iOS 16: Everything you need to know!

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At its WWDC 2022 keynote, Apple revealed the next iteration of iOS — iOS 16. Here are all of the details on the next generation of software for your favorite iPhone.

Compatibility

Apple has dropped support for some older devices for iOS 16. Here is the full device list that will be able to run the latest software.

  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone SE (2020)
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 8
  • iPod touch (7th generation)

New Lock Screen

Apple Official iOS 16 Lockscreen

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The biggest change in iOS 16 is in the Lock Screen. For the first time ever, you can now customize your Lock Screen to make it even more personalized.

The new Lock Screen includes the ability to change the clock font, new Apple Watch style widgets with a complete Widget Gallery, and you can add color photo filters, have presets like Photo Shuffle, and more. You can even have multiple lock screens.

To customize the Lock Screen, you just press and hold on the Lock Screen, tap Customize, then you’re in the Lock Screen editor.

For developers, WidgetKit is available now to create Lock Screen widgets. Notifications will now roll in from the bottom of the Lock Screen as you get them in real time.

A new notification style called Live Activities is essentially a hybrid between a notification and widget. For example, the music widget is now a live activity that you can interact with. You can also track a run or an Uber right from the Lock Screen.

Focus Modes are also now on the Lock Screen. With the combination of multiple Lock Screens, you are able to match the Lock Screen and widgets to your selected Focus. All of this can be switched up with a swipe.

Messages

iOS 16 Messages Undo Send

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The Messages app now has three big changes. The first is that you can edit messages that have been sent. Second is the Undo Send feature, where you can pull back a message that has been sent. Lastly, you’re now able to Mark Thread as Unread.

SharePlay

iOS 16 Shareplay

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While SharePlay is a feature that Apple added in iOS 15, it is bringing some refinements to the feature in iOS 16. There will be better integrations of SharePlay with FaceTime by having a section that shows all of your SharePlay enabled apps that are installed on your device. It will also be integrated in your Messages chats as well.

Diction

iOS 16 Dictation

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Dictation is a feature that has 18 million uses per month, which is impressive in itself. There are some nice changes in iOS 16 to Dictation itself.

Apple Official iOS 16 Live Text Visual Look Up

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The keyboard will now stay open when dictation is in use, making it easier than ever to move from voice to touch as you go. Punctuation will now be added to longer messages automatically. You can now pull Live Text from videos as well. And in the Photos app, if you just long press on the subject of a photo, it’ll pull the subject from the background, which will be ready to be shared on a white background.

Wallet

Big changes are coming in the Wallet app. Maryland and Arizona now support Wallet ID, which can be used for app ID verification. You can also share Digital Keys in Messages, WhatsApp, and out of the iPhone due to IETF standards.

Apple Pay

Apple Pay iOS

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Tap to Pay on iPhone is coming, allowing for contactless payments directly from iPhone without the need for extra hardware (such as Square). This feature will be rolling out this month.

Apple Pay will also support Pay Later, allowing users to split the cost across four payments over six weeks, with zero interest or extra fees. Pay Later is supported anywhere Apple Pay is supported.

There will also be Apple Pay Order Tracking, which allows for tracking Apple Pay orders with millions of merchants.

Maps

Maps Multistop Routes

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Maps is getting a big update in iOS 16. There will redesigned maps coming for 11 new countries, including France, Switzerland, New Zealand, and more. Las Vegas will also support 3D viewing.

Multistop router allows users to plan 15 stops in advance for a trip. You can also ask Siri to add even more stops if needed.

Transit changes include the ability to see fare prices for public transport, so you’re never caught off guard again.

Sports

Apple News My Sports

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Sports will be easier to follow with iOS 16. With Live activities, scores and even Play by Play action will be in the Apple TV app. Coverage in Apple News will be enhanced with “My Sports,” allowing you to follow your teams, leagues, and collate coverage from different publications, video clips, and more.

These Sports features will be available in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia for the initial roll out. Sports will sync across all of your Apple devices.

Family Sharing

Family Sharing Parental Controls

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While Family Sharing has remained mostly stagnant for the past few years, this is changing with iOS 16.

It will become easier to make and manage accounts for kids, with improved age-appropriate restrictions per person. The process is streamlined — all you need to do is bring an iPhone near a new iPhone or iPad for set-up, and it’ll automatically help you set it up in a kid-safe mode.

Family Checklist provides reminders to look again at restrictions as they age, such as location sharing and more.

iCloud Shared Photo Library is a shared library with up to five other people. It can be set with parameters like time photos were taken, the people who are present in the photos, and more. Think smart filters! You can choose to have them all share automatically, so no extra work is required. Everyone who is included can get equal permissions for adding, sharing, and deletion of photos.

Privacy

Safety Check

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Major changes are coming to Privacy in iOS 16 with Safety Check. This is a feature that appears to be a direct answer to the controversy surrounding AirTags and unwanted tracking for people in domestic abusive relationships.

With Safety Check, one can quickly revoke access that was previously granted to others, including location, passwords, and other data. It can reset system privacy permissions for all apps, protects access to all messages, and restricts messages on FaceTime to the device in your hand.

Home

Home App Update

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Home is getting a hefty update in iOS 16. Apple is going all-in on Matter, with cross platform support and HomeKit integration. Since this is Matter, it includes Google, Samsung, Phillips, and more.

Despite being Matter, data privacy is all protected. Even Apple can’t see how your devices are routed through Matter.

The Home app is also getting a fresh new look. You’ll be able to se all of your devices on one screen, categories at the top for individual groups, like Security and Climate Control, etc. Four cameras will display their feeds at once, and there will be support for Lock Screen widgets. The new app will be coming to iPhone and Mac.

CarPlay

Apple Official iOS 16 Carplay

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Apple is planning to reinvent the car experience across all drivers screens with CarPlay. An interesting statistic is that 79% of US buyers won’t buy a car without CarPlay.

The new CarPlay app looks like the Home app, but in your car. Your dashboard will now have music, calendar, driving routes, and more, and it will all sync across devices. iPhone-powered widgets can also live in the gauge cluster. All of this communicates with the car’s real-time systems, such as speed, fuel-level, temperature, and more. You can also scale CarPlay to whatever car screen you have, whether it’s a tablet near the gear stick, or an all-across dashboard.

These new CarPlay features will be supported in Ford, Jaguar, Nissan, Volvo, Land Rover, and more.

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