Apple unveiled iOS 16 at WWDC 2022 in June – the latest operating system for iPhone and the successor to iOS 15, but the September 12 release date was confirmed at Apple’s “Far Out” event on September 7.
It’s a release that brings improvements to many apps, from a redesigned Home app for your smart devices to better privacy features and a big focus on the lock screen, with new fonts, colors, and themes to choose from.
Satellite calls are also coming to the iPhone 14 models, a feature set to become available in November.
The public beta arrived on July 11, and the finished version arrived the same week as iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro, for iPhone 8 devices and later.
iOS 16: going to the extreme
- What is it? The next big update for iOS
- When would be a good time? September 12th
- How much is it? It is free
- Which phones are supported? Anyone with an iPhone 8 and newer can update to iOS 16, which means if you have an iPhone 7 or older, you’re out of luck.
iOS 16 Latest Updates
September 7: Apple’s ‘Far Out’ event confirmed that iOS 16 will arrive on September 12.
July 11: The public beta is available to download for anyone with an iPhone 8 and above.
14th of June: Will there be lossless audio coming to the AirPods Pro 2? The technological foundation is supposed to be in iOS 16, and so far no one has come across any evidence of that.
June 13th: In an exclusive interview with GadgetMasti, Apple’s Craig Federighi and VP Design Alan Dye take us inside Apple’s remake of the Lock Screen — an “act of love,” Federighi said.
June 11: iOS 16 will be a bumper release this time around, with many feature improvements across the OS, on a scale arguably not seen since iOS 8. Here are the 7 best new features in iOS 16.
June 7: Support for the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller and Joy-Cons has been discovered in the latest iOS 16 developer beta. With a public beta nearby, you’ll soon be able to try out Nintendo’s controllers on your iPhone for yourself.
More of the latest iOS 16 tidbits
June 7: Which phones support iOS 16? Ditching has a full list of phones that are compatible with the new operating system.
June 7: iOS 16 brings fundamental changes to the Messages app. Editing and deleting messages after you’ve sent them is now a thing – meaning autocorrect is now dead.
30th of May: As we get closer to WWDC, rumors suggest iOS 16 will get a few major new features, including improvements to your iPhone’s lock screen. It could be the most radical iPhone update in years.
15 May: It’s increasingly sounding like iOS 16 will feature new apps and big changes, with the latest leak pointing to new ways to interact with widgets, and even some new Apple apps.
iOS 16 Release Date
Apple confirmed at its “Far Out” on September 7, where it announced the iPhone 14, Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch Ultra, and AirPods Pro 2, that iOS 16 will arrive on iPhone 8 devices and later on September 12.
iOS 16 Features
There are all kinds of new and improved features coming with iOS 16, and we’ve outlined the most important ones below.
Customizable Lock Screens
With iOS 16, you can customize your lock screen by tapping any area to change the font and colors of the text.
Complications (which are essentially widgets) can also be enabled here, a feature lifted from the Apple Watch. You can add three of these to your lock screen, while the Now Playing screen moves down for easier access with your thumb.
You are also not limited to just one lock screen. Just like creating a watch face on your Apple Watch, you can swipe between different lock screens, giving you access to different widgets based on your needs.
The focus mode is also getting some updates, and some of these are tied to the lock screen, as the displayed lock screen can be switched automatically based on the focus profile you have.
For example, a “Meeting” focus profile can cause your lock screen to change wallpaper and provide a row of widgets with details of that event.
You can also use Focus Filters to block tabs in Safari, accounts in Mail, events in Calendar, and more so you can manage your workflow.
Notifications are also getting improvements, with “Live Activities,” which are essentially pinned widget-like notifications that let you check a game’s score, track the progress of a food delivery, and more.
Notifications have also been redesigned to make them stand out visually, and include new animations – which roll in from the bottom of the lock screen so they’re easy to spot at a glance while staying out of your way.
And you can choose to view notifications in an expanded list view, a stacked view, or a hidden view.
Apple has added several new features to Messages. “Unsend” arrived for one, allowing you to delete a message up to 15 minutes after you’ve sent it – say, if you find you’ve sent it to the wrong person. Similarly, you can also edit posts in the first 15 minutes. However, keep in mind that this only works for iPhone-to-iPhone messages.
SharePlay is also coming to the app, so you can, for example, play a movie in Disney Plus and share it with someone via Messages.
Dictation has also been improved, as users can now smoothly switch between voice and touch input, so you can type to add text or move the cursor without having to stop Dictation.
You can also restore messages up to 30 days after you delete them, send an invitation to collaborate on a project in Messages, and receive alerts when someone makes an edit in a collaboration.
Suggested by Apple in May, several new accessibility features are coming to iOS 16, such as door detection, which lets you locate doors, read signs around them, and get instructions to open them.
There’s also the ability to view live captions in a FaceTime call, control your Apple Watch from your iPhone, hang up phone calls with Siri, and more.
Live Text also sees improvements – you can copy and paste text in video, in addition to copy and translate text.
Wallet sees privacy improvements, with in-app ID verification enabled for third-party apps.
Tap to pay on iPhone also arrives for iOS 16, eliminating the need for point-of-sale terminals. Plus, you can view receipts and track orders right from Wallet.
There’s also Apple Pay Later, which splits purchases into four interest-free payments spread over six weeks, and Order Tracking, which lets you see the latest information about your Apple Pay orders.
Maps finally lets you save and send recent trips in the app from a Mac or iPad device.
You can also add multiple stops along a route and during a journey you can ask Siri to add another destination hands-free in case another message pops up, while “Look Around,” Apple’s version of Google Street View, opens up to third-party apps.
In addition, you can see public transport fares and – without leaving Maps – you can add public transport cards to Wallet, top up your card and see low balances.
iOS 16 sees a lot of pressure on sports, with Apple News getting a new My Sports section where you can view schedules, standings and scores for your favorite teams.
Live updates for sporting events can also be added to the lock screen, so if you can’t tune in, you’ll still be updated on the score.
Share with family
Apple’s Family Sharing feature allows you and your family to share an account, such as to view photos and videos, and allow parents to approve purchases made by minors.
In iOS 16, parents will be able to more easily set age-related restrictions on content, and parents or guardians will be able to respond to Screen Time requests in Messages.
A quick launch feature for iPad lets you sync settings you’ve configured on your iPhone to an iPad by simply holding your phone close to the tablet, and there’s also a Family Checklist feature, making it easier to trust that all of the content on an iPhone is safe and childproof.
The ability to share photos and videos via iCloud has been in demand, and iCloud Shared Photo Library allows up to six people to share a library. Users can send photos to the shared library with a new switch in the Camera app and receive intelligent suggestions to share photos with other users of a shared library.
A new privacy tool called Safety Check was introduced to help people at risk of partner violence or harassment.
Users can quickly revoke all access to Messages and other accounts they’ve granted to a partner, and an emergency reset feature helps users easily sign out of iCloud on all their other devices, reset privacy permissions, and restrict messages to just the device in their hand. Users can also stop sharing their location with this tool.
It also generally allows you to monitor and manage which people and apps you have given access to your information.
Home app has been redesigned
In conjunction with the incoming new Matter smart home standard, the Home app will be redesigned to make it easier to manage your smart devices and rooms.
You can see all your rooms at a glance, along with categories for lighting, climate, security and more. You can tap a category to see more detailed status information and view up to four security cameras simultaneously.
You can also add smart home widgets to the lock screen so that you can see the status of your home at a glance and quickly access smart home controls.
You can use your iPhone’s TrueDepth camera to create a personalized spatial audio profile for your AirPods Pro or AirPods Max for what Apple calls “an even more precise and immersive listening experience.”
Apple’s Fitness app is being made available to all iPhone users, even if they don’t have an Apple Watch to track their fitness. The app uses your iPhone’s motion sensors, along with steps and distance tracking, and workouts from third-party apps, to help you reach your daily Move goal and estimate your calorie burn.