Apple hosted the WWDC 2022 keynote, where the brand introduced the iOS 16, which is the next big update for the mobile operating system. The Worldwide Developers Conference kicked off yesterday and will continue until June 10 with lots of in-depth sessions, activities, awards, etc. for the developers and designers.
The new iOS 16 packs new features for the lock screen, notification enhancements and new live activities. Further, the update will also carry three new features to the Message app including edit messages and undo messages.
iOS 16 Features
Firstly, let’s talk about the lock screen, Apple announced a customizable lock screen wallpaper gallery and customization options. You can start customizing the lock screen by long pressing on the lock screen. As for the customizations, you can change type faces, colors and wallpaper. Next you can also add widgets to the lock screen.
As for the notification enhancements, with iOS 16, the notifications have been redesigned to roll up from the bottom, ensuring that users have a clear view of their personalized lock screen. Live activities make it easier to stay on top of the things which are happening in real-time (like live scores, ride-share or food delivery orders). And Safari can display only the content that is relevant to a user’s Focus.
Messages app is getting the edit message feature, you can recall any message using the “undo send message” option inside the app. Finally, you can now make any thread as “unread” with iOS 16. Furthermore, SharePlay is also coming to Messages as well.
Live Text uses on-device intelligence to recognize text in images across iOS, and it is now expanding to include videos as well. Users can pause a video at any point and interact with the text. Live Text also adds the ability for users to quickly convert currency, translate text and more.
Apple Maps also got a bunch of new features. Firstly, the new version of the app includes features like cycling, look around, Multistop routing and more. The new version of the Maps app will be out in Belgium, France, Israel, Monaco, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and a few more regions (sadly, India is not on the list).
Apple Pay Later
A new Apple Pay feature was also introduced – dubbed Apple Pay Later, which allows you to break down your purchases into 4 payments across 6 months with 0% interest.
Last but not the least, we have the privacy features, Apple’s Safety Check now includes protections that help victims of domestic violence. This new functionality will let users revoke location access or shared accounts in iCloud from abusive partners. Other features include Spacial audio with a true depth camera for iOS 16 devices, multilayered photos, schedule emails, resurface emails and more emojis.
iOS 16: Everything Else
- CarPlay will offer content for multiple screens within the vehicle. Also, users will be able to personalize their driving experience by choosing different gauge cluster designs, weather and music right on their car’s dashboard.
- Safari gets shared Tab Groups to share a collection of websites with friends and family.
- With Passkeys (unique digital keys) on Safari, it makes the browser more secure.
- Siri adds the ability to run shortcuts as soon as an app is downloaded without requiring upfront setup.
iOS 16 launch timeline and devices
The iOS 16 developer beta will be available starting today and the public beta will be available this fall (September-December) as a free software update for iPhone 8 and later iPhones.
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