iOS 16 – here’s all the new features for your iPhone
Apple launches its newest iOS update to all the developers around the world this WWDC22. It brings a whole bunch of new changes that not only make iOS look eye-candy-er, but also help users get more done.
If you aren’t a developer, still, keep scrolling to know the most-awaited powerful features you’re gonna enjoy with in the public release of iOS 16 this September.
1. Lock Screen gets much heed
Apple gives never-before attention to lock screen customisation in iOS 16. This update, you can create depth effect for your portraits. i.e., the time appears behind your head on the wallpaper.
You can now add widgets directly on the lock screen. This helps you keep info like weather, activity rings, today’s events handy and not unlock your iPhone for everything.
Apple brings its new wallpaper gallery to iOS (similar to Apple Watch’s watch face gallery) that features productive wallpapers like astronomy, weather, slideshow etc.
Notifications now roll up from bottom so they don’t hinder your personalised wallpaper’s beauty.
You can now track the live score of an ongoing match, food delivery order, workout etc. directly on the lock screen.
2. Focus gets much focus on iOS 16
Focus gets more powerful with iOS 16. You can now schedule different focus-es throughout the day.
Plus, you can assign a focus mode to a wallpaper, so whenever you set it, the focus gets on.
Apps like Mail, Calendar, Messages, and Safari now integrate with focus to display you only the content that’s relevant to the focus i.e., if you turn on work focus, only work things get displayed.
3. iMessage gets big changes
If you’re a bad typer, you’ve probably repented for your typos in important messages. Thankfully, iOS 16 understands you. It brings options to edit a message even after its sent.
You can also undo send, recover recently deleted messages, and mark messages as unread to come back later.
4. Dictation and Keyboard become brothers
With iOS 16, you can type and dictate both simultaneously. Though this is a small change, it shows a massive impact on how you type emails or create word docs.
5. Live Text will now boast itself
Live Text goes to next level in iOS 16. It could now translate and replace what’s written on that sign-board before you. It also boasts some handy features like currency conversion etc.
And, Live Text now arrives to videos too. So, if you’re a programmer, you can now pause a video to copy the code on the frame.
6. Visual Lookup meets AI and ML
Visual Lookup now gets smarter. It can recognise animals, birds, statues and give you the ability to lift it up and copy without background and share the image in apps like Messages, Notes etc.
7. Apple Pay, Later
Apple now brings Apple Pay Later to users in US. If you’re in the US, this will allow you to split an Apple Pay purchase into four equal payments spread over six weeks with zero interest or extra fees.
The new Apple Pay Order Tracking now allows you to track your orders paid via Apple Pay with participating merchants.
8. Maps looks beautiful
Apple brings multistop routing which allows you to plan upto 15 stops in advance.
You’ll now get advanced transit features like
- knowing how much your journey will cost,
- add transit cards to Maps,
- view their balance,
- recharge them
without ever leaving Maps.
The street view is now supported in more than a dozen cities around the world.
9. Share Photos easily with the new iCloud Shared Photo Library
The new iCloud Shared Photo Library offers an easy way to share photos with family. It can be collaborated with upto 5 people who have equal permissions to add, delete, edit photos.
This will especially helpful in vacations.
The photos can be set to automatically add by date, faces, and places without worrying about what photos to add. If you want to add a photo to a shared library as soon as it’s snapped, you can do it directly in the Camera app.
More amazing changes…
10. SharePlay-ing is now easier
SharePlay now comes to iMessage so you and your friends can enjoy your favourite content all while chatting together.
Not only that, you receive SharePlay suggested apps directly while on a FaceTime call so you don’t need to open the app to do that.
11. Safari gets more user-friendly
We’ve got tab groups with iOS 15. And with iOS 16, you can share and collaborate on them with friends and family.
And, Passkey finally arrives to Safari. With this, you lose the need of storing or remembering passwords. You can easily login to supported websites by Face or Touch ID.
On non-Apple devices, just scan the displayed code with your iPhone, like you do for WhatsApp web, and you’re good to go.
12. Siri gets more convenient
On a FaceTime or phone call, you can simply say, “Hey Siri! Hang up.” to do it without lifting a finger.
13. Health becomes healthier
The Health app can now track your medications and can also give alerts if there persist any harmful drug-drug interactions.
If you don’t have an Apple Watch, your iPhone can now fill the void, all standalone. It can almost accurately track your workouts. All you need to do is to put your iPhone in your pocket while working out.
14. Privacy is more valued
With the new privacy tool called Safety Check, if you perceive risk from your domestic or intimate partner, you can revoke their access to your location and other data, and sign-out of iCloud on all other devices and limit messaging just to the device in your hand.
Overall, iOS 16 looks like a very useful update for all types of people, be it a busy CEO, a student, or a normal home maker. New amazing features never stop coming to iOS, right?
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