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iOS 16: All the features from Apple’s new iPhone software

Written by Nuel

Apple has unveiled iOS 16, the latest iteration of its mobile operating system. Here are the new features, along with everything else you need to know.

Every year, Apple releases a new version of the software for the iPhone. This year it’s named iOS 16, and as usual, there’s a host of new features due to be added to make your life just that bit easier. Here’s all you need to know about the iOS 16 article from trusted reviews.

Release Date

iOS 16 is being unveiled at WWDC 2022, which is Apple’s software showcase event for developers. While all the key new features are revealed and explained on stage, consumers will get to grips with it for the first time later this year when the iPhone 14 series is released in September or October.

How to download iOS 16

As mentioned above, you won’t get to experience iOS 16 properly until later in the year when it will be rolled out as a software update to eligible phones.

However, you can download the beta version of the software before then, either by paying to be a member of the Apple Developer Program so you can get day-one access or by enrolling in the Apple Beta Software Program for free and waiting a little longer for access. Either way, this is how you can get a taste of the new operating system before its official launch.

New features

This year’s WWDC event kicked off with a deep dive into iOS 16 and all the new software features that will be available on iPhone. Here’s a list of the biggest announcements.

Lockscreen

The “biggest update ever to the lock screen” sees a completely new look. By pressing and holding, you can easily personalize the phone by choosing new styles, color filters, and the font for the time. Simply tap on the element you’d like to change, and a host of customization options will appear. You can also introduce plenty of helpful widgets to the lock screen, such as the temperature, activity rings, and calendar. If you create several different lock screens, you can flick between these options without having to start from scratch every time you want a rethink.

The Live Activities API will allow for to-the-minute updates from your apps, such as live sports scores or updates on your Uber ride’s progress, while Focus Mode also extends to the lock screen so you’re not distracted even when your phone is locked.

Messages

On Apple Messages, you now have the option “Undo Send” to delete a message that you didn’t want to send. On top of that, you can also mark messages as unread. The SharePlay API lets users easily share content, from articles to songs to videos; and now it’s available on Messages as well as FaceTime.

Dictation

Now when you’re dictating to an app rather than using type text, the keyboard will appear so you can switch input types, and punctuation will be automatically added and even emojis detected from your speech. It’s performed completely on-device with the neural engine for extra peace of mind regarding security.

Live Text

This automatic transcription will now appear under videos, and you can pause it frame-by-frame and copy text into other apps for ease of multitasking.

Visual Lookup

Introduced in 2021, this feature allowed you to identify and research the objects in the camera app. Now, you’ll be able to lift out isolated objects from the image that you’ve taken and paste them into apps such as Messages, such as the dog in the above picture.

Wallet

When you’re asked for ID by apps, you can now verify this and choose an option that simply says you’re over 21 rather than revealing your actual age. Apple Pay will be enabled on an iPhone-to-iPhone basis so that merchants will not need any extra hardware to accept contactless payments from iPhones. There’s also a new Apple Pay Later feature that will split the cost of purchases over several weeks. Apple Pay order tracking will show the progress of your order in-app.

Maps

The new Map display will now be available in eleven more countries; Belgium, France, Israel, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Palestinian Territories, Saudi Arabia, and Switzerland.

Multi-stop routing will allow you to plan a journey with up to 15 different stops in advance. It will also be easier to see the cost of public transport in advance.

Detailed 3D maps will be available for more cities than before, a list that includes San Francisco, New York, London, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Chicago.

Sports

Live scores will be available to see on the iPhone lock screen, and Apple News has introduced a My Sports feature that makes it easier to follow your team.

Families

You can already share apps and subscriptions with several family members, or create accounts for kids and use parental controls. Using Quick Start, it will be easier than ever to do this by implementing pre-set controls you’ve already agreed to onto the new device, be it an iPad or an iPhone.

Fitness

The Fitness app will be available to all iPhone users, not just those with an Apple Watch. It can estimate your steps using the phone’s sensors, and it can also estimate your calorie count as well.

 

The last three versions of iOS have been similar — iOS 15 feels like a riff on iOS 14, which felt like a continuation of iOS 13. Any visual changes can be turned on and off instead of being forced onto your iPhone. For example, if you don’t like home screen widgets or Focus mode, you don’t have to use them. Even if you opt-out of the more conspicuous changes, running iOS 15 brings a bunch of background improvements to keep your iPhone running smoothly and securely. And that will likely be the case with iOS 16.

iOS 16: The Photos app needs to copy and paste for edits

We use iPhones to take photos and videos all the time, and editing photos is just as satisfying as taking them. Most people’s place to edit is the iPhone’s Photos app: The interface is straightforward, and there is an abundance of tools for getting the exact look you want.

But the MacOS version of the Photos app has one useful feature that would improve editing on the iPhone: the ability to copy and paste edits between photos. (XXX)This is especially helpful when you take several photos at the same place, such as at a restaurant or party. Since all of the photos were taken under the same lighting and conditions, you can just edit one photo and then copy and paste those adjustments to the others.

Instead, in iOS 15, you’re left making those adjustments one by one for each photo on the iPhone. It’s tedious.

In iOS 16, it would be great to see a similar copy-and-paste feature on the iPhone. We’d give iOS 16 bonus points if the edits you made in the Photos app on the Mac could be applied to the Photos app on the iPhone, and vice versa. But, one step at a time.

An always-on lock screen for the iPhone

Imagine being able to glance at your iPhone when the screen is off to see the time, notifications, and missed calls. Such a feature has been available on Android phones for years, where only important information is lit up and the screen is otherwise black. It’s called an always-on display. Apple offers an always-on display option for the Apple Watch Series 5 and later, yet it’s still absent on the iPhone.

But Apple could change that that soon with iOS 16, which is said to bring future support for always-on display functionality, according to Bloomberg. The update would make it possible for the iPhone to decrease the lock screen’s refresh rate to show bits of information, but Bloomberg’s report indicates this feature could be exclusive to the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max.

Bring the iPad’s split-screen view to iPhone Pro Max models

The iPhone Pro Max has been part of Apple’s lineup since 2019. The 11 Pro Max has a 6.5-inch screen, while the 12 Pro Max and 13 Pro Max both have a 6.7-inch display that makes watching videos, playing games, and reading articles an absolute delight.

But those large screens feel wasted when it comes to software. Some iOS apps like Mail and Messages can take advantage of that extra screen space in landscape mode to show a column of message previews next to the currently opened message. But otherwise, there isn’t much else in iOS that takes advantage of those bigger screens.

Let us place apps anywhere we want

In recent years, Apple has improved the home screen with new elements like widgets and the App Library. You can have multiple pages of apps, and even include the same app on different home screen pages (which is important if you’re a Focus mode power user).

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