07 June 2022
Apple has officially announced iOS 16 as the next-gen iteration of software experience for iPhone users. There are a bunch of changes and new features that make the upgrade worthwhile. The Cupertino-based tech giant has focused on the personalization and customization aspects of the software this time around.
One of the biggest changes in iOS 16 is support for Lock Screen customization. The subjects of photos will now appear right in the front and with a sense of depth. It is now possible to change font style and colors for both date and time. Users can also add widgets to the lock screen which appear similar to Apple Watch complications. These widgets can be related to upcoming calendar events, the weather, battery levels, alarms, time zones, and Activity ring progress among others.
Lock Screen gallery will give users even more options to make their lock screens more functional and look unique at the same time. There is a Weather wallpaper to see real-time weather changes for the current location and an Astronomy wallpaper for views of the Earth, moon, and solar system. The good thing is that users can create multiple lock screen layouts and switch among them with just a swipe. They can also be linked to a particular Focus mode.
Another lock screen-related feature introduced by Apple is Live Activities. These are meant to help users get real-time updates right on the lock screen without the need for unlocking it. These can be about sports games, workouts, ride-share, or food delivery orders.
All these lock screen personalization changes mean Apple had to push notifications to the bottom. This is to ensure that your lock screen layout does not get affected when there are notifications. iOS 16 will bring support for iCloud Shared Photo Library which will be a separate library for up to six members. Each of these members can contribute to and collaborate on the library. It is meant to make it easier to share photos and videos with families and friends.
Messages app has been updated with the ability to edit and undo recently sent messages. They can also recover recently deleted messages and even mark messages as unread. Apple says SharePlay support will also come to Messages. The Mail app update brings support for scheduling emails. Live Text will now work with videos as well and show quick options like translation and currency conversion. Visual Look Up is a feature where users can tap and hold on any subject in a photo and lift it from the background and use it on any other app as a foreground.
For US users, Apple Pay Later will let users split the cost of an Apple Pay purchase into four equal payments spread over six weeks, and that too without any interest. It is built into the Wallet app and everything can be managed from a single place. The Fitness app has now been expanded to all iPhones and is not dependent on Apple Watch to work.
The all-new iOS 16 developer beta is already available for anyone interested in giving new software a try. It is available for all iPhone models including iPhone SE (2nd Gen), iPhone 8 series, and iPhone X and higher.