The WWDC 2022 is here and it has brought some amazing news for the Apple users. While users have been speculating about the release of iOS 16, Apple has been teasing them by updating iOS 15. The last iOS 15 update made the system more stable and offered a lot of new features. However, it was just a stepping stone for the upcoming iOS 16.
On June 6 Apple announced that it will be releasing the new update this fall. This has made the Apple fanatics very excited. The internet has been filled with iOS 16 rumors and leaks. Everyone wants to know everything about this release. From the dates to the features, everything is in speculations.
In this article, I will tell you everything about iOS 16. Let’s uncover every little detail about this operating system. We will have a look at the release date, the features, and every new detail added to this update.
iOS 16 Beta Release Date
In the WWDC keynote event, Apple announced the release of iOS 16. To people’s joy, Apple released the iOS 16 developer beta on 6 June. There are speculations that the first public beta will be out in a couple of weeks.
- iOS 16 unveiled: 6 June 2022
- iOS 16 developer beta: 6 June 2022
Apple has confirmed that the first public beta of iOS 16 will be released in July.
Beta is the first stage in the development of an operating system. Last year, Apple released around eight beta versions before releasing iOS 15. This year also we can expect several beta releases between July and September.
I’ll update the dates for Beta releases as soon as we get more information.
iOS 16 Release Date
So far we don’t have much information about the release of Apple’s new update. However, Apple has made an announcement of releasing the new operating system in the fall. We can make an assumption about the launch of iOS 16 by looking at the previous release patterns.
- iOS 13– 19 September, 2019
- iOS 14– 16 September, 2020
- iOS 15– 20 September, 2021
Looking at the pattern of the previous release dates, we can be sure that iOS 16 will be released on 19 September 2022. We have assumed this date because it falls on a Monday. There are chances that this year’s update may fall on any date in September.
We are sure that iOS 16 will be released alongside iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro. However, no date has been confirmed for the launch of the iPhone 14.
iOS 16 Compatible Device List
“New software features will be available this fall as a free software update for iPhone 8 and later.”
A major question whenever an update is rolled out is the list of devices that are compatible. The same is the case with the new update of iOS. Here is a list of iOS 16 compatible devices:
- iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
- iPhone X
- iPhone SE (2020)
- iPhone XS and XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max
- iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max
- iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, 13 Pro, and 13 Pro Max
- iPhone SE (2022)
iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro will be added to the list as soon as they are released.
New iOS 16 Features
With every new update, a lot of new features are introduced to the device. These updates help to remove bugs and make the device stable. Here are all the features of this new update:
- iOS 16 will bring major changes to the lock screen. It will enable the user to change the font color, wallpapers, the font of the clock, and so much more. It will also let the users add more widgets to the lock screen.
- One of the iOS 16 rumors is that it will extend the focus to the lock screen. What this means is that a user can create a lock screen based on the modes. There can be different lock screens depending on work or play mode.
- This update will enable the users to edit and unsend an iMessage.
- This update will let the users make contactless payments by just using iPhones. The will be no need for extra hardware.
- The new update will allow people to share pictures in a separate iCloud library.
iOS 16 Messages
iOS 16 will bring a lot of major changes in messages. This update will enable the users to edit and unsend the messages. It will also allow the users to mark message threads as unread. The SharePlay feature which was introduced in iOS 15, will also come to messages with the current update. While many users are happy with the new message update, a whole other bunch thinks otherwise.
The new Apple update will also improve the diction. You won’t have to worry about punctuating the sentences yourself. The improved diction will take care of it!
iOS 16 Lock Screen
iOS 16 will massively overhaul the lock screen. A lot of changes are being introduced to the old lock screen. These changes resemble a lot to the changes made by Google in Android. This update will let the users change the font and color of the front clock. It will also let the users make multiple lock screens.
Another major change this new update will bring is the notifications on the lock screen. Instead of popping in the center of the screen, the notifications on iOS 16 will appear at the bottom. This will keep the lock screen clear and aesthetic.
iOS 16 Focus
Apple introduced the focus feature in iOS 15 and everyone loved it. It let the users share the focus status and so much more. Now, Apple is focusing on making the focus feature even better.
With iOS 16, Apple is extending the focus mode to the lock screen. A user will be able to create a custom lock screen for the focus mode. How cool is that! This lock screen will contain everything work-related. From its wallpaper to the widgets everything can be customized for attaining more focus.
How the different lock screens will work is still a question. Will we have to manually change the lock screen? or Will the lock screen be changed automatically once we select the focus mode? There are a lot of unanswered questions. We’ll get the answer to these once the iOS 16 is released.
iOS 16 Wallet
If you have ever used the ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ apps, you must know the convenience they provide. Apple is offering this feature through Apple Pay. Yes! Now, you don’t need to install any third-party app. Apple is coming up with a Pay Later feature that will let the users divide a purchase into four installments. The user will be allowed to pay these installments over a period of six weeks.
Apple Pay will also introduce the Order Tracking feature with iOS 16. It will help the users maintain receipts and order information in the Apple Wallet. This feature will only be helpful in stores that accept Apple Pay.
iOS 16 Maps
With iOS 16 Apple is expanding its map horizons. The navigation app will start covering 11 new countries. The app will also offer a 3D map network of six new cities. These cities will include Sydney, Chicago, and Las Vegas among the others.
iOS 16 Family Sharing and Photos
iOS 16 will enable the user to set a device for the children quickly. This will be possible because of the Quick Start feature. This feature will help the parents accept or deny requests for longer screen time through messages. Yes! There is no need to go to the settings.
A great feature added to the new update is the shared iCloud Photo Library. This will be separate from the user’s own iCloud library. It is meant for sharing pictures and videos collaboratively. One iCloud Photo Library can host a group of five people.
iOS 16 Live Text
iOS 16 will bring some upgrades to Live Text. This update will let the users pull the text from videos. A person can easily pause the video on any frame and then take the text they want. This feature will also work for translation as you can take text from any foreign language as well.
iOS 16 News and Sports
iOS 16 is coming ad it will bring a new sports section to the Apple News. This new feature is going to be amazing. It will let the users follow leagues and teams. This will keep them updated with the latest happenings of their favorite sport. There will be a My Sports section to help the user see schedules and highlights.
This feature will be free in Australia, Canada, the US, and the UK. The users who have subscribed to Apple News+ will be able to see the premium coverage of famous sports teams.
iOS 16 Safety
With iOS 16, Apple wants to take a step forward to help increase the personal safety of its users. All the devices with this update will get a Safety Check feature. This feature is added to help the victims of domestic abuse. The user can revoke access to their location and permissions. It will also prevent access to messages.
It is time to wrap up! In this article, I have told you everything about the new iOS update. The iOS 16 will be launching in September 2022. We have looked at every new feature that will be launched with this update. There are some major changes in the lock screen and focus feature. This update also brought some minor changes to features like maps and wallet.
While I have updated all the information regarding iOS 16 in this article, there is a lot more information that is yet to be updated. This article will be updated as soon as Apple makes more announcements about iOS 16.
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