iOS 16 New Features, Release Date, and Compatible Devices

Apple is not just a name or an organization, but a completely innovative mindset, which is truly inspired by future fantasies. Apple organization always surprises its users and customers by introducing unbelievable software solutions and devices, in a similar way here Apple introduced the most awaited update in its smartphone OS. iOS 16 is the latest operating system for iPhones, ready to shake the floor.

This article will help you to understand iOS’s new features and to find the list of eligible devices for an upgrade.

Expected Release Date

iOS 16 is expected to release in September 2022. This announcement is made by the authorities at Apple’s WWDC event held on June 6, 2022.

List of Eligible Devices

So first we will see that which devices are eligible for free software updates according to the given below the list:

  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 Mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone Entire iPhone 12 and 11 Series
  • iPhone Xs
  • iPhone Xs Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone SE 2nd and 3rd Generation

So in short if you have at least iPhone SE or a later generation phone your device is eligible for an update.

iOS 16 New Features

Here are some new interesting features of iOS 16 are as given below:

1. Customized Lock Screen

Now you can customize your lock screen even without unlocking your phone. The new iOS 16 gives you features like different typefaces, color schemes, and filters to edit your lock screen appearance. Multiple lock screen enables you to choose separate action for each lock screen. You can set photo shuffle to change the lock screen every time automatically.

ios 16 customize lock screen

You can change the clock font, font color, and wallpapers. You can also add widgets and reposition photos. You can do all the editing just with a click, not use any app or go to settings, and the best part is you do not need to unlock your for this all. Isn’t it cool?

You can choose and relocate widgets for weather, events, activity, monitoring, battery optimization, etc from the list as per your choice. Plus you can track all ongoing activities like online order status, game, streaming etc from your lock screen.

2. Focus

You can now extend to the lock screen. This means you can create new lock screens intended for your Focus modes, such as for work and play activities or options separate lock screen, each with their customizations and widgets. This is possible due to the multiple lock screen enable features. The great part is that each lock screen can have an individual theme, wallpaper, and functions.

ios 16 focus

3. Notifications

There are lots of apps that create multiple notifications throughout the day, this thing creates such chaos and distraction. But now you can opt for one running single live notification instead of multiple updated notifications for every app. Like you ordered online food then for multiple notifications for each update there will be one live running notification in form of a live tracking information bar which you can track at your ease just from your lock screen. You can enable this feature for any app.

ios 16 live notification

4. Apple Maps

Boring 2d annoying maps with uncertainty is an old trade. Now you can enjoy 3d maps with a real elevation of surroundings and buildings. It will feel like you have a drone to get an aerial view of the location. 11 new cities are added in the database. This will make navigation much more interesting and accurate as you can find landmarks easily with their actual looking, shape, and size.

ios 16 3d maps

You can create a route with almost 15 stoppages in the single root. You just need to choose stoppage points and the destination and the map will show you the best suitable path.

If you’re a public transit user, Apple Maps will now let you check the fares for your trip, and you can add your transit cards to the Apple Wallet app so you can check if you’ve got enough credit to make it to your destination.

5. Apple Wallet

This feature is just wow. Now you can hold your currency, ID cards, and digital keys all in one place. So n need to carry multiple cards and keys. Also if you need to send your key to someone then no need to use a physical key, instead you can send a virtual key online from your wallet for one-time use. To use your digital keys you just need to tap your phone or show the key to the security device.

Apple Wallet

6. Apple Pay

Now you can enjoy the shopping without the worry about the finance. You can pay from the apple pay app at once at the store or payment gateways and return the amount to Apple Pay in four easy installments.

Apple Pay

7. iCloud Sharing

It is really a very boring and time consuming task to share the images or videos or any media with friends and relatives. But now with the help of iCloud, you can create an online library so that whom you want to share the media just allow them to access the library and download the required media on their devices.

iCloud Sharing

You can add 5 members at a time. You can set authorization, access control, and hide the data you don’t want to show them individually. The interesting part is that you can set the filters that what information should be shared or not. Suppose you don’t want to share the location or timing details of any media files like images then you can set the filters.

8. Safety Check

You need not compromise on your personal safety, so iOS 16 will have Safety Check. This lets you easily revoke access to your accounts such as removing location sharing or app permissions. Safety Check can reset all privacy permissions and protects access to messages.

ios 16 Safety Check

9. Intelligence

Now your device will work more intelligently. Lots of apps now go beyond limits. Like from the camera you can translate and copy any text to your preferred language.

ios 16 Intelligence

You can use visual look up to take any visual object from any media like an image or video and use that cut object in any place you want. For example, you can select your friend’s face image and send it to your friend. You need not use any special cutting or editing tool.

Also, you can use a live text facility where you can fetch text from videos as well.
And this is just the beginning of the new era of intelligence.

10. Live Wallpaper

Now you can use live wallpaper with the transaction feature. 4 live papers at once with transaction control make it real 3D visualization. Also if you want to find new wallpaper and use them, then no need to go or browse online. All you want is just press a click on the wallpaper gallery. You can choose and download the wallpapers, also you can club them for offline use.

ios 16 Live Wallpaper

11. Messages

Now you can edit or recall the already sent message, in case of any misprinting or misinformation. Also, you can undo or delete the sent message. Also new updates in Dictation, you can seamlessly move between voice and text. The keyboard stays open while you’re speaking and you can select text with your finger and replace it with dictation. Dictation will also automatically end punctuation and emoji as well. It will defiantly improve your speed and accuracy.
ios 16 messages

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