iOS 16 was recently released for iPhone 8 and newer models. It has been reported that some features are exclusive to certain models, such as the improved Cinematic Mode on the new iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. While the latest iteration is jam-packed with new features – ranging from privacy, security, to accessibility – we’ve listed a few that stand out from the pack. These features are pretty much available for all iPhone models that support the new iOS 16 software.
1. Lock screen
Probably the most talked about and standout feature of iOS 16 is the new lock screen. You can now customize the font, color, and placement of items on the lock screen. Want to spruce up your lock screen even more? Change font styles and customize the appearance of the date and time by choosing from a number of color choices available.
Photo subjects are dynamically displayed in front of the time, and you can also choose widgets, such as weather, calendar events, time zones, and battery levels, among others, to display on the lock screen.
2. Focus mode
Introduced in iOS 15, Focus mode in iOS 16 gets an improvement. First, Focus Mode is also tied to the lock screen with iOS 16, so you can now activate Focus Modes with just a swipe. You can also personalize it with a lock screen wallpaper and/or a widget according to your choice. Aside from its tandem with the lock screen, Focus mode also boasts deeper integration with other apps like Calendar, Mail, Messages, and Safari. This feature will also be extended to third-party apps, according to the company.
“Set limits in Apple apps such as Calendar, Mail, Messages and Safari for each Focus you activate. Have a Focus turn on automatically at a set time or location or when using a ‘a certain application,’ says Apple.
If you are an iPhone user, you know how important the Messages app is. Along with all the features you loved in Messages, Apple now offers a few more to enhance the experience. You can now edit a message up to 15 minutes after sending it, and recipients will be able to see a record of the edits made to the message.
Other features seem to have been inspired by messaging services. Messaged the wrong contact? Don’t worry, because you will now have up to 2 minutes to “undo” the send. You can also mark a message as unread. This feature is probably for those who are busy and want to reply to text later once they have free time. Last but not least, you can also recover recently deleted messages (up to 30 days after deletion).
4. Access keys
The introduction of Passkeys is probably one of the most futuristic steps Apple has taken in the area of user privacy and security. Access keys replace passwords. You can log in to websites or apps on other devices, including non-Apple devices, with a saved passkey by scanning the QR code with an iPhone and using Face ID or Touch ID to log in. ‘authentication.
Passkeys are end-to-end encrypted and synced across your Apple devices via iCloud Keychain. They “never leave your device and are specific to the site you created them for”, and the private key is never stored on a web server.
5. Live Text
The Live Text feature in videos is now interactive. You can now pause a video and perform functions such as copy-paste, search and translate. Live Text works in Photos, Quick Look, Safari and more. You can track flights or shipments, translate foreign languages, convert currencies and more. Apart from that, the Live Text range is now extended with the addition of Japanese, Korean and Ukrainian text support.
The iOS 16 update brings much more than what we mentioned above. Here are some other features you can look for. There is an iCloud Shared Photo Library which allows users to share photos with up to five other users. The Mail app gets scheduling functionality for emails, and there’s a new way to dictate on iOS 16 with voice and keyboard support for entering and editing text. Auto punctuation inserts commas, periods, emojis, and question marks as you dictate.
iCloud Shared Photo Library will arrive later this year and an Apple CarPlay update will arrive in 2023.