Top 5 new features of iOS 16
Top 5 new features of iOS 16
Apple finally unveiled the next major version of iOS at its annual WWDC event, called IOS 16. Even though WWDC22 is an online-only event, just like last year, Apple's software announcement did not disappoint.
The iOS 16 software update is expected to bring a series of incremental improvements to the iPhone when it is released this fall. We could talk about iOS 16 all day, but here we'll focus on the most anticipated features of iOS 16.
1. NEW LOCK SCREEN
After updating your iPhone to iOS 16, you'll start to notice the changes as soon as you unlock the screen. The iOS lock screen was one of the first announcements at WWDC 2022. It is getting a major visual overhaul, with tons of customization options, from customizable font styles to various widgets.
With all these customizations, Apple is making it easy to create multiple lock screens so you can easily switch between them at any time. The lock screen houses a new gallery filled with pre-designed, ready-to-use wallpapers with unique fonts and widgets.
Apple has also changed the way notifications appear on this new lock screen. Notifications no longer appear as a list of wallpapers that block you, but at the bottom of the lock screen, which you can hide if you wish.
2. LIVE EVENTS
Think of it as an extension of the iOS 16 lock screen redesign. Live Activity is ideal when you want to follow live events without unlocking your phone and opening an app. It integrates with apps to stream content directly to the lock screen without being overwhelmed by notifications, whether it's a sports game, getting a cab or tracking a grocery delivery.
3. QUALITY OF LIFE IMPROVEMENTS WITH IMESSAGE
The Apple Messages app that hosts the iMessage service is getting some much-needed changes that users have been asking for for years. You can now edit sent messages to correct spelling mistakes, and even undo messages you accidentally sent to the wrong contact or said the wrong thing. Plus, you can mark open messages as unread to remind you to come back later when you're not busy.
In addition to these improvements, Apple has also added SharePlay to the Messages app, which means you can watch movies or listen to music together without having to make a FaceTime call. You can now message your friends while what you're watching stays synced to the screen.
4. ICLOUD SHARED PHOTO LIBRARY
With iOS 16, sharing family photos will be even easier with the introduction of a separate iCloud Photo Library that you can share with up to five family members. You can manually add photos to this shared photo library or use smart features to add photos to it, such as toggles in the Camera app, Bluetooth proximity and sharing suggestions in the For You section.
5. NEXT GENERATION CARPLAY
With the recent arrival of larger screens in more cars, especially electric vehicles, Apple has chosen to revolutionize the in-car experience and reinvent CarPlay. Apple says CarPlay will now be deeply integrated with the car hardware and will even be able to display content on multiple screens in the vehicle.
Apple CarPlay will be able to fully digitize your dashboard with watch faces, layouts, themes and other customizable elements. You can even use CarPlay to control your car's radio and adjust the coolant temperature, meaning cars equipped with this next-generation standard can ditch the physical buttons in favor of an all-digital interface.
If these iOS 16 changes excite you, be sure to read about all the little changes in iOS 16.
APPLE STILL REFINES IOS WITH IOS 16
Aside from the lock screen redesign, iOS 16 feels more like a rolling update than a visual overhaul, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Apple has made some quality-of-life improvements to iOS that most users will appreciate.
Apple's iOS 16 software update is scheduled for fall 2022, with developer betas rolling out immediately and public betas in July. However, don't rush to install this beta unless you know what you're doing.