Apple has announced iOS 16 for the iPhone at WWDC 2022. As always, this update is free and is expected to be released in late September (2022). The update is full of adjustments that will change the way you use your iPhone for the better.
More Dynamic Lock Screen
Apple has been doing important work on the Lock Screen for some time, but that’s changing with iOS 16. The update will allow you to customize the colors and fonts of the Lock Screen, and even place and rearrange widgets. In iOS 16, the Lock Screen looks more like an Apple Watch than a traditional static display.
Apple will even include a Lock Screen gallery that features designs to inspire or download. Like the Apple Watch face, you can switch between different Lock Screens with touch storage and then slide. In addition to fonts, a new multi-layered photo effect and suggested photos will be offered, or choose a set of photos to automatically blend throughout the day. You can even apply styles so that the photos complement the style you choose.
The widgets are a bit like the “Face of the Hour” complication, and include clock activity calls, weather conditions, world clocks, battery levels for accessories like AirPods, alarms you set, and more. contains information such as. There is even a WidgetKit API that third-party programs can use to place information on your lock screen.
The New Live Activities function specifies what is the notification that updates itself to your lock screen. This allows you to watch live events such as sports games or workouts with the API for developers to use simply by lifting your device. In general, notifications rise slightly with bold text and better images, and now the Playing screen gets a full screen mode that makes better use of the album image.
Finally, you can also change the way notifications are displayed on your lock screen. Not only are there new animations for the more visually pleasing Lock Screen, but you can also choose between list view, stack view, and count view, and quickly change the context. All these features make it a more attractive way to connect to the iPhone without going to the main screen.
Stronger Focus Feature
Focus allows you to eliminate distractions by silently transmitting notifications, turning off distracting apps, and letting your contacts know that you’re snoozing on notifications in apps like Messages. iOS 16 extends the functionality defined by associating your Lock Screen with your Focus and allows you to display certain Lock Screens (including designs, widgets, and styles) when custom Focus modes are enabled.
This functionality goes to the Home screen and allows you to hide certain programs or use special widgets that are useful for the Focus mode you set. Focus filters allow you to set “boundaries” within applications such as Safari and Calendar, which will automatically remember specific tab groups or hide certain calendars, depending on what you’re doing.
Third-party developers have access to the new Focus filter API, which allows them to install some of these more sophisticated features in their applications. You can also schedule Focus modes on iOS 16, which allows you to do things like activate Work Focus between certain hours or when you’re at a specific location.
New Messages Features
iOS 16 users will be able to edit or send messages (within 15 minutes after sending) and recover deleted messages (within 30 days after deletion) while chatting with other Apple users via the iMessage platform. You can also mark any message (including SMS) as unread.
Apple is also expanding the SharePlay feature for Messaging, which allows you to send invitations to synchronous activities such as watching movies, rehearsing or listening to music. You can also send invitations to collaborate with groups of people in Messages conversations, with collaboration updates automatically sent to the group, on projects like Pages Documents or Apple Notes.
Passwords (Some) Replaces passwords
Passwords represent an interesting step towards a password-free future. Apple introduces the feature with iOS 16 after a short beta trial period. The technology uses biometric logins via Face ID and Touch ID to completely replace passwords using public and private key cryptography.
Unlike passwords, passwords are highly resistant to phishing attacks and are secure against website leaks because they are specific to your device. They sync via iCloud and provide a simple login method without remembering the password or using the password manager. Apple has worked closely with Google and Microsoft to implement this feature.
The future without passwords is very close. Learn more about how this technology works.
Maps get very long stops
With iOS 16, you can now add multiple stops to your trips with Apple Maps with the ability to plan these trips on your Mac and sync with your iPhone.
You can also see any transit cards you have added to your wallet inside the maps and add them as needed. You will also know how much your trip will cost (in some areas, of course) with estimates for transit fares for your trip.
Fitness Program for All iPhone Users
If you have an Apple Watch, you will no doubt be familiar with the Fitness app, which allows you to watch workouts and watch the progress of the Ring of Action. On iOS 16, the app will be available to everyone, whether they have an Apple Watch or not, and Apple will expand all of its advanced fitness features.
Some Beautiful Safari Updates
iOS 16 allows you to create embedded tabs in Tab Groups and even share those Tab Groups with other groups of people. Depending on which Tab Group you use, you may have custom start pages, and with new Focus functions, default Tab Groups may be even more important, as they can change dynamically depending on what time you are or where you are.
Expect extensions to be more interesting with an extended API for developers to play, and these extensions will now sync between devices via iCloud. There’s also the usual annual push for more web technologies to turn it into Safari, improving Safari’s online relevance and opening up more opportunities for developers.
Apple has also promised that web-based push notifications will be part of the launch of iOS 16, but they will not come until 2023. Aren’t you excited to receive spam notifications from websites you remember visiting? Relax, they will join.
iCloud Shared Photo Library
While you can already create shared albums with iOS 15 (and earlier), iOS 16 will allow you to share your entire photo library with up to five family members. This will be a separate photo library where you can choose to share all your old photos or share custom photos complete with smart sharing suggestions to make it easier to choose the right photos.
With the shared iCloud Photo Library, you will be able to get memories of the events that everyone contributed to. For example, in the pictures you did not take, you can see the events you are involved in from a different perspective.
Updates in Apple Mail
Mail gets the ability to cancel sending messages (within 10 seconds of sending) and some useful power tools such as a mail scheduler to send mail later. Tracking allows you to copy the messages you send to the top of the inbox so you don’t forget them and watch them later, and the “Remind me” option will show the messages in your inbox later. so that they are not buried in time.
Mail will also be a little more forgiving when searching in your inbox, adjusting for search terms, and making smart search suggestions when you type. Errors such as forgetting to include an attachment should cause you to be reminded to check before sending your message that this feature is common in other applications and mail services.
More Smart Home Features
Apple has overhauled the Home app on iOS 16, and the new design aims to make it easier to manage all your HomeKit devices than ever before. You’ll get a new home view, categories for devices (e.g., Lights, Speakers, TVs, etc.), up to four connected cameras on the main Home tab, and cover enhancements that Apple claims to interact with. HomeKit devices are faster.
You can also put new Home widgets on the lock screen to connect to devices by lifting the iPhone or viewing a quick status update.
Apple also offers Matter (which will come in a later update) support designed to allow connected devices (even those using different platforms, such as Google or Amazon) to work better together.
Add medicine to your health
If you are taking medication (or supplements) on a regular basis, the updated Health app for iOS 16 will allow you to better monitor your schedule, add medications using your iPhone camera, and get reminders to take those medications on an individual schedule. You can also log in while taking your medication and learn more about what you are taking (although you should always listen to your doctor first).
One thing you can do to mark your medication is to warn you about potentially dangerous drug interactions. You can also share health information with family members (or ask them to share their information) and personalize what is being shared.
Apple Pay Then and Wallet
Apple Pay Later is a new pay-as-you-go payment service for selected applicants in the United States that allows you to divide your payment into four equal parts over six weeks with the ability to track your debt with a wallet. Works wherever Apple Pay is accepted.
You can also track regular Apple Pay transactions with participating retailers showing delivery details directly on Wallet.
The wallet also gets some handy new features like the ability to securely share keys for smart devices over Messaging and messaging apps like WhatsApp with the ability to revoke permissions when needed. You can also add a photo ID to your wallet and share it with apps that require identity or age verification, although this won’t be available everywhere.
More iOS 16 Features
This is the visible side of the iceberg, where hundreds of new features and fixes have been made in iOS 16. Apple also promises the next generation of CarPlay, a large list of Accessibility improvements, better App Clips, Handoff for FaceTime calls, and advanced features. Hide email function, more Memoji poses and styles, Lists attached to reminders, and weather alert notifications.
Apple has announced iOS 16 at WWDC 2022, among other big news, including the M2 chip, the new MacBook Air and powerful new iPad multitasking features.
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