07/06/2022

What's In Store for iOS 16?

Apple took it to the stage at WWDC to unveil what's coming in its next iOS update. We've summarised all the exciting features in store for iOS 16 and what iPhones will be receiving the update.

When Will iOS 16 Be Out?

iOS 16 won’t be available for download until September when Apple usually rolls out its latest software version, right after the new iPhones are released.

iOS 16 beta version will be available shortly for developers and public beta is coming in July. So if you’re eager to try iOS 16 before the official rollout, the longest you have to wait is until sometime in July, but fair warning it might not be as smooth and bug-less as the official update.

Which iPhones Will Have iOS 16?

The new iOS 16 update will be supported on iPhones released in 2017 or newer:

  • iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE (2020) and iPhone SE (2022)
  • iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR
  • iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

This means that iOS 16 won’t run on iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, first generation iPhone SE (2016), iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. So iOS 16 will mark the end of support for not just two iPhone models, but five. Also worth noting that some iOS 16 features are designed for A12 Bionic chipset or newer so these won’t work on older compatible iPhones.

What Is Going to Be in iOS 16?

iOS 16 has undergone some fine tuning and a few revamps to its main features. Here are all the exciting new features you can expect in iOS 16 this September.

Customisable Lock Screens

One of the main changes is coming to how iPhone lock screens can be personalised. You will be able to customise the clock, add extra widgets and have different lock screens saved and synced with your Focus Mode profiles. As part of lock screen revamp, notifications are no longer cluttering the entire screen, but are concise and roll out from the bottom of the screen.

Focus Mode and Filters

In addition to your lock screens being tied to different focus modes, there will also be Focus Filters helping you to remove distracting Mail, Messages, Calendar or browser content in accordance with your active Focus Mode. For example in Safari, while having work focus mode on, filters will make visible only those tabs that are related to work.

Editable iMessages

In iOS 16 users will be able to edit the message after it has been sent or undo sending it altogether. Moreover, Apple is adding Share Play to Messages app which will let you share video content without the need to be on FaceTime, so you can watch a film together while messaging each other.

Video to Text

Remember last year iOS introduced the Live Text feature which captures any text from a photo before or after it's taken? Now Apple has extended this feature into video, so you can pause a video and grab any text from it and copy/paste it. We imagine this will be very helpful for students or regular webinar attendees.

iCloud Shared Library

You can create a shared photo library in iCloud and upload photos taken directly from your camera app into it where people it's shared with can instantly view and access them. This removes the need for constant chasing up for photos from a family party or a vacation.

Improved Parental Controls

There are now more restrictions based on age and parents can customise each type of content for a particular age. Screen Time extension can be increased via a kid's request in a message rather than through the Settings menu. Also setting up new devices for your kids will be easier through Quick Setup, all you need is to bring your child's iPhone and the new device will copy the setup settings along with existing Parental Controls.

iPhone Can Accept Payments

Particularly handy for small business owners, this feature will make your iPhone work as a pay terminal without any additional hardware needed.

Apple Pay Later

We are all familiar with buy now pay later purchases, but Apple is taking it a bit further. Making a purchase with Apple Pay, you will have an option to pay with Apple Pay Later that is going to break the payment into 4 equal parts over 6 weeks without interest fees or extra charges.

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