Many people have been waiting for iOS 16 to come out. At WWDC 2022, Apple showed off the next version of its iPhone software. We now have a better idea of all the new features coming to your iPhone, such as a new lock screen with widgets, big changes to Messages, a shared photo library for families, and more.
iOS 16 is also interesting for another reason. The final version will be shown at the same time as the new iPhone 14 versions, which are expected to come out later this year.
Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, said, “iOS 16 is a big update that will change the way you use your iPhone.” “We’ve changed how the Lock Screen looks and works with exciting new features that make it more personal and useful. We’ve also made iCloud Shared Photo Library available for families, added new features to Messages and Mail to make communication easier, and given Live Text and Visual Look Up more intelligence.”
Here is what we know so far about the big changes in iOS 16.
What’s New in iOS 16
Lockscreen Experience Tailored to You
With iOS 16, the Lock Screen gets more personal, beautiful, and useful. A new layering effect gives the Lock Screen a sense of depth by putting the photos’ subjects in front of the clock in a way that looks good. Users can change how the date and time look by using different text styles and colours.
The Lock Screen has widgets that look like the complications on the Apple Watch. These widgets let you quickly access information like upcoming calendar events, the weather, your battery level, alarms, different time zones, the progress of the Activity ring, and more.
Live Activity is a new feature on the Lock Screen that lets users keep track of things that are happening right now, like a sports game, workout, ride-share, or food delivery order.
Find a good balance.
Focus is now more powerful and easier to set up. It also works with the Lock Screen, so users can link a wallpaper and widgets on the Lock Screen to a certain Focus. To use a Focus, users just have to swipe to the matching Lock Screen. Focus filters can be used by apps like Calendar, Mail, Messages, and Safari to show only the content that is relevant to a user’s Focus. This helps them find a better balance.
Changes made to messages
Users can edit or delete messages they just sent, get back messages they just deleted, or mark chats as unread so they can come back to them later. Also, SharePlay is coming to Messages, so you’ll be able to watch movies or listen to music with your friends while chatting in Messages.
New Mailing Tools
Users can now plan ahead to send emails and even stop a message from being sent before it gets to the recipient’s inbox. Mail will notice if a user forgets to send an important part of their message, like an attachment.
Changes to Live Text and Visual Look Up
Live Text is a feature of iOS that uses the device’s intelligence to recognise text in images. It is now being expanded to work with video as well. Users can stop a movie at any time and interact with the text. Live Text also lets users change the value of money, translate text, and do more.
CarPlay’s Next Generation
CarPlay has changed the way people use their cars, and the next version of CarPlay goes even further by connecting to the car’s hardware. CarPlay will be able to show the same content on all of the car’s screens, creating a unified and smooth experience. CarPlay will let users do things like control the radio or change the temperature directly, and it will use vehicle data to show things like speed, fuel level, temperature, and more on the instrument cluster.