Here are 10 of the best new features of iOS 16 for your iPhone.
It's time once again for your iPhone to get an upgrade that will give you a whole new set of features. Owners of the iPhone 8 and newer can now download Apple's iOS 16. As part of the new operating system, Apple promises "all-new personalization features, deeper intelligence, and more seamless ways to communicate and share."
Here is what new features you can expect when you upgrade:
This time around, the company is putting a lot of emphasis on letting you customize the look of your lock screen. New features include a gallery of screen design options and the ability to add widgets like weather, live sports scores, or upcoming calendar events. Users can now customize fonts and blend their background images with the time and date display. Focus settings allow you to specify which notifications are displayed when choosing between lock screens.
Ever hit “send” and been hit by a shudder of immediate regret at an embarrassing typo — or worse? iOS 16 will let you edit anything you send in Messages up to 15 mins after you’ve sent it, with a maximum of five edits allowed. If you really don’t mean what you said, you can unsend a message altogether, providing you act within two minutes. In addition, you can now mark a message “unread” if you want to come back to it later.
Listening to long messages repeatedly is a thing of the past, because you can now fast-forward and rewind.
When you want to get a project off the ground, you can send a message to a group via Messages, and each recipient will be added to the document or spreadsheet you want to share. The feature works with Apple Files, Keynote, Numbers, Pages, Notes, Reminders, and Safari, as well as third-party apps. Then, when someone makes a change, such as to a Pages document, an update is posted at the top of the message thread.
Another feature for collaboration at work. With this feature, a user can share a group of Safari tabs with friends, which can then be added to by any of the users. The updates are immediately shared with the group.
Siri Hangs Up
When you’ve got your hands full, ending a call can be a bind if you have to fumble to find the phone in your pocket. Now you can just ask Siri with the command “Hey Siri, hang up.” But beware if you’re trying to be discreet — the caller will hear you ask Siri to end the call.
Planning a trip with multiple stops along the way? Now you’ll be able to add several destinations en route and you’ll be directed from stop to stop.
Fitness and Health
iOS 16 adds a Fitness app for all users that uses the phone’s inbuilt motion sensors to provide an estimate of calories burned based on steps, distance traveled, and the use of third-party fitness apps, even if you don’t have an Apple Watch. And a new Medications feature in the Health app lets you keep track of what you should be taking and when.
This won’t be for everyone, but Apple says the new Lockdown feature “provides extreme protection for the very small number of users who face grave, targeted threats to their digital security.” The company says the function “further hardens your device’s defenses and strictly limits certain functions, sharply reducing the attack surface that could potentially be exploited by highly targeted mercenary spyware.”
Perfect for that holiday to far-flung regions, this allows you to translate the text around you using the camera in the Translate app. Just hold the camera up to the words you want to be translated, pause the view and the translation will be overlaid on the text in a still picture, allowing you to zoom in for a closer read. Alternatively, you can translate text on photos in your library.