At the WWDC 2022 (Apple Worldwide Developers Conference), Apple introduced the new iOS 16 major upgrade version, which includes newly redesigned UI features.
The redesigned Lock Screen, changes to the Messages and Home apps, and other exciting things were announced at the conference.
Redesigned and Customizable Lock Screen
Apple intends to deliver a new lock screen experience with the upcoming iOS 16 update by giving a fully configurable lock screen that allows you to modify elements, widgets and their colors, and more.
Apple believes users will be able to create millions of different combinations.
New iOS 16 Notification Experience
The all-new notification capabilities enable users to hide their notifications to the bottom of the screen, allowing a clean view of your personalized screen.
In addition, Apple released a new feature called Live Activities, which allows developers to update the notifications that are currently on the screen in real-time to keep up with real-time actions such as playing music, working out, or sporting games.
Focus mode with more Customization
Focus mode has been improved, and users can now set a separate lock screen for each mode. Its filters now allow us to remove irrelevant content from within the app, such as Safari tab groups, Calendar events, and Message discussions.
Edit, Unsend, Mark as Unread on iOS 16 iMessage
iMessage now allows you to unsend a recent message and modify it as well.
In addition, if you need to read a message but are unable to do so immediately, iMessage now allows you to flag the message thread as unread.
SharePlay now on iMessage
Users of iOS 16 may now watch a stream in sync with friends (also known as SharePlay)using iMessage.
SharePlay was previously only available via FaceTime.
Detect and Play with Live Text
Live Text now supports videos, allowing you to extract text from a paused video.
It also has the capability to perform real-time money conversion and language translation.
Dictation with iOS 16 Siri
Apple upgraded their dictation capability with Automatic Punctuation and emojis which can be added via voice command.
Apple Pay is the new Wallet in iOS 16
iPhone users able to pay another iPhone user straight from their mobile using the new Wallet app feature.
Apple Pay Order Tracking now allows you to keep track of your purchases made with Apple Pay.
Pay Later with iOS 16 Apple Pay Later
Apple Pay Later is a new payment mechanism created by Apple that allows users to pay any payment using Apple Pay in installments.
Apple Pay users able to split their total payment into four installments over six weeks with no fees or interest.
Maps now supports more Countries
Apple Maps has been upgraded and now operates in more countries and cities than ever before.
Now iPhone owners able to plan their route on their Mac and send it to their iPhone.
Using Apple Maps’ new MultiStop function, you can now add numerous stops to your map route.
When you plan your transit route, maps show you the cost for each transit routes and to make that payment, Apple allows you to connect your transit card to Apple Wallet, which also allows you to check your balance.
Live Activities on Sports via Apple TV
Live Activities in the Apple TV app may now provide information about sporting events. Apple News allows users to keep track of their favorite teams and leagues for a more personalized experience.
In the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia, the new sports features are accessible.
New iOS 16 Parental Control using Family Sharing
Family Sharing, a brand-new parental control function, makes it easier for parents to manage their children’s accounts. Parents able setup age-appropriate limitations and screen time requests via Message.
Share Your Photos with Ease
The new iCloud Shared Photo Library allows you to share your images with up to 6 users. You can choose to share your images immediately through your Camera app or manually choose the photos, and all members have equal access to photos to add or remove.
More Options on iOS 16 Safety Check
New Privacy and Security capabilities have been added to the iPhone’s Safety Check. You may now review and change any access provided to other users, giving you the ability to easily manage and revoke access, reset privacy rights, protect message access, and prevent sharing location data.
Now in the Settings, there’s a new area called Safety Check.
Accessibility Improved in Redefined iOS 16 Home App
In iOS 16, the Home app has been completely remodeled, with a new main tab layout that allows you to see your every home devices in one spot.
There are new specialized sections along the top for climate, security, and other concerns.
Fitness App for non-Apple Watch Users
The new Apple Fitness app’s activity monitoring functionality works even without an Apple Watch.
With iOS 16, iPhone can use its motion sensors to track your activities and estimate your steps, distance walked/ran, and calories burnt.
Other iOS 16 Features
- With AirPods, you can get better spatial audio.
- The iPhone’s TrueDepth camera allows for a more precise listening experience.
- For the first time, QuickNote is available for the iPhone.
- New mail functions have been added and more.
iOS 16 Release Date
After the annual iPhone event in September 2022, we expect iOS 16 to be released to the public. iOS 15 was released in September of last year. So September 2022 would be a reasonable prediction for iOS 16.
However, the first developer beta of iOS 16 was released immediately after Apple’s WWDC event.
iOS 16 Supported Devices
- iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
- iPhone X
- iPhone SE (2020)
- iPhone XS and XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max
- iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max
- iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, 13 Pro, and 13 Pro Max
- iPhone SE (2022)