iOS 16 is Here!
Apple's iOS 16 is now available for iPhones worldwide. The new update includes a ton of brand-new features, functionalities, and crucial security improvements. But it should also be considered that new releases often ship with plenty of bugs, and upgrading now might pose a risk. Detailed information about the new update is provided below.
New Features of iOS 16
iOS 16 is a significant update. Although it doesn't completely overhaul your iPhone, it offers numerous exciting new features. Here are the new features that iOS 16 brings.
- Lock Screen
- Lock Screen will be very customisable with iOS 16 (you can change the colours and fonts, for example), and you may upgrade it with widgets to keep track of the weather, your Activity rings, or any other information you require quick access to. Additionally, it will be possible to create many Lock Screens, each with its own wallpaper and widgets, and quickly switch between them, much like the faces on the Apple Watch.
- Battery Percentage Indicator
- Even though it will only work on some devices, the battery percentage indicator is returning in iOS 16. This feature is not available on the iPhone 11, iPhone XR, iPhone 12 mini, or iPhone 13 mini.
- Changes have been made to how notifications appear. They now roll in from the bottom of the screen.
- Focus modes may now be linked to your preferred Lock Screen, widgets, and notification settings. When utilizing the Work Focus, Apple advises "a data-rich Lock Screen, whereas a photo Lock Screen when using the Personal Focus." Swiping to a specific Lock Screen will activate the associated Focus mode.
- Improved Dictation will allow you to enter and edit text by using both your voice and keyboard. As you speak, commas, periods, and question marks will be added automatically and also you will be able to use your voice to add emojis.
- Audio Support
- AirPods (3rd generation), AirPods Pro (1st and 2nd generation), and AirPods Max will get a new Personalized Spatial Audio feature that will use the TrueDepth camera on iPhone to establish a personal profile for Spatial Audio that will give a more precise and immersive listening experience.
- Haptic Keyboard
- The iPhone keyboards will offer haptic feedback as you text in iOS 16. When you touch a key on the keyboard, keyboard haptics will use the Taptic Engine to create a small "tick" sensation.
- Live Text And Visual Look Up
- Live Text is now applicable to both video and still photos. When you pause a video, the text becomes "live" and can be copied or translated.
- Updates are also made to the related Visual Look Up feature. To begin with, it can now additionally distinguish between sculptures, birds, and insects. However, it can also use that same AI independently to recognize the borders of things in pictures and let you tap and hold to lift them out of a photo and into other apps like Messages.
- With a new Easy Shortcuts setup, you can use Siri to perform shortcuts as soon as you download an app without having to complete any upfront setup. Additionally, you'll be able to send texts without Siri requesting your confirmation.
- With Search on the Home Screen, Spotlight can be accessed straight from the bottom of the Home Screen, making it simple to open apps, locate contacts, or browse the internet.
New Security Features
As usual, Apple is implementing a variety of enhancements to enhance security and privacy, including:
- Passkeys provide support for a quicker and more secure sign-in alternative to passwords.
- Passkey syncing with iCloud Keychain will maintain your passkeys end-to-end secured and make them accessible across all of your Apple devices.
- Family Sharing
- Improved child account creation will make it simpler to set up an account for a child with the proper parental controls, such as media age limitations.
- Using Quick Start, you may quickly set up a new iOS or iPadOS device for your child with the parental controls you've chosen.
- Safety Check
- Safety Check makes it simple for you to easily cancel permissions as well as keep track of who has access to them. It can be used to reset the privacy settings for system apps and to limit Messages and FaceTime to the device you're using currently.
- Also, with Emergency reset, users will be able to rapidly take action to reset access across all users and applications, including turning off location sharing via Find My, resetting privacy settings for applications, and more.
Features That Are Going To Be Released In A Future Update For iOS 16
- iCloud Shared Photo Library
- Live Activities
- Matter Support
- Emergency SOS via Satellite
- New Game Center Features
- Clean Energy Charging
- Freeform Application
Which iPhones Can Get iOS 16?
The new software is accessible as an update for iPhone 8 and later, as Apple stated in the iOS 16 announcement. The following iPhone models are compatible with iOS 16:
- iPhone SE (2nd-generation and later)
- iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone X
- iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max
- iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max
- iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max
Should You Update Now Or Wait?
You're probably counting down the seconds until you can visit Settings on your iPhone and download iOS 16 as soon as possible now that it's out. But hold on! Perhaps rushing for it isn't a great idea. Initial major iOS releases frequently include serious issues, and some of the nicest features are not arriving until a later release, either.
- Why You Should Update Now
- Simply put, iOS 16 for your iPhone has a ton of fantastic new features. The great new customisable lock screen is the one that stands out the most. Focus has been updated, iMessages can now be edited and unsent, emails can be scheduled and recalled in Mail, dictation has been considerably improved, a haptic keyboard is available, you can easily remove the subject from any image, and more.
- No release is flawless, but Apple has conducted a sizable and thorough beta test for iOS, and rumours have it that the initial iOS 16 release is, although having some bugs, in generally decent form. It's likely that you won't encounter any significant bugs at all, at least none that significantly overshadow the awesome new features you receive.
- Why You Should Wait
- Despite extensive beta testing, new iOS updates almost invariably come with a few glaring problems. But you won't have to wait too long to update because they are typically fixed fast within a few weeks.
- Recently, it's also typical for some of the previously mentioned features of the new iOS to skip the initial release and make their appearance later in the year.
Waiting till iOS 16.1 launches somewhere in October would be the best course of action. You'll enjoy a more consistent experience and more features. Even though you might prefer to update to iOS 16 sooner, it's usually a sensible move to skip the initial release. You can at the very least wait a few weeks for Apple to release some fixes and make the experience somewhat more stable than the initial release.