Apple officially announced iOS 16 on Monday, which features some of the biggest design revisions to iPhone software in years. iOS 16 is currently in development and should be available to the public in September. Here is a brief overview of all the most important features that come with iOS 16.
Apple appears to have taken a leaf of Google’s Android 12 and overhauled its lock screen, the biggest overhaul in years. With iOS 16, Apple will offer users a way to customize their iPhone lock screen in multiple ways: wallpapers, onscreen clock font, widgets with interactive information, and more. While it’s still a far cry from pure Android customization, it’s a step in that direction. Additionally, you can ensure that notifications appear in a rolodex-like animation at the bottom of the lock screen, or are hidden until you choose to expand them. iOS 16 also lets you set a home screen per focus mode – sleep, personal, do not disturb, and more. – each with its own application settings.
iMessage: It’s probably a feature that will get a lot of people excited – I’m excited, at least. Apple’s native messenger, iMessage, will now allow you to edit messages after sending the text, unsend, or mark a text or thread as unread. These features are present in other messaging apps, of course, but this is iOS’s first major overhaul since text reply, Animoji, and tapback (reacting with emoji to individual messages).
Shared iCloud Photo Libraries: Apple Photos already offers a shared album option, but iOS 16 takes it a step further by creating dedicated shared libraries. Additionally, you can choose to send a photo to the shared photo library and your personal library directly from the camera app. You can also choose photos based on their subjects. Changes to all photos in shared libraries will be reflected for everyone who has access to that library.
The Fitness application arrives on iPhone: Until iOS 15, the Fitness app was only available on iPhones paired with an Apple Watch. Now the app will be available on all iPhones, with built-in motion sensors giving you an approximation of your activity, calories burned, exercise minutes, and more.
Security controle: Apple is introducing a new security feature called Safety Check, which will allow you to easily revoke access to certain information, like location, that you may have shared with someone else before. This is for people in abusive relationships, Apple said during the keynote.
Live text improves: The Live Text feature, similar to Google Lens, will now also work in videos. Users can pause a video on any frame and interact with text. Live Text also adds the ability for users to quickly convert currencies, translate text, and more, Apple said. Visual Look Up – currently only available in select countries – lets you long-press the subject of an image to remove it from the background and place it in apps such as Messages. Visual Look Up also extends to recognize birds, insects and statues.