Apple’s iOS 16, the software that will power the next Apple iPhone, has been revealed. Shown during Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote presentation, it will come preinstalled on the iPhone 14, but will also be compatible with a variety of existing iPhone models, including the iPhone 13 and iPhone 12.
Apple’s big June event wasn’t only about iOS 16, and you can catch up with all the WWDC 2022 announcements via our extensive coverage. If you’re wondering about things not announced at WWDC 2022, we’ve got you covered on that count too.
New lock screen
Apple is revamping the lock screen in iOS 16, giving it a brand-new look. Press and hold the screen to show an editor, which contains different premade styles to swipe through. These will include the ability to add filters, different backgrounds, and even text. You can create different lock screens with photos taken from your gallery and swipe through them, plus opt for a full-screen weather view or even an emoji lock screen.
Notifications have been enhanced on the lock screen and now come in from the bottom of the screen so they don’t cover the photo. Live Activities notifications make it easier to keep track of what’s happening in real time, showing small notifications at the bottom of the lock screen for things like Uber rides and activity tracking. Some can be expanded to show more details, including album art in the Music player.
Focus now applies to the home screen, where you can swipe between different modes without opening the mode on the phone, and lock screen images and widgets are now automatically tied to your selected Focus mode, too. New Focus Filters can be used to get rid of distracting content, such as only showing specific tab groups in Safari when in Work Focus mode.
There are tseveral new main features in iOS 16’s Messages app. Messages can be edited after being sent, and there’s a new undo-send feature, along with the chance to mark messages as unread. There are new sharing features, too. Shared With You highlights things shared in messages in the relevant apps, such as a photo in the Photos app when you open it later, ensuring you don’t miss anything.
Visual Look Up recognizes what’s in an image. Now, items recognized in an image can be lifted out and placed in another app, such as Messages. Think of it as a photo-specific copy-and-paste effect, with some special machine learning intelligence added in.
Previously only available in FaceTime, Share Play now comes to Messages. When you find something you want to share and watch with a friend, it can be sent directly in Messages so videos can be watched together in the app.
Dictation is also improved to make the switch between touch typing and voice more fluid. The keyboard now stays active even when dictating, so you can actively edit text as you go. It also adds punctuation automatically.
Apple is working with 11 additional states in the U.S. to add driver’s licenses and ID cards to Apple Wallet, and the first Transportation Security Administration (TSA) locations are already working in selected airports. Other new features will include the ability to prove your age using Wallet for services like Uber Eats. Sharing digital keys will also be possible through other apps including Mail, Messages, and WhatsApp. Apple is also working to integrate the digital key feature with devices other than the iPhone.
For Apple Pay, a new Pay Later feature will be introduced so you can spread the cost of an item over four payments with zero interest and no fees. It’ll be available everywhere Apple Pay is available. Orders paid for using Apple Pay can now be tracked, starting with Shopify, with other merchants to follow soon. We’ve also got more details on the smaller but still significant changes coming to Apple Wallet and