and leagues, get news from hundreds of the industry’s leading publications, access standings for the biggest professional and collegiate leagues, view highlights in the News app, and keep up with Live Activities.

Local city and top newspapers with home pages provide users with more in-depth coverage. More markets now offer local news, which users may locate in the Today widget and Top Stories. With a resizable Favorites group in the Today stream, it is easier to quickly reach favorite channels and subjects.

Maps

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With the new multi-stop routing function in Apple Maps, users can now schedule up to 15 stops in advance and have their routes immediately sync from a Mac to an iPhone. Riders may monitor the cost of their trip, add transit cards to Wallet, check card balances, and reload transit cards all without leaving the Maps app thanks to the addition of transit updates.

Safari

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Start pages for Safari Tab Groups are available in Safari IOS 16 and feature customized background pictures, favorite tabs, and pinned tabs. Additionally, Safari gets Shared Tab Groups, which make it simple to add tabs and see what other people are watching while sharing a group of websites with friends and family.

Developers now have access to new web extension APIs, and extensions now sync preferences for particular websites as well as between Apple devices. Live Text translation of text in web pages and photos is now supported in iOS 16 as well. Users can modify the secure passwords Safari suggests to meet the criteria of a particular website. In 2023, web-push notifications will be supported.

Passkeys

With passkeys, which are distinct digital keys that are simple to use and remain on the device for optimal security, signing into applications or accounts in Safari is safer. Passkeys, which were created to replace passwords, employ Touch ID or Face ID for biometric authentication and iCloud Keychain to sync with end-to-end encryption on the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV. By scanning the QR code and authenticating with Face ID or Touch ID on non-Apple devices, sign in to websites or applications using a stored passkey.

Users may sign in to websites or an app on non-Apple devices with just their iPhone since they function across applications and the web. Passkeys are unique to the website they are produced for and never leave the device, making it nearly hard to phish them. To eliminate concerns about website leaks jeopardizing accounts, the private key is never stored on a web server.

Incompatible applications and websites, iOS 16 offers functionality for getting around CAPTCHAs. The Apple system delivers what is known as a Private Access Token to the app or website after confirming that the device and Apple ID account are legitimate. In comparison to CAPTCHAs, this new method will provide a better user experience for things like logging in or creating an account, while also improving user privacy and accessibility.

Visual and Live Text Lookup

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Live Text can now detect text in both photos and videos. Any frame of a movie may be paused, and users can copy and paste text to interact with it. With just one tap, users may take action on data that has been recognized in images and videos, including the capacity to track shipments or flights, translate foreign languages, change currencies, and more.

By adding a new feature that enables users to press and hold on an image’s subject to isolate it from the background and move it to applications like Messages, Visual Look Up enhances photographs. Birds, insects, and monuments may all be recognized with Visual Look Up.

Siri and Voice Command

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With iOS16, Siri may launch shortcuts without any further configuration as soon as an app is downloaded. By saying “Hey Siri, hang up,” users may effortlessly add emoji when sending a message, select to send messages immediately, skip the confirmation stage, and finish phone and FaceTime calls hands-free. By asking Siri, “Hey Siri, what can I do here?” users may learn about Siri’s features in iOS 16 and particular apps. In iOS16, Siri now handles more queries, such as Home Control (Home Kit), Intercom, and Voicemail, without an internet connection.

Dictation provides a novel experience that lets users switch between speech and touch with ease. Without pausing Dictation, users may use the keyboard to type, tap in the text field, move the cursor, and input QuickType suggestions. Automatic punctuation and emoji dictation are now also available in dictation. The Dictation icon is now present in the text entry field of Messages, and stopping dictation is simple by touching the new cursor popover.

Additional features and enhancements

iCloud+

In addition to the option to share a custom domain with anyone outside of your Family Sharing group, buy a new domain, or enable catch-all aliases, iCloud+ includes Hide My Email directly in Quick Type keyboard recommendations.

Game Center

Expanded Share Play functionality and a dashboard redesign in Game Center make it simple for users to hop in and play with or compete against their friends. The dashboard displays friends’ activity and game achievements in one location.

Spotlight

Direct access to Spotlight is now available at the bottom of the Home Screen. Using data from photographs in Messages, Notes, and Files, the feature now displays recent searches and extended rich results for companies and sports, and allows searching by places, people, sceneries, or even items in the images, like text, a dog, or a car. The user’s context is taken into account by Siri Suggestions, and Spotlight can be used to rapidly do actions including initiating a timer, turning on a Focus, using Shas am to figure out a song’s name, executing a shortcut, beginning a Live Activity, and more.

Weather

A new, richer set of information, including hourly temperature and precipitation over the next 10 days, is now available in Weather, along with severe weather notifications and tippable tiles.

Music

With the help of better suggestions and new music notifications, fans can now keep track of their favorite artists through music. The app also has playlist sorting, a new Now Playing UI, and a player for the Lock Screen.

Books

With updated player controls and a mini-player, Books’ new audiobook player makes it simpler to continue listening while perusing the shelves. By making a straight purchase from the player, users may continue listening to any audiobook they are now evaluating. With a new reader, users may further personalize their reading experience by selecting reading themes for various locations and moods, altering the font, spacing, text size, and other parameters.

Shocks

Users may add forthcoming earnings dates to their calendars using Stocks, which displays earnings dates for a company’s upcoming earnings releases. In order to manage their following tickers, users can build several custom watch lists. These watch lists can arrange symbols according to a variety of criteria, including industry, asset class, ownership status, and more. To view even more symbols, new widget alternatives employ a two-column layout in medium and large sizes.

Translate

Translate now has the capability to translate nearby text using your camera. Users may either translate language in photographs from their Photos collection or pause the view to obtain translations superimposed over text in a photo and zoom in for a closer look. Turkish, Thai, Vietnamese, Polish, Indonesian, and Dutch are now supported by both the system-wide translation feature and the Translate app.

Tips

Tips currently provide collections that are categorized by interest and subject.

CarPlay

The Podcasts app collection can be accessed more quickly through Car Play, making it simpler to locate downloaded and stored episodes and view the most recent episodes of the following shows.

App Clips

For more immersive experiences, the file size restriction for App Clips has been raised by 50%. Additionally, they enable Live Activities and provide more accurate location-based suggestions for nearby App Clips in Spotlight and the Siri Suggestions widgets.

Improved Child Account

Improved kid account setup makes it simpler to set up the right parental controls, including suggestions for media limitations that are age-appropriate. An updated Quick Start feature makes it simpler to configure a new iPhone or iPad for a youngster who already has the necessary parental settings enabled. Children may now ask for more screen time in messages, making it simpler to accept or reject a request. With the aid of Family Checklist, you may update a child’s preferences as they become older, enable location sharing, or just be reminded that you can share your iCloud+ membership with anybody.

Rapid Security Response

Rapid Security Response, which is done automatically in between regular software upgrades, enables iPhones to get critical security patches even more quickly.

Safety Check

A brand-new privacy feature called Safety Check is intended to assist users whose personal safety is in danger due to domestic abuse by swiftly revoking all access given to others. It has an emergency reset feature that makes it simple for users to log out of iCloud on all of their other devices, reset privacy rights, and restrict messages to only the device in their hand. Additionally, it aids users in managing and understanding who and what apps they have granted access to.

Memoji

Six new postures, 17 new and updated hairstyles, more options for headgear, the nose, and the lips, as well as the ability to utilize all Emoji stickers for contact images, are all included in Emoji.

TV Apps

To find new material, TV apps provide comprehensive video samples at the top.

Keyboard Haptics

When typing, users may feel confirmation thanks to keyboard haptics.

Pasteboard Permission

Apps must seek access to pasteboard material in order to use the pasteboard permission feature.

Media streaming improvements

Users no longer need to provide Bluetooth or local network access permission in order to stream video directly from devices that support non-Airplay streaming protocols thanks to advances in media streaming technology.

Landscape Face ID

On compatible iPhone models, identification with Face ID in landscape orientation is possible.

New dictionaries

For Bangla-English, Czech-English, Finnish-English, Hungarian-English, and Turkish-English, new dictionaries are now available.

New languages

The technology is open to new languages, such as Kazakh and Bulgarian.

Personalized Spatial Audio

A more accurate listening experience is made possible by personalized spatial audio. In order to give a listening experience customized for them, listeners may develop a personal profile for Spatial Audio using the True Depth camera on their iPhone.

Accessibility

Apple Watch Mirroring is available for users with physical and motor disabilities who may rely on assistive features like Voice Control and Switch Control to fully control Apple Watch from their iPhone. Other accessibility updates include Door Detection, which enables users who are blind or have low vision to use their iPhone to navigate the final few feet to their destination. Furthermore, Live Captions make it simpler for the Deaf and hard of hearing people to follow along when speaking with someone nearby, utilizing a videoconference, social networking app, or streaming media material.

Privacy history in Control Center

Users may view which applications have recently used their camera, microphone, and location by using the privacy history feature in Control Center.

A redesigned video player

Simple functions like volume, play/pause, and Picture in Picture are highlighted while eliminating superfluous clutter to create a clearer user interface for video players.

Transparent call UI

FaceTime transparent call UI with bigger camera, microphone, message, speaker, and Share Play buttons.

Fix duplicate contacts

Fixing duplicate contacts will end difficulties with numerous contacts once and for all. This function is specifically designed to spot and merge duplicate contacts.

Transfer eSIM

While configuring cellular service in Settings, Bluetooth-based semis transfer between iPhones is possible.

Settings

An updated iCloud settings page, a simpler method to manage recognized Wi-Fi networks, and other changes to settings are included.

AirPods Connectivity

When Air Pods are plugged in, a new glyph for your specific Air Pods model will show up on the Lock Screen and the Now Playing area of the Control Center. This takes the place of the previous Airplay icon, which changed depending on the device you were using.

Temperature warnings when charging

When the system has stopped charging due to overheating, which might shorten the battery’s lifespan, temperature alerts notify users. The new message will appear on the Settings’ Battery page, Notification Center, and Lock Screen.

Redesigned text editing menu options

Both light and dark themes are available for the redesigned text editing menu options, and scrolling is now an option.

Contacts

Users may tap through friends’ Game Center profiles in Contacts to see what they are playing and winning in games. You can now see in the Contacts whether you have unread messages from a certain contact. Just the medium and large-sized widgets for the Contacts app display the unread messages banner.

Supported Devices for iOS 16

The original iPhone SE, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and the iPod touch were all no longer supported by iOS 16 but were still supported by iOS 13, iOS 14, and iOS 15. Since 2017, iOS 16 is compatible with every model of iPhone. View the list of supported devices below:

  • SE iPhone (2022)
  • Max iPhone 13 Pro
  • iOS 13 Pro
  • iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro Max, and iPhone 13
  • iOS 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Mini iPhone 12
  • SE iPhone (2020)
  • Max iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XS Max and iPhone 11
  • XS iPhone
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X
  • iPad Pro

Release Date for iOS 16

Apple is anticipated to formally release iOS 16 in the fall after the beta testing phase, perhaps in September right before the debut of the next iPhone series.

FAQs

When will iOS 16 debuts?

This implies that the release of iOS 16 and the iPad 16 will likely follow the announcement of the iPhone 14 series, which is anticipated to take place in September 2022.

Is iOS 16 downloadable?

The simplest method for downloading iOS 16 is through an over-the-air update, similar to how you would upgrade your iPhone to a new version of any other software. This is how: 1. Open the Apple Developer Program download page on your iPhone or iPad, select Install Profile for iOS 16 beta (for the iPhone) or pads 16 beta (for the iPad), and then click Allow.

How can I get iOS 16 beta?

Visit developer.apple.com on your iPhone’s Safari and sign in using your Apple ID. Scroll down to iOS 16 beta in the Downloads area of the left-hand menu, touch Install Profile, then select Accept. Launch the Settings app. At the top of the main screen, Profile Downloaded should be visible; touch it.

Is iOS 16 flawed?

Since the first beta of iOS 16 was published last week, I’ve been using it, and I’ve found a few issues. This includes the Touch Screen freezing and becoming useless, Messages not synchronizing between devices, Random Lock Screen crashes, and more

Could the iPhone 11 run iOS 16?

That indicates that the following devices will be compatible with it: the iPhone SE, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, the iPhone X, the iPhone XR, the iPhone 11, the iPhone 11 Pro, the iPhone 11 Pro Max, the iPhone 12 mini, the iPhone 12, the iPhone 12 Pro, the iPhone 12 Pro Max, the iPhone 13 mini, the iPhone 13, the iPhone 13 Pro, and the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Why am I unable to upgrade to iOS 16?

Making sure your device and iOS are compatible is the first step. You may download and install iOS 16 if you possess an iPhone 6s or later. The most recent version of iOS that works with an iPhone 6 or older is 16. The entire list of iOS 16-compatible devices is available.

If your device is compatible and still not updating to the ios 16 then you should remove the beta profile if iOS 16 beta is already loaded on your device. You won’t get the official software update if you do that.

Go to Settings > General > VPN & Device Management > iOS 16 Beta Profile > Remove Profile. After removing the profile, now, you can install iOS 16 on your device.

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