At WWDC22 held on 6 June 2022, Apple unveiled the new iOS 16 – the latest upcoming operating system, succeeding the current iOS 15.
Apple confirmed that the iOS 16 would be released in the fall, which probably coincides with the iPhone 14 release. Public beta, however, will be available for iPhone users from July onwards.
iOS 16: Overview
Supported iPhones: iPhone 8 and newer
- New Customisable Lock Screens
- Notifications & Live Activities
- Messages App Update
New Customisable Lock Screen
This year, iPhone users will see a massive change in the lock screen in the new iOS 16. We can now customize the lock screen fonts, colors, and, surprise surprise, Widgets! To start customising, unlock your iPhone, and then press and hold the screen to enter the Lock Screen Gallery.
The Lock Screen Gallery is where you perform all the changes and customizations. Those of you who owns a Apple Watch will find the Lock Screen Gallery very familiar because it’s almost identical to the how Apple Watch’s face customization works. Besides custom lock screens, there are also Apple default whole themes such Weather and Astronomy.
Notifications & Live Activities
Notifications has also been redesigned in iOS 16. This time, instead of rolling down from the top, notifications will now roll up from the bottom. The redesign aims to allow users have enough space to have a clear view of their personalised Lock Screen.
Live activities, on the other hand, is a new feature where you can keep track of events happening in REAL-TIME. Live activities is essentially widget-like notification that is pinned to the bottom of your screen. Some real-time events such as live score of a game, progress of your food delivery, and so on.
Message app will also be getting a few updates. The best new feature in Message app is “Undo send” & “Edit message”. “Undo Send” allows you to delete a message sent within 15 minutes. Similarly for “Edit Message”, one can also edit messages sent within the first 15 minutes. However, this feature only works messages between iPhone to iPhone.
SharePlay is now also enabled in the Message app. So you can now share supported streaming services such as Disney Plus via Messages.
Dictation has also been improved in iOS16. Unlike in previous iOS dictation, the dictation panel no longer replace the keyboard, instead now it lets user moves fluidly between voice and touch inputs without having to stop Dictation.
iOS 16 also brings a major update for Apple Maps. With the new updates, Maps allows user to use Multistop Routing and more transit information.
Multistop Routing allows users to add up to 15 stops in advance and store the routes for easier access. You can also plan multistop routes on Mac and sync it to your iPhone when you are ready to go. However, there is no mention of multistops function on iPhones.
Apple is also making it easier for users to see fares which will show users how much their journey will cost.